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HUGE INTERNATIONAL FILIA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE COMES TO ECCLES
 

Star date: 14th October 2018

SALFORD STREET SUPPORT TO TALK AT LARGEST UK WOMEN'S RIGHTS CONFERENCE

FiLia 2018 Conference
Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st October
The Lighthouse, Eccles

The massive FiLiA international conference is to take place in Eccles next weekend, with women flying in from all over the world, including from Argentina and Palestine.

There's over two dozen sessions covering all feminist-related subjects, and from Salford, Angela Barratt of Salford and Manchester Street Support will be speaking on women and poverty, while Salford University lecturer, Suryia Nayak, will be giving an Introduction To Consciousness Raising.

Full details here...


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Next weekend the massive FiLiA conference will be staged at The Lighthouse in Eccles, attracting up to five hundred women who will be discussing every feminist-related subject under the sun during the largest annual women's rights conference in the UK.

The word 'filia' means daughter, reflecting, the organisation states, "that we are the daughters of the women who came before us; women who fought for our children, our bodies, ourselves...Their legacy challenges us to keep fighting for the liberation of all women and girls today."

The Conference aims to showcase the work of researchers, NGOs (Non-Government Organisations), campaigners, artists and individuals who focus on improving the world for women and girls.

Compered by comedian and activist, Kate Smurthwaite, there will be over two dozen sessions on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, ranging from the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women and Girls, to Women and the Media, to Neoliberalism and Patriarchy, to Economic Abuse and the Effects on Women.

From Salford, Angela Barratt, of Salford and Manchester Street Support, will be speaking on women and poverty, covering homelessness, benefit scandals and more at the Women and the Class Struggle panel on Sunday afternoon.

Suryia Nayak, a senior lecturer at Salford University, will be also giving an Introduction to Consciousness Raising on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, from Women In Hebron, Nawal Slemiah will be speaking about Empowerment Under Occupation and her experiences setting up a handicraft co-operative in Palestine. And from Argentina, Pillar Goldman and Angeles Anchou will be speaking on Abortion Rights in Latin America.

There's a party on Saturday night with Kate Smurthwaite, Claire Mooney, Rhiannan Tweats and Kokoro, plus a disco, and throughout the weekend there's plays, performances and singers, including the intriguing Granddaughters... 'We are the granddaughters and great-granddaughters of the Witches you could not burn
as well as some of those whom you did...'

"FiLiA is run by a team of volunteers who have accidentally ended up putting on the largest annual women's rights conference in the UK" says FiLiA's Lisa-Marie Taylor "It has been such an adventure! This is the first time that we have taken the conference out of London and it was the best thing that we have ever done; meeting new groups and individuals, reaching more women; building connections. 

"FiLiA is a space where women come together to share the work that they are doing" she adds "We hear from activists, NGOs, artists and academics talking on so many topics that have an impact on women and girls. You would all be very welcome..."

 
FiLia 2018 Conference
Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st October
The Lighthouse
12 Centenary Park, Coronet Way, Eccles M50 1RE.

A full weekend ticket costs £50 - or £20 for anyone over 65/student/ age 12-18 /in receipt of benefits.

Day tickets for either Saturday or Sunday cost £30 – or £12 concessions (see above)

The Saturday night party is £5 or £3 concessions

To book tickets – click here


For full details of the FiLiA conference line-up, speakers, ethics and loads more see the FiLiA website – click here

There's a free crèche and children's workshops throughout the event. To ask anything about accessibility etc email inclusion@filia.org.uk

Most of the conference is open to men and women, unless specified on the agenda.

pete wrote
at 16:06:27 on 15 October 2018
The women who made seat covers at Ford were not the only ones who got shit on. I was once maintainance electrician doing work where they made seat covers for Range Rovers down Langworthy. Great set of Girls, very highly skilled, Although the company made great profits, they shipped the factory out to Poland to make even more, who stood up for their rights?Without industry all this country does is get deeper in debt, we will soon end up like Greece.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 09:33:46 on 15 October 2018
What does he know about womens rights? they will say of me. Well the one thing I do know, is that plenty of women like my good lady friend born in 54 got ripped of good style by this pension scheme thing of the government. Where were all these campaigners then? Trouble is, most of them are in jobs where both men and women get early retirement on fat pensions, thats why they did not give a monkeys about working class women. Women who worked in factories like the women who made the car seat covers at ford.
 
Wendy Olsen wrote
at 09:33:10 on 15 October 2018
Great to hear of a conference on gender in Eccles. Salford Eomen's Centre is a free drop-in open on every MonWedsThursdays.9.30-3.30 coffee bar and lunch. As a women only drop-in, we are familiar and experienced with issues around gender identity and rights. Always have staff on hand to answer questions and give support. Best wishes to the conference, sad it clashes with the Remain antiBrexit demonstrations on the Saturday! Wendy Olsen (in a personal capacity)
 
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