26 November 2014 ~ Urgent OBJECT Action: Lap Dancing Club Licence Renewal – Deadline

Urgent Action Required

It has come to our attention that Spearmint Rhino on Tottenham Court Road has applied for a licence.  Please see eform on Camden Council’s website.

Documents you might find useful in support of a representation:

  • Testimonies of women’s experience of Lapdancing (please note these do not relate directly to Spearmint Rhino) can be found here
  • An example of a model letter can be found here
  • For further information and advice on submitting objections, please email campaigns@object.org.uk
  • Testimonies read by actors may help if you are talking to or sharing with peers.  Please see here and here

We hope that you will take action to register your objections to the licence renewal, and support this important campaign.

November 20, 2014

11 December 2014 18:00 ~ Black British Feminisms – Centre for Feminist Research – London

Until 20:00 at Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre

The Centre for Feminist Research (Goldsmiths) cohosts the Feminist Review annual panel discussion followed by reception & issue launch

Keynote: Prof. Ann Phoenix (Institute of Education, University of London)

Chair: Dr Suzanne Scafe (London South Bank University/Feminist Review editorial collective)

Panel: Ego Ahaiwe, Sita Balani, Lauren Craig, Camel Gupta, Nydia Swaby

Performance: Dorothea Smartt

Free to attend but please book online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-british-feminisms-registration-14293918495

November 14, 2014

21 November 2014 19:00 ~ Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self – Nottingham Women’s Centre

Unitl 20:30 at Nottingham Woman’s Centre
30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

Cost – Free Ticket – donations welcome on the day (* book online)

This is a talk by Kajsa Ekis Ekman’s about her book Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self.

“Being and Being Bought is a riveting analysis of prostitution and surrogacy that shatters the great wall of lies about these two institutions. Brilliantly analyzing the parallels, Kajsa Ekis Ekman wages a multi-pronged attack on sexism and classism that leaves the reader with hope for change. If you’ve ever wondered how to respond to those who say there are no victims in prostitution or what to say when someone proposes surrogacy as a solution to childlessness – this book is a must-read.”

— Melissa Farley, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of many articles and books about prostitution and trafficking.

Stockholm born, Kajsa Ekis Ekman writes for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and is on the editorial collective of the anarchist magazine Brand. She has an MA in Literature from Södertörn University and is author of Skulden – eurokrisen sedd från Aten (Debt as a Weapon: The euro crisis seen from Athens, Leopard Förlag, 2013).

She has founded the network, Feminists Against Surrogacy and the climate action group, Klimax. In 1998, Sweden passed ground-breaking legislation criminalizing the purchase of sexual services which sought to curb demand and support women exiting the sex industry. Grounded in the reality of the violence and abuse inherent in prostitution—and reeling from the death of a friend to prostitution in Spain—Kajsa Ekis Ekman exposes the many lies in the ‘sex work’ scenario. Trade unions aren’t trade unions. Groups for prostituted women are simultaneously groups for brothel owners. And prostitution is always presented from a woman’s point of view. The men who buy sex are left out.

Drawing on Marxist and feminist analyses, Ekis Ekman argues that the Self must be split from the body to make it possible to sell your body without selling yourself. The body becomes sex. Sex becomes a service. The story of the sex worker says: the Split Self is not only possible, it is the ideal.

Turning to the practice of surrogate motherhood, Kajsa Ekis Ekman identifies the same components: that the woman is neither connected to her own body nor to the child she grows in her body and gives birth to. Surrogacy becomes an extended form of prostitution. In this capitalist creation story, the parent is the one who pays. The product sold is not sex but a baby. Ekis Ekman asks: why should this not be called child trafficking?

This brilliant exposé is written with a razor-sharp intellect and disarming wit and will make us look at prostitution and surrogacy and the parallels between them in a new way.

(*) Book your place via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/being-and-being-bought-tickets-13553754645

See also: 20 November 2014 19:00 ~ Launch of Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self – Housmans – London http://www.womensgrid.org.uk/news/?p=3967

November 14, 2014

22 November 2014 17:00 ~ Feminicide in Sinjar – sexual violence, conflict, and gender liberation in the Kurdish struggle – Roj Women and others – London

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and Roj Women’s Association would like to invite you to this event at Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University, London WC1H 0XG

Three months after ISIS fighters attacked the Iraqi region on Sinjar, the fate of thousands of women kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery following the raids is still unknown and no international investigation into their welfare has taken place. However, just as it has done in the defence of Kobane in Syria, the Kurdish Women’s Movement has mobilised with allied organisations to take action for the missing women.

This event will bring together women activists and representatives of the Kurdish women’s organisations to give you first-hand information about how people have responded to the crisis on the ground. We’ll also discuss the unique potential within the Kurdish Women’s Movement for engendering gender liberation in the region and its role in the development of the Rojava revolution.

Come and join us for this exciting one-off event!

* Michelle Allison, KNK UK Women’s Representative
* Meltem Ay, Roj Women’s Association
* Margaret Owen OBE, barrister and expert on sexual violence in conflict
* Ruth Walter, trade union activist and member of a recent delegation visiting refugee camps in North Kurdistan
* More speakers TBC.
Chair: Isabel Kaiser, PhD candidate, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS
With a special recorded message from the refugee camp relief worker in Sinjar.

Information you may need

This event is free and open to all! But if you like you can reserve your seat here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feminicide-in-sinjar-sexual-violence-conflict-and-gender-liberation-tickets-14302614505

Organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, Roj Women. Supported by SOAS Kurdish Society.

Contact: Melanie – 07800 545607 / knklondon@gn.apc.org / 0207 272 7890

Check http://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2014/11/11/feminicide-in-sinjar-sexual-violence-conflict-and-gender-liberation-in-the-kurdish-struggle/

November 14, 2014

27 November 2014 ~ No Recourse, No Safety – International Conference – Eaves – London – & 28 November 2014

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS.

Eaves is excited to invite you to our international conference ‘No Recourse, No Safety’, exploring the barriers posed by the No Recourse to Public Funds condition and looking at solutions to the impact it has on women facing domestic violence.

The event will be taking place on Thursday 27 November and Friday 28 November 2014, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS.

We will be hosting speakers from London, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Belgium to assess the situation across Europe.

We recommend that this event will be of interest to professionals working with the women’s sector, legal professionals dealing with domestic violence within immigration and family law, academics specialising in this field and anyone else with an interest in the issues.

To register for your free place please email rupinder.parhar@eavesforwomen.org.uk

If you are unable to attend, we intend to have audio recordings of the event available to access via our website soon afterwards.

For more information and downloads please go to http://www.eavesforwomen.org.uk/news-events/events/no-recourse-no-safety-71ef26

Draft Programme

Day 1: Thursday 27 November 2014

12.30 -13.30:            Arrival, registration, delegate packs distributed, lunch.

13.30 -13.45:            Opening remarks, welcome, introduction from Chair, Yasmin Rehman (Women’s Aid).

Session 1: Gender migration and integration in Europe – the potential for violence, the difficulty of accessing rights

13.45 – 14.30:          Southall Black Sisters: (Hannana Siddiqui): Situation in UK and work of SBS and activists to drive change.

14.30 – 15.15:          (legal professional tbc): Domestic Violence, welfare and rights: EU individual rights.

15.15 -15.30:            Tea/Coffee.

15.30 – 16.15:          Professor Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University): Migration, gender, family and the challenges.

16.15 – 17.00:           Discussion QA with panel (Hannana Siddiqui, Eleonore Kofman and tbc) & chair.

Day 2: Friday 28 November 2014

9.30 – 9.45               Arrival, Tea & coffee.

9.45 -10.00:              Chair: Recap of yesterday, introduce today’s plan and the next session.

Session 2: Women’s activism and the use of women’s human rights law framework to drive protection

10.00 – 10.40:          Anne Marie Hutchinson (Dawson Cornwell): Common legal complexities in cases such as international spousal abandonment and the role of strategic litigation and creative legal responses in a challenging environment of cuts.

10.40 – 11.20:          Rights of Women (Jasbindar Bhatoa): Current policy context and challenges; the immigration bill and legal aid changes.

11.20 – 11.30:          Tea/Coffee.

11.30 – 12.10:          Rebecca Dudley (Queens University, Belfast): Domestic violence and no recourse to public funds: where human rights do not reach?

12.10 – 12.50:          Discussion/Q&A panel (Anne Marie Hutchinson, Jasbindar Bhatoa and Rebecca Dudley).

12.50 – 13.30:          Lunch.

Session 3: Experiences from elsewhere and ways forward

13.30 – 14.10:          Maria Miguel Sierra (La Voix des Femmes) on situation in Belgium.

14:10 – 14.50:          Angela Beausang (Roks) on situation in Sweden.

14.50 – 15.00:          Tea/Coffee.

15.00 – 15.25:          Eaves (Heather Harvey): Recommendations from DDVC monitoring report.

15.25 – 16.10:          Discussion/Q&A panel: ‘Next Steps’ (Hannana Siddiqui, Maria Miguel Sierra and Angela Beausang).

16.10 – 16.30:          Summing up and closing remarks from chair (tba).

November 14, 2014