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92 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
#162 Feminist Academic Jo Phoenix is Standing Her Ground and Moving Forward
Professor Jo Phoenix, Chair in Criminology at The Open University, a Trustee of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and the Co-Convenor of the Gender Critical Research Network at the Open University, joins Raquel Rosario Sanchez to discuss the rights of women in prison, her decades-long work in Criminology and her personal experience being in the centre of the fight to uphold academic freedom.
133 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
#161 Women Leaving Faith
Three women from three different Abrahamic religions talk with host Gita Sahgal about their experiences growing up in and leaving fundamentalist expressions of faith. Yasmine Mohammed, an ex-Muslim; Frimet Goldberger, formerly an ultra-Orthodox Jew; and Alice Greczyn, an ex-evangelical Christian, share how their different stories overlap with common bonds. Unpacking how religion perpetuates patriarchy offers listeners firsthand accounts of why so many girls and women are leaving toxic faith behind.
25 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
#160 A Response to the University of Leicester's "Student Sex Worker Policy & Toolkit"
In this episode, FiLiA volunteer Luba Fein meets Nicole, a sex trade survivor to discuss the University of Leicester’s recent publication, the “Student Sex Worker Policy and Toolkit” which details how best to support those who may turn to prostitution, online services and stripping.
78 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
#159 Julie Macfarlane: A Force of Nature Against Patriarchal Abuse
We are delighted to speak with a remarkable force of nature called Julie Macfarlane. A fierce advocate for survivors of sexual violence as well as survivors of institutional abuse, Dr Julie Macfarlane has spent her adult life teaching in law schools in four continents, researching and working on progressive causes that she feels passionately about. She is the author of Going Public: A Survivor’s Journey from Grief to Action which merges the worlds of personal and professional, activism and scholarship. Drawing upon decades of legal training, Macfarlane decodes the well-worn methods used by church, school, and state to silence survivors, from first reporting to cross-examination to non-disclosure agreements. At the same time, she lays bare the isolation and exhaustion of going public in her own life, as she takes her abuser to court, challenges her colleagues, and weathers a defamation lawsuit. In this episode, Raquel Rosario Sanchez learns about the work of such a force of nature and Julie’s inspirational journey from survivor to activist game changer.
89 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
#158 Ann Henderson on Recording the Contribution that Women Make in Academia
Ann Henderson was the second female Rector at the University of Edinburgh. During her three-year tenure, she experienced sustained targeting by trans activist students and staff members, while receiving minimal institutional support. In this episode, she speaks about her background as a campaigner in the labour movement, her work in the railway industry and her experiences leaving her mark in academia.
25 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
#157 Combatting Rape Culture and Sexism in Schools
We speak to Gemma Aitchison from Yes Matters about the Yes Matters Commitment, an initiative to tackle rape culture in schools. Helping schools to show pupils and parents alike that they are taking rape culture seriously and that they are taking the well being, safety and social development of their child seriously, the project teaches educators about consent, respect, good mental health and emotional regulation skills. Gemma also discusses why she created YES Matters UK, and about her work to challenge policies in Westminster and the European Parliament. An inspirational story of a working-class woman determined to change the world.
46 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
#156 Ban Virginity Testing and Hymenoplasty
We talk to Halaleh Taheri, Founder & Executive Director of MEWSo, who is campaigning to ban Virginity testing and Hymenoplasty (hymen repair) and to expose it as the misogynistic practice that it is, which has no place in society today. In this episode, Halaleh talks about her life as an activist, the brilliant work of MEWSo and explains more about the campaign and how you can help to end this abuse of young women and girls.
76 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
#155 Women Unsilenced: Feminists speak out against torture
We listen to stories of survivors of prostitution/pornography, female sexual mutilation, rape... It is now time we confronted the reality of torture. Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald have compiled decades of activism against torture and testimonies of survivors in their forthcoming book Women Unsilenced: Our Refusal To Let Torturers-Traffickers Win. In this episode of the FiLiA podcast, Yagmur Uygarkizi from Radical Girlsss speaks to Jeanne and Linda about feminist healing, 'the right to anger' and the power of laughter, and about their indefectible hope for change.
61 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
#154 FiLiA Legacy Project Meets Sharena Lee Satti
In this episode of the FiLiA podcast, we speak to poet Sharena Lee Satti about her work and inspiration.Writing has never been optional for Sharena Lee Satti. Like eating and breathing, it’s something integral to her existence. Every day she is thankful to be able to make a small difference to society, sharing something she is deeply passionate about.In January 2020 a literary agent (The Verve Poetry Press) saw her potential and that was the beginning of a new chapter of Sharena’s professional literary life. She published her book "She" in Autumn 2020."The poems in She cover an already long career as an inspiring live poet, host and workshopper. Her poems are real, raw and honest, addressing issues such as survival, cultural-identity, life’s battles, self-love, body dysmorphia and many other subjects that people struggle to speak out about. Her love of nature is also evident. She writes with her emotions to the fore and her heart at the centre – with a power that can leave you breathless."
55 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
#153 Birthing Expert Milli Hill Will Not be Silenced by Misogynist Bullies
Birthing expert Milli Hill who was “cancelled” for suggesting violence in childbirth was committed against women rather than against “birthing people” talks to FiLiA Spokeswoman Raquel Rosario Sanchez in this episode of the FiLiA podcast.Milli Hill, a bestselling author and an expert in women’s rights in childbirth and throughout their reproductive lives, found herself at the epicentre of a bullying and ostracism campaign last year that has spanned over eight months of her life. Recently, she published an essay titled ‘I will not be silenced’ where she details her experiences of ostracism and abuse in the birthing community, after stating that obstetric violence constitutes sex-based violence and is, therefore, a form of violence against women.
56 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
#152 Helen Joyce on Trans
Dr Helen Joyce, author, journalist and editor at The Economist, joins the FiLiA podcast to discuss her newly-released book Trans. An in-depth exploration of the phenomenon of gender identity theory, Helen writes about how these ideas impact our ability to speak about biological sex and what these developments mean for society. Helen's work outlines how ideas that privilege subjective feelings of personal gender identity over objective definitions of sex are logically nonsensical, with implications that cause damage to children, erode the rights of women & girls, and make homosexuality once again taboo. Helen highlights the importance of hearing the stories of detransitioners, the ethical duties of a journalist and whether the misogyny and homophobia we see in some aspects of gender identity activism might be a feature, not a bug.
93 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
#151 Stephanie Davies-Arai Interviews Parents of Gender Confused Boys
Leading expert Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend discusses Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria with two concerned mothers, Emily and Marie, who are involved with Genspect, an international alliance of parent and professional groups whose aim is to advocate for parents of gender-questioning children and young people. They discuss current parenting struggles within the transgender movement, the role of feminism in protecting all children, and Autism, which affects many girls struggling with gender identity as well.
60 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
#150 Kurdish Women's Voices: Interview with Houzan Mahmoud
We speak to Houzan Mahmoud, a Kurdish feminist, writer and anti-war activist from South Kurdistan. She was one of the speakers at the anti-war rally in March 2003 in London and is the co-founder of the Culture Project, a platform for Kurdish feminists, writers and activists. Houzan’s book, conceived as part of Culture Project's self-writing program, is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand the struggle of Kurdish women through their own words.
106 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
#149 Global Update on Sex-Based Rights with Spanish and German Feminists
This May, feminists around the world greeted the news that efforts to uphold women’s sex-based rights were being upheld both in the Spanish and German national Congress:On May 18th, Spain voted against attempts to introduce sex self-identification into Congress (in large part, thanks to the abstention of the left-wing PSOE political party). The next day, on May 19th, through a couple of legislative proposals, Germany’s Congress also rejected similar efforts. While this may represent temporary measures, it is important to note the significant opposition from grassroots feminist in achieving this outcome, recognise their efforts and learn about the next steps in this continuing battle. In this podcast, FiLiA Spokeswoman Raquel Rosario Sanchez speaks with Tasia Aránguez Sánchez from Spain and Victoria Feuerstein from Germany about these recent developments.
113 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
#148 German Abolitionists Expose the Shocking Truth about the Legal Sex Trade
Discover the real, often hidden story of the legalised German sex trade. Manuela Schon and Elly Arrow are two abolitionists from Germany, a country famous for its vast legal sex industry. Many people believe that the German model proves the success of legalisation, arguing that the sex trade is safer when legalised. However, feminist researchers and activists from Germany have been telling a completely different story for years. It is a shocking story about violence, suffering, rape, cruelty and even murder under the auspices of legal prostitution.
64 minutes | May 31, 2021
#147 Bright Green Lies: Reclaiming the Environmental Movement
FiLiA volunteer Salonika, interviews Lierre Keith and Julia Barnes about their book and documentary film, ‘Bright Green Lies’. Lierre and Julia explain how the environmental movement has now been highjacked by the ideas that harm the environment, and what we can do to reclaim the movement. The discussion also highlights the relationship between the oppression of women and the destruction of the natural world and the parallel between the mainstream environmental movement and the mainstream feminist movement.
86 minutes | May 28, 2021
#146 The Pimping of Prostitution by Julie Bindel - Audio Book Launch
Journalist, author, co-founder of Justice for Women and Feminist activist Julie Bindel and founder of SPACE International Rachel Moran discuss one of the most contested issues facing feminists, human rights activists and governments around the globe – the international sex trade.This episode of the FiLiA Podcast is the recording from the Audio Book Launch of Julie Bindel’s book ‘The Pimping of Prostitution. This new release is timely and pertinent. As the pro-prostitution lobby gathers pace in both the UK and elsewhere, so must the abolitionist movement, which is fully represented in this book.
63 minutes | May 26, 2021
#145 History and Memories of the Domestic Violence Movement
In this episode of the FiLiA Podcast, Gill discusses how her new book, History and Memories of the Domestic Violence Movement, showcases the campaigning zeal on which policies, services and awareness-raising on male violence against women in the UK and across the world were built by the women of the liberation movement.
52 minutes | May 24, 2021
#144 Alice Sullivan: Why We Need Accurate Data on Sex in Science
Professor Alice Sullivan joins FiLiA volunteer Sara on the FiLiA podcast to explain why we need accurate data on sex in scientific research (and how it is especially important for women and girls), what happened regarding the sex question on the UK Census in 2021, institutional capture, and the chilling effect in universities on this topic.Alice Sullivan is a Professor of Sociology and Head of Research at the UCL Social Research Institute and was director of the 1970 British Cohort study. She is outspoken on the importance of sex as a variable in data collection, and concerns over academic freedom on the issue of tensions between sex and gender identity.
85 minutes | May 17, 2021
#143 Scottish Sisters and the struggle for funding
Sharon Aitchison, Margaret Lynch and Dawn Fyfe, three Scottish sisters on the frontline of preserving the knowledge and expertise of the Specialist Women’s sector in Scotland speak to FiLiA trustee, Sally Jackson, after another service lost its contract to a generic provider.It’s a frank, passionate and honest account of the situation, the causes and what we can all do about it. They discuss the history of the movement in Scotland, the importance of women-led services for women only and what survivors want and need from the services they access.
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