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Academic Freedom, Material Reality, and the Tolerance of Legally Held Beliefs – EAFAF Successfully Hold Film Screening

Eight security guards, corridors lined with metal barricades, and a police escort – I was not in a civil war zone or visiting a prison, but rather walking the halls of Edinburgh University. Many years ago, in the very same lecture theatre, I attended a political film screening arranged by an Edinburgh University society. I …

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Free Speech Union Edinburgh Speakeasy: Can Words Really Hurt?

I was delighted to attend The Free Speech Union Speakeasy held at The Counting House in Edinburgh on 25th October. It was my first event of this kind & I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The weather was pretty dire but I was determined not to let that put me off. I had arranged …

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The FiLiA 2023 Conference Glasgow – A Personal Reflection

With no Forth Valley Feminist stall at FiLiA this year (we decided to focus our energy on organising our annual event to be held in Falkirk in Feb 2024), our members were free to enjoy the conference as ordinary delegates and we certainly made the most of it! It would be easy to use this …

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A Remarkable Weekend of Empowerment and Discussion at FiLiA Conference 2023

From Friday, October 13th to Sunday, October 15th, 2023, Glasgow played host to FiLiA, the annual women’s conference organized by the British women’s rights group FiLiA. Drawing in 1,400 attendees from 35 countries, this event was a powerful platform for discussing global activism, persisting challenges, and the oppression women face. A Rocky Start: Counter-Protest and …

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Elaine Miller at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Woman’s Festival

Elaine Miller spoke at the Forth Valley Feminist’s 2023 Woman’s Festival about how Nicola Sturgeon radicalised her. Elaine is a pelvic floor physiotherapist; she has had two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows: Gussie Grippers and Viva Your Vulva – the Hole Story; and she is now standing for the Corstorphine/Murrayfield by-election. Elaine has been working in …

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Susan Smith at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Woman’s Festival

Susan Smith founded For Women Scot with Trina Budge and Marion Calder in 2018 in response to growing concern about how reforming the Gender Recognition Act to allow for self-identification of gender identity would affect women’s rights. For Women Scot has since grown to become one of the country’s most prominent women’s rights organisations. Susan …

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Lucy Hunter Blackburn at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Woman’s Festival

MurrayBlackburnMackenzie is a policy analysis collective founded in 2018 by Dr. Kath Murray, Lucy Hunter Blackburn, and Lisa Mackenzie, which has emerged as one of the pivotal organisations in Scotland’s fight to protect women’s rights. Lucy spoke about The Scottish Parliament and Women: Reflections on the GRR Bill at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Women’s Festival. One of …

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Mara Ricoy Olariaga at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Woman’s Festival

Mara Ricoy Olariaga discussed the year in reproductive rights at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Woman’s Festival. Mara is an activist, speaker, writer, educator, poet, and specialist in obstetric violence. She is also a woman, bisexual, survivor, and feminist. The MBRRACE-UK report is an annual investigation into the deaths of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and …

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Jane McLenachan at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Woman’s Festival

Jane McLenachan was a social worker for 20 years, mainly in child protection, working in Scotland and England. She then spent 20 years in social work education, working in universities in England and Scotland before retiring in 2020. Jane discussed the influence of gender ideology on social work at the Forth Valley Feminist Women’s Festival …

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Marina Strinkovsky at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Woman’s Festival

Marina Strinkovsky is a feminist thinker and writer, who blogs at Not A Zero Sum Game. She spoke about the history of feminism at the Forth Valley Feminist 2023 Woman’s Festival. Feminism, as described by Marina Strinkovsky, is the largest and most radical movement in the world. The aim of feminism is to change social …

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