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Feminist Forum 2018


6-8 March 2018

Feminist Forum 2018

Feminism without borders

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Day One: Tuesday 6th of March



17:15-17:45 - registration and entrance of visitors meeting in the INFOPOINT VISITORS



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


19:45-20:30 - Cocktail and social  


Day 2: Wednesday 7th of March

International solidarity


9:00-10:00 - 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) 


12:30-13:30: Registration and Entrance of visitors meeting in the INFOPOINT VISITORS


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


Moderation: Malin Björk, GUE/NGL MEP



Carla Cingolani, Mujeres en zona de conflicto, Spanish state (
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
Cornelia Ernst, GUE/NGL MEP



14:30-14:45 - Registration and Entrance of visitors meeting in the INFOPOINT VISITORS


15:00-16.45 - 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:
Irene León, director of FEDAEPS (Ecuador)
Inés Condori, chair of the Asociation of Women Victims of Forced Sterilization in Chumbivilcas (Peru)
Gladys Serwaa, member of ECASARD, Via Campesina (Ghana)
Isabel Villalba, General Secretary of Sindicato Labrego Galego (Galician peasants union)
Lidia Senra, GUE/NGL MEP and co-rapporteur of the European Parliament report on women and their roles in rural areas

16:45-17:00 - Coffee break (ASP 1G2)


17:00-18:30 - The centrality of equal pay and collective bargaining as an element of equality (room ASP 1G2) 


Moderation: João Pimenta Lopes, GUE/NGL MEP



Maria Vindevoghel, former ACV-CSC Trade Union in Brussels-Hal-Vilvorde (Belgium)
Cristina Faciaben, Comisiones Obreras, Secretaria Confederal de Internacional y Cooperación (Spain)
Ana OLIVEIRA, economist (Portugal)
Gaelle Maillard - collectif femmes-mixité de l'Union départementale CGT du Nord (France)
Marie-Pierre Vieu, GUE/NGL MEP


18:30 - collective departure to La Tentation

19:00-21:00 - Cultural Evening @ Tentation, Brussels


Free Concert with Manou Gallo and her band
NGO information stands 


Day 3: Thursday 8th of March


8:45-9:15 - Registration and Entrance of visitors meeting in the INFOPOINT VISITORS

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
Kostadinka Kuneva, GUE/NGL MEP


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
João Pimenta Lopes, GUE/NGL MEPGUE/NGL MEP


12:10-12:20 - Discussion and wrap-up followed by lunch (sandwiches)  


15:00 - Join Global Women's March in front of Brussels Gare Centrale


A feminist village starting at 3pm where women's rights associations will have stands to show what they do for women's rights or propose an animation (self-defence, game, information, theatre, ...)
A feminist "haka" at 5:30 pm: halfway between flash-mob and self-defence, a highlight where women claim their place, reaffirm their strength and their right to be heard!

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