A message from FiLiA
The success of Feminism in London over the last few years has helped us reach a big milestone - we have been granted charitable status.
Our new organisation is called FiLiA, a word meaning daughter, reflecting our intention to steadfastly continue the work of our fore-mothers to create a better world for our daughters.
FiLiA aims to:
• stand in sisterhood and solidarity with women and girls throughout the world in our collective struggle for economic, political and social liberation
• contribute to growing and strengthening the Women’s Liberation Movement
• work tirelessly and effectively to analyse, understand and dismantle patriarchy in all its forms everywhere
The next FiLiA conference will be 14-15 October 2017, at the Institute of Education in London.
We hope to see you then!
Sisterhood and Solidarity,
Debi will be running a Personal Safety talk and demonstration at the FiLiA conference
Gender-based violence is a global problem. In the UK, approximately 585,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted in England and Wales alone every year and 2 women die at the hands of their intimate partner every week. In India, 848 women or girls are either harassed, raped or killed every single day. And in South Africa, rapes are estimated to take place every 26 seconds and it is thought that almost half of all women will be raped in their lifetime.
Me he ofrecido a entrevistar a Gloria Vázquez, presidenta de la Organización Ve La Luz, para FiLiA.
Me pregunto si el nombre de Ve La Luz es también un juego de palabras con vela y con velar, tengo muchas preguntas además de esta, preguntas que he reflexionado desde mucho antes, desde el 8 de Marzo para ser más concreta, cuando me llegaron noticias de que había un grupo de mujeres haciendo huelga de hambre en La Puerta del Sol en Madrid. Qué valientes, pensé en su momento.
I have offered to interview Gloria Vazquez, president of the Spanish activist organisation Ve La Luz (See The Light in English, but it can also be a play on words – vela meaning candle, or velar, to watch over).
Gloria transmits a sense of fearless urgency. I ask about the hunger strike I knew of (there have actually been four so far), the one in Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Gloria interrupts me to tell me the point she has made many times to the press and politicians: they weren’t on hunger strike – they were making visible the thousands of women effectively forced into involuntary hunger strikes by a government that only gives financial help to 26% of victims of gender violence.
As far as Polish feminism goes, I think most of the world only learned of its existence last year. When Polish women marched through the streets of Poland, and beyond, on the 3rd of October 2016, the whole world watched in astonishment. I have to admit, I did too, despite the fact that I am a Polish woman and a feminist myself. Prior to that day, I believed I was living in a world where the words ‘Polish’ and ‘feminism’ did not really mix, and even when they did come together, it was not a comfortable coupling. Obviously, there had been feminists in Poland for a long time, but the country hadn’t seen anything like last year’s show of feminist solidarity before.
The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth
Book launch and discussion on the 11th October (link below)
by Julie Bindel
Julie Bindel, author of The Pimping of Prostitution, will outline the key themes of her book and share details of her extraordinary journey travelling the world to uncover the truth about the sex trade. Julie will be joined in a panel discussion with sex trade survivors from the UK, Australia and USA/Canada who will be sharing their personal knowledge and experience about the sex trade.
The speakers will be discussing the most effective methods to abolish the system of prostitution.