Update from Girls United for Human Rights, responding to the attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
When we heard about the horrific attack on the school in Peshawar that killed more than 100 children, we immediately wrote to Girls United for Human Rights, one of our newest grantee partners, to see if they were ok. This is what they replied to us and agreed for us to share with you:
“We are all fine but some of our friends relatives have been martyred in the attack on school.
We GUHR strongly condemn the cowardly act of the militants of attacking school children.
We are organizing a candle vigil today. We will never ever give up on our future. We are hopeful and we are strong.”
GUHR is a group founded by girls aged 12-15. Read more about their work here.
FRIDA is humbled to be able to support these brave girls on the front lines. We stand in solidarity with them.
In 2014, FRIDA resourced almost 50 groups of young feminist activists with $188,000 USD in more than 50 different countries.
This wasn’t possible without the support of our donors!
We’d like to do this all over again in 2015!
Donate to FRIDA today because with these resources, young feminist groups have been able to amplify their responses to some of the most pressing issues that we face in the world today. Some of their achievements include:
- An entire village in Eastern Nepal declaring itself “child marriage free”.
- A misogynistic blog being shut down in Slovenia.
- A global day of action to protest the Anti-Same-Sex Law in Nigeria.
- A new mentoring program for adolescent girls in Trinidad and Tobago.
As a supporter of FRIDA, you know that feminism is a labour of persistence, fearlessness, and defiance in a world of entrenched patriarchy, rising fundamentalism, and destructive greed.
This organizing work takes resources like time, mobile phones, safe space, bus fees, paper, spray paint, costumes, and more!
If you respond and rally your resources, FRIDA can make sure the young feminist movement has what it needs to get the job done.
There are many ways you can do this:
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Think about it in terms of donating your weekly coffee and cake (or whatever you indulge in regularly!):
$5 a week = $20 a month = $20 for young feminist activists who can use this money for art supplies, website domains, water for activists protesting in the streets, and more.
If you’re already donating to FRIDA – we send you a big virtual hug and thank you!
The work of movements isn’t possible without people like you. FRIDA is the only fund in the world that exclusively supports young feminists in these movements.
Thank you for all the support you give!
Devi, Ruby, and Jovana – the FRIDA staff team!
Leticia Alves Maione, FRIDA Advisor for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, shares her first experience of the 13th Encuentro Feminista Latinamerico y del Caribe (Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting, EFLAC).
I guess the experience of my first Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting starts at the importance of having being able to make it there. And to arrive there as a young feminist, a participant of a small collective group being built with other young women who have not had this same opportunity I was granted with. Rumor has it that only 40 young women had signed up to the event, among more than a thousand participants. Well, for years I have strongly believed that young women are the majority in the feminist movement…
The young feminist access to the meeting was the theme of the “Aquelarre de Jovens Feministas”, a space of articulation attended by young women mostly from Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. It took place during two days, prior to the main event. In this space, we started to build political-affective bonds, to foster complicity and diversity, factors that may overcome, perhaps, the stony schemes of “more traditional” political alliances. During some moments, I had the strong feeling that we would escape from debates that urge young women to be at the intersection of adultcentrism with other axis of oppression, the varied realities of young women in feminism and in society and the difficulty of reflecting about ourselves while being both a woman and young person at the same time.
In another space dedicated to young women during the meeting, we discussed the need to approach our proposal of youth as a category within feminism. We also confabulate about the possibility of rearticulating ourselves regionally. “If we have the will and the energy, why not make a meeting of young feminists before next EFLAC?”
As I haven´t been to previous EFLACs, I cannot compare, but during the meeting, I felt a vibration pointing to the strengthening of young women as a group. I felt this strange feeling of finding sisters who have always been physically far, but were nurturing the same ideas, dreams and emotional, political, social and cultural afflictions. We arrived there and realized we already knew each other. In a certain way, we were already interconnected in the experience that each one would live on an individual level.
I believe that as feminists, EFLAC is part of each one of us, regardless of one´s having actually attended it or not. When I started to collect the history of young women in the movement, I arrived many times at the memories of these meetings. The theoretical and political debates that these encounters foster constitute the path of the Latin American and Caribbean feminism. It is a key moment for the gathering of women across the region. It raises awareness of our common stories, besides providing exchange and contestation stimulated within feminism itself. At last, the meetings end up having a high impact in the movement´s national and local conjunctures.
If we wish, we can still observe how the discussions in the agenda of this year´s EFLAC were strongly marked by a generational perspective. The questioning of the subjects of feminism, its daily application and language, the pleasure of feminist art and culture and the alliance with nature, as well as the perception that the recognition and support among the diverse feminisms and their identities are necessary – and they have been considered by the young feminists as the axis that should cross-cut the movement. The knowledge that the majority of young women have on political culture, on their subjectivities and a range of other themes has been largely established by the experiences that we lived in different spaces and times from other feminists, who were born and educated for the most part of their lives in another periods.
Anyway, as a participant stressed, we must yet consolidate a space to exchange these subjects in order to share challenges and common bonds among young women. We have to offer the opportunity to talk and to listen to ourselves! In this sense, from the perspective of our territory of Ialodês , I wonder: what we, Brazilian young feminists, can do to connect regionally with young women from other parts of the AbyaYala  and reach an understanding beyond our borders?
1. The Ialodês, according to Jurema Werneck, are the black women from the African diasporas who give proof of the political, cultural, economical and social actions in Brazil before the rising of feminism as a theoretical and political movement in the country, as we currently know it. Jurema Werneck, De Ialodês e Feministas Reflexões sobre a ação política das mulheres negras na América Latina e no Caribe, available at :http://mulheresrebeldes.
2. Abya Yala is a rescued word, and it is revindicated by the autochthonous to refer to the territory from Alaska to Patagonia.
Posted on behalf of Women’s Health and Equal Rights Initiative
Abuja, 10th December, 2014
On this International Human Rights Day, the Women’s Health and Equal Rights Initiative (WHER) joins other civil society organizations and human rights defenders to call on all countries, including Nigeria, to realize their obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of ALL their citizens.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that every human being, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. Our country, Nigeria, is signatory to numerous international human rights instruments including the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Nigeria has also enshrined human rights principles into its constitution yet Nigeria’s human rights record remains poor and there continues to be a high level of social injustice and violations of the fundamental human rights of vulnerable groups, especially women, children, and sexual and gender minorities.
From the passage of laws criminalizing same-sex relationships to state inaction at the abduction of 276 girls, we continue to create a Nigeria full of fear, intolerance, mistrust, and blatant violations of individual rights and freedoms. Recognizing and realizing the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians irrespective of class, background, ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity is vital to achieving one nation bound in freedom, peace, and unity. Violations can and should be prevented and addressed. We call on the Nigerian government to fulfill its obligations to promote and protect the human rights of all persons without discrimination. We call on our fellow Nigerians to demand what should be guaranteed: our human rights, universal, indivisible, inalienable, for everyone, 365 days a year.
Women’s Health and Equal Rights (WHER) Initiative
We hope you don’t mind, but our November Photo of the Month is of the FRIDA staff team! Since we all work and live in different parts of the world, it’s a rare joy to be in the same place. In this photo, we are in Mexico City for a planning meeting and so thankful not to have to talk about our strategic plan via skype but actually face to face! We love that we are a creative, mobile, and global office, but sometimes we need to be together in order to dream, brainstorm, and plan – and then go out and have some fun!