Feminist Forum 2018

Feminism without borders 6-8 March 2018


Day One: Tuesday 6th of March



18.00-20.30: opening of the forum and exhibition (Yehudi Menuhin hall)

The exhibition showcases ‘Victories of Feminism’ by Spanish radical feminist graphic artist María Inmaculada Ramos Pizarro (p.nitas) and the work of O NINHO (NEST), a Portuguese NGO that supports women who leave prostitution.


18.00-18.30: introduction and welcoming speeches by:

-Malin Björk, GUE/NGL MEP

-María Inmaculada Ramos Pizarro, Graphic artist

-Representative of O NINHO (NEST), Portuguese NGO


18.30-19.45: Voices from the #MeToo movement (room PHS 04B001)
-Maja Staśko – Poland
-Anne Wizorek – Germany
-Alla Lattner – Ukraine
-Popy Melliou – Greece

-Asia Argento – Italy
(some of the guests are in the process of confirmation)


19.45-20.30: Cocktail and social  


Day 2: Wednesday 7th of March

International solidarity


9.00-12.30 GUE/NGL group meeting (room ASP 1G2)  


Slot allocated for interventions from #MeToo guests followed by questions and exchange of views with GUE/NGL MEPs.


Grégoire Thery, secretary general of Mouvement du Nid (France), initiator of a campaign of men who support #MeToo

Maja Staśko – Poland

Anne Wizorek – Germany


12.30: Photo action in solidarity with International Feminist Strike on March 8th (room ASP 1G2)  


12.45 – 13.30 Lunch (room ASP 1G2) 


13.30 – 15.00 Panel on Gender and Migration (room ASP 1G2) 


Focus on gender, migration and anti-racism struggles from a feminist perspective focusing on the security narrative in several European countries and the undermining of women’s rights and the current migration trends and evidence showing an increase in human trafficking and increased vulnerability to exploitation affecting women.

In cooperation with:

Le Monde selon les femmes

Euromed Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI

Arab Women’s Solidarity Association




– Carla Cingolani, Mujeres en zona de conflicto, Spanish state (http://www.mzc.es/)

– Annemarie Sancar-Flückiger, WIDE Switzerland

– Halimatou Barry, GAMS Belgium (Group for the Abolition of Female Genital Mutilation)

– Alicia Arbid, Coordinator AWSA-Belgium

– Tiziana del Pra, Board member of Euromed Feminist Initiative


15:00 – 16.30 The importance of achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls (room ASP 1G2) 

Priority theme of the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women.



– Angela Vallina, GUE/NGL MEP and co-rapporteur of the European Parliament for the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

– Rosa San Segundo, director of the UC3M University Institute on Gender Studies (Spain)

– Representatives of rural women in Europe, Latin America and Africa (tbc)

– Lidia Senra, GUE/NGL MEP and co-rapporteur of the European Parliament report on women and their roles in rural areas

16.30-16.45 ASP 1G2: Coffee break


16.45-18.30 The centrality of equal pay and collective bargaining as an element of equality (room ASP 1G2) 



– Belgium – Maria Vindevoghel, former ACV-CSC Trade Union in Brussels-Hal-Vilvorde

– Spain – Cristina Faciaben, Comisiones Obreras, Secretaria Confederal de Internacional y Cooperación

– Portugal – Ana OLIVEIRA, economist


19.00-21.00 Cultural Evening @ Tentation, Brussels

– Concert with Manou Gallo

– NGO information stands 


Day 3: Thursday 8th of March

9.30-12.30 #YouthVoices: to be a girl and young woman in times of rape and porn culture (room ASP 1G2) 

Moderation: Pierrette Pape, coordinator of Youth4Abolition


9.30 Intro and welcome.


9.50-10.50 Rape and porn culture in Europe today: #YouthVoices



– Rebecca Hunt and Lucy Owen on the UK lad culture and rape culture

– Fatima Benomar on the root causes for escorting among young women in France and its impact, the role of the internet

– Jeanette Frovik on sugar daddy websites in Norway and the growing prevalence of porn among young people

– Rosana López Rodríguez, Argentinian activist, writer, professor at the University of Buenos Aires, member of the organizing committee of the I International Abolitionist Conference



10.50-11:00 – Discussion & screening of video “A penny for your thoughts”

11:00 – 11:10 – Break

11.10 – 12.10 – Mobilising youth activists and NGOs: #Youth4Abolition

Sharing of experiences from actions taken by NGOs and activists for culture change and to bring equality between women and men and between girls and boys.



– Dalia Rodrigues, director of O’Ninho, NGO assisting victims of prostitution and trafficking in Portugal

– Situation in Spain – voices from young men

– Meghan Donevan on the impact of porn and prostitution on young women, with examples from the study and the situation at the shelter Talita, Sweden

– Hanuka Lohrengel on the work done in the shelter in Latvia

– Eléonore Stévenin-Morguet on sexual violence against minors in France and NGO campaigns

– Natalie Ventuneac on Freethem action in schools and towards young people in Austria

– GUE/NGL MEP (tbc) (6’)


12.10am-12.20am – Discussion and wrap-up followed by lunch (sandwiches)  

15.00 –   Join Global Women’s March in front of Brussels Gare Centrale


Source: guengl.eu

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