Closing speech from Finn MacKay, founder of the London Feminist Network and the force behind Reclaim The Night. Further writes ups from Feminism In London 2010 to follow……
“ Today you have been part of one of the largest women’s liberation conferences held the UK for the last 10 years. Our movement is on the rise in this country again, in this capital city, in those of the Celtic nationals and beyond. As it grows it is no surprise that the debate grows about it’s role and form. Over this year I have heard much debate about wether feminism needs to be re-branded. As if a movement that has given us all the advances we take for granted today is something that we should be ashamed of.
That we can work in many different industries, that we have access to education, that domestic violence is considered a crime, that we can open our own bank accounts. As if a legacy of support services, rape crisis centres, refuges, nurseries, women’s centres, helplines and advocacy provision that continue to support women, children and men today is something that we should be embarrassed about.
Feminism does not need rebranding, it needs reclaiming.