Around the world: Sexual Politics in January 2017
In January, the first and foremost events to be reported are avalanche of draconian and regressive policy measures adopted in the chaotic first two weeks of the Trump administration.
Though buried beneath the impact of outrageous closure of borders and decisions about trade agreements – which are subject to contradictory interpretations — gender and sexuality related initiatives are also part of the Trump package, as exemplified by the Global Gag rule re-instated on January 23nd. SPW offers a preliminary assessment of main trends registered since January 23th and recommends the very first SPW Working Paper – The Global Implications of US Domestic and International Policies (Girard, 2004)– to be revisited as a roadmap to begin guiding a proper charting of measures adopted and yet to come and their deleterious effects.
But energy and capacity to resist the ‘trumping and trampling’ was also outstanding. While the intense and chaotic policy process continued producing bad news the streets have been taken. Quite immediately by the massive feminist protests that, coalescing around the January 21st March on Washington DC, erupted across the US and worldwide. Magaly Marques shared with us her perceptions of the March and a compilation of articles and analyses was also made that cover the road towards the March but also its rippling effects on a broader range of human rights and social justice domains threatened by the new administration.
Not less important, on January 28th, in reaction to the Executive Order that closed the borders to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers of seven Islamic countries crowds gathered in airports and in front of courthouses to protest and express solidarity to detainees by border control and their families.