Throughout 2011 and 2012 UK Feminista’s London-based feminist activist group staged a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The activist group was open to everyone with a passion for feminism and desire to take action.
Read more about why the group was launched in this Guardian article.
Want to take part in bold feminist actions?
Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.
Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.
Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources.
Get inspired: Take a look at video footage and media coverage from the UK Feminista action groups’ creative actions below for inspiration.
Cheats Olympics: Protest against Nike’s exploitation of Bangladeshi garment workers
On 31 March 2012 protesters staged a ‘cheats olympics’ outside Nike Town on London’s Oxford Street. Activists were protesting against the exploitation of Bangladeshi garnment workers in Nike’s supply chains, 85% of whom are women. Research by War on Want has uncovered that 1 in 10 women workers are threatened with being made to undress, 1 in 10 experience other forms of sexual harassment, and
many are refused maternity rights or simply fired when discovered to be pregnant.
- Read an article by UK Feminista’s Fiona Ranford on Left Foot Forward about the protest
- Read War on Want’s research about women workers’ rights in Bangladesh
- Watch an interview with activist Rania Khan on Bangla TV
On 10 December 2011 the activist group staged a Muff March. Over 100 activists donned a muff and marched down Harley Street – famed for its cosmetic surgeons – to raise awareness about the rise in labiaplasty.
The number of women getting ‘designer vagina’ surgery is on the rise: in 2010 the Harley Medical Group received more than 5,000 inquiries about cosmetic gynaecology, and between 2007- 2008 there was a 70% increase in the number of labiaplasty operations carried out by the NHS. The increase is being driven in large part by the ‘pornfication’ of culture and the beauty ideals peddled by the porn industry.
Marchers were speaking out against surgeons profiting from body hatred and raising awareness about the growing pressures on women to seek labiaplasty.
- Read articles about the Muff March in the Guardian, two in the Evening Standard and the Huffington Post
- Read a Comment is Free article by UK Feminista activist Rosie Mockett about why she muff marched
- See photos from the march
Women’s Rights? Bah, Humbug!
On Tuesday 29th November 2011 the activist group staged an action outside parliament to coincide with the Chancellor’s pre budget statement to highlight the diastrous impact of the cuts on women.
An activist dressed as Scrooge and George Osborne was ‘visited’ by the ghosts of women’s economic past, present and future. Activists then sang some alternative Christmas carols to highlight the impact of the cuts on women.
- The protest was shown on the BBC Six O’Clock and Ten O’Clock news in their main package on the budget statement.
- See photos from the protest
Meat Market: protest outside pornography trade conference
On 23rd September 2011 the activist group protested outside an international pornography trade summit. Dressed as butchers, the activists highlighted the brutal and misogynistic nature of the pornography industry. The action was in partnership with OBJECT, London Feminist Network and Million Women Rise.
Eff Off Hef!
In May/June 2011 UK Feminista staged two protests in partnership with OBJECT to protest against the opening of a new Playboy Club in London and to raise awareness of the impact of commercial sexual exploitation.