Nottingham Women’s Conference took place on 21st September 2013.
A diverse group of over 163 women packed into the Indian Community Centre in Nottingham to listen to speakers, share experiences and ask questions about a wide range of feminist issues, from objectification to male violence against women.
The conference was chaired by Finn Mackay, the founder of the London Feminist Network, with keynote speeches from Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters, Julia Long, Feminist academic and campaigner, and Chris Herries, first female Chair of Co-operatives UK. In the afternoon, women attended workshops, listened to Nordic Model Advocates and SPACE International give their views on a campaign for the UK to adopt the Nordic model of prostitution/sex work laws, and heard from a panel of local campaigners working on various local and national campaigns for women.
As well as the conference itself, women and men from the local community organised over 40 fringe events to take place in the weeks before and after the conference.
The conference organisers, members of the Nottingham Feminist Action Network (NFAN), are now in the process of compiling feedback from the day and thinking about the possibilities for next year. Some of the comments from the day included:
- I am going to call myself a feminist for the first time!
- First feminist event I’ve experienced where race/class were not divisive issues on the day. Big achievement!
- Inspired to start a new project off the back of the event
- Exceptionally powerful and moving
- Thanks for the crèche – really appreciated it. Efforts to accommodate mums really helpful
We’ll post a full report on here, including people’s views on the key issues affecting women in 2013, as soon as we finish collating all of the feedback.
See the NFAN blog for information about current campaigns including Reclaim the Night Nottingham.