Feminism(s): Experiences from across the Globe
Tuesday 21st March, 2017 | Alliance Française | 4.30 pm - 6.30 pm | Free Entry
- Date, Time
- Tuesday, 21. March 2017, 4:30 pm
- Entrance Fee
- Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Büro Kenia
- Part of the series
- Gender Forum
Feminists have different experiences in their fight for women’s rights and gender equality. For example, the self-identified feminists in Kenya can often find themselves described as “man hating bra-less” women, as participants of the gender forum have shared many times in the past - even though the common bond among feminists is the need to see a world where there is equity, gender equality as well as respect and dignity being accorded to all.
Feminists’ experiences, in large part, are different from those of feminists in other spaces because perceptions on feminism(s) are shaped by specific socio-cultural contexts as much as by the patriarchal mindsets engraved in these.
The question that becomes important in the discussion of feminism as a global movement is: What does it mean to be feminist in specific contexts? What are the similarities and differences in the experiences of feminists in Kenya and across the globe? How do feminists navigate their specific contexts to push for gender equality? What are the challenges and what can the broader group of feminists learn from these challenges? And can the narrative around feminism in Kenya be turned from one defined by patriarchal realities into one defined by liberating aspirations?
This gender forum will benefit from the presence of five panellists from Brazil, England, the Philippines, Tunisia and Mozambique, who are visiting Kenya as part of the 19 Member International Committee of the World March of Women (http://www.marchemondiale.org):
- Ana Maria R. Nemenzo (Philippines)
- Graca Samo (Mozambique)
- Nalu Faria (Brazil)
- Soaud Mahmoud (Tunisia)
- Vania Martins (England)
- Wahu Kaara (Kenya)
- Yildiz Temurturkan (Turkey)
- Professor Jacqueline Oduol - moderator (Kenya)
Key discussion points:
- What are the similarities and differences in the experiences of feminists in Kenya and across the globe?
- How do feminists navigate their specific contexts to push for gender equality?
- How do women form strategic alliances without making difference a dividing factor?
- What are the challenges and what can the broader group of feminists learn from these challenges?
The feminist panellists will first share experiences from their particular context, followed by an interactive panel discussion which contextualizes issues with the audience.
About the Foundation
Being part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung is a Green Political Foundation, affiliated to the German political party “Alliance ’90 / The Greens”. The regional office for East and Horn of Africa is a people-centric green think-tank, based in Nairobi since 2001. In our work, we facilitate open dialogue, undertake studies and forge partnerships with and among communities in East & Horn of Africa along the core themes of Gender, Environment, Democracy and International Dialogue.
About the Gender Forum
The Gender Forum is a monthly public dialogue convened by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung since 2001, encouraging dialogue on pertinent national social issues with a gendered lens. It brings together scholars, law-makers and implementers, civil activists, government institutions, students and the general public, aiming at sharing knowledge and inspiring gendered analysis of policy and programs.