Yes to Gender Equality: Why Feminism Matters

#RIC2015 Workshop outline

Facilitators and key contributors; Sarah Browne, Anna McFarlane, Nadia El-Nakla

1939685_674239669280037_3778789921272160783_nWomen played a crucial role in the referendum campaign, both as high profile figures and on the doorstep. This session will discuss how we can build on this involvement to ensure that women’s rights, and other forms of gender equality, are priorities for the policy-making agenda and in the Yes movement itself.

Facilitating this session will be Anna McFarlane and Sarah Browne of RIC Dundee and who both have a long-standing interest in feminism and women’s rights. Joining them will be Nadia El-Nakla who has spent seven years working with the Amina Muslim Women Resources Centre and is also a founding member of Tayside Justice for Palestine. In addition to this expertise, Nadia is an active supporter of independence and ending welfare cuts.

The session will be friendly and informal and will provide space for people to discuss their concerns, including (but not limited to) what our main priorities should be when campaigning for equality post-referendum, what we can do to address these issues within the yes movement and how we combat the impact of the cuts on gender equality?

Nadia El-Nakla: Nadia has worked with Amina Muslim Women Resources Centre (MWRC) for years and is a founding member of Tayside Justice for Palestine.

Sarah Browne: Sarah Browne is active in RIC and Women for Independence in Dundee. She is interested in the role of women and feminism in the yes campaign. Her book ‘The Womens Liberation Movement in Scotland’ was published last year.

Anna McFarlane: Anna is active in Radical Independence Dundee. She has a long-standing interest in feminism and co-organised the 2014 conference ‘Smashing the Patriarchy in 100,000 Words? Feminism in Academic Theses’ at the University of Dundee.

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