Belfast Feminist Network began organising in April 2010 following a series of discussion groups that revealed a growing desire for a space for open feminist community and opportunities for activism. Since that time the group has grown in number to encompass around 500 online members and a dynamic and fluid group of event organisers and attendees, activists, protestors, marchers, workshop participants, debaters, creators, performers, crafters, and people who want to meet together to challenge sexism, to change outcomes for women and to indulge in a bit of patriarchy smashing whenever the opportunity arises.
Our activities include political panel discussions on the subjects of the sex industry and violence against women, pre-election hustings, public awareness raising events during the 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, lobbying political representatives, publicly challenging sexism in the media and advertising, organising feminist community events such as “Building Herstory”, “FemFest”, and “The Carnival for Sexual Rights and Freedom”, and speaking out about rape culture including hosting a candlelight vigil and demanding an end to victim blaming by public bodies. Our most recent series of events in the Monthly Feminist Forum, discussion panels on a range of often marginalised feminist issues. Read more at our events page.