Feminist Realities: Transforming Democracy in Times of Crisis

27 May 2020

Join a conversation with an inspiring global panel of feminist thinkers and activists to reflect and discuss how we can collectively reorganise, shift power and pivot towards building transformative feminist realities that can get us out of the worsening health, climate and capitalist crises.

27 May 2020
16:00 - 17:30 CET
  • Alternative Information Development Centre
  • AWID
  • Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
  • Focus on the Global South

Neoliberal, authoritarian and fundamentalist politics have all been consolidated in response to the pandemic to further attack the rights of womxn, migrants, informal workers, people of colour, indigenous communities, trans and gender non-conforming persons, among many others. Yet at the same time, we are witnessing widespread and deep community organizing and solidarity initiatives flourishing, led by womxn. When the system fails, people show up.

This webinar will explore feminist analyses of the crisis and the way the pandemic intersects with patriarchy, corporate power and a global division of labour that is both gendered and racialised. It will ask how the rise and collision of fascisms, fundamentalisms and capitalism has limited and predetermined our understanding and practices of democracy and governance. And whether it could also provide a window of opportunity to re-organize and shift power on an unprecedented scale. What can we learn from the feminist practices and measures that are already being deployed to build radical democratic systems that genuinely care for the environment and our collective well-being?

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4pm CET, 27 May 2020

(French and Spanish interpretation will be available)


  • Tithi Bhattacharya, Associate Professor of History and the Director of Global Studies at Purdue University and co-author of the manifesto Feminism for the 99%.
  • Laura Roth, Lecturer of legal and political philosophy at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, member of Minim Municipalist Observatory and co-author of the practice-oriented report Feminise Politics Now!
  • Awino Okech, Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London who brings over twelve years of social justice transformation work in Eastern Africa, the Great Lakes region, and South Africa to her teaching, research and movement support work.
  • Khara Jabola-Carolus, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, co-founder of AF3IRM Hawaii (the Association of Feminists Fighting Fascism, Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization) and author of Hawaii's Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19.

This webinar is co-organised by Transnational Institute and AWID, and co-sponsored by Focus on the Global South, AIDC and DAWN.


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