‘Reclaim the Night’ was a central theme of FAN’s International Women’s Day exhibition for 2018. November 12th 2017 was the 40th anniversary of the start of the ‘Reclaim the Night’ marches. Every year, these marches bring 1000s of women onto the streets to reclaim their right to enjoy the freedom of our towns and cities, at night, without fearing male violence. (Although one volunteer has suggested we need Reclaim the Day marches too.) The exhibition included a running video highlighting some of the marches throughout the years, including commentary by women who took part. Following on the theme of calling out male violence, misogyny and ‘every day sexism’, the exhibition included contemporary material including a “Times Up” exhibition. There was also a “Me Too” board on which some women did post their own experiences. At 12 then at 1 there were conversations set off by a speaker followed by debate – relating to violence against women and women’s resistance. Finally, as this is also the anniversary year when some women got the vote, the exhibition included suffragette artefacts. Many visitors left their contact details in order to learn more about FAN and two visitors kindly volunteered to help FAN dismantle the exhibition at the end of the day. Thanks to everyone who came along.
There is industrial action by the UCU on 8th March and we will not be crossing the picket line so our IWD celebratory exhibition this year will be on Friday 9th March – hope to see you there.
The exhibition this year will be focusing on Reclaim the Night (40 year anniversary this year) and action on violence against women items from our archive.
Notice from SARSVL
5-11 February 2018 is Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week, and we’re currently recruiting Helpline Volunteers.
Please help us spread the word about our latest Helpline Volunteer Recruitment, or perhaps you are interested in volunteering with us yourself.
Find out everything you need to know about our next training course on our website here.
Our telephone helpline is free, confidential and anonymous. Women and girls can contact us on 0808 802 3344.
We also provide text, email and face to face emotional support sessions – more on that here.
Find out more about the #ITSNOTOK campaign here.
In other news…
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Today marks the centenary of women fighting for and gaining the vote in the UK. The pivotal moment in feminist history came one hundred years ago when George V gave royal assent for the representation of the people act, giving over 8 million women the right to vote. This meant women over 30 with property where allowed to vote but it would be another ten years before women could participate equally with men in democracy. The 1918 act, fought for by Millicent Fawcett and suffragette leaders and working class women, was a crucial moment for women’s rights and helped lay the foundations for political, social and economic equality.
However, a hundred years later and still women face gender inequality and prejudice, examples are evident in the Times Up and Me Too campaigns and the fight for gender pay equality and the opposition of legislation that further impede progression of women’s rights.
We at Feminist Archive North are conscious of the historical value of our archive and know that in another hundred years we will still be celebrating the phenomenal efforts of women in fighting for equality.
“The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics”. E Pankhurst
“War by all classes of our countrymen has brought us nearer together, has opened men’s eyes, and removed misunderstandings on all sides”. G.cox