Well, it’s the beginning of the new academic year, most people are back from their holidays and we had a lot to discuss about what we want to do this year!
Thank you very much to everyone who came today, and also everyone who’s given feedback, it’s been very much appreciated!
We had a very positive meeting (I feel!) As well as talking about what we want to do with this year we had some interesting discussions about domestic violence, and Charlotte Proudman, the so called ‘feminazi.’
In the past we’ve been very active, and done quite a few things, however in recent months we’ve been quieter. Lots of people have been unable to attend meetings for one reason or another, and so we haven’t been able to do as much. We had a talk about how we could improve things, get more members and hopefully get active again.
The first thing we discussed were our meeting times. At the moment the frequency seems to work (twice monthly), but not everyone is able to make it to the Sunday meetings due to other commitments (having a family and so on.) We decided that we’re probably going to replace one of the Sunday meetings with a weekday one. At the moment we’re thinking Monday, and our venue will probably be the library. We’ve yet to decide which meeting it will replace, and what time it will run but we’ll update you all when we know.
We also talked about what we want from the meetings themselves. As I mentioned in the previous post, the meetings at the moment are completely ‘open’, and designed to be a safe forum for women to meet and discuss feminism. We’ve agreed that in future our meetings will have an agenda, mostly focused on current issues and events (things in the news and so on), and all feminist network members are invited to suggest topics for discussion through the Facebook group, this blog and email.
We’re also, with any luck, going to host a few ‘mini events’ in the meeting space. Various people will be giving talks and holding discussions around feminism. If you would like to give a talk or be involved yourself then do let us know!
We talked about activism. In the past we’ve been very successful in doing things, such as our campaign against lap dancing clubs in the city centre, having marches and holding a conference. We discussed what we’d like to do and see happen in future. With any luck we’ll be involved in ‘reclaim the night.’ We’ve also talked about ‘active issues’ which various members would like to do something about, such as ‘revenge porn’ and abortion provision in the city.
We also thought about how we’d improve our social media use and presence. We’d like to see this blog become active again, and invite contributors, to get things a little more interesting and start discussion. I have a few posts planned myself that I’ll try and get out soon!
We’re still very much in the planning stages, so apologies if this is all still a little vague, but things have started moving again, and this is just the beginning of an exciting year.
Leave us a comment on here or our Facebook group, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with anything you’d like us to do or you’d like to see happen.
Also if you’d like to write something for the blog, just let us know. We’d love to hear from you!