Colabo needs your help!

Last year, Ali, one of our Executive Board members, did some incredible work on a cultural/educational exchange visit to Japan on behalf of FiLiA. She worked with women’s groups supporting women and girls exploited by the sex industry.

While there, she did some work with Colabo, a group that supports runaways and displaced teenage girls and young women in Tokyo to avoid or escape sexual exploitation, including pornography and prostitution. Colabo undertake difficult and often hostile work offering support, resources and a safe place to rest at their centre, outreach work in the red-light district and their innovative Tsubomi Cafe, a large pink bus offering teenage girls a free service including a friendly ear, clothing, food and ongoing support.

Ali saw first-hand the work they did in the café bus, and she walked around the red-light district handing out support packs with the workers. It was a difficult and emotional experience. Continue reading “Colabo needs your help!”

Can the Plan: Messages of support

On September 14th we held a Rally in front of the Senedd to protest against the Welsh Government’s misogynistic and homophobic LGBTQ+ Action Plan. We are particularly concerned about the exclusion of alternative voices from the LGB community and from women, the pernicious influence of Stonewall within Welsh Government, and the fact-free gender ideology on which the Action Plan is based.

In response to our protest, 85 organisations and individuals signed a petition in support of the Action Plan which was delivered to Senedd  Member Hannah Blethyn. It stated that the signatories ‘do not believe there is any inherent contradiction’ between women’s rights and trans rights. Continue reading “Can the Plan: Messages of support”