Emma Wilde-Botta • Frieda Afary • Linda Quiquivix• Lara Al-Kateb • Erica West
Sunday, 12 October 2019, 2 p.m.
What is new in the Me Too movement, and how can its challenge to male sexual violence and the objectification of women’s bodies help deepen and expand the concepts of socialist feminism? Why are reproductive rights under assault in advanced capitalist countries that have claimed to support women’s rights? What emancipatory alternatives can socialist feminists offer that go beyond liberal capitalist reformism and statist socialism? How can the Me Too movement and reproductive rights struggles internationally (Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Europe, China) expand the horizons of socialist feminism?
Frieda Afary is a librarian, translator, producer of Iranian Progressives in Translation (www.iranianprogressives.org) and member of The Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists. She has published articles in English and Persian on the Middle East, Marxist Feminism, and has also taught community classes on socialist feminism.
Linda Quiquivix (Kiki) is daughter of the undocumented migrant community in California and granddaughter of the Mam (Maya) people of Guatemala and Mexico. She places her university training as a geographer at the service of under-resourced communities in Palestine, Mexico, and the US who seek clean water, land, and tools to build autonomy. In her hometown of Oxnard, California, she is part of a collective of seed savers and farmers who intervene against food insecurity, rebuild respectful ecological relationships to Mother Earth, and collectively organize toward climate resilience. She’s also a writer and researcher, currently working on a book manuscript entitled Palestine 1492.
Lara Al-Kateb is a Syrian socialist feminist and gender studies student. One of her recent articles is “”Me Too in the Middle East and North Africa.
Erica West is a socialist feminist activist and social worker living in the Bay Area.