NWSA Strengthening Grassroots Organizations and Feminist Solidarity: Back on the European Caravan © We Are Here - courtesy Photoshare Strengthening Grassroots Organizations and Feminist Solidarity: Back on the European Caravan | By Mégane Ghorbani Launched last March in Nusaybin, Turkish Kurdistan, the World March of Women Feminist Caravan across Europe will end on 17 October 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the official closing of the 4th international action of the World March of Women. AWID: Who initiated the European Caravan and why? Clara Carbunar (CC): The WMW Network of Young Feminists in Europe initiated the action as part of the 4th international action of the WMW, which involves regional actions to strengthen grassroots feminism in each continent and highlight diverse forms of women’s resistance and struggles. AWID: What are the objectives of the caravan? The caravan also sought to give feminists the opportunity to work together and organize joint events at the local level. AWID: What are the next steps? Share this Category
Women's History Month: 10 Things to Thank Feminists for | Strollerderby By joslyngray | Bringing a trumpet to a protest totally makes it a party! Oh, those wacky feminists. Always burning their bras and eating granola and asking for equality ‘n’ stuff. Like, you know, the right to vote, control your own money, and leave a man who beats the crap out of you. Crazy stuff like that. In honor of Women’s History Month, we bring you 10 things we can truly thank feminists for, and 10 more things we still need to work on. nggallery id=’123984′ image-265 The right to own property In 1848, the State of New York became the first in the U.S. to pass a law granting married women the right to control their own property. (Pictured: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was instrumental in the passage of the 1848 New York State Married Women's Property Act. The right to hold public office Although women still couldn’t vote in 1788, the United States allowed female citizens to run for election to federal office. Currently, 17 of the 100 U.S. (Pictured: Senator Hattie Caraway.
Feminism and the Kurdish Freedom Movement 20 April 2015 This article is an edited version of a presentation at the “Dissecting Capitalist Modernity–Building Democratic Confederalism” Conference at Hamburg University, April 3-5th, 2015. The fact that we are discussing the Kurdish freedom movement’s approaches, ideas, and re-conceptualizations of freedom today at this conference with people from so many diverse backgrounds is quite telling of the larger impacts of the Kobanê resistance, which go far beyond its military aspects. The World Women’s March this year was launched at the border between North (Bakur) and West Kurdistan (Rojava), the artificial line which separates the twin cities Qamişlo and Nisêbin from each other. First, it should be mentioned that Kurdish women’s relationship to the feminisms in the region has often been quite complicated. The aim of this talk is not to imply that feminism and the Kurdish women’s movement are two separate things.
100 Conversations - Digital Safety Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism: Amazon.co.uk: Jennifer Baumgardner, Amy Richards: 9780374528652: Books I read Grassroots as an antidote to Going Public by Michael Gecan. Gecan's book is useful for people who don't know glitter from gold about organizing. But, it's also very old-school, very hierarchical, and very male. The authors major principle of community leadership is that you can be a feminist activist, with the tools you have available to you, and it can be part of your life - now, today, wherever you are. An element of the book that I particularly like is that they take the organizing potential of youth in high school very seriously and back it up with concrete examples of young women they've met and interviewed. The book is organized primarily by stages of life: high school, college, post-college, 10 or more years post-college, and activism at work. And though this is easy to say in 2012 about a book written largely in 2003 and 2004, I would have liked to meet some transgender (MtF and FtM) feminist activists. I also read this book as a Master of Social Work Candidate.
15 Black Women Visual Artists You Should Know Visual Artists rarely get enough credit and recognition, but black female visual artists are a group that seems to be left out of the spotlight completely. Growing up as a young black female visual artist, there seemed to be no one who looked like me to look up to. But black female visual artists do exist, and they are creating some of the best art out today. Here are some of our favorites: "Kara Walker (American, b. 1969) is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes that examine the underbelly of America's racial and gender tensions. Her works often address such highly charged themes as power, repression,history, race, and sexuality. "Mequitta received her MFA from UIC in 2003, mentored by Kerry James Marshall. "Painter, printmaker, and weaver Emma Amos was born in 1938 and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where her parents owned a drugstore. "Wangechi Mutu observes: 'Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. "Joyce J.
Grassroots Feminism is the Best Strategy for Combating Gendered Violence – FEMEN A study commissioned by the World Bank and published in the American Political Science Review — conducted over four decades and in 70 countries — details the context of violence against women. Its core finding: the mobilization of local grassroots feminist movements is more important for positive change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or the number of women politicians. Unique in its incredible scope, the study includes every region of the world, varying degrees of democracy, rich and poor countries, and a variety of world religions. The study has an in-depth examination of how more than 70 grassroots women-led groups in seven countries in Africa are helping women and communities to access justice in diverse contexts. “Women’s autonomous organizing in civil society affects political change… Autonomous movements articulate the social perspectives of marginalized groups, transform social practice, and change public opinion. Via Feministing