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Global Feminisms Project
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Global Feminisms Project: Site Specific Thematic Films - Global Feminisms Project
Each of the sites involved in the ‘Global Feminisms Project’ produced a video overview of the project, and how their site selected and interviewed Feminist Activists from China, India, Poland and the United States, respectively. The ‘Global Feminisms Project’ is a collaborative international project that examines the history of feminist activism, women's movements and academic women's studies in China, India, Poland, and the United States.
Interview with Neera Desai - Global Feminisms Project
Neera Desai is a pioneer in the field of Women’s Studies and a nationally and internationally known scholar. She set up the first Research Centre for Women’s Studies in SNDT Women’s University, was its first Director, and served in that capacity for many years. Her much-acclaimed research works have been published in Gujarathi and English. She was born in 1925, and at the time of this interview was working on a book based on interviews conducted with more than one hundred feminists in the western region of India on the social construction of feminist ideology.
Interview with Flavia Agnes - Global Feminisms Project
Flavia Agnes is a women’s rights lawyer and writer and has been actively involved in the women’s movement for the last two decades. She has written extensively on issues of domestic violence, feminist jurisprudence and minority rights. Her books are widely acclaimed and are popular among advocates, paralegal workers, law students and women who have been victims of domestic violence. Currently she co-ordinates the legal centre of MAJLIS and is also engaged in her doctoral research on Property Rights of Married Women with the National Law School of India
Interview with D. Sharifa - Global Feminisms Project
D. Sharifa is a much-talked about person in Tamilnadu and among activists because of the stand she has taken on Muslim women's rights. She runs an organisation called STEPS at Pudukottai, Tamilnadu. The organisation was started because Sharifa strongly felt that there was a need to make women aware of their rights. Her initial action based programmes dealt with problems as they came to her. Most of the problems she dealt with arose from the politics of everyday life. After a research study she did in 1995, Sharifa decided to concentrate on the needs of Muslim women because she felt...
Interview with Ima Thokchom Ramani Devi - Global Feminisms Project
Ima Thokchom Ramani Devi is the General Secretary of All Manipur Women’s Reformation and Development Samaj. The Samaj was registered in 1978. There was no office as such. It kept shifting from one place to another. The last office the Samaj occupied was demolished and currently the Samaj is temporarily located in the green room of an amphitheatre in Imphal. The Samaj has taken up several issues like banning of alcohol, rape, individual cases of women, and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Ima Thokchom Ramani Devi belongs to the Meitei community and has studied only up to the primary...
Interview with Lata Pratibha Madhukar - Global Feminisms Project
Lata Pratibha Madhukar was born and brought up in Nagpur and has a post graduate degree in Marathi. It was during the emergency period from 1975 onwards that Lata started feeling the need to be an activist. She became an active participant in various campaigns and discussions from 1978 onwards. She worked as a lecturer and later as an anchorperson for the radio in Wardha, Maharashtra. After her marriage she moved to Mumbai and worked as a research assistant in the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. Later she joined the Women’s Centre, (Nari Kendra) Mumbai, and...
Interview with Jarjum Ete - Global Feminisms Project
Jarjum Ete is currently the Chairperson of the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission on Women. She belongs to the Galo tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The tribe practices child marriage, polygamy and is patriarchal; women do not have equal inheritance and other rights. Jarjum Ete got married when she was seventeen and completed her studies after marriage. Her husband Tomi Ete is at present a chief engineer with the government. In 1985 she joined the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society and became an active volunteer and later rose to be its spokesperson. The APWWS has taken up many issues like women’s participation...
Interview with Maheswata Devi - Global Feminisms Project
Mahasweta Devi is one of India’s foremost writers. She was born in 1926 in in East Bengal (currently Bangladesh); as a teenager, she and her family moved to West Bengal. Mahasweta Devi was born into a literary family, and was influenced by her early association with a group that brought social and political theater to rural villages in Bengal in the 1930's and 1940's. She completed a master's degree in English literature from Calcutta University, and began working as a teacher and journalist. Her first book, Jhansir Rani (The Queen of Jhansi), was published in 1956. She has published twenty...
Interview with Mangai - Global Feminisms Project
Mangai is the pseudonym of Padma who is a theatre director and a Professor of English Literature in Stella Mary’s College, Chennai. As a member of the All India Democratic Women’s Association and Chennai Kalai Kuzhu, Mangai actively took up several issues relating to women and presented them in the form of street theatre and stage plays. Later she became the key person in a theatre group called Voicing Silence that is supported by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Centre. This group has scripted and enacted a range of issues from female infanticide to recasting women characters from epics. Mangai has...
Interview with Shahjehan Aapa - Global Feminisms Project
Shahjehan Aapa comes from a working class background. Until the death of her daughter Noorjehan, who died due to dowry harassment, Shahjehan Aapa had not thought about working for issues concerning women. Her daughter’s death gave her the reason and the courage to venture out of her house seeking justice for her daughter and for many others like her daughter. She is currently the President of Shakti Shalini, a women’s organization in Delhi that deals with counseling and redress of grievances.
Interview with Vina Mazumdar - Global Feminisms Project
Vina Mazumdar was born in 1927 and educated at Calcutta, Banaras, and Oxford. She is an Honours Graduate and D.Phil from Oxford University. In her professional career she has been a teacher of Political Science in the Universities of Patna and Berhampur, an Officer in the UGC Secretariat and Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Simla. She was Member Secretary, Committee on the Status of Women in India, and later Director, Programme of Women's Studies, Indian Council of Social Science Research for five years (1975-80). She was founder-Director of the Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi from...
Interview with Rabab Abdulhadi - Global Feminisms Project
Born and raised in Nablus, Palestine, Rabab Abdulhadi is a long-time feminist activist and scholar who has made significant contributions to the struggle for Palestinian self-determination and the well-being of Palestinian women. She has participated in numerous organizations dedicated to fighting for the rights of Arab and Arab-American women. From 1982 to 1988, she was the Director of Political and International Relations at the Middle East Research Center in New York. Rabab Abdulhadi was instrumental in founding the Union of Palestinian Women’s Associations in North America during the first Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, that grew into 2,000 members and 29...
Interview with Adrienne Asch - Global Feminisms Project
Adrienne Asch is the Edward and Robin Millstein Professor of Bioethics at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both at Yeshiva University in New York. Asch received a BA in Philosophy from Swarthmore College, an MS in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University. Much of her scholarship examines issues of bio-ethics, reproduction, and disability. A long-time member of the Society for Disability Studies, she served as its president from 1996 to 1998. In 1997, she was named Blind Educator of the...
Interview with Grace Lee Boggs - Global Feminisms Project
Grace Lee Boggs is an activist, writer and speaker whose 60 years of political involvement encompasses the major U.S. social movements of the 20th century -- labor, civil rights, Black power, Asian American, women’s and environmental justice. A daughter of Chinese immigrants, she was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1915. In 1953, she came to Detroit where she married James Boggs, labor activist, writer and strategist. Working together in grassroots groups and projects, they were partners for over 40 years until James Boggs’ death in July 1993. The Monthly Review Press published their book, Revolution and Evolution in the...
Interview with Cathy Cohen - Global Feminisms Project
Cathy Cohen is the former co-chair and a founding board member of the Audre Lord Project in New York, an organization committed to progressive organizing around queer issues across communities of color. She served on the board of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY. Cohen was a founding member of Black AIDS Mobilization, also known as BAM, and a core organizer of the International Conference, Black Nations Queer Nations. Cohen has also served as an active member in many organizations, such as the Black Radical Congress, African-American Women in Defense...
Interview with Holly Hughes - Global Feminisms Project
Holly Hughes is a performance artist. In the early 1980’s, she became a member of the WOW café in New York City, a feminist collective made up of people who had been run out of other feminist collectives. Her work has focused on issues of sexuality, identity, personal narrative, and freedom of expression. Some of her performances include The Well of Horniness, The Lady Dick, Dress Suits to Hire, World Without End, Preaching to the Perverted, Turkey! The New Musical, and After a Fashion. In 1996 Grove Press collected five of her early pieces in Clit Notes: A Sapphic Sampler....
Interview with Marta Ojeda - Global Feminisms Project
Marta Ojeda has been the Executive Director of the Tri-National Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladora since 1996. Originally from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Ojeda worked for 20 years in the Free Trade Zone factories or Maquiladoras. While a factory worker, she studied law in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1994, she led the Nuevo Laredo Sony Movement, where more than a thousand women workers held a wildcat strike to form an independent union to improve their working and living conditions. As director of CJM, Ojeda coordinates the Maquiladora Worker Empowerment Project, a popular education program that conducts workshops for Maquiladora workers on...
Interview with Loretta Ross - Global Feminisms Project
Loretta Ross is an activist on women’s issues including reproductive justice, human rights, and opposition to hate groups and right wing organizations. In the 1970s, Ross was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center. In the 1980s, she served as director Women of Color Programs for the National Organization for Women, organizing the first national conference on women of color and reproductive rights in 1987. She successfully organized women of color delegations for the massive pro-choice marches NOW sponsored in 1986 and 1989, and in 2004, she was national co-director of the March for...
Interview with Sista II Sista - Global Feminisms Project
Sista II Sista is a Brooklyn-wide, community-based organization located in Bushwick, New York. It is a collective of working class young and adult Black and Latino women building together to model a society based on liberation and love. The organization is dedicated to working with young women of color to develop personal, spiritual and collective power. Sista II Sista is committed to fighting for justice and creating alternatives to the systems we live in by making social, cultural and political change. Sista II Sista’s involved in a variety of projects. Three examples of their work include: The Freedom School for...
Interview with Andrea Smith - Global Feminisms Project
Andrea Smith is an activist/educator who was born in San Francisco and grew up in Southern California. She received her PhD in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She served as a delegate to the United Nations’ 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban , representing the Indigenous Women’s Network and the American Indian Law Alliance. She is one of the founding members of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, and is the co-founder of the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations (WARN). In her commitment to combine her activist and scholarly work, she...