During #16dayOfActivism2020 we embarked, through the, In Plain Sight webinar series, on a conversation about violence and its manifestations in our personal lives, movement spaces, our organisations and spaces meant to protect and promote human rights.
Through ‘In Plain Sight’ we endeavoured to:
The aim of the series was not necessarily to offer concrete answers and solutions to questions around violence, but to, as feminists do, ask more questions that can lead us to meaningful solutions. Some of the questions that emerged from the webinar series were:
The conversation was not limited to the webinar. Our research, media and advocacy departments added to the discussion via the following features:
#RAFV acknowledged and honoured the efforts of feminist groups and collectives in Nigeria, Malawi and South Sudan who – “have taken a stand against all forms of violence against women and girls across the continent through various forms of activism and protest”
Queer in the Struggle: The politics of inclusion in protest movements
‘Queer in the Struggle’ an Op Ed penned by Fadzai Muparutsa and Tash Dowell, speaks to the exclusion of LGBTQ and other marginalised communities in nation wide protest movements and actions – “as LGBTQ citizens of Zimbabwe, how do we fight shoulder to shoulder for freedom and humanity, when these are denied to us by those we fight alongside?”
In the spirit on ongoing conversations and discussions we are so excited to announce the launch the call for submissions for Issue 4 of the African Feminist Standpoint: Concerning Violence
The majority of women and gender non-conforming people in Africa face enormous constraints to their freedom and autonomy, in relation to their everyday lives, decision making, and bodies. Our freedom to choose and decide, to give and withhold consent and to exercise our individuality and collective sense of self is deeply regulated and policed with punishments and sanctions applied to those who disobey, resist and refuse to comply with the related sexuality and gender norms.
We also realise that violence against women and other marginalized communities extends beyond inter and intra-personal relationships and is imbedded and entrenched in the structures of social life and institutions that govern such.
Feminist activists are constantly expanding the discourse on violence to question the organisation of society, to question social norms and values and, to question some of the ways violence is being used even in the spaces that purport to dismantle it.
We invite you to explore and document with us, the experiences and analyses of violence in all spheres of our lives.