Happenings Archive



Women’s Budget Group position on Brexit


‘Based on our analysis Women’s Budget Group has concluded that Brexit will have a damaging impact on the UK economy, with a ‘hard Brexit’, likely to be the most damaging. For many women, particularly the poorest, this could mean job losses, cuts to services, squeezed family budgets and reduced legal protections. Far from taking back control, a bad deal with the EU will make us vulnerable to demands from larger countries to reduce consumer rights and regulations protecting public services and competitive pressures to reduce our own labour standards’. Click here for more information





CFP: Law, the Body and Embodiment: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives’  Australian Feminist Law Journal, Volume 46(1) 2020. Abstracts to be submitted by March 31, 2019.

‘This special issue wishes to foreground the body and embodiment in relation to the law, from both contemporary and historical perspectives. In so doing, this CFP invites contributions that consider the following, but not exclusively: what is the relationship between law and the body, and law and embodiment? How does the law preclude, encourage, marginalize, or stratify particular kinds of embodiment, if at all – and how are particular kinds of embodiment gendered, sexed, classed and/or racialized? What role does culture play in relation to law and the body, and vice-versa?’ Click here for more information



Beyond the Gender Agenda: A joint event between the CLGS and FLaG - 24 November 2018 - Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality Common Room, University of Kent


Recent incidents like the Guardian letter signed by academics who claim they are being ‘harassed over their research into transgender issues’, and who are concerned about the proposed move to self-identification in the GRA consultation process, suggest that feminists/women’s rights and trans rights positions are politically oppositional, mutually exclusive and antagonistic. This session takes place within the context of an emerging conflict over the meaning and value of gender. On the one hand, some feminists suggest that gender is inherently oppressive/harmful; they fear the annihilation of women’s rights and the dismantling of an anti-gender politics. On the other hand, some trans activists are arguing that legal gender and sex should be defined solely through self-determination. However, in this conflict, crucial struggles, positionalities and politics are being erased: what happens to a wider feminist politics that challenges gender relations, while supporting new ways of living; or the synergies between women’s rights and trans rights activisms? What common ground can we find to address systemic oppression? 

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‘How does austerity impact on women’s human rights’? Discussion of the report  of the Independent Expert on foreign debt and human right -  4th December 2018NYU London, 6 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RA, 10am – 12.00pm


The Independent Expert on foreign debt and human right focussed his thematic report to the UN General Assembly, 73rd session (2018) on the links and the impact of economic reforms and austerity measures specifically on women’s human rights. The report of the Independent Expert aims at analysing the particular ways in which austerity measures, structural adjustment, fiscal consolidation and in general economic reform programmes, have a disproportionate impact on the life of women of all ages and what to do to address the negative impacts. In this context, work by the Women’s Budget Group with the Runnymede Trust in the UK on the impact of austerity on BME women and WBG’s recent briefing on austerity and disabled women will also be presented and discussed.

Click here for more information https://wbg.org.uk/events/how-does-austerity-impact-on-womens-human-rights/






CfP: Political theory of LGBTQ migrants and refugees
November 30, 2018, University of Ottawa




LGBTQ migration, and the treatment of LGBTQ migrants and refugees, raise several ethical and political theoretical questions that are distinct from the general questions of migration. The current migration flows, immigration and admission policies, as well as modes of integration, are all affected by different notions – and expectations – of a person’s sexual and gender identity. On the one hand, LGBTQ migrants and refugees are among the most vulnerable groups in global migration movements; on the other, the movement of affluent LGBTQ persons within western cities and metropoles tells a very different story about LGBTQ migration. Click here for more information 

This workshop brings together political philosophers, ethicists and other experts on migration to discuss the political theoretical challenges of global migration and refugee movements with a specific focus on LGBTQ perspectives. Click here for more information 





UK Government lagging behind in making budgets work for women




The Women’s Budget Group will urge the UK Government to follow the example of the Scottish Government in analysing economic policies for their equality impact at a meeting at City Hall this evening.

The Scottish Government has established the Equality Budget Advisory Group to ensure that equality and human rights are considered when budgetary decisions are made. Dr Angela O’Hagan, a member of the Women’s Budget Group management committee and formerly Convenor of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group has been appointed as EBAG’s first external chair.

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3rd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe A One-Day Symposium | Berlin | 29th September 2018

 A recurring theme of our events in Edinburgh in 2016 and Amsterdam in 2017 is Black feminist/Afrofeminist/Womanist history and memory. By bringing together a wide range of cis and trans* women of colour and non-binary folks from across Europe, how do we ensure that we honour and remember trailblazing struggles of those who came before us? By building this Black feminist space, who is tacitly included and excluded? How do we learn from our past in order to take effective action in the present and future? How do we build and sustain meaningful intergenerational debates about Black feminism? To that end, the theme of this year’s event is about making visible the long history of Black feminist/Afrofeminist/Womanist activism in Europe. Having this symposium in Berlin is fortuitous because the city served as a backdrop for the pioneering transnational, inter-generational solidarity work of Audre Lorde, May Ayim, Ika Hügel-Marschall, Katharina Oguntoye and a network of Afro-German feminists in the 1980s and 1990s. 

Click here for more information https://woceuropeconference.wordpress.com



10th European Feminist Research Conference, 12 – 15 September 2018, Göttingen. 

This international conference takes place every three years since 1991 and it is one of the major opportunities for feminist, queer and gender studies scholars, activists, artists and policy makers from all over Europe and across disciplinary boundaries to gather and exchange experiences.2018 it will take place in Germany for the first time. The title "Difference, Diversity, Diffraction: Confronting Hegemonies and Dispossessions" addresses a fundamental issue of gender and diversity studies: social inequality, difference and equal opportunities. The subtitle "confronting" includes the appeal to reflect social exclusion and discrimination and to find an affirmative way of dealing with diversity. These questions will be discussed in their European and global dimensions. Right-wing populist movements, national isolationism, wars, climate change and movements of migration are important topics. Click here for more information








Stonewall report: LGBT in Britain – Home and Communities

A June 2018 report by Stonewall exposes ‘alarming levels of racism’ towards BAME people within the LGBT community. Many trans, bi, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith also feel excluded. The report also finds that LGBT people face persistent challenges with being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with their friends and family. Click here for more information






Looking Forward: Gender and Equality post-Brexit


Date: Wednesday 4 July 2018
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London.


 As part of the University of Sussex’s Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit project, this seminar brings together European academics with policy makers, lawyers and the voluntary sector to consider the equality agenda facing women and sexual minorities post-Brexit.

Building on analysis in the project’s forthcoming collection (to be published by Palgrave later this year), participants will hear from gender and equality experts in Norway and the UK before open discussion about the prospects of progress or regression for these individuals and groups after March 2019. Click here for more information




CfP:  Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics (20-25 August 2018, Belgrade, Serbia)


The Summer School organized is by Research Center for Cultures, Politics and Identities (IPAK.Center) and Department for Critical Political Studies (Faculty for Media and Communications, Singidunum Univeristy, Belgrade). Click here for more information http://www.ipakcentar.org/summer-school/summer-school-2018




CfP: International Conference: Law, Gender and Sexuality (26 October 2018, London, UK)

This conference is being jointly organised with the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL), and the Brill-Nijhoff Publishers. The conference aims at challenging the traditional perspectives and static representations of gender and sexuality in Asia, Middle East and the West. Click here for more information




Cardiff School of Law and Politics to host major conference on ‘The Sexual Contract’

The Law and Gender research group at the School of Law and Politics in conjunction with the Feminist Legal Studies Journal is to host a major conference on 10 to 11 May 2018. The conference will mark 30 years since the publication of Carole Pateman’s seminal work The Sexual Contract (Stanford University Press 1988). The deadline for receipt of abstracts has been extended to 1 March 2018. 

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CFP: CENTENNIAL REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE AND THE ARTS: An international, multi-disciplinary public conference, University of Surrey, UK, 29–30 June 2018

The 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People Act (6 February 1918), which granted the vote to many women in the UK, yields an ideal opportunity for sustained critical reflection on women’s suffrage. This conference seeks to explore the artistic activities nurtured within the movement, their range and legacy, as well as the relationships between politics and art. In striving for an inclusive, transnational reach, it will at the same time seek to move beyond traditional emphases on white middle-class feminism and explore the intersections between the regional, national, and global contexts for women’s suffrage with specific respect to the arts. Click here for more information https://suffragecentennial.wordpress.com






Intersecting Inequalities: the Impact of Austerity on Black and Minority Ethnic women in the UK

This report is part of an ongoing project by the Women’s Budget Group and the Runnymede Trust to analyse the impact of government budgets and spending reviews by gender, race and income. This is the first intersectional analysis of the cumulative impact of austerity using both qualitative and quantitative data. The report finds that: BME women face multiple disadvantages, including sexism and racism in the labour market. They face discrimination and bias at every stage of the recruitment process – during the evaluation of CVs and application forms, at the interview stage and once in post; BME women are more likely to live in households with dependent children. Over half of Bangladeshi, Pakistani or Black African households had one or more dependent children compared with just over a quarter of White British households; BME women are more likely to be living in poor households. In 2015/16, 50% of Bangladeshi households, 46% of Pakistani households and 40% of Black African/Caribbean households were living in poverty compared to 19% of White British households. Click here for more information




Call for participants. ‘The Good, the Bad and the Monster. Queers, Crips and (Other) Misfits off the edge of the map’. May 14 to 18, 2018, Water Museum (Coimbra, PT)



The image of the monster has been historically used to epitomise danger, abnormality, sin. Even before angels, monsters were portrayed as messengers who anticipated catastrophes, such as storms and other dramatic events which would be too strong to be explained. Only good behaviour, submission to rules or faith into another inexplicable bigger entity, such as magic, witchcraft or religion, could prevent societies to be touched by monsters. The othering of monsters – or monsters as estranged from an imagined “us” – is part of the cultural narrative that dismisses the complexity of what we call humans, contributing to the binary division between good and bad, silencing all of which exists in-between… Drawing on timely, interdisciplinary theoretical contributions and intersectional empirical work on queers, crips and other misfits, the INTIMATE Summer School will consolidate academic knowledge in the fields of sexual and gender dissidence, disability and other forms of embodied misfit. Click here for more information http://www.ces.uc.pt/cessummerschool/index.php?id=18427&id_lingua=2






The African Feminist Judgments Project – Call for Papers 


The African Feminist Judgment Project is coordinated by Sibongile Ndashe (Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa), Johannesburg), Dr Sharifah Sekalala (Warwick Law School) and Professor Ambreena Manji (Cardiff Law School). It builds on similar projects (Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and USA) to draft and disseminate alternative judgments for important African landmark cases on a range of legal issues. At the heart of the project are the following questions — what might we mean by a landmark case in the African context? What is feminist judicial practice in Africa and what might we want it to be? How might alternative feminist judgments contribute to African jurisprudence, legal practice and judicial decision-making? What are the specific Constitutional and historical contexts within which the project must be understood? The practice of academic rewriting of judgment is not new, nor is the practice of feminist rewriting of judgments. The African Feminist Judgment Project draws from sister projects around the world in which feminist academics, lawyers and activists have written alternative feminist judgments in leading cases. Click here for more information




“Special issue: Transitions and living memories: The collective archive of PECANS”

Deadline Submission, 15th May 2018.


The Post-graduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars (PECANS) invite former members and attendees to submit contributions related to PECANS which reflect, reinterpret, and/or give a visual or narrative existence (essays, collages, mementos) to the fragmented memories of PECANS conference presentations. Inspiration can be drawn from ephemeral affective objects (scribbled edited papers, posters, notes), informal visual data (photos, videos), PhD diary entries, supervision records, emails, call for papers, reports, coffee-break encounters, etc. The authors are free to choose the length and format for their contributions. For submissions, questions or discuss potential contributions, contact the special editors Emily Jones, Charlotte Bendall and Nayeli Urquiza at PECANSmemory@gmail.com. Click here for more information   https://www.academia.edu/34944192/Feminist_at_law_Call_for_contributions_Special_issue_Transitions_and_living_memories_The_collective_archive_of_PECANS



Feminists @ Law: Revisiting Identity Symposium, 2-3 November 2017 UTS Faculty of Law, Australia

The theme of identity has been central to feminist theory but has been repeatedly challenged, fractured and reiterated through material, representational and political frameworks based on categories of class, race, sexuality, gender and disability. What place, then, if any, should ‘identity’ have in feminist approaches to law in 2017? Can ‘identity’ still be used as a legitimate critical and strategic category? The symposium will provide a rare opportunity for feminists working in and with law from a range of contexts — including scholars, practitioners and activists — to come together to discuss aspects of their work. Presentations will focus on feminist engagements, re-engagements and disengagements with identity within the broad field of law, legal theory and practice. Click here for more information https://www.uts.edu.au/about/faculty-law/events/feminists-law-revisiting-identity-symposium


Interdisciplinary study day on LGBTQI+ politics and art

Women’s Art Library, ground floor of Goldsmiths Library in the Rutherford Building


The event facilitates an interdisciplinary knowledge exchange on art, LGBTQI+ visibility, human rights, social justice, diversity and equality. Professionals, students, researchers and activists working in one or more of the above fields are invited to share their practice and together investigate the relationship between art and social justice, potentially building future collaborations. Click here for more information https://form.jotformeu.com/72335585310352






Feminist Legal Studies 25th Anniversary Lecture: Sara Ahmed, 6 October 2017, 18:00 – 21:00, Birkbeck, CLO B0, Clore Management Centre, London, WC1E 7JL

 Sara Ahmed's lecture will explore how institutions are built from small acts of use. Once we are attuned to an environment, we know what usually happens. This lecture explores how sexism and racism become usual, with specific reference to the use of banter. What happens when we challenge the use of banter as an abuse of power? What follows such challenges teaches us about power; the more you try to transform institutions the more you come up against them. Click here for more information  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feminist-legal-studies-25th-anniversary-lecture-sara-ahmed-on-the-institutional-as-usual-sexism-tickets-36747365359#tickets


Feminist Judgment Project India. Call for Proposals. Deadline 5th November 2017.

The Feminist Judgment Project India imagines the possibilities of collaborative writing of alternate judgments for several Indian cases across a broad range of legal issues having a significant bearing on women. At the heart of the project are a set of basic questions—can one formulate a distinctively feminist judicial practice? If so, what are the limitations to that approach? In what manner does this approach differ from the common law approach the court takes? Neither the practice of academic rewriting of judgment is new, nor is specifically the practice of feminist rewriting of judgments. The Feminist Judgment Project India borrows from the sister projects in Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and USA where feminist academics, lawyers, activists have written alternate versions of judgments originally authored by judges. Click here for more information https://fjpindia.wixsite.com/fjpi




Global Dialogues & Women’s Empowerment in Eurasian Contexts Feminist Mentoring (WEF) Programme –deadline 2nd October 2017

International Gender Studies (IGS) Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for two fellowships for research into women’s empowerment in Eurasia. This Programme provides an exceptional opportunity for intellectual engagement, critical education and political empowerment of women from Central Asia and South Caucasus countries to enable them to become transformative leaders in their own societies and as global citizens. Click here for more information http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/igs/mentoring/wef-oxford/wef-application






CfP: Feminists at Law: Revisiting Identity Symposium
Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney
2-3 November 2017


In 2017, the theme of ‘Revisiting Identity’ has been chosen to provide an opportunity to engage with a range of contemporary feminist intersections with law, legal theory and activism. The theme of identity has been central to feminist theory and has been repeatedly challenged, fractured and reiterated through material, representational and political frameworks based on categories of class, race, sexuality, gender and disability. What place, then, if any, should “identity” have in feminist approaches to the law in 2017? Can “identity” still be used as a legitimate critical and strategic category? We invite paper proposals that address any aspect of feminist engagements, re-engagements and disengagements with identity within the broad field of law, legal theory and practice.  Click here for more infiormation



 Brenda Hale appointed as UK supreme court'sfirst female president


‘Lady Hale is a longstanding champion of diversity in the judiciary. She has previously said the court should be ashamed if it does not improve its record on the issue…Hale has criticised the inbuilt bias in choosing judges, and the dependence on “soundings” from judges, as producing a judiciary that is “not only mainly male, overwhelmingly white, but also largely the product of a limited range of educational institutions and social backgrounds”’. Click here for more information



Doctors, Conscience and Abortion Law and Practice workshop - 29 June 2017, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK


This event is one of a number taking place during 2017, the year of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. In common with other events, its aim is to promote critical reflection about this legislation. This one-day workshop is hosted by the University of Kent, as a collaboration between the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Reproduction (CISoR), the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS) and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. It is supported by the Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality and the Social Sciences Faculty at the University of Kent. Click here for more information http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/parentingculturestudies/pcs-events/forthcoming-events/doctors-conscience-and-abortion-law-and-practice/programme/



Feminist Reflections on Law Society and Care - 21 July 2017, Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK


This event aims to bring together individuals working within feminist frameworks to address contemporary societal issues. This could include (but is not limited to) contributions in the areas of:

Ethics of Care Technologies; (Global) Justice Community / Activism;  Health Care Feminist Methodologies; Law Reform. Click here for more information



Law, Race and Brexit Britain-Launch Event for Birkbeck Centre for Research on Race and Law, May 15, 2017, 14:00-16:00, MAL 421, Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX


Legal scholars, activists and practitioners seeking to redress the climate of increasingly hostile and explicit racism, and counter the risk of its normalisation, face a number of challenges, including enhanced executive power, heightened government surveillance, the effects of cuts to legal aid, and widespread racial profiling and stigmatisation of Muslims under policies such as Prevent. This interdisciplinary roundtable addresses these urgent issues, raising the question of what strategies lawyers and activists can adopt in mobilising against recent dangerous trends’. Click here for more information 


The social reproduction of contemporary capitalism May 23, 2017, 10:30-6pm, Goldsmith, University of London, Professor Stuart Hall Building, PHS Room 326


This one-day symposium brings together leading scholars from across disciplines to advance our understanding of political economy in the ‘spheres beyond production’. Different theoretical traditions and approaches frame this as Social Reproduction, the Care Economy or Systems of Provision; this event seeks to bring these distinct voices into dialogue and debate to enhance the study of contemporary political economy. Click here for more information 





Gendering European Working Time Regimes: a book symposium, 29 March 2017, 4-6pm, Queen Mary


A book symposium organised by the Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD) for Ania Zbyszewska's book Gendering European Working Time Regimes (CUP) is taking place on 29 March 2017 from 4-6pm in Room 313, Third Floor, Law Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS.

The standard approach to regulating working hours rests on gendered assumptions about how paid and unpaid work ought to be divided. In this book, Ania Zbyszewska takes a feminist, socio-legal approach to evaluate whether the contemporary European working time regimes can support a more equal sharing of this work. Focusing on the legal and political developments surrounding the EU's Working Time Directive and the reforms of Poland's Labour Code, Zbyszewska reveals that both regimes retain this traditional gender bias, and suggests the reasons for its persistence.

Click here for further information http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/events/items/190299.html?utm_source=Labour+Law&utm_campaign=01d40ae3e6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6402906d0e-01d40ae3e6-153970061



Feminist Reflections On Law, Society and Care Call for Papers, Manchester Metropolitan University, 21 July 2017


Manchester Law School invites contributions to the event: Feminist Reflections On Law, Society and Care to be held on Friday 21st July 2017. Dr. Melanie Latham is pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers: Professor Alison Jaggar, presenting on “Gendered perspectives on Global Justice” and Professor Donna Dickenson, presenting on “Feminist perspectives on Property in the Body”.

This event aims to bring together, individuals working within feminist frameworks to address contemporary societal issues. This could include (but is not limited to) contributions in the areas of: Ethics of Care,
Global Justice,
Health Care
Technologies, Community activism, Feminist Methodologies


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Confronting Gender Inequality in Uncertain Times, Wednesday 11 January 2017. Time: 6.30-8pm, LSE, Old Theatre, Old Building


Since the publication of the LSE Gender Institute’s Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power in the Autumn of 2015, we have seen a range of policy initiatives in the economic, political, legal and media realms.  But the climate in which policy is being formulated and implemented has also been transformed – in already obvious but also less calculable ways – by the outcome of last summer’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and the formation of a new government.  In this event, a distinguished panel of speakers drawn from each of the spheres tackled by the Commission will assess the likely impact of developments since the LSE report. What is the outlook for the Commission’s proposals and for gender equality in a post-Brexit world in which the prospects of increased public spending are uncertain; resort to the European Court of Justice is in question; and social cleavages have been thrown into sharp relief?

Click here for more information http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/eventsProfiles/201617/Confronting-Gender-Inequality-in-Uncertain-Times.aspx


Transformation of Gender: Reflections in Legal Research and Practice. Nordic Law and Gender Conference 2017 – University of Turku, Finland: May 11-12th, 2017. 


Call for papers. The conference calls for different perspectives on how the changing understandings of sex and gender and intersectionality are reflected in law, legal research, legal practices and theories. Theoretical and legal papers discussing any field of law are welcomes.  Doctoral students and post doc researchers are encouraged to submit papers. A call for papers will be opened in January, 2017.

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Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations Call for Papers and Participation. Global Society Workshop on Gender and Security. Deadline: 27 November 2016.


Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations is hosting a one-day workshop on the theme ‘gender and security’ to be held at the University of Kent (Canterbury, England) on 13 January 2017. The workshop is open to both presenters and non-presenters and welcomes participation from both academics (including PhD students) and practitioners. Click here for more information



Subversive Migrants in the late 19th Century, University of Kent, 17 November, 4pm (GLT2)


Sheila Rowbotham will discuss her new book Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers, and Radicals in Britain and the United States, which relates the interweaving lives of four women and two men as they journey from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, from Britain to America, and from Old World conventions toward New World utopias. Radicalised by the rise of socialism, they cross the Atlantic in search of self-fulfillment and an alternative to a cruelly competitive capitalism, and struggle to combine personal happiness with radical social commitment and emancipation. By relaying their stories, Rowbotham charts the formative links between socialism, women's emancipation, and the politics of self-realization. Click here for more information



Imagined Law: The Governance of India's Surrogacy Markets – discussion with Prabha Kotiswaran 13 October 2016, 5-7pm Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, London


India has been the hub of commercial surrogacy for the past decade, fostering an industry that experts claim is worth US $2.4billion. Enabled by a permissive legal framework, entrepreneurial Indian fertility clinics seized the opportunity to cater to the burgeoning demand of commissioning parents from the world over with hundreds of babies being born every year to Indian surrogates. However, in a significant shift in policy the Indian government has recently proposed a ban on all forms of commercial surrogacy leading some to welcome the ban as signalling the end to reproductive trafficking while others have claimed that the proposed law is in fact anti-poor and anti-women. Click here for more information


Half-day workshop on 'Diversity and Legal Reasoning' 23 November 2016, 4 -7pm Queen Mary University of London


Debates about the nature of legal reasoning tend to present legal reasoning as monolithic - as either objective and based on fundamental principles and shared values or as political and based on the interests of a dominant class. Neither side of this debate accounts for – or indeed allows for the possibility of – judicial diversity. What are the consequences for legal reasoning when decision-makers include the previously marginalised, when values are heterogeneous and when fundamental principles are contested from a range of perspectives? Contributors to this workshop will consider legal reasoning in the hands of a diverse judiciary and in response to multivocal claims for recognition and political and social inclusion. Click here for more information




13 October 2016, 5-7pm

1) Imagined Law: The Governance of India's Surrogacy Markets – discussion with Prabha Kotiswaran

Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, London


India has been the hub of commercial surrogacy for the past decade, fostering an industry that experts claim is worth US $2.4billion. Enabled by a permissive legal framework, entrepreneurial Indian fertility clinics seized the opportunity to cater to the burgeoning demand of commissioning parents from the world over with hundreds of babies being born every year to Indian surrogates. However, in a significant shift in policy the Indian government has recently proposed a ban on all forms of commercial surrogacy leading some to welcome the ban as signalling the end to reproductive trafficking while others have claimed that the proposed law is in fact anti-poor and anti-women. For more information click here



23 November 2016, 4 -7pm

Half-day workshop on 'Diversity and Legal Reasoning'

Queen Mary University of London


Debates about the nature of legal reasoning tend to present legal reasoning as monolithic - as either objective and based on fundamental principles and shared values or as political and based on the interests of a dominant class. Neither side of this debate accounts for – or indeed allows for the possibility of – judicial diversity. What are the consequences for legal reasoning when decision-makers include the previously marginalised, when values are heterogeneous and when fundamental principles are contested from a range of perspectives? Contributors to this workshop will consider legal reasoning in the hands of a diverse judiciary and in response to multivocal claims for recognition and political and social inclusion. For more information click here



Michael Perlin's Lecture on 'Sexuality, Disability and the Law: Beyond the Last Frontier?' University of Leeds, 20th July 2016. 

Professor Michael Perlin will be discussing central themes from his recently published book 'Sexuality, Disability and the Law: Beyond the Last Frontier?' (2016, Palgrave Macmillan). His paper will address issues of Disability and Sexuality, particularly focusing on the hostility that often emerges around relationships between adults with disabilities, the stereotypes at play and how such problems might be remedied. Click here for more information



Adelle Blackett’s seminar on "Law, domestic work and challenging neoliberal governance": SOAS, London at 15.00 on Friday 29 July 2016

In this Q&A session, Professor Adelle Blackett will bring together her theoretical scholarship on domestic work and the gendered nature of informal work, with an examination of the process of translating such scholarly work into legal norms - using the example of the ILO (International Labour Organisation) convention on Domestic Workers to examine how scholars can make interventions into policy. Click here for more information



British Psychological Society, Psychology of Sexualities Section -  Awards and Funding

The BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section has an increased suite of Awards for 2016 with extended deadlines of *31 May* for the three categories of Undergraduate, Practitioner and Research.

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Using Feminist Approaches: A Socio-Legal Research Roundtable 24 May 2016, Kent Law School, University of Kent

The aim of this Roundtable is to encourage in-depth and constructive dialogue on feminist approaches, theories and methods in interdisciplinary socio-legal research. The Roundtable will consist of an intensive one-day workshop organised in two sessions. Doctoral and early career researchers engaged in feminist critical/empirical work are welcome. Click here for more information



Call for Evidence to the Political Studies Association (PSA) Commission on the Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain

The commission invites you to submit evidence on the impacts of changes in regulation and financing on the provision of care to older people in England. This call for evidence is a part of the work by the Commission on the Crisis of Care and it will inform their findings. They particularly welcome any information (existing evidence, research and studies) you may be able to provide on changes in regulation and funding of social care to older people since 2010 and that considers issues related to gender and care providers and recipients from black and ethnic minority communities. Click here for more information



On liberty - Tuesday 1 March & Tuesday 8 March 2016 | Wolfson 1, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

In this Masterclass – which is over two sessions – Shami Chakrabarti will argue that an individual’s fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and will suggest that those rights are under unprecedented pressure today. Drawing on her own work in high-profile campaigns, from privacy laws to anti-terror legislation, Chakrabarti will outline what she contends are the current threats to democratic institutions and assert that individual rights are paramount in upholding democracy. Click here for more information



Homonationalisms and Criminalized Queers: A Panel Discussion about Global Sexual Politics – 16 March 2016, Birkbeck University of London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX. Malet Street main building Room 415

This panel discussion will question the politics of sexualities and citizenship focusing on key moments such as the decision made by the Supreme Court of India to uphold Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial sodomy law that criminalizes queer sex and people. We will also address contentious issues such as European “gay conditionality” policies, which propose that financial aid to countries in the Global South should be dependent on the institution of LGBTQ rights. Click here for more information




Residence Rights for Carers of Union Citizen Children before the Court of Justice of the European Union – by Fulvia Staiano

In the currently pending case of Chavez-Vilchez and Others , the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was presented with two questions on the limits and scope of the principles established in its landmark Zambrano judgment. These question, in particular, aimed to ascertain the scope of the principle established in Zambrano (and subsequently clarified in Dereci), whereby a third-country national parent of a child who is a citizen of a Member State enjoys a right of residence on its territory only when it can be said that the child would be forced to leave the Union in case of expulsion of the parent. Click here for more information





Policing Pregnancy: A one-day conference on maternal autonomy, risk and responsibility, 13 April 2016 9:00 am - 4:45 pm Royal College of Physicians, London

The Policing Pregnancy conference is a collaboration between British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Birthrights and the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, and will explore the provision of behavioural advice and care to pregnant women. The event is of interest to practitioners, advocates, academics, policy makers, journalists – and anyone else who is concerned about the expansion of risk thinking and its effects for the autonomy and choice-making ability of women. Click here for event programme and registration.




Othello on Trial

5 November 2015, The Octagon, Queens' Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

 Boy meets girl, falls in love, kills her. It's a story at least as old as Shakespeare's Othello and with two women in the UK killed each week by their male partners it couldn't be more disturbingly topical. This new play tackles possessive jealousy and its fatal consequences. Othello stands trial at the Old Bailey for killing his unfaithful wife. Murder or manslaughter? Should his time-honoured resort to a victim blaming defence trump her right to life? Click here for more details http://www.qmul.ac.uk/events/items/2015/164896.html



CFP: Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at LSA, June 2016

Within Law & Society, the Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. There is no pre-set theme to which papers must conform. We would be especially happy to see proposals that fit in with the LSA conference theme, which is the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. We welcome proposals that would permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN or the Gender, Sexuality and the Law CRN Click here for more information



Feminism, Legality, Knowledge – London, 30 June-1 July 2016

Queen Mary University of London and Feminist Legal Studies will host an international and interdisciplinary seminar June 30 – July 1, 2016, “to consider the relationship between feminism, legality and knowledge.” Click here for more information




Austerity, gender and household finances' conference (University of Kent, 18-19 June 2015)

The conference, one of a number of projects marking the University of Kent's 50th anniversary, aims to initiate a critical interdisciplinary dialogue to explore and interrogate the impact of austerity on households as well as the scope and effect of existing public policies and legal and regulatory measures on families and their financial circumstances. It will explore the impact of austerity on women and the vulnerable in society and incorporates the following thematic streams: Austerity and Debt and Credit; Austerity and Financialisation: What can we learn from the Global South? And Austerity and Parenting. Click here for more information 




CfP: Edited Collection. Regulating Time – New Perspectives on Law, Regulation, and Temporalities

Editors: Sian Beynon-Jones (University of York) and Emily Grabham (Kent Law School). Across the social sciences and humanities, there is growing interest in how time is co- produced with law and regulation. Ranging from analyses of pre-emption in security studies (de Goede and Amoore, 2008) to queer temporalities (Freeman, 2010), critiques of temporality in post-colonial studies (Scott, 2014), to the conceptual promise of utopias (Cooper, 2014) and chronotopes (Valverde, 2015), scholars are increasingly motivated to develop new tools for investigating time and regulation. Click here for more information



Symposium on Feminist Action at Kent- Saturday 21st March 2015, Grimond Lecture Theatre and Foyer. This event celebrates feminist achievements at the University of Kent, setting them in the context of research over the past fifty years. It will involve not only current staff and students, but also activists and experts from the local community, former students from the Kent Women?s Studies programme, and visiting speakers.  Click here for more information 



See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink Fitness -

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics _CFP


Fitness is a neglected concept in bioethics but fitness is of key importance to women?s health and well-being. Until recently the focus of feminist criticism was on diet and weight loss, while ?fitness? was thought to be benign. More recently feminists have been engaging with the rhetoric of fitness as well. Some of the issues discussed show that there are significant impediments to women?s flourishing associated with fitness talk: fat shaming, body image, the tyranny of dieting, the narrow aesthetic ideal of femininity and how antithetical it is to athleticism, the sexualization of female athletes, women and competition, issues about entitlement, inclusion, and exclusion, the way expectations about achievement are gender variable, the harms of stereotyping. Feminists have begun to interrogate the very assumptions about what constitutes ?fitness? in the first place. How is fitness connected to ableism and non-disabled privilege? Sport and fitness provide us with microcosms of more general feminist concerns about power, privilege, entitlement, and socialization.

The deadline is April 1, 2015. Click here for more information



Cycles of Care: ReValuing the Possibilities of Connection ? 28 November 2014, Queen Mary, London

This seminar will draw on the research of the ReValuing Care Network to consider the possibilities of a new ?cycles? approach to care. This approach addresses how subjects move between and among instances of care-receiving and care-giving over time and space as they generate and value connection with one another through embodied experiences and rights claims. Click here for more details




Austerity, Gender and Household Finances: call for papers, 27–28 June 2015, University of Kent

Scholars are invited to submit abstracts for the Austerity, Gender and Household Finances conference taking place at the University of Kent on 27/28 June 2015. The conference, one of a number of projects marking the University of Kent's 50th Anniversary, will explore the impact of austerity on women and the vulnerable in society and incorporates four thematic streams including the impact of austerity on: Housing; Debt and Credit; Parenting; and Financialisation. Submissions to the conference are invited from a broad range of disciplines including law, sociology, social policy, economics, psychology and gender studies. Click here for more information



Ecuador to recognise same-sex civil unions 


Starting on the 15th of September, same-sex couples in Ecuador will be able to officially register their civil union and have it noted on their national ID cards. Though same-sex marriage remains illegal, the move brings with it a whole host of financial and legal benefits. The announcement came just days after Correa met with gay and trans rights leaders and received a report from them entitled “Access to Justice and Human Rights for the LGBT community,” which documented many cases of discrimination throughout the country that stemmed from the lack of legal recognition for same-sex couples. Click here for more information



Italy: First same sex couple allowed to adopt a child

12.09.14 A court in Rome approved the first adoption of a child by a same sex couple in Italy. The Court (Tribunale per i Minorenni) upheld the request for adoption based on a law which states that the non- biological parent can be allowed to adopt their partner’s child, in order to maintain the emotional relationship and the cohabitation which has been established and reinforced through time. Click here for more information 


Reflection on Dispossession Critical feminisms, 24-25 October, SOAS, London


This two-day symposium explores the relationship between the material, cultural, psychic and symbolic dimensions and effects of dispossession. Building on a range of critical feminisms, the papers, collective discussions and keynote addresses will take forward and build on the rich and dynamic traditions of black, indigenous and post-colonial feminisms, queer theory and materialist feminisms. Registration essential Book now at store.soas.ac.uk

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Austerity, Gender and Household Finances: Call for papers


Scholars are invited to submit abstracts for the Austerity, Gender and Household Finances conference taking place at the University of Kent on 27/28 June 2015.

The conference, one of a number of projects marking the University of Kent's 50th anniversary, will explore the impact of austerity on women and the vulnerable in society and incorporates four thematic streams: Austerity and Housing; Austerity and Debt and Credit; Austerity and Parenting; and Austerity and Financialisation: What can we learn from the Global South?. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 October 2014. Click here for more information.




Funding cuts in Australia mean 'more women will remain in violent, abusive relationships'. 

20 June 2014

Lawyers speak out about $43m cut from legal assistance, causing family violence programs to be scaled down or scrapped. Click here for more details


Thinking Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute, Ohio State University, 6-11 July 2014

20 June 2014. 

Thinking Transnational Feminisms is a collaborative five-day summer institute organized by and for feminist scholars who are engaging the transnational as a process, a critique, a paradigm, and/or a characteristic of social movement in their scholarship to make sense of these multiple, sometimes contradictory, approaches and concepts.ÿ We invite graduate students, emerging, and established scholars to join us in exploring and sharpening our understanding of where the field of ?transnational feminisms? is and where it is going by sharing and critiquing each others? work in progress. Click here for more information 



Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies invites submissions for a special issue on transnational feminism and its impact on Women’s Studies as a field.

7 May 2014

With this special issue, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first United Nations World Conference on Women that took place in Mexico City in 1975. In the forty years since, transnational feminisms, Native and indigenous feminisms, and women of color feminisms have troubled the idea of a global sisterhood while also providing tools to navigate the global realities of our contemporary societies. Submission date: May 15, 2014. Click here for more information. 



Conversation with Jasbir Puar and Yasmin Gunaratnam on disability, sexuality and globalization. Thursday May 22 2014, 5-7pm, Goldsmiths, London.

7 May 2014

Bodies are often affirmed as crucial to political struggle and resistance: bodies that take a stand, that march, that assemble in protest. To this extent, the image of the dissenting body often implies a body that "can do," a body that is capable. What happens, however, if we begin with a different sense of the body: with bodies that are worn down, worn out, aging, weakening, frail, ill, hurt or disabled? If distributions of power at the levels of the local and the geo-social, manifest as distributions of capacities and incapacities, then what does this mean for a politics of intervention? How would focusing on "debilities" change our understanding of the role of bodies in political activism?  And what are some of the ethical and methodological  consequences of sensing bodies in these terms? Click here for more information

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Constitutional court issues decision on abortion restrictions in Bolivia


In a ruling that marks a significant step forward for women?s rights in the region, Bolivia?s highest court, the Plurinational Constitutional Court, issued a decision ending the requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortion in Bolivia. Click here for more information



CCJHR Conference 28 March 2014: Marriage Equality, Relationship Recognition and Non-Discrimination: Securing Equality and Rights? University College Cork, Ireland.


This conference brings together leading human rights advocates, lawyers and academics to address the many pressing questions that now face Ireland and other jurisdictions engaging in comprehensive reforms of family, constitutional, equality and human rights law. Click here for more information


What did and does radical feminism have to say? Celebrating 30 years of Trouble and Strife

Trouble & Strife first appeared in print in 1983, and by the end of 2013 the collective plan to have all print issues of the magazine available on the website. To launch the online archive, an event was held in London on 2 December 2013 at London Metropolitan University. The panel included Purna Sen, Liz Kelly and Cath Jackson. Click here to watch the video.

CFP for a Panel at the Conference of Irish Geographers 2014, 8-10 May,ÿUniversityÿCollegeÿDublin on ?Gender, Feminism and Political Geography: Challenging Traditional Perspectives and Approaches?.

Gendered theorising and analyses has reframed political geography as traditionally defined, though its ?mainstream? scholarship has yet to fully embrace feminist perspectives. Feminists have shown how the very theoretical and conceptual bases of political geography are imbued with masculinist norms and approaches. Moreover, the sub-field remains dominated by (white) men, an imbalance particularly evident in the large bodies of literature on electoral geography and geopolitics. Abstracts should be submitted by March 20th. Click here to access CFP.
AFLJ 41 Call for papers: Dogs, Pigs and Children: Changing Laws in Colonial Britain.

Deadline for submission: 15 April 2014: This special issue follows from a workshop held at the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law in London in September 2013. We are interested in addressing various aspects of British colonial history to discuss how jurisprudence relating to animals and children reflects changing attitudes in Britain and its colonies. We invite scholars from a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) law, environmental history, gender studies and theology to submit papers engaging with the ways in which laws on, inter alia, livestock; hunting; sacrificial practices; bestiality; conservation; slaughterhouses; pets; criminal liability and child labour reflect shifting conceptions of the minds and roles of animals and children. By focusing on this often neglected legal and colonial history, we hope to shed light on questions relating to how developments in one jurisdiction may have influenced another; how developments reorganized domestic and urban spaces; how they reshaped familial relationships; how legal discourses of rights and welfare tracked those of seduction and deprivation, and how the modern ?human? is constituted against the ?animal? and the ?child?. Click here to access full text http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/572835/Vol41-CFPapers.pdf 

Open Lecture: Cinzia Arruzza on Social Reproduction Feminism, Queen Mary, 30 Jan 2014.

17.1.2014 The lecture ?addresses the notion of social reproduction from the viewpoint of a unitary theory understanding gender oppression and capitalism not as two autonomous and independent systems, but rather as two distinct and interrelated moments within the same social whole.ÿSocial reproduction feminismÿhas been accused in the past of being functionalist, and of being grounded on a more or less hidden economic and biological determinism.ÿThe aim of the paper is to refute these criticisms and to show that the concept of social reproduction as such does not imply any of the theoretical weaknesses attributed by its critics, whereas it has a great explanatory potential. Indeed, the notion of social reproduction within the framework of a unitary theory enables us to understand the current crisis not in economist terms, but rather as a crisis of the reproduction of the capitalist society considered in all of its dimensions and as a moment of reconfiguration of the concrete mechanisms of gender oppression?. Click here To access full details http://www.politics.qmul.ac.uk/events/items/119371.html

Constructing Trans-Cis Sexual Intimacy as Rape: A Novel Cis-SexistÿGenre ? by Alex Sharpe
"Until very recently, I used to think transgender people were an especially vulnerable group in our society. It certainly appeared so. Didn't they experience far more violence, discrimination and general incivility than most of us?... Today, when the words 'transgender' and 'rape' come together in our national conversation they tell a rather different story. Far from being vulnerable victims, transgender people are now, apparently, marauding and sexually dangerous present-day Mr Hydes or, when the press remember to get it right, Miss Hydes". Click here to read full post.


7.12.13 Legal aid cuts are devastating to women, especially those suffering abuse- By Mary O'Hara
"More than six months after legislation was passed reducing access to justice for victims of domestic violence, women's groups are shedding light on its repercussions. Women's groups and legal aid lawyers say victims are increasingly not coming forward for help because they don't have the necessary 'proof'". Click here to read full article.


The Constant Struggle for Freedom: Anti-Racism, Feminism, and Critical Legal Studies ? by Nicola Barker
"Our struggles as women, as people of colour, as queers, as people with disabilities, as immigrants, as asylum seekers, as people who are criminalised and victims of the prison industrial complex, and as people whose labour is exploited, cannot be won if we fight alone or if we assume that all these identities are mutually exclusive?. Click here to read the blog post about Professor Angela Davis? Birkbeck law School annual lecture "Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Closure and Continuities"

Gender and the Law Conference: Limits, Contestations and Beyond, 4-6 June 2014, Izmir, Turkey. Abstracts submission deadline: 7 December 2013.
The conference aims to engage with different legal systems across cultures focusing on the ways in which social mores are institutionalised in societies aiming to render a subtle, complex account of the discursive construction of gender, linking together ideologies, language, their cultural groundings and their operation in legal context. It invites the participants to bring in the cases that enable further discussions in relation to broader contexts including social, political, cultural, economic and legal processes that underlie the construction of the gendered subjectivities. This conference is open for papers across disciplines, including, but not limited to, legal studies, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies, politics, international relations and else. Click here to access the call for papers.


Registration open for PECANS workshop on Law, Gender and Sexuality, 22-23 November 2013, Newcastle University

15.10.2013 This two-days conference will bring together postgraduate and early-career scholars from across the UK and beyond to explore the general theme of ‘Encounters with vulnerability: the victim, the fragile, the monster, the queer, the abject, the nomadic, the feminine, the shameful, and the rest’. This interdisciplinary conference in the field of Law, Gender and Sexuality’ will investigate what lies beneath vulnerability, how it is deployed, what it calls for, and how it is denied, among other. Click here for more details



Talking back on race, space and sexual assault - by Sonia Lawrence

30.9.2013 The October 2013 edition of Toronto Life Magazine includes a story by Katherine Laidlaw entitled: "Fortress York: York University spends millions on safety measures but female students are still afraid of who lurks in the bushes.  How a campus becomes a hunting ground for sexual predators". The article, in recounting a dramatic, lurid story, where predators lurk in bushes and the campus is a hunting ground, provides no useful service to anyone.  Instead, it advances a dangerous falsehood that women will be safe if we stay close to home (as long as that home is in a particular zone of the city), or avoid various denigrated &ldquo;others&rdquo;.  It manages to both exaggerate and minimize the significance of sexual assault on university campuses and elsewhere.  It relies on racist tropes about the dangers of Jane and Finch, sexist ignorance of the true nature of women&rsquo;s vulnerability to sexual assault and elitist disregard for everything outside the zones of the 1%. Click here to read and support the full response to the editor


Call for Abstracts: Gender and Labour in New Times, Keele, 2014
As part of the 2014 Gender, Work and Organisation conference, this stream calls for papers examining ‘Gender and Labour in New Times’. Such papers may include, but are not limited to, considerations of: the financialization of women’s work (both paid and unpaid), the shifting temporal dimensions of women’s labour, new forms of the productivity of women’s labour, the measurement and valuation of women’s labour in post-Fordism, women’s work in a time of austerity, indebted labour and social provisioning. Abstracts are due 1 November 2013. The full details are available here.



Call For Abstracts: Corporate Responsibility and Gendered Organisations, Keele, 2014
The global financial crisis of 2007/8 not to mention the numerous scandals that preceded it has given additional impetus to issues of corporate ethics and social responsibility. Equally a more philosophically grounded literature within feminism has renewed an interest in examining organizations from a more embodied ethical point of view. As part of 2014 Gender, Work and Organisation conference , this stream aims to develop critically engaged gendered and diversity thinking in relation to corporate responsibility Abstracts are due 1 November 2013. Click here to view full details.


CFP Radically Rethinking Marriage Workshop, Onati, 2015


Deadline for Submissions: September 20, 2013 Debates over the legalization of same-sex marriage have contained little or no critical interrogation of the institution of marriage itself. Feminist critiques of marriage, once widespread in academia, have been silenced by the difficulty of interjecting in an argument strongly shaped by discourses of love, and where the premise of the dispute itself is delimited by a framing that understands marriage as an unquestioned good that should either be protected in its 'traditional' form or available to all couples. But how could feminists radically rethink marriage? What is at stake (politically, materially, affectively) in such an endeavour? What would "rethinking marriage" look like? The full details are available here.


London Feminist Film Festival


After a successful first year, the London Feminist Film Festival will return for second year. Deadline: 31 August 2013. Submission Guidelines: Women directors from any country may enter. In the case of multiple directors, all should be women. Films should deal with feminist issues and/or be feminist in their representation of women. Films can be of any length or genre, and from any year. Non-English language films should be presented in English-subtitled versions. For more information click here .



'Culture', the Cuts and Violence against Women and Girls


There will be an open meeting in London on June 18 to discuss the ways in which 'race' and 'culture' are selectively used in discussions around violence against women and girls, and how austerity cuts are affecting these discussions. For further information click here.


What Might Feminist Policy Be and How Can it be Made?'

21.05.2013: Registration for this free event at Birkbeck is now open. Hosted by the Feminist Policy, Politics and Practice Forum, the event aims to bring together feminist academics, activists and practitioners, policymakers and researchers. The full details are available here. http://feministpolicypolitics-estw.eventbrite.co.uk/

Call for special section proposals

21.05.2013: feminists@law warmly invites proposals for special sections of the journal which advance the aims of the journal as set out below and in ‘About the Journal’. Proposals should provide details of the theme of the section, proposed editors, contributors and titles, proposed submission date, and why the material would be particularly suitable for feminists@law. Material may be in text, image, audio or video format, or any combination of these. Papers submitted as formal articles will be subject to the journal’s normal refereeing process, and referees will also be asked to comment on the coherence and original contribution of the section as a whole. The journal’s standard policies concerning format, referencing and copyright will apply and guest editors will be responsible for ensuring contributors are aware of these and for ensuring internal consistency in the presentation of the section. Proposals may be sent at any time to feministsatlaw@kent.ac.uk and will be considered by the Editorial Board on a rolling basis.

Same-sex marriage debate, by Nicola Barker

14.02.2013: It would be easy to dismiss Sir Roger Gale's 'Alice in Wonderland' speech in Parliament. However, he has unwittingly made an argument that represents the views of some members of the lesbian and gay communities who have not taken part in the mainstream debates on same-sex marriage. The debate has largely been between conservatives: those who support same-sex marriage because they are conservatives and those who oppose same-sex marriage because they are conservatives. There is little intervention from those who are not conservatives, who oppose same-sex marriage because marriage is conservative. To read more click here http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/law/2013/02/07/marriage-same-sex-couples-bill-2013-thoughts-on-the-second-reading-debatehttp://blogs.kent.ac.uk/law/2013/02/07/marriage-same-sex-couples-bill-2013-thoughts-on-the-second-reading-debate

Critiquing the McAleese Report, by Mairead Enright

11.02.2013: Tuesday saw the publication of the McAleese Report which documents extensive Irish state involvement in the Magdalene Laundries regime. The Government refuses to apologise for state involvement in the laundries and has not yet agreed to provide reparations to the women who worked, and were illegally detained in the laundries. To read more see http://humanrights.ie/criminal-justice/critiquing-the-mcaleese-report/

Prohibit the 'two-finger test' in rape cases - Sign the Petition to Sushil Kumar Shinde, Home Minister of India

07/01/2013: In India, people are on the streets against widespread sexual violence and the equally widespread and deep-seated culture of victim-blaming and misogyny that makes it difficult for rape survivors to get justice. We need you to tell the Government of India to prohibit, without any further delay, the misogynist and degrading medico-legal practice of inserting two fingers in the vagina to check if the rape survivor is 'habituated to sex.' This practice, inherited by India from colonial times, is nothing but medical 're-rape' of the rape survivor. It contributes to India's low conviction rates for rape, by allowing the survivor's past sexual history to undermine her testimony. To sign the petition click here. https://www.change.org/petitions/sushil-kumar-shinde-home-minister-of-india-prohibit-the-two-finger-test-in-rape-cases-2?tm_campaign=friend_inviter_modal&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false

Ban the 'two-finger test' in rape cases - by Pratiksha Baxi

04/01/2013: There is a surging hope that the Justice Verma Commission will do justice to the cries for freedom and justice resounding in the city surely and loudly since the tragic death of the 23 year old who was raped and brutally assaulted... The government however does not need a commission to remind it of several submissions to get rid of the colonial, sexist and violent practice of the two-finger test. There is no law, which says that doctors must insert two fingers (sometimes more, some even quibble about the size of the fingers in our courts) in the vagina to figure out whether the hymen is distensible or not. This then leads to the inference that the rape survivor is habituated to sex, introducing past sexual history into rape trials. Past sexual history was disallowed in rape trials since 2003. However, the two-finger test by medicalizing consent allows past sexual history of the raped survivor to prejudice her testimony. To read more click here. http://lawandotherthings.blogspot.in

Two Weeks to Save Lambeth Women's Project!

05.06.2012: The Lambeth Women’s Project is a space in South London that has been running for over 30 years, acting as a hub for different women’s groups, events, and projects. It does amazing work. But Lambeth Council is trying to evict LWP - they’ve been given 2 weeks to leave, with no offer of alternative premises! LWP provides space, services and opportunities for girls and women across racial, class and disability lines, and has run as a labour of love/ volunteer project for many years now. Closing LWP would take away vital services for young girls and women in an area of extensive poverty and deprivation. LWP currently houses 11 different women’s groups working in areas of advocacy, arts and music, counselling, domestic violence, gang-related, green issues, health and mentoring — these women’s groups will also be adversely affected from this eviction. For more information, see http://feministmemory.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/two-weeks-to-save-lambeth-womens-project/.

'Stop the Arrests', a coalition of sex worker rights activists and supporters, is calling for a moratorium on arrests, detention and deportation of sex workers in London with immediate effect until the end of the Olympic Games. Citing the recent World Cups in South Africa and Germany, the campaign argues that large international sporting events are often associated with increased arrests, detention and deportation of workers in the sex industry. This increased policing creates a climate of fear among workers, leaving them less likely to report crimes against them and more vulnerable to abuse. A number of community groups, service providers, academics and other individuals have added their support to the call for a moratorium and the campaign is asking for more people to add their names to the call. See http://www.moratorium2012.org/open-letter/.

Audre Lorde’s Legacy: Thursday, 3rd May 2012, the Women’s Library, London
This one-day film and cultural festival organised by the University of Kent celebrates the legacy of Audre Lorde. Lorde’s brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and women of color movements of the 70s and 80s. On occasion of the 20-year anniversary of her passing, four powerful tribute films will be screened, including a new documentary by scholar, activist and feminist publisher Dagmar Schultz which has been accepted for the world premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (2012). For more information click here http://www.kent.ac.uk/kiash/documents/events/2012/Audre%20Lorde%20cultural%20and%20film%20festival.pdf.

Bodies of Law / Law and the Body: An interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early-career academics in the area of law, gender and sexuality, Westmister University, 30 March 2012
Law mediates various power structures and is interwoven with numerous other knowledges that participate in the construction, normalization and regulation of bodies, such as medicine, social media, religion and the nation-state. Numerous feminist legal scholars have commented on law’s intimate relationship to, for example, medical discourses, arguing that the shape of legal power has changed to more regulatory and disciplinary forms. Inevitably law’s relationship to bodies/states of embodiment alters as it takes on these increasingly pervasive roles. One might conclude that the notion of a space where the law will not intervene is a liberal fantasy, out of step with the reality of law’s operations. How, then, should law be evaluated and/or harnessed? This interdisciplinary one-day workshop aims to cover these and other issues pertaining to law and the body. For More information click here http://clgs-pecans.org.uk/news/686/pecans-workshop-2012-registration-open-bodies-of-law-law-and-the-body.

The Catharine Stimpton Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship-Submission Deadline: 1 March 2012
Named in honor of the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the Catharine Stimpson Prize is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the work of emerging feminist scholars and is awarded biannually to the best paper in an international competition. Leading feminist scholars from around the globe will select the winner. The prizewinning paper will be published in Signs, and the author will be provided an honorarium of $1,000. All papers submitted for the Stimpson Prize will be considered for peer review and possible publication in Signs. Eligibility: Feminist scholars in the early years of their careers (less than seven years since receipt of the terminal degree) are invited to submit papers for the Stimpson Prize. Papers may be on any topic that falls within the broad rubric of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. Click here for more information http://www.jstor.org/page/journal/signs/stimpson.html.

UK Legal Feminist Group
The UK Legal Feminist Group, an organisation of feminist lawyers and law students set up in London to give voice to the concerns of women in and around the law, has recently launched a blog which aims to promote access to justice for women, particularly in the areas of law for which public funding is being cut; provide commentary and lobbying on law, both in terms of case law and in terms of proposals from Parliament; encourage more women into the law, and provide a support network for women wishing to further their legal careers; and instigate and follow through on campaigns throughout the year. Click here for more information http://www.legalfeminist.org/.

Anglo Nordic Dialogues’ Workshop, University of Kent, 21-22 February 2012
The workshop, organised by the Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, focuses on law, norms and normality in common law jurisdictions and the Nordic countries. It provides a unique stimulus to feminist legal scholarship because it draws upon two particular and significantly different jurisprudential traditions and understandings of the relationship between political structures and law. While the Anglo legal tradition is customarily associated with liberal individualism and norms grounded in notions of individual rights and duties, that of the Nordic countries is more closely linked to normative ideas of social citizenship, solidarity, and redistributive social justice. The objective of the workshop will be to explore and problematise these characterisations in a comparative framework. Click here for more information http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/kentclgs/News.html.

European Feminist Research Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 17-20 May 2012.
The 8th European Feminist Research Conference, organised by the Central European University, Department of Gender Studies, and AtGender, the European Association for Gender Research, Documentation and Association invites scholars, students, activists and policy makers to re-visit their politics of location in the light of the current crises in Europe and beyond, and to reflect upon the ways in which feminist scholarly tools can be used for understanding and for changing the world. Click here for more information http://www.8thfeministconference.org.

Distinguished Lecture by Professor Margaret Davies, University of Kent, Woolf Lecture Theatre, 18 January 2012
The Kent Centre for Law Gender and Sexuality is pleased to announce the distinguished lecture on Persons and Property by Professor Margaret Davis. Margaret is the Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Kent Law School, and this is her distinguished university lecture. She is a world leading expert on feminist legal theory, and a wonderfully engaging speaker: this will be a perfect opportunity to join the university community to learn about her current research, and celebrate her time at Kent. Click here for her bio www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/law/staff/margaret-davies.cfm.

Don’t turn back time on women’s rights
The Fawcett Society, supported by 20 charities, unions and academics has published a report entitled A Life Raft for Women’s Equality which shows how the cuts are pushing women out of work, squeezing their income and undermining hard won-access to justice and protection from violence. Presenting the report, Anna Bird, Acting Chief Executive said: ‘Women have not faced a greater threat to their financial security and rights in living memory. Decades of steady, albeit slow, progress on equality for women is being dismantled, as cuts to women’s jobs and the benefits and services they rely on turn back time on women’ s equality’. Click here to view the report www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/documents/A%20Life%20Raft%20for%20Women's%20Equality%20FINAL(1).pdf.

Women in War and at War Conference (11-12 May 2012)
Aberystwyth University invites proposals for papers in the following or related areas: - International Humanitarian Law: effectiveness and challenges - International Criminal Law and prosecution of gender-related crimes - Representations of women in and at war (women as civilians, fighters, victims and perpetrators) - Women in post-conflict settings - Gender and conflict. Abstracts of max. 250 words should be submitted by 9 January 2012 to womeninatwar@gmail.com. Authors of selected abstracts will be informed by mid-February.

Baroness Hale tells the Lords Constitution Committee to 'go read that book'
On 2nd November 2011, Supreme Court Justice Baroness Hale, and Baroness Neuberger, former Chair of the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity, gave evidence at the Lords Constitution Committee's inquiry into the judicial appointments process. When asked by the Committee to give examples as to how the decisions of a Court may vary depending upon the composition of the Court, Baroness Hale recommended the Feminist Judgments Project (http://www.feministjudgments.org.uk) to the Committee. For the full transcript of the evidence, click here http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/constitution/JAP/corrCNST021111ev7.pdf.

Call for Papers: Lesbian Lives
The Lesbian Lives Conference has been organised by the Women’s Studies Centre at University College Dublin for the past eighteen years and will this year celebrate its 19th birthday. The convenors of this two-day international and interdisciplinary conference now welcome proposals from academics, scholars, students, activists, documentary and film-makers, writers and artists for individual papers, sessions, round table discussions, workshops, and visual presentations. The closing date for the submission of proposals is Friday 30th November 2011. For more information, click here http://www.ucd.ie/socialjustice/newsandevents/lesbianlivescallforpapers.

Occupy London Stock Exchange: the Initial Statement
As global action against financial institutions and austerity measures gains momentum, members of the Occupy London Exchange Movement camped outside St Paul’s in London agree on a call for systematic change (see http://occupylsx.org/). Last week United for Global Democracy had issued a manifesto for a new global governance produced over four months through consultation among groups, activists and people's assemblies in countries such as Britain, Tunisia, Germany, Egypt, Spain, Palestine, Israel, the US, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia and India. Click here to view Manifesto http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/14/manifesto-global-regime-change?intcmp=239.

Transgenders in Australia win Court Case
Two transgender people have won an appeal in Australia’s highest court giving them legal recognition as men despite not completing sex-change surgeries. Transgender and intersex organisations welcome the ruling as this might spare others from having to undergo unnecessary medical surgery to have their desired gender recognised. The court ruled that characteristics that identify a person as male or female are “confined to external physical characteristics that are socially recognisable”. Click here to view article http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/06/transgender-australians-win-court-case.

''The right has chosen its scapegoat : the single mum. And she will bleed''
There has been a noticeable absence of reflection on the gendered dimensions of the recent UK riots in the mainstream media, and this despite the hypervisibility of single mothers as the cause of much chaos and 'sheer criminality'. Arguing that 'the danger of the single woman and the threat she poses to civilisation is an ancient narrative', Tanya Gold shows how the facts about single mothers read nothing like this righteous narrative. Click here to read the article: www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/19/single-mothers-uk-riots-tanya-gold"

Special Issue: Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers - now on line
This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law on Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers offers unique scholarly reflections on initiatives underway at the International Labour Organization to adopt a binding convention supplemented by a non-binding recommendation on decent work for domestic workers. Authors share comparative and international regulatory experiences, and critically theorize the role and limits of law in transforming the status and working conditions of an historically marginalized, yet globally staggering number of increasingly transnationalized, predominantly female workers. Click here to view table of contents http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p78725467516/?p=eae29908ffdf4c98bef1836f045e4d03&amp;pi=0.

Progress of the World Women: In Pursuit of Justice
On 7 July 2011, the newly established agency UN Women has published its first comprehensive survey of women's access to justice across the world. The report shows that the legal changes introduced in the last century have not translated into equality and justice for millions of women. Click here to download the report http://progress.unwomen.org/pdfs/EN-Report-Progress.pdf.

Italian firm makes women redundant ‘so they can stay at home and look after the children’.
30 June 2011
After making half of its workforce redundant , the company justifies selecting women only as ‘In any case, what they bring in is a second income’. Click here for more information http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/30/italian-firm-women-job-cuts.

Women lose in Walmart Suit Ruling
20 June 2011
On Monday 20 June 2011 the US Supreme Court blocked the nation’s largest-ever sex discrimination class-action suit, brought against Wal-Mart by its current and former female employees. In spite of the fact that at the time the suit was filed women held 70&thinsp;per cent of the hourly jobs but made up only 33 per cent of management employees at Wal-Mart, the Court concluded that the petitioners have not established the existence of any common question. The ruling in favour of Wal-Mart makes it significantly more difficult to bring class-action suits against big corporations in the future. Click here for more information http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-blocks-massive-sex-discrimination-suit-against-wal-mart/2011/06/20/AGCQ81cH_story.html.

Women to bear the brunt of spending cuts
The Women's Budget Group has provided a compelling explanation of how women's lives are going to get worse under the UK's Coalition government. The gender assessment of the Coalition's 2011 Budget finds that "While the impact of individual measures may seem negligible, what emerges from the whole is a cumulative failure to address the inequalities that exist between women and men and to mitigate against austerity measures that threaten to further widen inequality". feminists@law supports the WBG's call for an alternative economic strategy. Click here to download the report from the WBG website. www.wbg.org.uk/index_7_282363355.pdf.

Feminists demand freedom from sexual assault and harassment
A Global Feminist Petition by Feminist Philosophers calls for the charges against former IMF CEO Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be taken seriously, and for contributions to the legal and daily expenses of his accuser. Click here to read the petition http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/global-feminist-petition-take-strauss-kahn-charges-seriously/
Irish Abortion Law ? by Mairead Enright

14 November 2012. Irish abortion law is in the news again this week, in the wake of reporting of the death of Savita Halapannavar. Whatever narrow issues of criminal or tortious liability arise, there is a broader question of political and legislative responsibility at issue. The right to a life-saving abortion is an established part of Irish constitutional law, and has been for over 20 years. To read more click here
The Three Dimensions of Law?, Inaugural Lecture by Anu Pylkkanen

20 October 2012. Feminist legal scholar Anu Pylkkanen delivered her inaugural Professorial lecture, ?The Three Dimensions of Law?, at the Umea Forum for Studies on Law and Society, Umea University, on 20 October 2012. To see a video of the lecture, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2K9Nw5wA6g&feature=youtu.be
Where is the feminist voice in the porn debate?
15/09/2012 Holly Dustin from the End Violence against Women Coalition questions the absence of feminist voices in the debate over the government's proposals to restrict children's access to online porn. The debate is raging between the ConservativeÿMP Claire Perry and the Christian organisation Safer Mediaÿcalling for a block on pornographic sites on one hand and libertarian groups such as Big Brother Watchÿwho argue that tighter restrictions will lull parents into a false sense of security while affecting freedom of speech. The debates, according to her, frustratingly lack any feminist voice on the issue of pornography. For more information, click here http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2012/sep/06/feminist-voice-in-porn-debate
Where are all the women?
6.00pm- 7.30pm, Wednesday 24 October 2012, The British Academy, London. Is women’s equality already a thing of the past? Did it ever exist at all? There are now fewer women in government than in recent years, very few female university Vice Chancellors and publicly funded bodies established to promote innovation are overwhelmingly male-dominated. Only 6.5% of FTSE 350 company executive directors are women, and in sectors such as film and theatre, women directors are still poorly represented. For more information, see http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2012/Where_are_all_the_women.cfm
Rape Denial: From legitimate rape to bad sexual etiquette
31 August 2012: First there was Republican congressman Todd Akin's suggestion that in cases of ?legitimate? rape women rarely get pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down". Then George Galloway dismissed the act of having sex with a woman as she slept ? one of the allegations made against Julian Assange ? as nothing more than "bad sexual etiquette" if the pair had already had sex the night before. "Not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion," the Respect MP said. Click here for more information http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/aug/24/george-galloway-todd-akin-rape-comments?newsfeed=true
All-male short list leads to recent Belgian appointee to the ECtHR
31 August 2012: on the 24thApril 2012, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected the new Belgian judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Paul Lemmens, from an all male short list presented to PACE by the Belgian Government, in contravention of its Council of Europe obligations. Although the European Convention does not, in itself, require member states to present a multi-sex shortlist of potential appointees, PACE Resolution 1366 (2004) states that it ?will not consider lists of candidates where the list does not include at least one candidate of each sex?. Click here for more information http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/?p=143
Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot to Remain in Custody
A Russian court has ruled that three members of a punk band arrested after singing a protest song in Moscow's main Orthodox church will remain in custody. The trio, part of a band called Pussy Riot, will now stay in pre-trial detention for a further six months, until 12 January 2013. They are charged with hooliganism and could get seven years in prison. The hearing is being held behind closed doors while supporters and opponents of Pussy Riot demonstrate outside. For more information see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18921225

New Bill Liberalising Poland’s Restrictive Abortion Law to be Considered by the Polish Parliament Soon
Over 600,000 people have signed a petition in support of the draft amendment to Poland's abortion law intending to ban abortion in Poland without exceptions – even when the life of a woman is threatened. On July 1, 2011, against a motion of the Democratic Left Alliance Party to dismiss the proposal after the first reading, the Polish Parliament (the Sejm) voted in favour of the draft and passed it to further discussion in the parliamentary committee. For more information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Safe_Legal_Abortion_in_Poland_Now_Prawo_do_bezpiecznej_i_legalnej_aborcji_dla_Polek/
The Sibéal Irish Postgraduate Feminist and Gender Studies Network will hold their annual conference at University College Cork on Saturday 24th November 2012. The organising team is inviting abstracts from postgraduate students for individual papers and/or poster presentations; proposals for three-four person panels and/or discussions; proposals for workshops, feminist performances and/or exhibitions. The organisers have left the format open, in order to give postgraduate students working in feminist and gender studies, the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase their creative approaches. For more information, see http://sibeal.ie/2012/05/10/sibeal-conference-2012-call-for-proposals-gendered-spaces-gendered-times/.