// PLENARY SESSIONS:
Bidisha, chair of Go Feminist 2012
10:00/ Keynote: why feminism?
10:35/ Plenary - Women and economics [with parallel workshop sessions]
As the recession bites, women are at the forefront of the hardest and sharpest cuts. Although all women are experiencing the impact of current economic policy, some women are experiencing this disproportionately. Panellists will voice some of the unheard voices and experiences of women’s economic exclusion.
> Mary-Ann Stepehnson, Coventry Women’s Budget Group
> Reineira Arguello, Womankind
> Helendi, WAST London
> Christel Querton, Asylum Aid
12:15/ Connecting movements <> Sharing ideas for action
This panel is the centerpiece of the conference. Broadening our analysis to include forms of oppressions in addition to patriarchy and focusing on the most forgotten, vulnerable and marginalised gives a better chance of capturing all women. We need to make the links between feminism and other movements.
> Catherine Donovan , University of Sunderland
> Sofia Kahlu and others, Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST)
> Breish Rowe, Triangle deaf feminists group
> Rahila Gupta
13:00/ Lunch break - Arts workshop / Spoken word / Singing / Stalls / Breakout groups to discuss action ideas
14:30/ Plenary - Sexism in popular culture [with parallel workshop sessions]
Women are visible within popular culture but are only represented in certain ways. From women in sport and film to trans and working class women, representations within media and popular discourse is limited at best, focusing on their bodies and perpetuating stereotypes rather than looking at realities and achievements.
> Pratibha Pramar, Kali Films
> Joana Burigo, Guerreiras Project
> Kealy Hastick, Platform 51
> Paris Lees, Trans Media Watch
16.30/ Plenary – Women’s activism: past, present and future [with parallel workshop sessions]
Women’s activism has taken many forms over the decades but has been under recognised and seen largely through the experiences of those who are able to write. This panels showcases activists and moments in feminist activism over the last fifty years.
> Orna Ross (Abortion rights activism in Ireland since the 70s)
> Dorothea Smartt (Black lesbian feminism in the 70s and 80s)
> Hannana Siddiqui
> Catherine Redfern (Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement)
// Please note that plenary sessions (except from the opening and closing sessions) and workshops are running at the same time.