Kat Banyard, previously campaigns officer at The Fawcett Society, has launched Feminista UK to build a national movement to improve gender relations.
The group has 15 activists who will try to mobilise and build a national movement of feminist activists by circulating campaign materials at their workplaces and in their communities. They will also target local media and meet local politicians.
Feminista UK will support and promote feminism by backing relevant campaigns by other organisations, including Object, Southall Black Sisters and National Alliance of Women's Organisations.
The group is also planning a major campaign for the autumn to reduce the stigma around feminism. ‘There are stereotypes and negative connotations associated with feminism. These act as a barrier to people getting involved, but it is one of the most important movements of social justice in our age. We will show that males and females of all ages are still involved in feminism today,' said Banyard.
She pointed out that public support was crucial in a campaign she worked on at The Fawcett Society to change the way lap dancing clubs were licensed. ‘Public support was a key factor in securing the change in the law,' she said.
Southall Black Sisters chair Pragna Patel agreed: ‘Grassroots activism is a crucial part of campaigning for legislative and cultural change... Feminista UK will be an invaluable resource for our work.'