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by Annabs Sanchez
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Right now, I just finished reading an article on video game porn about a genre called non-con.
Non-con is an innocuous term that's short for non-consent, which is a despicable semantic play on the word rape.
On March 6th, just two days before International Women's Day, at least 10 feminist activists in China were taken into police custody or put on house arrest on the grounds of "creating disturbance". They had been working on a nationwide campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation and had planned to distribute leaflets and post stickers on public transit vehicles.
Wang Man, an alumni of the Isis International Feminist Activist School, is one the five activists known to still be detained along with Li Tingting, Wei Tingting, Zheng Churan, and Wu Rongrong. There are no "formal charges" against the women and their ongoing detention has lead to growing concerns from the feminist community and human rights groups.
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
Documenting feminist visions. Creating critical communications. Strengthening social movements.
That's what Isis International is about, inspired by the Egyptian goddess Isis, symbolizing creativity, knowledge, and women's power. We produced one of the longest running International feminist publications, Women in Action, and today we continue that work online.
We want to create a curated platform where many more women passionate about feminist movement building can share news, views, photos and art. Our site is this platform and we’re looking for women like you: artists, creatives, activists, feminists. A space for you to share the actions you're taking and your visions for an inclusive, caring and just world.
We want to collaborate with all of you diverse women from across Asia and the Pacific. We want to share your lived experiences and insightful analyses. Stories from community and movement building. Stories that draw on cutting edge theory, current events, media and culture. Stories from the grassroots to the halls of the UN and all the other spaces where feminists are working towards human rights, development and social justice.
by Annabs Sanchez
|Photo via Bea Camacho|
Bahay ni Isis provides a safe haven for guests visiting Manila, with lodgings, meeting rooms and facilities for workshops and other events. It is a comfortable women-friendly space and a gathering place for many non-governmental organisations engaged in issues affecting women around the globe. Welcome!
The Isis Feminist Activist School aims to strengthen the communication capacity of women from the Global South so that they can effectively articulate and take on leadership roles in organisations, communities, networks and/or social movements.
we!, the Isis International e-newsletter, provides news and information on women’s activism, campaigns and events around the globe as well as analyses and commentary on current issues affecting women.
WiA carries in-depth articles on issues facing women globally from a feminist perspective. This social movement publication links women’s issues to larger social issues and features women writers from around the world.
Recognising Women’s Participation in Sustainable and Lasting Peace. Isis International realised it is essential to initially find out to what extent or if any at all do peace advocates include or consider women and gender in their peace work with from ICCO foundation, Isis carried out a study on women peacemakers in the Philippines.
Isis Resource Center holds one of the largest feminist collections of materials in the Global South. With 40 years of publication experience, Isis holds a vast collection.
Relive the historical milestones of the women’s movement with this Isis collection of posters.