Another World Seen Through the Lenses of Gender and Sexuality — Global Issues

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Women activists from the Middle East and Kenya, (from left) Saffana Abu Safyeh, Ivy Teressa, and Farah Shaer, sharing insights on gender and the path ahead at the World Social Forum in Kathmandu on Feb. 18. Credit: Tanka Dhakal/IPS
  • by Tanka Dhakal (kathmandu)
  • Inter Press Service

“I painted a heart,” mentioned the younger activist at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Kathmandu on Sunday. “But some people don’t use their hearts, and that is the reason we don’t see empathy in our surroundings. I felt like we all have hearts, and we need to know and use them to treat everyone equally and respectfully.”

The Musahar are one of the most marginalized and traditionally discriminated communities in Nepal. The majority of ladies don’t have entry to training, so for Kavita — one of the few ladies to have the ability to attend the next degree of faculty in her village in Sunsari district — a super world is the place everybody has entry to training. “And economic opportunities —employment,” she added.

As Kavita contemplated the pressing want for an “empathetic heart” to dream about liberation, feminist activist Saffana Abu Safyeh, a Palestinian refugee in Jordan, shared her ache throughout the session, Breaking Chains: Unravelling the Intersection of Law and State Control in Shaping Gender Identity, Sexuality and Bodily Autonomy.

Gender and sexuality lens a “luxury”

“The problems faced by women and queer people in other countries are not up for discussion in our space. We don’t have the time and luxury to focus on these issues,” mentioned Safyeh, visibly emotional. “With ongoing war and occupation, we cannot address harassment, law, bodily autonomy or sexuality. These are luxuries to Palestinians, especially for women and the queer community.”

In the ongoing assault on Gaza, greater than 28,000 individuals have already died, the majority ladies and kids. “Once the occupation ends, there will be time to solve our problems and liberate, or at least focus on overcoming all forms of discrimination for true liberation,” added Safyeh.

While expressing solidarity with Safyeh, Ivy Teressa, a youth feminist activist from the African nation of Kenya, shared with the identical session her imaginative and prescient for an equitable world the place individuals will hear and interact in wholesome debate on the highway to progress.

“But to do so, we have systemic issues to solve first. We are dealing with patriarchy, meaning we don’t have time to take a break,” Teressa mentioned, whereas laying out potential criticism and judgment people may face from people who find themselves used to dwelling with patriarchy.

“We may get bullied, isolated. But we must engage in discussion every day; we need to share knowledge about feminism and identities of gender and sexuality in every possible way.”

In current years, feminist actions throughout the world have been focused by giant sections of society, however Lebanese filmmaker and activist Farah Shaer emphasised the significance of persevering with the struggle.

“It doesn’t matter what they say or want, as long as we keep focusing on what we want, asking for our rights until we are equal. Then maybe we can stop calling ourselves feminists,” Shaer mentioned. “Until then, there is a long journey; we are going to call ourselves feminists, and if they are bothered, there is nothing we can do.”

The method to an equal society

In Rosy Zuniga’s imaginative and prescient, the path to equality is through training. “Through education, which focuses on critical thinking, we will be able to see the world from diverse perspectives,” the Mexican activist informed IPS. “Education opens economic opportunities and means to organize, which ultimately leads to liberation from all forms of discrimination,” added Zuniga, who works on feminist training in Latin America.

According to the International Finance Corporation, gender equality and financial inclusion are important for financial progress and growth. It states: “No country, community or economy can achieve its potential or meet the challenges of the 21st century without the full and equal participation of women and men, girls and boys.”

Equal therapy and equal alternative in each sector of society are a pre-requisite to actual change, mentioned queer activist Pritesh Sanjeevani Chandramani Kamble. “Being gay, I must say, if everyone respects and accepts humanity regardless of gender and sexuality, that would be the first step toward creating another world.”

“If we provide equal opportunities in every sector, that’s the second step. Also, we must think about the rights, livelihoods and entailment of the queer community,” added Kamble, who works on points round advancing equality and inclusivity in India.

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