Advocacy & Activism

The FWSA Biennial Conference will host an advocacy and activism round table – “Feminist Advocacy and Activism: Our Past, Our Present, Our Futures” on Sunday 23 June. The organisations and the panellists include:

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)

Mariem Omari (Deputy Director) and Yasmin Ghrawi (Communications and Advocacy Officer)

Women Living Under Muslim Laws is an international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. WLUML seeks to advance gender justice, equality and women’s rights by linking women from Muslim communities and countries and collectively empowering women in their local struggles to reach their own goals in their own unique contexts. Transnational, flexible and durable, Women Living Under Muslim Laws is at the core of a unique solidarity network that mobilizes around the issue of women’s rights and the political use and misuse of religion. WLUML resists portrayals of Muslim women as submissive victims of a homogenous Muslim world. They question the idea of one immutable and homogenous ‘Islamic law’ and engage ‘Muslim laws’: laws that are created or enforced by Muslims in modern states, but which in fact represent a mix of colonial-era, civil and common law as well as differentially-interpreted religious texts. WLUML recognizes the diversity of our experience and enables women to disentangle the complex threads of religion, custom and law in keeping with their preferred mode of activism. Network members have spearheaded projects on progressive interpretations of the Quran as well as mounting campaigns from a human rights framework.

 To find out more about Women Living Under Muslim Law visit their website at:

 Twitter: Follow @WLUML

The Feminist Library

Gail Chester

The Feminist Library, near Waterloo, is a large collection of Women’s Liberation material, mainly dating from the late 1960s. It comprises well over 7,000 books, of which about 2,500 are fiction, poetry and drama; around 1500 periodical titles from around the world; archives of feminist individuals and organisations; and our pamphlets and ephemera collections now housed at the Bishopsgate Institute). As well as this significant collection, the Feminist Library is a space which supports and encourages feminist research, activist and community projects: we initiated Women’s Studies Without Walls, to try and bridge the gap between academics studying feminist struggle and activists doing it; we facilitate the London-wide feminist students’ group, which meets monthly, creating a support network across universities, colleges, and schools, and organising national grassroots student feminist conferences; our rooms are also used for a wide variety of other meetings and events. We are a proud part of today’s radical feminist movement, welcoming a new generation of feminists and strongly committed to intergenerational working. The Feminist Library is based at 5 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7XW. Full details of its opening hours can be found on the Library’s website:

You can support the Feminist Library in a number of ways – financially or by volunteering, or by buying a feminist tote bag.

Twitter: Follow @feministlibrary

 Australian Women Against Violence Alliance, AWAVA

Julie Oberin (Chairperson)

Formed in 2010, The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) is one of six Australian National Women’s Alliances working closely with the Federal Office for Women to ensure that women’s voices, particularly marginalised women’s voices, are heard by Government. AWAVA harnesses and amplifies the work of its 19 peak body member organisations and over 50 organisational and individual Friends & Supporters. AWAVA’s focus is addressing all forms of violence against women, to ‘ensure that all women and their children are able to live free from all forms of violence and abuse’.  AWAVA employs a feminist approach that understands violence against women as both a consequence and cause of gender inequity, which is embedded deeply within all levels of society. Violence is perpetrated through institutions and the public sphere as well as in the privacy of intimate relationships. The Alliance recognises that efforts to end violence against women must be accountable to women and must be addressed by promoting women’s empowerment and social and gender equality.  AWAVA recognises that the experience and impact of violence against women is not evenly distributed and that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, immigrant and refugee women, women with disabilities, lesbian and same sex attracted women are subjected to interpersonal and public violence at greater than average rates, and that such violence is compounded by intersectional experiences of marginalisation. Additional factors such as women’s location, age, access to education, income and resources also affect their experience of violence and its impact. AWAVA firmly recognises that gender-based violence against women needs to be understood in the context of racism, colonialism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and able body-ism.

 Find out more about AWAVA at:

 Twitter: Follow @Awava_women


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