Protect women only homelessness services in Bristol – Sign the petition #savewomenonlyservices @GeorgeFergusonx @MissingLink1983

Women’s Services are under attack.

Missing Link – mental health and housing services for women is launching a campaign to save and protect women’s services and we need your support.

Help save vital resources for women tweet

#savewomenonlyservices @GeorgeFergusonx

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Please join this campaign and sign the online petition:

Women only accomodation is currently under threat as part of Bristol City Council’s commissioning plan for medium level homelessness services.

The option currently favoured by Bristol City Council is to reduce the number of women only accommodation from 34 units to 10 units.

The evidence is that more women are accessing and needing services and that they continue to be in need of safe and secure women only accommodation.

Please sign this petition to pledge your support for women only accommodation and urge Bristol City Council to reconsider their proposal to reduce this vital and specialist service in Bristol.

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May 30, 2014

5 June 2014 17:00 ~ Sexual Violence in Conflict – WILPF Webinar

This Series of regular Webinars is hosted by our WILPF Academic Network and will be featuring every two months in the lead-up to April 2015.

These Webinars are open for everybody, no prior knowledge or experience necessary! They feature any issue concerning peace and security from a gender perspective, including disarmament, human rights and the women, peace and security agenda.

If you are unsure how to join a Webinar, just click here for a step-by-step explanation. In short, after registering, you will get a link sent to your email. Click that link at the time of the Webinar and you will be connected to the live session.
Upcoming Webinars

Sexual Violence in Conflict
EPISODE 4; 5th June 2014; 18:00 Geneva Time (CET) 17:00 BST

Conflict-related gender violence is widespread, encompassing a range of human rights violations, and affecting not only women and girls, but men and boys as well. Sexual violence in armed conflict is used for many different purposes, including as a tool of economic exploitation, a mechanism of domination, a weapon of war, and an element of genocide.

It is a fundamental aspect of a global political economy of violence, fueling the criminalization of armed conflict and global erosions of safe spaces. Professor Janie Leatherman will be speaking about the causes and consequences of sexual violence in contemporary armed conflict. She will address the new trends in conflict-related sexual violence and arising challenges in humanitarian responses, reflecting on current strategies of prevention, protection, and caring.

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May 30, 2014

6 June 2014 9:15 ~ Feminist Writing Conference – Centre for Feminist Research – London

The question of what to write, how to write, and where to write have always been central to feminism. Writing matters not only in the dissemination of knowledge but to the creation of feminist publics. The history of feminism includes a history of materials that have been passed around. In this workshop we hope both to return to some of these histories of feminist writing (to consider, for example, the role of feminist presses, the uses of brochures and pamphlets as well as experimentations with genre) as well as to reflect on the challenges and opportunities for feminists raised by digitalization. We hope to open up theoretical questions about the materiality of writing, the relation of writing to bodies and worlds, as well as practical questions about how we write, publish, distribute, own, access or display feminist work (from literature, art, drama and performance, to blogging, journalism and academic books). By ‘writing’ we thus not only refer to scripts or texts, but all forms of communication.

The conference takes place in LG01, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths.

There is no need to register for this event you just turn up. However we do recommend you arrive promptly to guarantee a seat.

Programme for the Day

    Lecture room open from 9am

    Introduction and welcome Sarah Kember and Sara Ahmed

    Feminists and/in the Mainstream Media

    In this opening panel, feminist journalists will be invited to discuss the pressures and difficulties, as well as opportunities, of working in mainstream media. Rather than thinking of feminist writing, either at the level of content or form, the focus will be on the experiences of feminist writers and the compromises that might have to be made when working for industry.

    Panellists: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Independent), Rosamund Erwin (Evening Standard), Amelia Gentleman (The Guardian), Angela Phillips (Goldsmiths).

    Experimental Feminisms

    In this panel we invite experimental feminist artists and writers to reflect on their own practices. What is the relation between experimenting with form and experimenting with feminism? How does experimentation allow us to rethink the materiality of writing, as well as the relationship between bodies, words, images and things? Each practitioner will speak about their work and/or show or read examples of their work, which will be followed by a conversation facilitated by Helena Reckitt.

    Panel: Julia Calver (artist and writer), Heather Phillipson (artist) and Isabel Waidner (experimental novelist, Roehampton University).


    Feminist Genres

    Academic writing could be understood as a genre, to the extent that academic writing involves a narrowing or restricting of what counts as writing. This panel will reflect on how feminists have experimented with different modes of writing by invited three feminist academics based at Goldsmiths to reflect on their decisions to stray from the usual genre of academic writing. What can we learn about feminism and genre from the point of view of feminist academics who have strayed? The discussion will widen to consider why “straying” might itself be a feminist method.

    Panel: Heidi Mirza, Sarah Kember and Nina Wakeford, chaired by Sara Ahmed (all at Goldsmiths)

    Feminist Publishing

    This strand on writing, publishing and the politics of communication operates within the remit of the CREATe project Whose Book Is It Any-way to open out debates on copyright, open access and emergent busi-ness models in order to address the wider ethics and politics of communication inside and outside of the academy. This politics is oriented not just toward a contest over, say, the future of the book as an analogue/digital object, but also toward questions of publishing ethics, care, relations and process. How might we respond, intellectually and practically, to the observation that academic publishing at least, has become a relatively closed circuit? Readers of academic books are also predominantly (or potentially) authors of academic books and, with a widespread interest in digital first academic publishing, may well, in due course, become the publishers of academic books. What are the opportunities here for redirecting our free labour (increasingly demanded from mainstream publishers, and increasingly differentiated according to gender, career stage development and so on) away from economies of innovation and toward those of experimentalism, invention and intervention?

    Panel: Speaker Carol Stabile (University of Oregan), followed by position papers from Joe Deville (Goldsmiths, University of London), editor, Mattering Press, Andrea Francke and Eva Weinmayr, AND Publishing, Janneke Adema (Coventry University), Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Mute.

    Followed by reception, Weston Atrium, NAB

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May 29, 2014

11 June 2014 9:30 ~ Domestic Violence Conference & Performance – Muslim Women’s Collective – London

Understanding the aspects and impacts of non physical Domestic Violence 9.30am – 1pm

    Sessions include – Elder Abuse
    Emotional and Mental Abuse on Children
    Financial Abuse
    Abuse through Isolation and Exclusion

Performance of award-winning play LADY IN RED 2.15pm

    Extensively researched and highly acclaimed LADY IN RED combines superb dialogue, a compelling plot, powerful performance and evocative colours to take the audience on a moving and thought-provoking journey with ‘Rose’ – enabling them to explore one woman’s attempts to leave an abusive relationship and the barriers she faces.
    The play is followed by an after-show discussion and together this makes an excellent training event for staff and volunteers working to support women and children.

Wednesday 11th June The Maryam Centre, 45 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1JU

    Places for morning and afternoon are FREE! But must be booked in advance.


May 29, 2014

21 June 2014 11:00 ~ Shut Yarls Wood demo – Refugee Week WAST Action in Manchester

Refugee Week WAST Action in Manchester

* Piccadilly gardens 11.00 till 1pm

Shut down Yarl’s Wood Women’s Immigration Detention Centre!

Why is the UK locking up women and exposing them to further abuse and degradation, when they have stood up for women’s rights, fled sexual violence and abuse and have been denied basic human rights in their countries of origin?


Find out the real story from women who’ve been there Join WAST, MANCHESTER MIGRANT SOLIDARITY & SAFETY4SISTERS and Campaigners. Bring ANY Musical Noise Makers

Women detainees and ex-detainees have been coming forward to speak out about the abuse they suffered and witnessed, and to demand redress. The racist and sexist regime, of legal, psychological and physical abuse which women frequently describe as mental torture at Yarl’s Wood, has been covered up for far too long.

The women imprisoned in Yarl’s Wood are systematically set up for abuse by the fact that they are treated as liars, who must prove themselves truthful whilst being detained indefinitely.

By law the ‘burden of proof’ in the asylum & immigration system means they are guilty until proven innocent. The women in Yarl’s Wood have between them successfully escaped every kind of abuse and violence that women commonly face around the world – rape, sexual abuse, forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, anti-gay persecution. It is known that violence against women and girls is common worldwide. Yet their claims are routinely disbelieved, and their credibility attacked. Is it any surprise that they are targeted for sexual abuse by guards in detention? The sexual abuse and its cover-up that was publicly exposed by The Observer (14th September 2013) are the inevitable products of this regime.

The public exposure of sexual abuse has come about because of the strength of a detainee who refused to be silent. There are many more ready to follow.

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May 29, 2014