• Bristol Zero Tolerance Film Fest: discussion panellists announced!

    By Amber McClatchey

    With only a week to go until the Bristol Zero Tolerance Film Fest, plans are falling into place nicely, and the office is getting busy! Our first ever creative media event will be taking place next week, on Tuesday 27th September at The Station at 6.30pm, and will span animation, short film, and documentary formats in its exploration of gender-based violence.

    We are now very excited to announce the speakers we are welcoming to our Film Fest panel discussion, who will be addressing the issues raised throughout the evening. Our discussion, which will take place after the screening of Sin by Silence (USA, 2009), will be facilitated by our Partnerships Project Officer, Charlotte Gage, and will serve to draw together the following local perspectives on the subject of gender-based violence, and focussing in particular on the topics of domestic violence and sexual abuse:

    Dr Finn Mackay, feminist activist and researcher at the University of the West of England

    Finn has been involved in feminist activism in the UK for over 20 years, since joining the Women’s Peace Movement as a teenager. In 2004 she founded the London Feminist Network and the revived London Reclaim the Night march, both of which went on to grow in size and be replicated across the country. After directing programmes on anti-bullying and domestic violence prevention education for a London Local Education Authority, she returned to academia to study for her PhD on the changing Women’s Liberation Movement from the 1960s to the present day. Finn writes regularly on issues of women’s rights and social justice and is a frequent media commentator. She now teaches Sociology at the University of the West of England in Bristol where she lives with her family. Palgrave has published Radical Feminism, Finn’s book, which you can buy here.

    Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

    Sue was re-elected in May 2016, winning with a grand total of 118,547 first and second preference votes. She is a strong proponent for reducing domestic and sexual violence, particularly towards women and children, and has made this one of her longstanding priorities as Police and Crime Commisioner. Serving as a Magistrate on the Bristol Youth, Family and Adult benches for 15 years, she clearly has a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system. Sue wants to “ensure that all victims get the help they need when they need it… by encouraging and enabling reporting, supporting early intervention and improving access to support and services, particularly amongst those most vulnerable to harm”. You can read more about Sue and her work on her blog here.

    Dr Geetanjali Gangoli Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol

    Geetanjali has published widely on Indian feminisms and the law, and on gender-based violence and social movements internationally, and in the UK. Her research in the UK has focused on perpetrators of gender-based violence, and on forced marriage, domestic violence and crimes in the name of honour. Her current research projects include an ESRC funded project on understanding the meanings of justice for survivors of gender-based violence in the UK; and a project exploring continuities and shifts in social movement responses to sexual violence in India. Her recent book, Understanding Gender Based Violence. National and international contexts, is published by Routledge.

    Faiza Malik-Cheema and Linda Mellows, Next Link

    Two experienced practitioners from Next Link, Bristol’s local specialist domestic abuse service provider, will also join us in conversation, contributing important perspectives to the discussion. It is vital for us to include the voices of those who work on the front line, and witness the effects of abuse first hand, for us to understand how to change the culture of violence. With their input, we look forward to gaining valuable insights about the provision of support for survivors. Learn about the work that Next Link does here.

    We look forward to seeing you there for an evening of challenging and stimulating discussion. Remember to buy your tickets now, as we will only have a limited number available on the door!

    Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm screenings. Tickets £3 plus 30p booking fee; available to anyone aged 18 or over via http://www.wegottickets.com/event/372351

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