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Feminist Activist Forum


The Feminist Activist Forum was set up in April 2007 by a bunch of people tired of being caught within a web of misrepresentation about what feminism is, and what feminism does. We want to challenge the claims of academia and the mass media that contemporary feminist activism does not exist, or that post-feminist stereotypes capture the collective imagination. We want a vibrant UK wide intergenerational feminist network to move forward with feminist activism today.

There have been eight national forums so far; in Leeds (April 07), London (May 07), Brighton (June 07), Bradford (September 07), Cardiff (Oct 07), Manchester (Dec 07), London (Jan 08), London (June 08).

Both the mission statement & the statement of unity were agreed upon by consensus at meetings & will be revisited at future meetings.

What is our mission?

1. To produce accurate representations of diverse feminist ideas & action, past and present.

2. To reclaim the histories of feminism and relate them to current experiences and struggles.

3. To be an inclusive feminist movement of people who support each other through skill sharing,
education, teaching and network-building.

4. To work with institutions, groups, and communities. To train, educate and resource
share together with other activist groups.

5. To have discussions about accessible feminist theory and ethics that will inform and direct the
actions of the group.

6. To make feminism a relevant, active, political movement which will transform institutions and
affect social change.

FAF actions are underpinned by the following values:

We will create a dialogue between different feminists.
We recognise that all forms of oppression intersect.
We will actively challenge and enable people to challenge ableism, ageism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, sizeism, speciesism, transphobia, and all forms of discrimination and oppression.
We recognise that capitalism contributes to, perpetuates, and benefits from the above forms of oppression. FAF is anti-capitalist.
We support a pro-choice position and access to free, safe abortion on demand.

We will work in ways that are consensus based, non-hierarchical and accessible.
We will have an ethos of collective responsibility for all our activities.
FAF is non-exclusive and open to anyone who shares these values

What does FAF do?

Dialogue facilitation - creating spaces where people, groups and organisations can meet in a mutually respectful space to break down the boundaries between generations/ideologies and build a strong feminist movement.

Training days- based on our beliefs we run a series of training days/workshops that enable us to build resources on subjects and enable a feminist praxis that looks at the interconnections between different types of oppression. So far we have had training days around Immigration and Feminism (Dec 07, Manchester) & History and Activism (Jan 08, London).

We use non-hierarchical, consensus-based methods of organising and function through:

National Meetings: discussions, planning, conferences, training days
Working Groups: Feminist Against Borders, Media group, Feminist History, etc
Local Groups: regional groups for projects e.g. FMAN in Cardiff, fundraising, local actions
We are keen to work through the processes of how we do things, to be transparent in decision-making and for people to feel free to intervene, ask questions, take ownership of projects, and shape FAF collectively.


UK collective
User reference: 
Grassroots media in Europe
History & memory
LGBT and queer issues
Migration & border issues
Networking & community building
Older woman
Queer feminism