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Reclaim the Night London UK has a new ‘page’ on Facebook
London Feminist Network is also on Facebook
I am very proud to be delivering training for Women’s Aid, as part of their national training programme. This short course will cover the theory, history and context to work against violence against women, and with those affected. This important work has a proud history and legacy, take space to find out how this knowledge can enrich your work with people affected by domestic and sexual violence. More details on the Women’s Aid training website here.
I delivered the closing plenary speech at the Feminism in London Conference on Saturday 26th October 2013. The speech was filmed and can be viewed here. A slightly edited version of my speech is now available as a transcript on Open Democracy here.
I will be speaking on a panel at the Watershed this November on Monday 25th, to mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; alongside the fabulous Joan Smith and Nimko Ali. More details and booking available here.
I am very honoured to be one of the first Ambassadors for the Worker’s Educational Association, the WEA, provider of community training and education for empowerment since 1903. You can find out more about their work here.
I was on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour on Wednesday 5th June, talking about Radical Feminism. You can listen to the programme here The debate was very short and there wasn’t really time to discuss Feminism generally, or to make the point that of course, all Feminism is radical; because it challenges and seeks to change and end the current status-quo of male supremacy.
I was back in the lovely Hay on Wye, speaking on a panel at the philosophy festival How The Light Gets In, on Saturday 25th May. More info here.
I have a new blog on the Feminist & Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) blog site, on Feminist arguments against prostitution, beyond the abolitionist versus legalisation binary.
I spoke at the WEA Women into Politics residential in Nottingham on the 13th April, there are more details on their website here.
I was on Radio 4 on ‘Start the Week’ to mark this year’s International Women’s Day. The programme was broadcast on Monday 4th March and there is a podcast available here.
Someone has made a blog and video review of Reclaim the Night London 2012, including filming the speakers at the rally, including my speech, which is last, right at the end of the video.
I spoke and Chaired the Welsh Women’s Aid conference.
There is a review of the women’s rights panel at Tolpuddle, which I was part of, in the ‘Morning Star’ online.
On Thursday 17th May, Julie Bindel, Elly Levenson, Carrie Pemberton Ford and myself won the debate at the Oxford Union arguing that prostitution should not be viewed as a legitimate business. We won against Dennis Hof, owner of a legal brothel in Nevada and the rest of his proposition team, which included the ECP/Wages for Housework.
I’ve just had a book review of a recent book on ‘Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Gender in Late Modernity’ published online in ‘Women’s Studies International Forum’. Unfortunately, like many academic journals, it will only be accessible to those with access through their University or workplace.
I am very pleased to have an article published in ‘Interface’, an International academic journal on social movements, addressing the role of young women in Feminist activism. Unlike most academic journals the journal is open and you can read the article and view the whole special issue here.
November 25th 2013. I will be speaking on a panel at the Watershed this November on Monday 25th, to mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; alongside the fabulous Joan Smith and Nimko Ali. More details and booking available here.
December, January dates – Training for Women’s Aid National Training Centre: What’s Feminism Got To Do With It Anyway? Do you work with people affected by domestic and sexual violence? Your work has a proud history and legacy, theory emerged from activists in the 1960s and 1970s which established refuges and helplines and shaped how we understand gender-based violence. Come and find out more about this history, learn about the terminology and definitions that surround the important work you do. Take time to consider how this context and history can enrich the important work you do. More details here on the Women’s Aid training website.
October 26th I gave the closing plenary speech at the Feminism in London Conference. I was also proud to attend the tenth London Reclaim the Night march in the evening following the conference. My speech at the conference was filmed and is available to view here. A slightly edited version of my speech is now available as a transcript on the Open Democracy website here.
September 21st – Chaired and gave plenary and closing speeches at the Nottingham Women’s Conference. See details of their fantastic conference here. Feedback: ”thank you for helping make it a day to remember for us and all who attended. You really held things together for us and we couldn’t have asked for a better, more inspiring and energizing start to the day than your introductory speech. We were inspired and motivated by you and will carry it with us in our daily lives and as we go on to organise more feminist action”.
September 18th Took part in a tweet up, Twitter Q&A with AS level Sociology students at Reigate College who are studying feminism.
July 24th I spoke about UK feminism to a visiting group of students from Seattle University on their London residential course.
June 5th I was on Woman’s Hour, discussing Radical Feminism in an all too short debate. You can listen again to the programme here.
May 25th How The Light Gets In philosophy festival, Hay on Wye, panel – ‘A World Beyond Men’, 10.30 Saturday morning. Info here. Debate was filmed for BBC4 and will also be on IATV soon, see their website for details.
April 13th – I gave a lecture and workshop at WEA Women into Politics residential course in Nottingham. More details are here.
4th March 2013 – I was on Radio 4 ‘Start the Week’ with other guests, there is a podcast of the programme available here.
8th March 2013 – I spoke at Wales Reclaim the Night in Cardiff.
February 11th – I delivered a lecture at the University of Bristol on UK feminist activism for students on the Masters degree in Policy Research.
10th December – I was honoured to both chair and give a plenary speech at the Welsh Women’s Aid conference in Cardiff City Hall. A copy of my speech is posted here on this site.
24th November – I was very pleased to march on and speak at the London Feminist Network’s 9th revived London Reclaim the Night march. Someone has written a blog and video review of the march, including filming the speakers at the rally, and my speech, which is last, right at the end of the video here.
26th October – presented a paper on contemporary radical feminism at academic conference in Leeds, ‘Forthcoming Feminisms: Gender Activism, Politics and Theories’.
Sunday 14th October – I took part in panel discussion at the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle; and attended their party too and open-mic night where many feminist talents were on display, including singing and clog dancing!
29th September – spoke at Regional Women’s Conference, Unison. Taunton.
28th September – Feminist & Women’s Studies Association conference in Nottingham, I ran a workshop on women, the cuts and education.
5th July – I was invited back to Hay for their Hay Fayre Summer talks; I spoke on the feminist resurgence and why feminism is still relevant. It was a lovely event and a great group of women – more power to Hay Feminists!
15th May 2012 – I spoke on the panel at the ‘Future of Feminism’ debate at the Watershed in Bristol as part of the Festival of Ideas; to launch new book ‘The Lightbulb Moment’ edited by Sian Norris.
On the 12th January I was very pleased to be invited back to join the crew at Bristol LGBT radio ‘Shout Out’ to discuss Feminism, activism and camping…. For the interests of Bristolians Shout Out takes over community radio every Thursday evening and you can listen online, join in debates and get involved with the show.
7th February 2012 I took part in a GLAD Conversation and workshop on Feminist activism at Durham University.
29th February 2012 I delivered a workshop for the staff of West Mercia Women’s Aid on the Feminist resurgence, Feminist activism, the history of Feminist theory on male violence against women and why it is all as relevant as it ever was!
8th March – International Women’s Day 2012 – I delivered a keynote speech at the Equality South West regional event in Cornwall.
12th March – Cardiff Feminist Network day conference on ending violence against women. I delivered a keynote speech and took part in a panel debate.
23rd March – paper on young feminist activism at Birkbeck conference on Thinking Through Time & History in Feminism
16-17 April – presented a paper on young feminist activism at the PIDOP conference at the University of Surrey
I was very honoured to have been ‘woman of the week’ recently for the fabulous Platform 51, for reviving the Reclaim the Night marches, the article is online here. (Though they get my age wrong; I’m 35!)
27th October, Nottingham, I was part of the launch for a new programme promoting women’s leadership called ‘Women Leading for a Change‘.
NUS. 3rd November. I delivered a workshop on Reclaim the Night in the UK at the NUS ‘Sister Activist’ training.
Cumberland Lodge Conference on Gender Equality in the 21st Century, I spoke on gender and violence on Thursday 17th November. A review of the conference is here.
Rights of Women, delivered training on Feminist theory, activism and the history of women’s action against male violence against women. Feedback: “Thankyou for inspiring and energising us at your workshop”; “enlightening and empowering”; “we are still all talking about it in the office”.
On the 24th September I spoke at the Labour Party national women’s conference in Liverpool on: ‘A Women’s Movement for the 21st Century’.
I recently spoke on the role and importance of direct action in the Women’s Liberation Movement, as part of a panel at the UK Feminista Summer School in Birmingham on Saturday 13th August. All the plenary panels are available to view online.
I was interviewed for a feature in the new issue of the University of Bristol magazine ‘Nonesuch’, you can read the online version here.
I delivered a workshop on engaging with contemporary feminist activism and the current feminist ‘resurgence’ at the national Women’s Aid conference in Warwick on Friday 8th July.
I took part in two panel debates at the 2011 Philosophy and Music Festival at Hay, ‘How The Light Gets In‘. The first debate, ‘The Skin We’re In’ can be viewed here. The second debate ‘When Women Rule The World’ is here.
To mark 2011 International Women’s Day in March I spoke at the Bath Literature Festival on Saturday 5th March 2011, on the subject “Does Feminism Have To Start All Over Again?”. There is a review of the session here.
I gave one short ‘WOW Bite’ talk on the history, importance and inspiration of Reclaim the Night, and also spoke in a panel debate titled ‘The Campaign Trail’, along with Ruth Bond, Chair of the W.I, and human rights activist Bianca Jagger; all as part of the Women Of the World (WOW) Festival at the Southbank Centre, on Saturday 12th of March 2011.