Video documentation of the discussion: Feminist cross-movement alliances – connecting local and translocal experiences
During the discussion on May 24, 2022 we were gathering different local and translocal experiences with cross-movement alliances driven by queer-feminist initiatives.
First, the activists from Bulgaria, Spain, Switzerland and France were bringing in reports on queer-feminist interventions in social struggles within their local contexts. We were talking about queer-feminist protest against neoliberal reforms of social services, as well as queer-feminist initiatives for social housing and opposition against nationalist, right wing politics. By this, we were bringing in touch different local feminist experiences with cross-movement alliances. Second, we were getting to know the transnational feminist network “Essential Autonomous Struggles Transnational” (EAST). EAST was sharing its observation of different local struggles, performed by migrants and care workers during the pandemic in Europe. We were learning more about EAST’s queer-feminist approach to connect social struggles of migrants, care workers, women and LGBTQI-communities on a transnational level.
On this basis we were reflecting about queer-feminist interventions in cross-movement alliances: How are queer-feminist initiatives involved in cross movement-alliances? How are they changing perspectives and strategies in such alliances? What tensions and problems are they facing? And how can they in turn develop such alliances? We were amplifying the discussion by approaching a transnational level. For this purpose, we were discussing similarities of the various local struggles and were elaborating transnational aspects of local action and strategies: How are local struggles changing by transnational connections? To what extent are transnational queer-feminist networks able to develop cross-movement alliances, which means to connect various social issues and movements? What preconditions are needed in order to elaborate such transnational connections?
Video recording of the presentations:
Introduction by Gisela Mackenroth
France: Feminist interventions against islamophobia by SaraEve and Fanny (Nous Toustes Grenoble)
Spain: Feminist strategies in the housing movement – the example PAH by Maka Suarez (Barcelona)
Switzerland: Protests against pension reforms – the campain “Nein zur AHV Abbau!” within swiss feminist networks by Susy Greuter (Basel)
Bulgaria/Europe: Connecting social struggles – the network E.A.S.T. by Kalina Drenska (Sofia)
The discussion is part of the event series “Translocal Solidarities”. For further information and the ongoing program please click here: https://www.move-projekt.de/translocal-solidarities/