This year’s International Women’s Day is themed #ChooseToChallenge – it is all about challenging the status quo to inspire change towards a more equal world – through acitve commitment in feminism and female empowerment.
Regarding this, we would first like to introduce you to the interesting idea of intersectional feminism. This form of feminism not only looks at the inequalities between the sexes, but also considers all other forms of discrimination against a person and thus calls for a more integrated form of equality.
To help you get active yourself, we present a selection of opportunities for for your commitment for feminism and female empowerment on vostel.de and have selected several feminist petitions that deserve your signature.
Since we also see education as an extremely important part of commitment, last but not least there are some reading, listening, film and series recommendations that actively address gender identities, feminism or the realities of life for different women*.
We hope you enjoy browsing!
WHAT IS INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM?
The American law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw defined the term intersectional feminism as early as 1989. Now that social inequalities are becoming more and more apparent in the context of COVID-19 and racist and discriminatory tendencies are being more and more openly displayed, this idea gains a whole new relevance.
The basic idea behind intersectional feminism is that people’s social identities are multi-layered. And each of the identity levels is potentially subject to discrimination, which can add up to multiple discrimination for a single person. In other words, discrimination does not only refer to one characteristic such as a person’s gender, but potentially also to many other characteristics such as age, weight, skin colour, ethnicity, class, migration history, religion, disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity and many more…
Intersectional feminism advocates looking at all levels of discrimination and highlighting differences. For example, a healthy woman who is white and heterosexual is likely to face less and a different form of discrimination than an openly lesbian black woman and a disability. These differences are important because they give a differentiated picture that can be used as a basis for more targeted change.
After all, the concept of intersectional feminism can be a good food for thought and action for us, especially if we ourselves are in a privileged, less likely position to be discriminated against. For example, we might ask ourselves:
In which areas do I personally experience discrimination? What privileges do I have at the same time? At what points do I perhaps even contribute to discrimination myself? And what can I change about my own and others’ actions?
If you want to read more about the topic, you can get a lot of information and background at UN WOMEN.
YOUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMITMENT IN FEMINISM & FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
1 I Design and give workshops for women on different topics
The Initiative Frauenprojekte Treptow-Köpenick (Initiative Women’s Projects Treptow-Köpenick) is an association of three projects that want to offer women a safe space – events and workshops on political, social, feminist, health and social issues take place here.
If you have a topic that you know well or skills that you would like to share with others, you can create a workshop idea together. Due to the Corona situation, all workshops are currently held digitally.
2 I Have a digital conversation as a woman with women who want to practise German
At the Frauentreff BENN (women’s meeting place), (currently virtual) long-established neighbours and refugee women who live in the accommodation or flats in the neighbourhood meet. In a relaxed atmosphere over a cup of tea or coffee, German language skills are taught and homework is solved together. Sometimes neighbourly help is also organised.
Do you want to join them? Then find a suitable date now – the digital women’s meeting takes place every Thursday from 4–5 pm.
3 I Teach digital skills to migrant women
The ReDi School of Digital Integration is looking for digital assistants to accompany newcomers in the learning and inclusion process. For this, you will teach women in teams once a week on various digital and IT topics. You will be supported by the ReDi School with curricula, training and organisation.
4 I Become a mentor for the project Frauenkieznetz
The Interkulturelle Beratungs und Begegnungs Centrum IBBC e.V. is looking for you as a mentor.
Over a period of 16 months, you will meet with a woman at least every two months to support her in achieving her personal goals. The support may include sharing your experiences, contacts or knowledge and talking to your mentee about the next steps on her path.
5 I Be part of the international cooking and get-to-know meetings for newcomers
The idea of the Malteser Integration Service’s “Küchenköniginnen” (“Kitchen Queens”) project is to network the participants and create encounters in a protected setting. As an open-minded and outgoing woman, you can simply be part of the cooking and eating or become part of the volunteer leadership team and also take on organisational responsibility.
6 I Give a Bike & Belong course as a trainer for women with refugee experience
FRANKFURT ON THE MAIN
Bike Bridge uses cycling as a tool to create encounters between refugees, people with migration experience and the local population.
For the summer and/or autumn, we are still looking for trainers and child carers who would like to regularly take part in the Bike & Belong course for women with refugee experiences/migration background and the accompanying events.
7 I Support women in learning German at Sprachcafé LISAN
For its language café LISAN, the Deutsch-Türkische Forum Stuttgart e.V. is looking for speakers who will support other participating women* in reviving their German language skills. For this purpose, further training, workshops and excursions are planned, in which German is spoken actively and interactively together.
Still haven’t found the right commitment for you? On vostel.de you can find many more projects by and for women!
PETITIONS FOR MORE GENDER EQUALITY
#NotYourPorn – Abuse on porn platforms must be prosecuted
Thousands of women are being abused and exposed on the internet as we speak. Private recordings are spread on the internet against their will and public porn platforms allow it. The police and the public prosecutor’s office know about it and look the other way. The ANNA NACKT initiative demands: Those affected must finally be helped and the porn platforms must take responsibility!
#Periodpoverty: Free access to menstrual products in public facilities
500 million people worldwide have no access to menstrual products. Period poverty affects about 100,000 menstruating homeless people in Germany, but also many people living on the poverty line. Social Period e.V. demands that menstrual products be made freely available in all public facilities in Germany!
Improving contraception for all!
The Better Birth Control Initiative is petitioning for equal contraception, expansion of the market, better education and research funding.
Strengthen women’s right to information on abortion
The doctor Kristin Hänel was accused for providing women with access to information about legal abortions. Now she is petitioning for the right of women to find out about abortion services offered by doctors on the internet. The right to information is a human right. The §219a hinders this right.
READING, LISTENING, FILM AND SERIES RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE TOPIC
READING AND LISTENING RECOMMENDATIONS
Little Feminist Blog
The Little Feminist Blog aims to contribute to social warmth and enable shared learning from each other. It revolves around queer and intersectional feminism and stands up against racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim racism, sexism, rejectionism, bodyism and generally against every stupid ism, as well as trans- and homophobia. It also addresses the connection between sexuality and mental health.
Missy magazine deals with pop, politics and feminism. For example, it deals with trans families, sex work, fashion, queer pornography or organisations that campaign for safe abortions. The status quo is questioned and more equality is promoted.
Podcast „Good News enorm”: Female Empowerment
What does soccer in Sudan and rugby in Afghanistan mean for women* on the ground? What about female empowerment in literature and in the field as a whole? And how do we finally achieve fair participation of women* in the economy?
The podcast by GoodNews and enorm Magazin deals with these and other questions.
FILM AND SERIES RECOMMENDATIONS
The film biography tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson – three African-American women who work at NASA and have to overcome not only gender stereotypes but also racial prejudice.
In the Spanish drama series, the four “chicas del cable” start working for the same telephone company in Madrid in 1928. The story tells of their experiences with corruption, marital crises and, above all, their struggle for equality in a male-dominated society.
Grace and Frankie
The Netflix comedy series gets right into the topic: Grace and Frankie are left by their husbands of many years – who have been gay for 20 years and now finally want to live openly as a couple. Homosexuality, family and professional life are just as much a topic as dating and sex in old age.
The transgender series, nominated for two Golden Globes, tells the story of the African-American and Latino LGBTQI* ballroom culture in New York in the 1980s. Everyone can probably broaden their horizons with this series.
The much celebrated British series tells the story of life at a high school and its students. It explores different sexual identities and preferences and the difficulties that come with them. Extremely diverse, very informative and highly entertaining!
The feminist series is calmly told and does without the usual girl power clichés. The main character Beth Harmon is already a chess genius as a child and does not see her womanhood as an obstacle in the male-dominated chess world.
Ve and your team from vostel.de wish you lots of fun with your feminist commitment!