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26 October 2013
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Feminism in London 2010
Held in Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ10 on Saturday, 23 October 2010, Feminism in London 2010 was the third large scale conference organised by the London Feminist Network. About 1,200 women and men came along, including seasoned campaigners and those new to feminism.
Speakers included Helena Kennedy, Natasha Walter, Ceri Goddard, Nadje Al-Ali, Beverley Beech, Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Rebecca Mott, Leila Alikarami, Ann Rossiter, Finn Mackay, Heidi Mirza, Cynthia Cockburn, Rahila Gupta, Vera Baird, Pragna Patel, and more.
What they said about Feminism in London 2010
“Amazing conference today with wonderful speakers and a supportive atmosphere – I am inspired and energised and proud to be a feminist. Thank you.”
“It was my first time here and I LOVED it – I’ll definitely be back next year and recommend it to my feminist friends. I feel totally inspired now. The speakers were more than excellent.”
“Hearing extremely intelligent, inspiring women (like Helena Kennedy and Rahila Gupta) speak and disagree with one another – the space for difference and sometimes conflicting voices was what made today a safe and energising environment for me.”
“Thank you so much for putting on this event, I feel like I’ve awakened from a long and passive spell in which my feminist ideals were set aside to make way for girl power and assumed equality. I am inspired and motivated to become an active feminist. Amazing.”
“It was a triumph for me because I was able to bring my two daughters aged 13 and 14. They took part in both [youth] workshops which was excellent and sat in the main hall listening to all the speakers. The film that they watched in the main hall was particularly powerful! I went off to two excellent workshops, brilliant! Looking over and seeing my two girls enthusiastically applauding Finn’s speech, well we just wanted to march to Reclaim The Night right there and then. On the way home a group of drunken fools said “hello girls” and we turned to each other and said that’s what today was about. We don’t have to put up (and shut up) with things that make us uncomfortable!” Melodie Holliday
“Experiencing – perhaps for the first time – what it was like to be not only the member of a minority group, but spending the entire day thinking about things from other people’s perspectives. As a man, so much of my daily life experience is straightforwardly about me; it was very refreshing to see what it’s like to think primarily about others, their experiences, their problems and their ideas.”
“Thank you for putting together a fabulous conference – it was inspirational and extremely-uplifting to see so many women speak with intelligence and cunning about our rights, our situation and the world we live in.” Francesca
Watch the videos
The programme in the main hall at Feminism in London 2010 was live streamed and recorded. You can watch the recordings at:
Click the images of the flyers to read about the previous Feminism in London conferences.
Photographs of Feminism in London 2010 by Kirsty McCall-Thornley, Lucie Marasco, Maria Mursell, Aliya Mirza, Portia Roelofs, David Ellis and Catherine Brogan.
The London Feminist Network and the Feminism in London 08 conference featured in the third and final part of acclaimed filmmaker Vanessa Engle’s recent three-part documentary series about feminism and its impact on women’s lives. The concluding part, called Activists, was first shown on BBC4 on Monday 22 March.
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