Arts and Activism – Tackling Sexual Assault 6-7.15pm

Thursday, 6 – 7.15pm

How can we use art and creativity to challenge social attitudes around rape and gender-based violence? And why is cultural change so important alongside legal change?

Join panellists from Femme FierceSouthall Black Sisters and #thisdoesntmeanyes in this discussion.




Ayaan is the founder of Femme Fierce, the world’s largest all female street art and graffiti festival. On International Women’s Day 2015, Femme Fierce supported Plan UK’s “Because I’m A Girl” campaign, taking over London’s Leake Street tunnel to raise awareness for ending violence against girls, including Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage.

Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism.

ThisdoesntmeanyesNathalie Gordon and Abigail Bergstrom are founding members of #thisdoesntmeanyes, a campaign in partnership with Rape Crisis South London. Using photography, #thisdoesntmeanyes smashes the myth that a woman is ‘asking for it’ through her dress. Clothing does not mean consent. The campaign has attracted media coverage in 23 countries worldwide.

Chair: Dr. Red Chidgey, co-organizer of Clear Lines Festival and Lecturer in Gender and Media at King’s College London. Her current research examines techniques of creativity and risk in online anti-rape activism. She is also spearheading a digital archive dedicated to the global protest movement SlutWalk. SlutWalks mobilize around the call to end ‘rape culture’ and institutional patterns of victim-blaming. Over two hundred SlutWalks have taken place internationally in over forty countries, from Canada to South Africa, from Brazil to Poland. The Slutwalk archive will be available on

Tickets are available on Eventbrite – book early to avoid disappointment as space at the venue is very limited.