Recent writing: A moment that changed me

In July I wrote for The Guardian about two very special people in my life. I made so many wonderful friendships during my time at Women for Refugee Women, but this one has definitely had the most impact on me as a person. A moment that changed me: becoming godmother to a refugee’s baby – for The […]

Lifeworks and the power of protest

In May I edited Mental Health Awareness Week for Feminist Times while Deborah was away. As part of this, I visited an inspiring group of (almost exclusively women) protestors occupying their community mental health clinic, Lifeworks, in Cambridge. Two weeks ago I had a very exciting phone call from one of the women occupying, to give me […]

Reflections on Greenham, 11 December 1983

Originally published at Feminist Times. Thirty years ago today, on 11 December 1983, 50,000 women gathered at Greenham Common to encircle the military base, where cruise missiles had arrived three weeks earlier. The women held mirrors, symbolically reflecting the military’s image back at itself. The women later cut and pulled down sections of the surrounding […]

Meets and Tweets: 3D feminism, online and off

Originally published at Feminist Times. Last Wednesday we published Charlotte Raven’s weekly editorial, “Meets rather than tweets” – an adaptation of the speech she made at our launch party for Feminist Times members the previous Saturday night. After publishing the article, we had a conversation in the Feminist Times office and I explained why I […]

Nimko Ali: A year as the face of FGM

Originally published at Feminist Times. For Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) survivor and campaigner Nimko Ali, the personal has always been political. At this year’s London Reclaim The Night, Nimko and her colleagues marched the streets of Central London dressed in “fanny suits” and posing with police officers – a scene of jubilant and defiant protest […]