What inspires women and men to become feminists? Bristol-based writer and activist Sian Norris’ new book, The Light Bulb Moment, seeks to answer this question. She asked women and men from up and down the UK to tell their stories of how they became feminists, collecting them all in a beautifully designed pocket-sized anthology. The launch event invites her and a range of contributors to share their funny, moving and inspiring stories with you. Readers include: Helen Mott, Jane Duffus, Natalie Collins, Jess Haigh, Marta Owczarek, Carrie Dunn, Marina Strinkovsy. The evening will conclude with a panel discussion on the Future of Feminism. We’ll be joined by activist and writer Zohra Moosa from Actionaid; activist Chitra Nagarajan from Southall Black Sisters; activist Anna van Heeswijk from Object, and Mara Clarke from Abortion Support Network. Join us to reflect on feminism’s past and discuss feminism’s future. Please note that Natasha Walter is no longer able to attend this event.
Sian Norris is a writer and feminist activist. She co-ordinates the Bristol Feminist Network. In 2011 she set up a self-publishing imprint, Crooked Rib Publishing, and has released two books, Greta and Boris and The Light Bulb Moment. She writes for a range of publications and websites, including the Guardian, The F-Word and The Fresh Outlook, as well as her own blog at www.sianandcrookedrib.blogspot.com.
Zohra Moosa is Women’s Rights Advisor at ActionAid UK (www.actionaid.org.uk). She is currently leading work on tackling violence against women, supporting Women Human Rights Defenders, and protecting women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts. She is the author of Destined to Fail? How Violence Against Women is Undoing Development (February 2010). She blogs at The F-Word, is a regular writer and commentator on equality and justice, and can be found on Twitter at twitter.com/zohramoosa.
Mara Clarke is the founder and director of Abortion Support Network, an all-volunteer charity providing financial assistance, accommodation and confidential, non-judgemental information to women forced to travel to England to access safe and legal abortions. For more information please visit the website www.abortionsupport.org.uk.
Angela Saini is a science journalist and reports for the BBC, New Scientist, Wired and the Economist. She was named European Young Science Writer of the Year in 2009, and in 2008 won a European television news award. Visit her website at www.angelasaini.co.uk.
Chitra Nagarajan is a lifelong activist for gender equality, working to promote and protect the human rights of women in China, the UK, the US and countries in West Africa. She engages in feminist activism in the UK through setting up the Black Feminist Network, re-starting the consciousness raising movement and helping to organise the annual Feminism in London activist conferences.
Anna Van Heeswijk, a member of the organisation Object (www.object.org.uk) since 2008, appeared at the Leveson Inquiry, where she argued that the media was largely responsible for on-going negative attitudes of women in society today. She regularly attracts media attention through persistent protesting and her lobbying of the government.
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