I could not have been more delighted when the group Women’s Place UK (WPUK) asked me to chair an online event to mark the publication of the book Defending Women’s Spaces, written by my friend and feminist comrade Karen Ingala Smith. Let me tell you a little about Karen. For the past 30 years she has been providing services to women and girls who have experienced all forms of male violence, including sexual assault, domestic abuse, and prostitution.
Karen has clung on for dear life to keep the Nia Project, of which she is CEO, female only. The Nia Project is one of only two such charities in the country that put the safety of women over the hurt feelings of trans activists. They openly apply the exceptions permitted under the Equality Act to provide women-only refuge and other single-sex support.
She is also the founder of Counting Dead Women, from which the UK Femicide Census grew. Since January 2012 Karen has done her very best to document the death of women and girls at the hands of men. These women are the victims of unbridled male violence, and the femicide census has been incredibly influential in convincing a broad range of people that these deaths can and must be prevented.
There is more I could tell you about Karen’s work, but hopefully I’ve convinced you already that she has a lifetime of commitment to the safety and liberation of women and girls.
Not according to the US ticketing giant, Eventbrite which this week deleted the link to the event, and began issuing refunds, claiming the book launch event could promote ‘hateful views’.
Defending Women’s Spaces is a book about the threat to feminism posed by gender ideology. But according to Eventbrite’s trust and safety team, the event is in danger of violating its policy on ‘Hateful, Dangerous, or Violent Content’.