Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Cardiff Feminist Network vs Cardiff Council and Hooters

Protesters: Cardiff Feminist Network and the Socialist Party
Target: Cardiff Council and Hooters
Location: Cardiff
Date: 11 August

The lowdown

Members of the Cardiff Feminist Network gathered outside Cardiff Central Library collecting signatures for a petition for the 'Say no to Hooters in Cardiff' campaign. Pedestrians were asked to sign a petition that read: 'We believe Hooters expects its female employees to be displayed as sexual objects for men's enjoyment.'

- Why the protest?

A licensing application was submitted to Cardiff Council to open an outlet of the racy American restaurant chain in the St David's shopping centre in Cardiff. Organiser Sally Hughes claims the opening would lead to an increase in antisocial behaviour in the city and promote sexual exploitation of women.

- How did Cardiff Council and Hooters respond?

Cathays ward councillor Simon Pickard said: 'Having a variety of outlets in the city is a good thing. If there is a market for it, then it will succeed, but if there isn't, then it will fail.' Meanwhile, William McTaggart, the potential proprietor, said the restaurant would create up to 90 new jobs in the city if the application was approved by the council's licensing committee.

- How did the media cover it?

The Guardian's local Cardiff news website covered the story, as did The Independent's blogger Rob Williams. The South Wales Echo, the locally based daily newspaper, covered the story in depth.

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