JASS Blog Archives for March 2009

by JASS on March 19, 2009 on 7:48 pm

Over a thousand women from all over Latin America and the Carribean have gathered for the XI Feminist Encuentro in Mexico City. The debates have been lively, the ideas and questions brought up in the opening panels and in a number of the self-organized spaces very though-provoking. Among the many women who are here, the presence, voice and demands of indigenous, afro-descendant and transgendered women, and the autonomous women's movement have been felt. From Martha Sanchez and Jenny de la Torre Córdoba, who were on the opening panel, to the autonomous women's declaration and the Manifesto of the Transgendered Brazilian Women, posted on the Petateras Blog, many voices and a diversity of feminist expressions have indeed gathered in this space. So much diversity (in terms of different currents of feminist thought, women who don't necessarily identify as feminists but are coming into this space in a spirit of dialogue, and in particular indigenous and african-descent women who speak about how their experience as women and as feminists is different because of their distinct contexts and life circumstances, and the added layer of racism that they face in society, as well as some expressions of racism and paternalism that they have encountered from other feminists) is not a simple thing to manage.

Even with these challenges, many of the women present express their desire to be in dialogue and to continue these dialogues, to hear one another's viewpoints and begin to tease out what we mean when we talk about feminisms, a diversity of feminisms, so that from there we can build a solid ground on which to strengthen the feminist movement and feminist action in the region.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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by JASS on March 18, 2009 on 4:50 pm

 
JASS and Las Petateras are participating actively in the 11th Feminist Forum in Mexico City. The 6th Feminist Transformation Watch began with Radio Petatera, a radio program broadcast on Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE). Guests to the show included a transexual woman who sparked an intense debate about the necessity of feminist spaces to be inclusive of all women, regardless of weather or not they were born into female bodies. Today´s program brought up issues of indigenous women´s movements as well as the inclusion of women with disabilities in feminist spaces, with two visually impaired women interviewed during the program. JASS and Las Petateras also convened a workshop on Technology for Feminist Movements, delivered to a packed audience, that provoked a lively and intense discussion about the use of new media tools for organizing and building women´s movements. Las Petateras held a space for the Feminist Transformation Watch were diverse women were able to share their stories about how they came to feminism and how they cross the line in their personal lives. The session produced a very intimate and open space for sharing and connecting among us that is an often overlooked and vital part of our movement building. The feminist movement, historically fractured and divided, needs more spaces like these for listening to each other and understanding each other in order to build upon our differences and create a stronger and more unified movement.
 
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by JASS on March 17, 2009 on 2:14 pm

JASS and our Mesoamerican allies, Las Petateras, are attending the 11th Feminist Forum in Mexico City. Martha Sanchez, an indigenous leader from Mexico, carried the opening plenary with her outspoken and fiery commentary. The 6th Feminist Transformation Watch kicks off today with a Radio Petateras show from 1 to 2 pm local time. Tune in to hear the voices and expressions of the Latin American feminists present at the forum. This afternoon JASS and Las Petateras will hold a workshop titled "Technology for Feminist Movement Building," where participants will engage with a variety of new media communication tools and discuss the ways that Web 2.0 technology can amplify women´s voices and struggles worldwide. Check back soon for more updates!

 

    

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