Where are the women today? Is feminism dead?
By caravia - 31/08/2007
I participated in the international conference of Women in Black, www.womeninblack.org. It was held in Valencia, Spain, during four hot and intensive days. 400 women from more than forty countries discussed about the peace movement, the role of the lesbians in the feminist issues and the need of new strategies. The most interesting was to hear women from countries ravaged by war and misery, they were strong and kept great integrity. There were women from Afghanistan, Tjetchen and Irak, Colombia, Pakistan, Israel and Palestine. Women are not welcome in the rooms where war is decided and planned, except the German chancellor Angela Merkel no woman is in the photo where the European Community leaders show themselves. And I guess no woman sits on a chair when the Pentagon plan their iraquian strategy. (It was a woman, the general Janis Karpinski, who was the head of Abu Ghraib prison. It was on her watch the infamous pictures of humiliated Iraqui prisoners were taken. She was sacked, many judge she was to act as scapegoat, a woman who states she was not informed about what happened among her personal). The idea with Women in Black and other peace movements driven by women is to raise awarness about the consequences of the war, the millions of civilian casualties. Not only the killed, but the maimed, the people comndemned to live as handicaps, their legs and limbs blown when they find a personal mine, the raped women, carrying the children of their rapists, the people killed in genocides around the world. Where are the women today? Where is the feminist movement heading? Is the backlash who Susan Faludi wrote about a fact or only a working these? It could be interesting to debate here about that, any takers?