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Building Self, Building Community

bsbc1Second Isis International and QAYN Activist School for Young, Queer Francophone Women

Lomé, Togo
February 10-14, 2014

My community self-stigmatizes and discriminates”; “my community is engaged”; “my community is ignorant but in search of its own path; “my community is dispersed”; “my community has trouble communicating”; “my community is unified”. These were some of the perspectives that participants shared about their communities at the last Isis International and the Queer African Youth Networking Center (QAYN) activist school in Lomé, Togo.

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Demand Accountability (South Africa) Campaign



The Africa Regional Seminar on Ending Violence based on real or perceived Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity [SOGI]


Hi and welcome to the Demand Accountability (South Africa) Campaign!

This toolkit will help you, your organisation and your friends and allies understand WHY we are running this campaign and also importantly HOW you can get involved.

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Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives 

Book Review by Christianne F. Collantes, Isis International

Teaching-Gender-with-Libraries-214x300Gender teachers and researchers rely upon libraries and archives "memory institutions" that have been organized and built within patriarchal frameworks. This has prompted the question: What types of information have been historically marginalized, omitted, and muted from our histories?

"Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives" (2014), edited by Sara de Jong and Sanne Koevoets, urges us to reconsider our own roles as teachers, learners, and advocates of Gender Studies by looking at how our archives have traditionally been organized in ways that have excluded women's experiences, and also their potential to strengthen our varied, collective knowledge about women's histories, lives, and achievements. This volume applies feminist and cultural theories to real world applications of archiving and librarianship. The text offers exhaustive theoretical discussions on the concerns of knowledge dissemination and organization, then provides tangible, historical, and even contemporary case studies that demonstrate how these concerns manifest themselves in our libraries. Divided into three sections, De Jong and Koevoets' volume cohesively lays out a readable and well arranged investigation of the systems of discourse and archiving that have been crucial towards (and reflective of) our understanding of gender and women's histories.

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Palestine - Israel: Midwives For Peace

Palestine: The Safe Birth Project

The Problem

Midwife helps a new mother with her baby - c. Jessica AldermanIsraeli-imposed restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement, coupled with intermittent military attacks, threaten the rights and well-being of Palestinian women, with particular consequences to women's reproductive health.

The Israeli military has destroyed or barricaded thousands of roads in the West Bank, making it difficult for Palestinian women who are in labor to reach hospitals.

Ambulances are regularly detained by soldiers at checkpoints. As a result, dozens of Palestinian women have been forced to give birth at Israeli military checkpoints, resulting in the deaths of 20 women and 36 infants.

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Women's Agency Against Guns

By Jasmin Nario-GalaceJasmin Nario-Galace

WPPlogoApproximately 1,000 people die every day from gun violence, with people from the developing world being twice as likely to die from it as those from the industrialized world.(1) Each day, an estimated 3,000 people are left severely injured by guns, i.e. three for every person killed.(2) In the Philippines, from January to September 2009, there were 7,114 murder and homicide cases. If 78.8% of murders and homicides are committed with the aid of a gun, as the police roughly estimate, that would mean that 21 people are killed by guns in the Philippines on a daily basis.

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Sponsor an Activist

Isis International Women's House (Bahay ni Isis)

BnIFacadeIsis International Women’s House (Bahay ni Isis).

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!

Feminist Activist School

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.

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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.

Women in Action (WiA)

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.

Featured Resources


Research Report, Women and Peacebuilding, Philippines

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.

Click here to see some of these historical treasures.

Relive the historical milestones of the women’s movement with this Isis collection of posters. 


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