London Radical Feminist Conference, July 2012

by Badhbh Catha

Statement from organisers

This July saw radical feminists from across the globe converge in London for the first women-only, radical feminist conference in 25 years.

What happened was important, urgent and necessary. Women of all ages and from many different backgrounds connected, discussed and organised, and the result was truly electrifying.

The agenda of the conference was shaped by some of the most significant issues affecting women today, with a particular focus on male violence against women and girls in all its forms.

Keynote speakers were Professor Sheila Jeffreys and Gail Dines. Panel sessions and workshops addressed topics including male violence against women and girls; prostitution; disability and women’s oppression; lesbian feminism, women-only organising and feminist culture; sharing knowledge across feminist generations; and challenging misogyny, along with several sessions focusing on organising. Some of the speeches may become available at a later time.

The organisers would like to thank all the speakers, panelists, chairs, facilitators, volunteers and delegates for making the event so incredibly vibrant and energising. We also thank all those who helped and supported the conference from a distance.

We believe that this conference, along with others taking place around the world, heralds the mobilisation of a new era of radical feminist activism. In the face of the ongoing economic, political, social and cultural oppression of women, and relentless male violence and misogyny, such mobilisation is essential and urgently needed.

We look forward to more.

9 Responses to “London Radical Feminist Conference, July 2012”

  1. I am so very happy that the conference could take place. That’s a slap in the face for all the MRAs, trans activists and their handmaidens who were positively delighting over Conway Hall’s decision. I remain angry, though, that we have to congregate like “thieves in the dark”, so to speak, because there’s a concerted effort to take away our human right to freedom of association.

  2. congratulations women. πŸ™‚ women-only space survives and thrives. and i agree that we are seeing a new era of radical feminsit activism, and it is positively electifying and urgently needed. i hope radfem blogging continues to contribute to the movement and mobilization and that our writing and our blogs grow and prosper. i am looking forward to seeing posts popping up everywhere, as women write about their experiences in both london and portland. this is magic.

  3. Sounds like I’ve missed a fab conference – just so glad that I’ve discovered this blog. For such a long time I’ve thought that I was alone in my radicalism! This is fantastic!

  4. Women are magic.

    Truly.

  5. Oh dearie me, the MRAs abuser lobby will be so shocked! They have been crowing for weeks about how they prevented this women’s conference from taking place. Once more confirming that they are pretty much always wrong about everything.

  6. I find it interesting that one accusation frequently thrown at radical feminists is that they are somehow in league with conservative politics. Yet who was it who tried to stop this conference? MRAs, as well as many mainstream feminist and LGBT/Queer collectives, groups and organisations. Perhaps some of these organisation should be wondering how they ended up agreeing on some point not just with garden-variety conservatives, but with an actual declared hate group, that has a long and verifiable history of targeting, stalking and harassing women and lesbians, especially of the feminist kind.

  7. Women are TOTALLY magic. πŸ˜€

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