Event #3 Our feminism will be anti-racist or it will be meaningless!
It is not enough to be feminist. We have been conditioned into gender roles that present femininity as weak and we also perceive non-whiteness as inferior. Mainstream feminist movements of the past and present propagate a feminism that universalises women’s struggles and therefore marginalises the experiences of those of us who must fight against racism too. For women of colour, it is not just the binary of men-oppressors and women-victim but also the domination of whiteness. Liberation for women must mean decolonising our understandings of gender and oppression. Womanhood is defined by racist concepts. We need to confront feminism that fights for women’s rights but reproduces racist ideas. We have to recognise that women of colour, the same way women of different economic backgrounds, face different forms of exploitation and oppression. Even within the umbrella term ‘women of colour’, women of different ethnicities have wide ranging experiences. White supremacy puts white women as the ideal form of femininity. This has positioned white women at the vanguard of mainstream feminism. Our feminism should not just be inclusive. It needs to platform, appreciate and learn from the work of WOC feminists. It needs to be active in collectivising and radicalising women of colour so that they are not tokenised. If women of colour are not liberated, then no one can be free.
Sam Siva — Plan C London
Cecilia Sosa — Ni Una Menos, Argentina
Gail Lewis — cofounder of Brixton Black Womens Group and OWWAD
— Ruqaiya Haris, writer and speaker on Muslim women's issues
— Kurdish Women's Movement
The Women’s Strike is an opportunity to learn from women’s struggles taking place and to help nourish an anti-racist and anti-colonial feminist movement in the UK.
WE SPEAK. WE ORGANISE. WE STRIKE.
Women’s Strike Assembly (London) is hosting a series of events to discuss and debate the politics of the women’s strike planned for 8 March 2018 and the growing international feminist movement. The focus of these events is on women’s struggles and our campaigns for gender, racial and economic justice. If you want to get involved in organising for the women’s strike or want to start your own strike assembly at your workplace or in your community, get in touch or come along to one of these events. Childcare will be provided at all events and children are also welcome to attend events.