Identifying future feminist issues

Researchers and activists join forces in a new Nordic project to identify important feminist issues for the future. ‘We’re going to do a check-up on the feminist movements’, says project director Pauline Stoltz, researcher at Aalborg University in Denmark.

NIKK spade symbolCan you describe the project? What are you going to do?
‘We are going to arrange three workshops in different countries, at which we will gather researchers and activists with a focus on the future of feminism. The first meeting will be held 26–28 August in Copenhagen. It’ll be exciting!’

What do you want to accomplish?
‘The view of the feminist movements in the Nordic countries is not updated. For example, there is a notion of good cooperation with the respective national governments, but that view is based on what it was like in the 1970s and 1980s. We want to learn more about the cooperation between the Nordic feminist movements and the national governments, but also about the cooperation between the movements themselves. It seems like some groups, such as Sami feminists, are involved in more Nordic cooperation than others, which is interesting.’

What challenges are the feminist movements in the Nordic countries facing?
‘We don’t know that yet! We’ll see what comes up at the workshops. The overarching themes I think will be addressed include the financial crisis, the refugee issue and sexual rights. These are important issues in our era.’

Pauline Stoltz

Pauline Stoltz

You will have a special focus on the intersection between gender and other grounds for discrimination. Why is that important?
‘We know that it is critical in relation to how activists view their feminist movements. It’s our ambition to bring participants with a wide range of perspectives to the workshops. There is Sami feminism, antiracist feminism, trans feminism, queer feminism and so on – and the perspective does make a difference.’
How are you disseminating the results of the project?
‘We have a website where we provide information about the project and the researchers will write about the results. We also encourage the activists to bring the discussion beck to their groups and continue the dialogue there.’

This is an article about one of the projects granted funding through the Nordic Gender Equality Fund.

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