6 June 2015 13:00 ~ No Platforming of Radical Feminists – RadFem Collective – Sheffield

Following on from the successful event on 28 February in Nottingham, Julie Bindel will again be talking about the No Platforming of radical feminists, followed by more than an hour of questions and discussions.

The event is organised by RadFem Collective and Miranda Yardley and will take place Saturday 6 June 2015 between 1 and 4pm.

This is a mixed event and everyone is welcome, whatever your views.

We are trying to make this event as inclusive and productive as possible and get as many people involved in this as we can, with all viewpoints. To do this, it is incredibly important that we can have a respectful dialogue with each other and not resort to name-calling or personal attacks. Please respect this.

The venue we are using for the talk is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any other accessibility needs, please let us know about them and we will do our very best to meet them.

The ticket price is purely to cover costs such as room and PA hire. Everyone involved are volunteers.

Tickets – £5.00

Book online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-platforming-of-radical-feminists-tickets-16168985872

For the facebook event page go to https://www.facebook.com/events/383481701831348/

May 14, 2015

16 May 2015 13:00 ~ Disabled Women Sexuality and Solidarity – Sisters of Frida – London

Sisters of Frida is happy to host AccSex in London. Shweta Ghosh will be there to answer questions co chaired by Lucia Bellini and Becky Olaniyi from Sisters of Frida

View trailer here.

Within stifling dichotomies of normal and abnormal, lie millions of women, negotiating with their identities. Accsex explores notions of beauty, the ‘ideal body’ and sexuality through four storytellers; four women who happen to be persons with disability. Through the lives of Natasha, Sonali, Kanti and Abha, this film brings to fore questions of acceptance, confidence and resistance to the normative. As it turns out, these questions are not too removed from everyday realities of several others, deemed ‘imperfect’ and ‘monstrous’ for not fitting in.Accsex traces the journey of the storytellers as they reclaim agency and the right to unapologetic confidence, sexual expression and happiness.

The experience of minority genders with disability largely reflects double discrimination. In the Indian context, identities and stories are further layered by virtue of diversities in caste, class, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The issues of persons with disabilities are often seen through a welfare approach in laws, programmes and policies. A similar charity-tinted lens is employed by educational books and media texts and a basic reading of these shows how the mildest physical and psycho-social disabilities are viewed as ‘abnormal’.

Accsex has won a number of awards and been part of several festival selections. It has also been used as a strong advocacy and educational material by activists in the field of disability and gender rights. It has been incorporated into the CREA Disability and Sexuality Rights online institute in 2015.

Shweta Ghosh is a documentary filmmaker and researcher. A silver medalist from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (SMCS, TISS), Mumbai, she has explored her interest in disability, cuisine, travel and music through research and film projects.

Shweta’s debut documentary Accsex, a film exploring notions of beauty, body, sexuality and disability was awarded Special Mention at the 61st Indian National Film Awards 2014 and has been screened across India and abroad. The film has been appreciated for its rights-based approach to disability and sexuality and has been used widely as advocacy and training material by NGOs and academic institutions.

Lucia Bellini works for StaySafe East to tackle violence and abuse against disabled and Deaf people. She spoke for disabled women at Million Women Rise at Trafalgar Square this year.

Becki Olaniyi is a young disabled women. She was on a panel on disability, race and gender at the WOW Festival at the South Bank this year.

We will also be discussing setting up a disabled women group on sexuality, relationships and intimacy.

This event is a women only event intended as a safe space for women to discuss sexuality and disability issues.

Confirmed BSL for discussion!!

Until 16:30 @ Roots & Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, London SE11 6DN

Nearest Tube stations
Waterloo Station | Bakerloo, Jubilee, (accessible for wheelchair users)
Lambeth North Station | Bakerloo line
Kennington Station | Northern line
Elephant & Castle | Northern line
Northern, Waterloo & City lines

Buses
3, 59, 159, 360

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screening-accsex-disabled-women-sexuality-and-solidarity-tickets-16811051307 Details are on the eventbrite.

May 12, 2015

16 May 2015 14:00 ~ 40th Anniversary Feminist Walk – Rights of Women – London

Back in the 70s

Rights of Women led a series of walking tours through the feminist history of London.

Join us to revisit these historical sites!

Visit the home of the Pankhurst family, the publication house for The Vindication of the Rights of Women, Marie Stopes’ birth control clinic and other important sights from feminist history.

The walk is approximately 4 miles and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This event open to all.

Start: Exit 2, Euston Station (National Rail, London Overground, Northern Line, Victoria Line)

End: Chancery Lane Station (Central Line)

Suggested donation: £10 per person on the day (please note that we cannot accept payment by card)

For further information call us on 020 7251 6575

Register on line at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/40th-anniversary-feminist-walk-tickets-16411728923

Rights of Women is a national women’s charity which aims to achieve equality, justice and safety in the law for all women.  For further information visit our website.

http://rightsofwomen.org.uk/

also on Sunday, 12 July 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00 (BST)

May 12, 2015

16 May 2015 14:00 ~ Stand Up for Choice! – Abortion Rights – Birmingham

Abortion Rights urges the pro-choice majority to Stand Up For Choice!

When: Saturday 16 May, Birmingham, Chamberlain Square 14:00-16:00 

Abortion Rights has called a peaceful pro-choice protest in opposition to the ‘March For Life’ which is co-arranged by a consortium of extremist anti-abortion & pro-abstinence groups.

These groups such as SPUC, 40 Days for Life & Precious Life have a shared legacy of using tactics of intimidation and harassment and bear disturbing similarities with the extreme practices deployed in the US. This has resulted in devastating access to family planning services state by state.

Women attempting to access a legal medical service must be able to do so without fear of harassment or intimidation. It’s time for the UK’s pro-choice majority to say we’ve had enough of this kind of behaviour and to stand up for our right to safe, legal abortion.

Kerry Abel Abortion Rights Chair said:

‘Abortion Rights aims to reclaim the abortion debate and send a strong message out that the proposed gathering harbours extremist views and is not representative of the reality: 1 in 3 women in Britain will have an abortion in their life time and a consistent three quarters support the current legal right to abortion – it’s time the pro-choice majority was heard!’

Siobhan Endean, Unite the Union national officer for equalities said:

The right to choose to or not to have an abortion is extremely important for working women and their families. Unite the union is part of the pro choice majority and supports a women’s right not to be harassed when attending abortion clinics. ‘We urge as many trade unionists as possible to show up in Birmingham on the day

Shelly Asquith NUS VP Welfare elect said:

These groups do not just get together for peaceful demonstrations – they are more malicious than that. Recently they have ramped up intimidation tactics outside clinics, and even targeted freshers’ fairsLast year they rallied hundreds of people to their cause. Now Abortion Rights is calling for all students and supporters to join together and show our support for reproductive rights and the right to choose.

 JOIN US! 

Abortion Rights has hired a coach to take people up to Birmingham from London.

Assemble for coach outside Birkbeck Uni, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX at 9.30am.

TICKETS can be booked here

Waged – £8 return
Conc – £5 return

Anyone who wishes to attend the pro-choice event can find more information on our Facebook page or website

May 12, 2015

23 May 2015 10:00 ~ Black Women’s Conference 2015 – The Black Women’s Forum UK – London

Until 17:00
UCL Institute of Education (Nunn Hall), 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

The day will include two plenary sessions followed by workshops in the afternoon.

First plenary:
All Black Lives Matter, so let’s talk about those intersections
Speakers to be confirmed.

Second plenary:
Breaking it down and blowing it out of the water: “How can we engage more Black women in women’s liberation?”
Speakers to be confirmed.

Workshops to be announced.

Please note:
– Lunch and refreshments will be provided
– The conference is FREE and open to all, just remember to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-womens-conference-2015-tickets-16904123689
– The event is open to all self-defining African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean Women AND Men but the afternoon workshops are reserved for Black Women only.

Check for updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/391844244349121/

May 12, 2015