Leading feminists to discuss challenges facing women at Corby event

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Challenges facing the women’s movement 100 years after they gained the right to vote will be the topic of a talk by feminists in Corby.

Paula Boulton, who has been involved in women’s rights in Corby for decades, will speak on issues affecting women along with eminient feminist Dr Nic Williams.

Research scientist Dr Williams has been at the forefront of the movement in recent months as part of her role in the Fair Play for Women organisation.

Paula said the event, in celebration of the Year of the Woman, would examine how far women had come in the past 100 years, the current challenges they face, and what the future holds for women’s rights.

She said: “I’ve done two talks already this year: one about my experiences at Greenham Common and one about setting up the Corby Women’s Centre and they were very well received.

“This next talk will feature where we are, 100 years on from suffrage, what rights have we got, and how secure these rights are.

“For example, since I first became involved in feminsm, we have gained abortion rights. But women in Northern Ireland still don’t have the right to have an abortion, we still have people picketing outside abortion clinics.

“Dr Nic Williams is in demand at the moment and we’re incredibly pleased she’s coming along.

“It will be an informal talk and people will be encoraged to share their experiences if they want to.

“We’ll be asking women to come up with a definitve list of how women’s rights have changed in our lifetimes.”

Also on the agenda will be the threat to women’s rights posed by Brexit.

Paula added: “It will have a massive impact.

“A lot of the rights we believe are ours are part of European legislation. How safe are they?

“We’re probably at our most insecure moment in history at the moment which is why we want to get everybody together.”

The event takes place in Corby at 7.30pm on Monday (October 18). You can book a ticket here