Feminists are a force for positive change and resistance – locally, regionally and globally. In many important and different ways, feminists are fighting for a world without misogyny, violence and exploitation, a world based on equality and social justice that redistributes & values care work and respects the planet.
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COVID-19 has highlighted how economic activities of care and well-being have been taken for granted without receiving the proper investment and regulation. Feminists are concerned that COVID19 is contributing to a new normal that is more unequal than before, pushing women* on to a path of being overworked, undervalued and less protected. We also see worrying trends of women’s rights being pushed back as part of broader developments in which democracy is being undercut. But there is also hope for a better future, with renewed energy for alternatives as well as the development of new proposals for caring, working, producing and living.
We want to discuss the challenges and alternatives that have resulted from the COVID pandemic.
We are calling for a Feminist Forum in the autumn of 2021 to debate the status quo, and to share strategies of resistance and change. We aim to build transnational solidarity among feminist initiatives and to link our struggles, while building our collective capacity to understand and transform the world we live in. The forum will be interactive, creative and informative, with different ways of engaging.
We believe that it is essential to bring together diverse strands of feminist analysis and collective practices to reinforce common feminist grounds for political action.
We are convinced that the Forum will reinvigorate feminist action and solidarity and will unite us. We want to invite feminists to work together and network outside the Forum beyond local or national borders. This collaboration could be in the form of sharing information, working on joint projects, setting up a European campaign or joint advocacy.
By bringing feminists together, supporting exchange and collaboration in a European context, we can multiply our individual efforts in our own cities, regions and countries. That is why we are planning a European Feminist Forum in 2021.