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Analyses féministes croisées

dimanche 30 novembre 2003, par Joëlle Palmieri

Le 13 novembre, les Pénélopes organisaient un atelier sur les regards croisés (Est/Ouest) sur le féminisme. Espagnoles, Suédoises, Françaises, Polonaises étaient au rendez-vous.

One of the aims of the workshop was to signify the different roots, structures and fields of action and struggle of the feminist movement across Europe. With examples coming from the East and West of Europe, the perspective of the South and North was also presented. During the workshop different challenges, perspectives and priorities of feminist organisations came up. The speakers begun the debate by giving a brief introduction of their organisations and continued with an overview of the realities of the feminist movement in their countries and also pointed out their strategic actions and alliances in order to combat and resist neoliberal policies.
The first woman that took the floor was Montserrat Boix from Mujeres en Red who explained her cyberfeminist experience. Mujeres en Red is an internet feminist network with 3000 email addresses. Mujeres en Red has been mostly -but not only- networking Spanish with Latin American women. Montserrat voiced her opinion supporting free software and the internet as a fundamental tool for women and women organisations.
Agnieszka Gzybek from Poland’s OSKA (Women’s Information Centre) presented her perspective as a feminist in a Central European country. Her organisation is one of the oldest in the short story of the feminist movement in Poland. Sexual and reproductive rights and, especially, the issue of abortion have been at the core of their struggles.
Cécile Brunon explained the example of REZAF (Network for Feminist Alternatives) created as an initiative of Point G a feminist non-mixed village that was held during the G8 meeting in Annemasse in Juny 2003. Cécile also gave an analysis of the links between the antermondialisation and the feminist movement. She pointed out at the lack of a feminist or women’s approach in the debates as well as the sexist practices that are to be found.
Anna Martins from several feminist organisations in Sweden explained that feminist practices in Sweden are quite powerful. The Swedish feminist movement has turned from working on equality and legislative issues to concentrate more in the protection of women’s bodies. Therefore their main fights were in the field of prostitution and pornography.
After the speakers did their presentations other women attending the workshop took the floor and the exchange of initiatives and proposals focused on the need for joint strategic actions across Europe.
Les Pénélopes is preparing a summary of the workshop with the conclusions and future proposals that will be worked out with all participants.


Sonia Ruiz -29 novembre 2003

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