FiLiA Eccles

The Lighthouse in Eccles welcomes the U.K’s largest women’s rights confrence: the FiLiA conference.

The two-day event takes place this weekend and involves campaigners, activists and academics from around the world.

FiLiA are a woman led, non-profit charitable organisation that centre their work on improving the world for women and girls, also spending their time focusing on the annual conference.

The word ‘Filia’ shows the reflection that “we are the daughters of the women who came before us; women who fought for our children, our bodies, ourselves. Their legacy challenges us to keep fighting for the liberation of all women and girls today.” according to their website.

Salford’s Angela Barratt from Salford and Manchester Street Support will be attending the conference on Sunday to discuss ‘Women and the Class Struggle’.

“We need to all stand together, there is so much poverty going on, its rife now more than it ever has been.”, said Angela Barratt, chairperson and executive founder of the charity.

Angela plans to discuss the homeless problem in Salford and the struggles women go through, including period poverty.

“There is all sorts of reasons women end up in poverty, we have what we call ‘working poor’.

“People are working and paying rent but then have no money for food, so we have had to intervene and put to amongst ourselves to pay for food.

“A lot of women are now also struggling due to universal credit, it’s causing so many people to live in poverty.”
Universal credit has faced a lot of backlash from some people who receive it, according to MP Frank Field it has caused women to turn to sex work in his constituency.

“So many people have died through universal credit, it is shocking it should never have been approved in the first place.

“I think the government need to do a lot more themselves because these decisions they are making are basically killing people.”

Salford and Manchester Street Support receive just £750 a year for their charity, the rest they fund themselves.

Angela’s team are mostly made up of women.

“We treat each other like were family, it’s like a sisterhood, we want to help our other sisters.

“But I do think we have a long way to go with feminism.”

There will be over 24 sessions across Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October.

Some sessions include: Justice for Palestine: Women’s perspective, Space for Sisters and Women in the Media, find the schedule here.

Tickets are priced at £50 for the full weekend or £20 for students, or anyone over 65.

Tickets are available here  and the event takes place at The Lighthouse, Centenary Park, Eccles, M50 1RE.

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