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message 1: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Hello my fellas!

I was thinking it would be a really good idea to see where feminist movements and organisations are and what they do, especially outside the US.

In Austria, there is the Omas Gegen Rechts (Grandmas Against the Far-Right) movement, who stand for inclusion, against xenophobia and are pro-working-class, pro-employees...
They were also at the most recent mass demonstration against the government's actions toward labour rights and protections, which they are cutting down massively. At the protest, there were probably 150.000 people from all over Austria in Vienna. It was quite impressive to see the pictures.

An article that I found about them, in Spanish, is this one:

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A video on gender inequality..d forget to subscribe

message 3: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Here are two videos in spanish about the current feminist movement in Chile #OlaFeminista

La Ola Feminista que cambiará Chile

Estos son los mensajes de la ola feminista chilena

message 4: by Ghada (new)

Ghada (unicornreader) I know that this is not related to the discussion but I thought that it was very interesting to see the POV of the other side. I have been a feminist for as long as I could remember and it is so hard to hold myself from bursting at the other side's POVs because they are just so incorrect and annoying. This is a video where feminists and non-feminists discuss feminism together.

message 5: by Sascha (last edited Jul 14, 2018 01:55AM) (new)

Sascha | 391 comments In Germany, the Pro Choice movement has a nice campaign called "Marsch für das Leben? What the fck?!" (March for Life? What the fck?!) against "Pro Life" fundamentalists and in support of women's rights over their bodies:


Some years ago, they organized protests against the pope's visit to Berlin. On this occasion, the counter-popess Rosa I. launched her "crusade" against church and authority:


There is a similar protest movement in Austria, too:


message 6: by MotorCityMomma (new)

MotorCityMomma | 17 comments Raging Grannies are big in Canada and were founded in British Columbia in the mid 90s. They focus on peace and environmental causes as well as feminist issues.


message 7: by Sascha (last edited Aug 18, 2018 08:53AM) (new)

Sascha | 391 comments I have made up my mind a bit and documented some organizations and movements focusing on feminist ideas and practises in the place where I live (Vienna, Austria). Some of these organizations show up in public quite often here in Vienna, for example at demonstrations (just like Omas gegen rechts which Meerder has mentioned before) or they stage public events themselves. So the following list is of course very selective and I‘m by no means an „insider“ or expert into what they do. So others will have more knowledge. The list is by no way „complete“ and it‘s also quite Vienna-centric as this is my city where I notice what is going on. Other organizations can be added to the list at any time.

It must be said that the current far-right government in Austria is cutting subsidies to many of these organizations in its attack on women‘s rights and liberties. So, many of these organizations and their media have to struggle a lot in the moment and in order to survive they rely heavily on support by the crowd in solidarity with their agenda. The far-right government makes no difference and is attacking every feminist and women‘s rights institution – their attacks are directed against feminist media like an.schläge and Frauensolidarität as well as feminist associations and even women‘s shelters. The „women‘s minister“ from the conservative party ÖVP is a part of the problem as she cuts subsidies to women‘s organizations – while at the same time shifting subsidies to student‘s fraternities which in Austria are reactionary, patriarchal, misogynist, racist, antisemitic associations where even many nazis participate in their networks (the governing FPÖ is a far-right party and many of their politicians come from student‘s fraternities..).

One Billion Rising Austria (OBRA)

Formed in 2013 as part of a global movement against violence against women and girls. Their events include dancing together in the public as a form of protesting by making arts.


Österreichischer Frauenring (ÖFR) / Austrian women‘s ring

A country-wide plattform where lots of women‘s associations, unions and institutions co-ordinate their common agenda and activities. The ÖFR is an umbrella organization and it gives public statements on women‘s issues and politics from time to time.


Arbeitskreis Emanzipation & Partnerschaft (AEP) / Working group Emancipation and Partnership

Located in the city of Innsbruck and existing since 1974. The AEP‘s field is mainly education and culture, they have their own library, magazine and coaching for families. I visited their great touring exhibition „Feminism loaded“ which I would recommend you to visit, too. If interested, you can invite the AEP to organize the exhibition in your town (recommended for german speaking audiences): https://aep.at/feminism-loaded-wander...


Autonome Österr. Frauenhäuser (AÖF) / Autonomous Austrian women‘s shelters

The women‘s shelters have quite a long history in Austria. The autonomous shelters are part of this institution to protect women and girls from violence.


Frauensolidarität / Women‘s solidarity

This association is working on the field of education. They focus on international women‘s movements and the connection between women‘s rights and international development politics. They are mostly known for their magazine with the same name: Frauensolidarität.


LEFÖ (Lateinamerikanische Emigrierte Frauen in Österreich) / Latinamerican immigrant women in Austria

LEFÖ was founded in 1985 by latinamerican refugee women and today it‘s an immigrant‘s self-organization. They focus on coaching and education. LEFÖ supports the rights of immigrants and sex workers and it fights against human trafficing. They are also an antiracist organization.


Frauenhetz [not sure what is the correct translation: the german word „hetzen“ means „to rush“ (but also „to stir up hatred“ which I doubt is the meaning here..) and the Austrian slang word „Hetz“ means kind of „having fun“ - so I guess „Frauenhetz“ (which doesn‘t exist as a word in our language..) could mean „Women having fun“ or „Women in a hurry“ or maybe even both meanings]

According to their website, Frauenhetz is an association with the aim of promoting and developping feminist education, culture and politics as well as feminist science and coaching. They provide room for women‘s organizations and stage events, for example discussions on feminist issues. Frauenhetz understand their agenda and activities as political work.


Frauenvolksbegehren / Women‘s popular petition

You may have read of this initiative as Meerder already has contributed some infos here on OSS. Generally speaking it‘s an assembly of activists and women‘s organizations to reform some laws and just more to realize practical measures to promote women‘s rights from protection against violence, supporting LGBTIQ communities to generally reducing working hours.


FIDA (Feministische Informations- und Dokumentations-Arbeit) / Feminist work on information and documentation

FIDA publishes articles on various issues on their blog with a focus on a more theoretical approach. They understand their work as antifascist, pro-choice, antiracist, against the gender binary and heteronormativity.


message 8: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Oh I forgot.. we have also a section of the #NiUnaMenos movement here in Vienna!


message 9: by Denise (new)

Denise Griffith | 1 comments Here in Argentina we've got the movement #abortolegalya, which stands for legal abortion. There are many poor women who die trying to abort in unsafe places. It's controversial and there is a group that is against it but we are still battling for the law, we won't give up. The colour that identifies the cause is green and the movement has appeared on news from all around the world.

message 10: by Sascha (last edited Sep 14, 2018 03:40AM) (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Karina wrote: "With the exception of this movement, I noticed that there are no campaigns or movements for gender equality in Latin America, Asia and Africa"

Actually, I currently observe the opposite of what you are saying. The #NiUnaMenos movement pops up all over Latin America and there are struggles and movements for women's emancipation in many countries of Latin America. India has a strong women's movement, too. And I think the problem is not that there are no movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America - of course there are women's movements. But the public in western societies turns its eye only on Europe and the USA. So western media don't tell us much about women's movements and struggles elsewhere.

message 11: by Sascha (last edited Oct 16, 2018 10:12AM) (new)

Sascha | 391 comments This is not a feminist organization in the closer sense but a project to support girls' educational rights. Kathleen Hanna who some of you may know as the singer of the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill and some other bands has started a company.

Here's what she says about the project:

100% of the profits from TEES 4 TOGO go to Peace Sisters a group started by Tina Kampor who has been sending money back to Dapaong, Togo for 15 years so girls in her hometown can attend school.

Each shirt costs $40, which is how much it costs to send a girl to school in Togo for one year.

The sweatshop-free shirts are collaborations between the artists and the performers who inspired them. They all donated their time and likeness to help girls in West Africa receive the educations they deserve.

Kathleen Hanna


message 12: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Here's some background information on Tees4Togo:

Kathleen Hanna Is Helping Girls Go to School In Togo


message 13: by Elke (new)

Elke Birngruber  | 20 comments In Germany give it the Pinkstink Organisation.

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