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Defending Humanity: Transnational Feminist Responses to Violence and Devaluation

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Friday, March 10 at 8:30am to 5:00pm

Tamiami Hall, Tamiami Hall Multipurpose Room 11201 Southwest 17th Street, TAM-121 Miami, FL 33174

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Humanity seems increasingly under threat, both materially, in form of environmental degradation, warfare, and layers of economic exploitation and ideologically, in form of doctrines of exclusion and dehumanization. What can we learn from feminists in different parts of the world who have organized to defend humanity? By “defending humanity”, we think of visions of gender justice, inclusion and care, and collective strategies to realize such visions.

In the current context of political polarization, such activism appears to be in a defensive position. However, we have also seen powerful feminist campaigns against femicides and for reproductive health and rights in several Latin American countries such as Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia. The success of such campaigns lies in long-term, multisectoral mobilization and the ability to create transformational strategies based on fairness, solidarity, and sustainability; however, feminist organizing is also faced with many challenges, including internal divisions. 

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