Step aside, dog-walkers, joggers, parents, toddlers, feminism’s returning to Hackney Downs

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FEMINISM HAS BEEN having a hard time with millennials, which is probably to be expected given the struggle of campaigners of earlier generations, latterly the trailblazers of the 1960s.

Yet women are still paid on average less than men and sexism is everywhere, in advertising, cinema, newspapers and even — perhaps particularly — among the next generation.

Which makes a feminism event in Hackney welcome. Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists is holding its second Feminist Solidarity Fest on Hackney Downs E5 8NP on Sunday 4 September 2016. 

Pussy Riot leader Nadya Tolokno with art pranksters and fellow refugee campaigners Connor Brothers at Hang-up gallery Stoke Newington Hackney London 121115 © DavidAltheer[at]
Forceful feminist: Nadya “Pussy Riot” Tolokno with fellow campaigners in Stoke Newington

Among those involved in talks, workshops, and performances will be Sophie Walker, Nimco Ali, Jane Fae, Hibo Wardere, Leanne Moden, Bridget Minamore, Educate and Celebrate, Mandu Reid, Caroline Russell, 50:50 Parliament, Women Against Rape and Ega Supertramp.

About 300 people attended the festival on Hackney Downs last year.

Organiser Sophie Yates said in a press release that the event aimed to promote inclusiveness. She added: “Our goals are to establish a feeling of community among feminists, to connect feminist people and groups, and to remind ourselves of our common goals…” 

The group had led and joined protests against pro-life groups, Tory austerity policies, especially cuts to domestic violence and family/childcare services, and sexist media and advertising.

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* Backstory: Feminism an East End issue; Pussy Rioter flies to Hackney; Birthplace of feminism… oh, really?Hackney Downs café a victim of self-gentrification 

Hackney Downs NE London E8 080716 © David Altheer
Festival land? The much-loved Hackney Downs is the site of many small events

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