Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a lovely break and are looking
forward to all 2012 will bring.
Next Feminist Brighton Meeting
The next Feminist Brighton Meeting will be on the 10th January, next
Tuesday from 7pm at the Friends Meeting House. As we have a few ideas in the pipeline at the moment, I thought it would be an idea to make this a dedicated action meeting, to discuss the following actions, campaigns, activities we have been brainstorming:
– The Equalities Impact Assessment on the Council’s budget. We talked
last month about looking at the specific impact of the budget and the Council’s cuts on women in Brighton and Hove. Come along to the meeting to discuss how to be involved.
– Tackling misogyny in the media. Last meeting we discussed possible
actions in support of women bloggers and journalists who face
significant and often violent verbal and written attacks.
– International Women’s Day. This isn’t far away now. The women’s
centre have a programme of events in the planning stages, and it would
be great for Feminist Brighton to host an event of our own to mark
this important week for feminists and those campaigning for women’s
rights internationally. We’ll spend part of the meeting discussing
ideas for this.
Please note, in my last email I mentioned a separate meeting on the
11th to discuss the Equalities Impact Assessment. Given that we are already meeting on the 10th it makes sense to discuss all these things during the action meeting, rather than meeting twice in one week, so the meeting on the 11th is cancelled. I hope this doesn’t cause any inconvenience.
Just Say No to Dorries’ Abstinence Education Bill
On the 20th january there is a demonstration in London in protest
against Nadine Dorries Abstinence Bill which is being heard in Parliament. You may remember Dorries from last year, when she
proposed to take counselling services from abortion providers, well she’s back with a bill that encourages schools to teach abstinence to GIRLS in schools. The message of the bill is that women need to be responsible for not getting pregnant, no word of the male partner, and she even suggests that teaching abstinence may curb sexual abuse. A Brighton activist is organising the demonstration, hope you can make
it – http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/195189847230161/
As usual the meeting on the 10th will take place in the Friends
Meeting House, and there is a £2 suggested donation to cover the cost
of room hire. All are welcome.
I hope to see you on the 10th.