Re-politicizing the Arab feminist movement

How do we, as Arab feminists, reinstate our revolutionary and highly political stance against patriarchal structures? How do we reaffirm our central commitment to positively transform societies and form the just world which we have envisioned for decades?

Across the MENA region and the world, there is growing concern around the de-politicization of feminism. For years, neoliberal Structural Adjustment Programs have been slowly taming the feminist movement across the globe. Many argue that the professionalization and NGO-ization of feminism have shifted feminist activism from its core commitment to eradicate structural oppression to issue and project-based feminist actions. Moreover, in many counties within the region, so-called “state feminism” has created glass ceilings which limited the potential for fundamental feminist reforms that might be seen as a threat to the political or socio-economic status quo.

Feminists from across the globe have indicated that the production of feminist knowledge, bridging the gap between feminist activism and research, the formation of cross-border alliances between feminist actors and other social justice actors as well as fostering cross-generational feminist exchange all provide an opportunity for contributing the re-politicization of feminist movements. FES aims to support such activities implicitly and explicitly through its work with partners from across the region.

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Events

12.06.2020

A webinar on "Care Roles in Arab Media"

Under its regional Political Feminism project, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is honored to invite you to a webinar on “Care Roles in Arab Media”…


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Press

24.09.2020

Care Roles in Arab Media

Web-Seminar: Conclusions and Recommendations


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28.04.2020

The Future of Work is here: A regional feminist perspective on the effects of COVID-19

In recent years, world leaders, economists, business owners, and tech giants have been discussing how the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution1 will…


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