Global Left Midweek – International Women’s Day 2023
- Dossier: Feminism From the Left
- Feminist Perspectives
- The Kurdish Feminist Revolution
- Guatemala: Meet Thelma Cabrera
- Afghan Women Demand Rights
- Black Tunisian Women Speak Out
- Remembering Berta Cáceres
- Fighting Femicide
- Sexism and Feminism in Venezuela
- Women in the Russian Revolution
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)
Left-wing feminism links the demand for higher pay with struggles against gender-based violence. It links the protests against privatizing health care with a critique of a migration policy that only tolerates people who bring profit. Lastly, it links questions of democratic participation with the demand for a redistribution of work and time.
- Peace Not War Heidi Meinzolt / transform! Europe (Vienna)
- Conservationists Should Be Feminists Marie-Annick Moreau, Emily Woodhouse and Mara J. Goldman / Mongabay (Menlo Park CA)
- India: Solidarity and Sisterhood Volga and Githa Hariharan / NewsClick (New Delhi)
- Jamaica: Taitu Heron Speaks / Rhody Today (Kingston RI)
Rahila Gupta / New Internationalist (Oxford)
The Rojava women’s revolution has hardly been covered in the mainstream media, perhaps in deference to Turkey, a NATO ally, which sees the movement for Kurdish self-determination as ‘terrorism’ – and is bombing Rojava at the time of writing. In contrast, a protest movement with the potential to bring down the Islamic regime of Iran gets unprecedented coverage. Here’s why.
Guatemala: Meet Thelma Cabrera
Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! (New York)
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court upheld a decision by the country’s electoral tribunal to bar Indigenous human rights defender Thelma Cabrera from running. Cabrera and her running mate, former human rights ombudsman Jordán Rodas, are members of the leftist political party the Movement for the Liberation of the Peoples.
Black Tunisian Women Speak Out
Fatma Ben Hamad / France 24 (Paris)
Tunisian authorities continue to carry out mass arrests of people from sub-Saharan Africa as part of a campaign against irregular migration. Black Tunisian women activists are now speaking out about this rampant racial profiling, denouncing the racist climate and showing support for the people targeted by the anti-migrant campaign.
Remembering Berta Cáceres
Gianpaolo Contestabile / il manifesto Global (Rome)
This week marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Berta Cáceres, a leader of the Councils of Indigenous People’s Organizations of Honduras. In Intibucá, as well as in the many communities and neighborhoods of Honduras, Berta Cáceres’s life, her words and her commitment to activism continue to be a role model for new generations.
- Istanbul ANF News (Amsterdam)
- Albania Alice Taylor / EURACTIV (Brussels)
- Durban Steven Makhanya / Independent Online (Cape Town)
Sexism and Feminism in Venezuela
Cira Pascual Marquina / Venezuelanalysis (Caracas)
Suzany González Zambrano is an eloquent advocate for the rights of people – especially women and adolescents – to a safe sexual life that is free of discrimination, coercion, and violence. She discusses how Venezuelan feminists, like most in the region, face structural sexism, plus a reproductive health crisis that has been exacerbated by US sanctions.
Women in the Russian Revolution
- Book Review: Judy Cox’s The Women’s Revolution: Russia 1905-1917 Seiya Morita / Links (Sydney)
- Free E-Book on Alexandra Kollantai / K. Verlag (Berlin)