FiL is women-run and women-led, but is open to everyone to attend. It will focus on activism and inspiration not just academic discourse, although we intend that all attendees should be able to enjoy the event and gain from it.
The conference addresses a wide range of issues from feminist history to women’s human rights.
At FiL we hope to approach these topics in a way that is engaging yet accessible.
The objectives of FiL are to provide an explicitly feminist conference which will be inclusive of all women, including women with disabilities, women of colour, LGBT women, younger and older women, women on lower incomes and women with children. We feel strongly that sexism and male domination are not over when the most privileged women in society alone move forward; feminism must include all women or it is not feminism at all. The focus of the conference will be on what we can achieve together.
The format of the conference will be an opening panel discussion, followed by breakaway sessions throughout the day. A highlight of the conference is the art exhibition. We will also have a film room, a ‘soft space’ for those who are triggered by subject matter, those who are non-neurotypical or have spectrum disorders, and those who simply want a quiet space. There will be a free creche, and workshops for children.
Saturday will see those who want to join Stand Up For Women for a feminist party, and the conference will conclude on Sunday with the presentation of the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize.
More at http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/about-the-conference/
Feminism in London Position Statement
Feminism in London is a mixed, inclusive feminist conference. We aim to have something for everyone. We recognise that not every attendee (or every speaker, or even every committee member) will agree on everything and we celebrate the diversity of feminist thought. We believe it is a fundamentally feminist thing to acknowledge that we often disagree and that when this is done respectfully and thoughtfully it can strengthen, rather than divide, our movement. We wholeheartedly reject misogynist ideas that disagreement constitutes “catfighting” or “bitching.”
The conference itself adheres to the following principles. We ask that speakers and committee members do not speak against these at or on behalf of FIL. We ask that attendees who disagree do so in debate or discussion but without attacking the conference or speakers, or simply attend the multiple other workshops where these topics do not arise.
Sex and gender
FIL is an inclusive mixed conference. The organising committee are women only in line with our constitution. Some workshops may be women only. Some may be men only. In this context, women only means those who identify as and live their daily lives as women, while men only means those who identify as and live their daily lives as men. Genderqueer, agender, bigender people and others who identify neither as men nor women are welcome at the mixed workshops.
Whether a workshop is open only to women, only to men, or mixed is at the discretion of the workshop providers who are best placed to know their target audience.
We are committed to women only organising. As women we are too often socialised to defer to men. It is important to us that the organising is done by women. We ask that male allies respect this and do not harass us to let them take lead positions in organising the conference. Men are welcome at the conference and offers of non-organisational assistance (for example, as volunteers with the creche) will be gratefully received.
We will never work against the women involved in the sex industry. We use the term “women” here to include the smaller number of men who are involved other than as “managers.”
We will work to support women who are or have been involved in the sex industry. We condemn police brutality, state violence and criminal prosecution of women in the sex industry. We are supportive of decriminalisation of the sale of sex and criminalisation of the purchase of it, and of supported exit plans (the “Nordic model”).
We are critical of the sex industry. By this we do not mean that we disapprove of the women involved in it. We are critical of the hypercapitalist industry itself and the unequal position of worker and purchaser. In particular:
- We will prioritise the voices of trafficked women. We reject the state position that women “claim” to be trafficked as this is based on structural racism (the assumption that undocumented migrants will say anything to gain the right to remain) and structural sexism (the belief that women “cry rape” at the drop of a hat.)
- We will prioritise the voices of women who work or have worked in street prostitution, who are less likely to have the platform of their own website and social media accounts from which to be heard.
- We will prioritise the voices of women who are or have been in poverty, women who are or have been drug and alcohol dependant, women who are or have been in prison and women who have been in care.
- We do not believe that the purchase of sexual services is a human right.
- We believe that the purchase of consent is problematic and contributes to a culture in which men believe that financial expenditure, such as buying dinner, entitles them to sex (rape culture). We do not hold women in the sex industry responsible for this but the industry attitudes.
More at http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/position-statement/
Saturday Evening Party: http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/evening-party/
|£25 for one day
||£40 for one day
|£40 for both days
||£70 for both days
|£15 evening party
||£15 evening party
|£50 for both days and evening party
||£80 for both days and evening party
(*) Note: Concessions for students, unwaged, over 65s and under 18s (children to age 12 are free). Proof of age or other entitlement to the concession price may be requested on the door
Register online at http://fil.clientsite.co.uk/
For full details and updates go to http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/