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Planting dreams, interview with Lydia Alpizar

To understand FRIDA’s achievements in the context of the larger movement and history of feminist organizing, the team reached out to Lydia Alpizar to share her personal reflections on why it is important to document these beginnings, what it contributes to our knowledge of movements, and what were some of the lessons learned. Lydia was the Executive Director at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) who helped kickstart the beginnings of FRIDA.

Source: FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund and AWID

For whom the bells toll: Not for feminists, or civil society!

In April, Priti Darooka, feminist activist and policy expert representing a small cohort of gender and policy experts, the newly formed BRICS Feminist Watch (BFW),, attended the W20 hosted by Germany. These ‘new’ feminists or ‘business feminists’ talk the language our governments want to hear and the whole push is for conventional economic growth, that we know will continue to leave majority of women behind.

Source: BRICS Feminist Watch

One major way to end the global rape epidemic: through laws

This June, at the Council’s next session, countries will be holding their “annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women.” Equality Now calls on all governments to meet their obligations and live up to their commitments to make gender equality a reality by improving their laws on sexual violence and ensuring victims get justice.

Source: PassBlue

Feminist perspectives on the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike

In April, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners launched the largest collective hunger strike in years under the banner of freedom and dignity. AWID interviewed Palestinian feminist activists to learn more about what the hunger strike means to them and what they want feminists around the world to know about the strike.

Source: AWID

Feminist perspectives on the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike

In April, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners launched the largest collective hunger strike in years under the banner of freedom and dignity. AWID interviewed Palestinian feminist activists to learn more about what the hunger strike means to them and what they want feminists around the world to know about the strike.

Source: AWID

Feminist perspectives on the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike

In April, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners launched the largest collective hunger strike in years under the banner of freedom and dignity. AWID interviewed Palestinian feminist activists to learn more about what the hunger strike means to them and what they want feminists around the world to know about the strike.

Source: AWID

Families can drive gender equality, but only if we help them evolve

The concept of family lends itself to exaggerated claims. Depending on who you talk to, the decline of the traditional family in recent decades either means the triumph of individualism and the onset of “pure relationships” or the dissolution of society, population decline and the death of the nation.

Source: TheConversation

So, this is your first Beirut Pride. Wonderful! Let’s talk.

Mentioning the civil war does not localize Pride

Localizing Pride would entail breaking the very framework through which Pride emerges in the first place and building something else entirely. For one week, we are invited to unite under a rainbow and check our problems at the door. Forget about your parents getting evicted, all these strenuous water bills, the sheer impossibility of actually planning to live a decent and sustainable life in Lebanon. No, the issue is that you are gay and that there is homophobia around you.

Source: Hashtag Beirut

Fiction as a powerful way to talk about abortion

The book Código Rosa. Relatos sobre abortos [Pink Code. Narratives about abortions] is a collective creation emerging out of testimonies from women who’d had medical abortions and who had been accompanied in that decision by the Colectiva. AWID spoke to  Dahiana Belfiori, feminist activist, member of the Pink Relief Network and author of the book.

Source: AWID

Fiction as a powerful way to talk about abortion

The book Código Rosa. Relatos sobre abortos [Pink Code. Narratives about abortions] is a collective creation emerging out of testimonies from women who’d had medical abortions and who had been accompanied in that decision by the Colectiva. AWID spoke to  Dahiana Belfiori, feminist activist, member of the Pink Relief Network and author of the book.

Source: AWID