UK Feminista created to promote feminist campaigns

New group will start with push to 'reclaim feminism'

Several prominent feminists have founded a new pressure group called UK Feminista, which will promote existing feminist campaigns.

The new group, which was launched on 27 March, will work closely with organisations including Object, which opposes the sexual objectification of women, the National Alliance of Women's Organisations and Southall Black Sisters.

Co-founder Kat Banyard, former campaigns officer at the Fawcett Society, and one other person will be employed by the organisation, which is backed by 15 activist volunteers.

The organisation will support campaigns to change the laws relating to prostitution and improve the rights of female asylum seekers.

One of its first initiatives will be a "reclaim feminism" campaign that aims to tell people what feminism is and remove the stigma from the term.

Banyard said she had submitted multiple bids to charitable trusts for funding and would also use proceeds from the sale of her recent book, The Equality Illusion.

It will also launch what Banyard described as a "feminist Facebook" where activists can network online.

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