Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 3, April

A Conversation with Onyango Oloo at the WSF Nairobi 2007
Abstract Onyango Oloo, National Coordinator for the Kenyan Social Forum 2006 and who also served on the Nairobi Organizing Council for the World Social Forum Nairobi 2007, has gained notoriety as an outspoken advocate for women's leadership at the...
A Liberatory Space? Rumors of Rapes at the 5th World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, 2005 (1)
Abstract: Rumors were that 90 women were raped in the youth camp at the Fifth World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, in January of 2005. Later reports were that there had been two. Yet the rumors speak to how the space of the forum is socially produced...
Feminism in the Space of the World Social Forum (1)
Abstract Despite clear affinities, the integration of feminism into the World Social Forum remains uneven, in ways reminiscent of well-known histories of women's movements with various lefts. This essay draws on observations of the 2005 WSF at Porto...
Gender in the Bamako Polycentric World Social Forum (2006): Is Another World Possible?
Abstract: This paper (2) explores a gender analysis of the Bamako Polycentric World Social Forum, 2006. Thus far, gender has been marginalized in the World Social Forum process, despite the progressive tone of the project for "another world", indirectly...
Introduction to Women's Bodies, Gender Analysis, Feminist Politics at the Forum Social Mundial
The Social Forum Phenomenon Long before there was any mainstream buzz about globalization, economists like Heidi Hartman, Nancy Folbre and Julie Matthaei alerted us to the worldwide feminization of poverty. Not long afterward, women from around...
Is 'Another' Public Sphere Actually Possible? (1) the Case of "Women Without" in the European Social Forum Process as a Critical Test for Deliberative Democracy
Abstract This paper presents results of a cross-national comparative research project on the case of democracy in the European Social Forums (ESFs) process over the period from 2003 to 2005. The various progressive social movements engaged in the...
Naked Protest: Memories of Bodies and Resistance at the World Social Forum
Abstract This article draws on memories from the 2003 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil in order to examine the role of naked bodies in relation to politics. Focusing on a specific moment within the flurry of (embodied) activities at the...
"Otro Mundo Es Posible": Women Power in the VI Caracas World Social Forum and the Bolivarian Revolution
Abstract This is an insider's account of the participation of a Boston delegate at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela in January 2006. She relates the stories of women who attended the WSF and those women who through their leadership in...
Parallel or Integrated 'Other Worlds': Possibilities for Alliance-Building for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Abstract The author proposes that the paradigms within which struggles for reproductive and sexual rights are waged fail to engage with those dimensions of sexuality and reproduction that are inscribed into the broader organization of social and...
Reflections on the 3rd International Feminist Dialogues: Notes from a Newcomer
Abstract The World Social Forum Nairobi 2007 was the first time the author participated in the Feminist Dialogues and this article records her first impressions and limited analysis of that event. This article includes discussion of who was in attendance...
Social Fora: Representing Resistance and Alternatives? Critique and Alternative Interpretation from a Feminist Perspective
Abstract The World Social Forum is only one in the worldwide process of social fora, (2) which mark a new phase in the era of globalisation. This critical form of globalisation from below challenges neoliberal hegemony and sets up a space to develop...
The Silences Between: Are Lesbians Irrelevant? World Social Forum, Mumbai, India, 16-21 January
Abstract In this essay, I reflect on my experience at the Mumbai World Social Forum in 2004. I begin with a discussion of silence as methodology in research with, by and about lesbians. I examine the silence around lesbian politics as well as the...
Transnational Feminisms and the World Social Forum: Encounters and Transformations in Anti-Globalization Spaces
Abstract What would it mean to place feminism(s)--as movement(s), politics and ethics--at the centre of our understandings of the World Social Forum? The author argues that transnational feminisms have been among the significant forces constituting...
Ways of Being: Feminist Activism and Theorizing at the Global Feminist Dialogues in Porte Alegre, Brazil, 2005
Abstract This article attempts to capture some reflections by an African feminist scholar and activist on the activism and academic debate at the Global Feminist Dialogues (FD) in Porte Alegre, Brazil in January 2005. The activism and the space...
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