by Marieme Helie Lucas
Sarajevo, May 8, 2015
Yesterday May 7 the Women’s Court on war crimes against women during the war in the 1990ies formally started in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Women have come together from all the corners of the former-Yugoslavia to participate in the Women’s Court in Sarajevo, to demand justice for the crimes committed against them during the wars and the enduring inequalities and suffering that followed.
Since the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25th, country organisations have been working to recoup and provide much needed relief to their communities. Women are playing a key role in mobilising and rebuilding their communities, and through their relief activities are responding to particular risks women face during disasters and even as relief efforts take place, such as sanitation and hygiene needs, threats to their personal safety and violence.
Isis International expresses our solidarity with the people of Nepal, Activist School alumni, and organisations working on the ground including Isis International's partners for as long as two decades: Saathi, Beyond Beijing Committee and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). Support these organisations that are responding to the needs of women and children, as well as those using media and communications tools to support the needs of survivors.
By Luz Maria Martinez
The 4th Women's World Conference, 1995 in Beijing, China officially turns 20 in September 2015. So not only has this year been a year of review but it is also a time for retrospection about what and who we were in 1995. For me, this hindsight is like a trailer for an up and coming film on a fast forward button.
Where to begin? When in doubt, mid-way always works.
At the time, I along with my colleague and friend Mavic Balleza was part of the Isis communication team. One of our tasks was to cover interesting women to feature in the Isis International third quarter issue of Women in Action (WiA).
|Mavic Balleza holding white jacket and Luz Martinez holding folders of the Isis communication team.|
As someone new to Asia and to the women's movement, the entire process and trip was an extravaganza of women.
by Gela Velasquez of WEAct 1325 Secretariat
25 March 2015 —The Asian Development Bank marks International Women's Day and the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action with the Distinguished Gender Month Speaker Address, delivered by Dr. Zainah Anwar, a founding member and Former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), and the current director of Musawah, the SIS-initiated Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family.
Dr. Zainah Anwar, like many other Muslim feminists from around the world, works hard to show that Islam and gender equality are compatible. In her speech, she gave emphasis to the violence, injustice, cruelty, and discrimination experienced by women, justified in the name of Islam, throughout the Muslim world. She similarly highlighted the call for locating gender equality and human rights within the framework of Islam, allowing millions of women to embrace both their religion and gender equality, without forgoing their identities. Dr. Anwar also addressed some of the challenges ahead, based on local and international experiences, while exploring the final frontiers in the Muslim world for advancing gender equality.
At the beginning of her address, Dr. Zainah Anwar highlighted specific questions that confront women's groups all over the Muslim world and in the minority Muslim context today: If God is just, if Shariah Law is supposed to bring about justice then why do so many laws and policies made in name of Islam lead to injustice and discrimination against women? This question has been in line with the struggle women, particularly in the Muslim world, experience to end discrimination against them and face the challenge of the patriarchy in government and in society in general. While women experience violence, injustice, cruelty, and discrimination, the religious authorities and the most conservative forces within Islam dictate that these are justified according to the laws of Islam. These religious authorities are obviously unsurpassed in their knowledge and interpretative skills and have been traditionally educated to believe that their interpretation of Islam, being inherently unjust and patriarchal, is definite and eternal.
By Flavia Fascendini for APCNews
PERGAMINO, Argentina, 20 March 2015
“In a time when there are 200 million fewer women with access to the internet, where women’s rights activists and advocates are rarely present to disrupt discussions at internet governance and policy spaces and where 98% of sexual rights activists say the internet is crucial to their work, with 51% of them facing violence and intimidation online, how would a feminist internet look like?” This was the concluding remark made by APC’s Jac sm Kee to the “Intergenerational dialogue” panel at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) in New York.
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.