women's movement

  • FRIDA Launches its Fourth Call for Proposals

    Source: FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund

    For all the young feminist activists: here’s a chance for you to continue doing the awesome work that you’ve been doing. If you are a young feminist group from the Global South, apply for a FRIDA grant!

    FRIDA grant FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas. FRIDA was created to bring new resources and new opportunities to young women and trans* youth globally. We believe that supporting young women is key to the expansion, rejuvenation and sustainability of women’s movements and organizations, both now and in the future. To date, FRIDA has completed three grant cycles since 2012, and cumulatively supported 57 different groups of young feminists in 47 different countries around the world and awarding a total of 437,000 USD in direct grants.

  • Beijing in Retrospect

    By Luz Maria Martinez

    It felt like we were all there on a mission — to be heard, to tell the world we are here this is how we think, dance, paint, talk, dress but our issues are interconnected.

    The 4th Women's World Conference, 1995 in Beijing, China officially turns 20 in September 2015. So not only has this year been a year of review but it is also a time for retrospection about what and who we were in 1995. For me, this hindsight is like a trailer for an up and coming film on a fast forward button.

    Where to begin? When in doubt, mid-way always works.

    At the time, I along with my colleague and friend Mavic Balleza was part of the Isis communication team. One of our tasks was to cover interesting women to feature in the Isis International third quarter issue of Women in Action (WiA).

    Beijing Mavic
    Mavic Balleza holding white jacket and Luz Martinez holding folders of the Isis communication team.

    As someone new to Asia and to the women's movement, the entire process and trip was an extravaganza of women.

  • International Women's Day 2015

    Why Sunila Abeysekera loved March 8


    I visited Sunila around 8th March 2013 to spend some time with her after she'd been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. Sunila was to me, as she was to many of us, the clearest, sharpest light that I'd turn to any time I needed to help understand some knotty aspect of the women's movement. I decided to ask Sunila a few questions about her thoughts of International Women's Day, her own journey in the women's movement, and the place the international women's movement was at. I thought I'd share these recordings with others as a way of remembering her especially on this 20th year past the Beijing World Conference on Women.

    - Susanna George, current Chair of the Board of and former Executive Director of Isis International

    Why I love International Women's Day sound
    Full interview with Sunila Abeysekera sound

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