New York, 25 March – IDA Virtual attendance, Cecilia Olivero. Intersectional feminist strategies to counter the global pushback on women’s rights: virtual meeting – parallel event.
Host Organisation: Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL). “Ideologically driven political actors holding fundamentalist views and anti-women and LGBTI positions have recently engineered unprecedented roll-backs of women’s human rights. The Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR)’s panel will discuss how they have infiltrated state structures and employed tactics to thwart women’s rights and autonomy, thereby intensifying discrimination against women and the risk of gender-based violence, and how these actions have disproportionately affected those belonging to marginalized groups.”
Standpoints, from Latin America to South East Asia, from (East) Europe to Africa, have been discussed during the meeting thanks to the active participation of speakers and activists of several organisations from different countries: Nigeria, El Salvador, Argentina, India, Ireland and Poland. The impact of covid-19 is overarching on women’s rights. For example, in Nigeria they registered an increase in gender-based violence, whereas in Poland the far-right parties and anti-gender, anti-rights and anti-refugees’ discourses stepped in cutting off the financial support for several women organisations. Striking recent event – discussed in most of the meetings – is that of Turkey which decided to withdraw itself from the Istanbul Convention in a moment in which gender-based violence is increasing significantly. However, the Argentinian reality as an achiever of more equal rights gave a reassuring connotation to the meeting. Certainly, so much work has to be done in these countries and worldwide: the road to equality is still long and troubled and, as brought up by Maria Nì Fhlatharta (Research assistant at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy), intersectionality has to be taken more into consideration (for example for what concerns the rights for disabled women).