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Women in Activism Conference

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David Hume Tower Lecture Theatres

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Do you consider yourself to be a (female) activist? Are you interested in pursuing an activist path but don't quite know where to begin? Or do you simply want to find out about the amazing work women are doing in Scotland and around the world?

Whatever the case may be, Girl Up Edinburgh Campus is excited to invite you to an afternoon dedicated to women in activism!

You can look forward to the following:

12:30: Doors Open

13:00: Official Welcome

13:15: Girl Up Edinburgh Campus will give a short presentation on what the Girl Up initiative is, introduce its projects, goals and the impact it has worldwide as well as give an insight to what the UoE society does to support the UN Foundation’s aims.

13:30: Zozan Yaşar, a Kurdish activist and journalist, who is currently a freelance presenter for the BBC, a Kurdish teacher, and has previously been a journalist at the Voice of America and also worked for numerous significant charities such as the Human Rights Association will be sharing her experiences with feminism in Kurdistan and her activist path.

14:15: Michelle Davitt and Sheila Cannell from the Scottish Love in Action (SLA), an Edinburgh-based charity that cares for and supports vulnerable children in India with the purpose to help transform their lives through partnering with and supporting grassroots Indian organisations that care for and educate children, will be giving a talk on their work with girls in India and the ethics of activism. What is responsible activism and is it possible to avoid the white saviour complex within Western charities and work effectively with local organisations to achieve a truly anti-oppressive practice?

15:00: Refreshment Break

15:30: Lipa Hussain, who is a community engagement officer, interning with the United Nation House Scotland and currently on the Board of Trustees for the YWCA (originally the Young Women’s Christian Association, now the secular Young Women’s movement), an organisation which is imperative in implementing changed that will create equal opportunities in Scotland, will be giving us insight into her journey of being a Muslim woman of colour in Scotland as well as a feminist, and the challenges she has faced both due to the Western perception of Islam and Islam’s perception of feminism.

16:00: Dr Gemma Flynn, a Teaching Fellow in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh, who’s currently teaching courses on Gender & Justice and Media & Crime, and is in the process of delivering a three part public lecture series on Punishment & Spectacle, which considers the rise and fall of Kanye West, Celebrity Activism in Mass Incarceration and the MeToo movement as modern case studies illuminating modes of punishment in 2018, will be speaking on the need for feminist activism in 2018. What does academic research tell us about the urgent struggles for women right now and how can we summon the strength to act in today’s neoliberal society? Ultimately, does tackling broader issues of injustice begin with a reconsideration of self?

16:45: Amal Azzudin, a Somali-born Scottish refugee and co-founder of the Glasgow Girls, a group of young women who campaigned against the harsh treatment of asylum-seekers in response to the detainment of one of their friends and were incredibly important in raising public awareness, and through their petitioning of Scottish Parliament influenced the government’s decision to change immigration laws, will be sharing her thoughts on being a young activist and the current state of affairs regarding refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland.

17:30: Marina Mahathir, a Malaysian activist and writer, leading non-governmental organisations such as the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, actively campaigning for women’s and LGBTQ rights in Malaysia and who was awarded UN Person of the Year in 2010, will be talking about her experiences as an activist, the challenges she has faced and give advice to young activists.

18:30: Farewells & Thanks

Please also note that we're collaborating with Period Poverty University of Edinburgh and we'll be collecting sanitary products and bras for Edinburgh women shelters at the conference!

All proceeds from the tickets sold will be donated to Girl Up, to support their ongoing projects with adolescent girls in Guatemala, India, Malawi, Uganda, Liberia and Ethiopia.

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