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.


27.01.2021 | Political Feminism, Re-politicizing the Arab Feminist Movement | Publications

The current faces of Arab feminism

It was young Arab women who mainly drove the events that led to the so-called Arab Spring. They demanded socioeconomic justice and mobilised…


27.01.2021 | Political Feminism, Re-politicizing the Arab Feminist Movement | Publications

Care work and the Pandemic - Policy Brief

The feminization, invisibilization, and undervaluation of care work are three factors that contribute in major ways to the precarity of women’s lives…


27.01.2021 | Political Feminism, Re-politicizing the Arab Feminist Movement | Publications

Care work and the Pandemic - Issue Brief

Having internalized patriarchal and exploitative capitalist assumptions that render care work invisible, studies have unfortunately not considered the…



12.06.2020 | Political Feminism | Events

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”…



30.09.2021 | Blog, Political Feminism, FES Regional Peace and Security Project | Press

Capitalist Patriarchal Nightmare, Ecofeminist Awakening

We must dismantle capitalist patriarchy that thrives on exploiting women and nature to attain a socially and environmentally just future.


05.07.2021 | Political Feminism | Press

Smashing the Patriarchy & Co: How Arab Feminists are Re-politicizing their Movement

This essay explores the ways in which Arab feminists are re-politicizing their movement and offers an overview of the strategies that are currently…


25.02.2021 | Political Feminism | Press

Advancing National Mechanisms for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

Following the first World Conference on Women in Mexico in 1975, the World Plan for Action for the Implementation of the Objectives of International…



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