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Dear Feminists,

 
February is a short but intense month for women’s rights and gender equality. Black History Month, International Day for Women and Girls in Science and Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM are all the days we tried to highlight through our work this month and in this newsletter. 

We need to highlight stories, lives and accomplishments of Black women, inspire and encourage women and girls to be whatever they want to be, and stay committed to breaking the silence, informing and speaking out to create change. 

We also hope you had an amazing Galentine's Day! It is very important, especially this month, to love yourself. We can often be hard on ourselves but life is hard enough.

As Audre Lorde wrote: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”. In our society that imprison women and forces us to put the needs and desires of others before our own, self-love is more than ever necessary to our mental health and to remember we should be our first priority. This is also the best occasion to celebrate sisterhood and friendship, and to support one another!  

Yours,
YFE

Our Reads

Transgender women are women

By: Suzanna Bučić
 
There are a lot of platforms through which celebrities choose to voice their opinions. J.K. Rowling, the famous writer of the Harry Potter franchise, has in the past few years tweeted a lot of questionable content but the tweets in the past month have raised a lot of concern among her fans and the LGBTQ+ community in general.

What did you do to deserve it?

By: Nikolina Blažanović
 
At least one in three women will experience some form of violence in her life, and, almost daily, victims are being blamed. It is never the victim’s fault, and both women and men need to work on creating a safer world for women and girls.
 

‘Money Heist’ and subtle sexism in popular media

By: Dr Agrima Thakur
 
The show ‘Money Heist’ is a piece of art that has enjoyed an enormous worldwide popularity but, unfortunately, a lot of internalised sexism goes unchecked in such celebrated series. As a huge fan of Money Heist, in this blog, I review the show from a feminist perspective and deconstruct multiple examples of irresponsible writing.
 

Hijabis Fight Back

By: Alast Najafi
 
Over the course of the last weeks, there has been a significant level of mobilization among Belgium’s Muslim community under the hashtag #hijabisfightback. The reason? A recent ruling of the country’s highest court that permits institutions of higher education to ban the wearing of visible religious, political and philosophical signs on their premises, namely the Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer (HEFF).
 


Would you like to write for Young Feminist Europe and feature in the Writer's Hub? We are currently looking for blogs and articles to celebrate International Women's Day. We welcome any pieces that fall into the topics of feminism and all its intersections!

Submit your pitch to editorial@youngfeminist.eu with your name, a bit about yourself, topic, main ideas and sources. We're looking forward to receiving your ideas!

 

 

Busy Bees

2020 was a very difficult year for most. With everything going on in the world, we were going through our own internal crisis.
Current members of Young Feminist Europe have spent the past months assessing our old structures, practices, and the distribution of power within the organisation through a feminist and intersectional lens. In addition, we have recruited a number of incredibly talented and passionate young, diverse feminists that will take our advocacy, movement building, and awareness-raising work to a whole new level.
As we keep growing and improving, it is essential that we learn from our mistakes and progresses from 2020 to ensure next year is a great year for feminist leadership, collaborative action, and systemic change in ourselves, our communities, our institutions, and the world.

On the 28th of January, we organised a workshop called "Follow your Intuition: writing & mindfulness workshops for women" with Daniela from Women MAKE Stories. It was a 2-hour workshop during which we wrote, talked, and shared. We want to thank every one of you who came and Daniela for leading us through it. ✍️ 📝
This month we extended our solidarity to every woman who was affected by sexual violence and discrimination in her life.
After the public appearance of 26-year-old Serbian actress Milena Radulović in which she spoke about the rape by professor and director Miroslav Aleksić (68), at the age when she was an underage girl and attended his famous acting school, an avalanche of reactions broke out throughout the region.
The actress's courageous performance encouraged many women, especially women in public occupations from Serbia, Bosnia&Herzegovina and Croatia, to give painful testimonies on the Facebook page Nisam tražila (I Did Not Ask For It).

 
 

Next month is Women's Day, and we are preparing different activities. To start on a positive and energised note, we invite you to join our poster-making session on Thursday 4 at 7 pm. Stay tuned on our social media to get the link. See you! 💪 🎉

GEF News


🎉 We are very excited to announce that we are one of the recipients of the Urgent Action Fund’s Beijing +25 Advocacy Grant Program🎉

Through their support, we will be able to strengthen our coordination work for the Mighty Network Young Feminist Hub Beijing+25/Generation Equality Forum (GEF).
There, more than 500 young feminists from across the globe are coming together to mobilise, plan and facilitate different online advocacy training and consultation spaces (regionally and inter-regionally), as well as to conduct different communications and outreach activities.
We look forward to continuing our work with young feminists across the globe!

You can always join us here.

What We Recommend...


 

The biopic Harriet, by Kasi Lemmons

 
Harriet is a 2019 American biographical movie, directed by Kasi Lemmons, with Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Janelle Monáe in supporting roles. It tells the story of the abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman. Born into slavery in Maryland, she escaped and made several rescue missions to bring back tens of enslaved people, including her family and friends. She served during the American Civil War, first as a cook and nurse, then as an armed scout and spy. As the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided a raid, liberating hundreds of enslaved people. She was also an activist for women’s suffrage in her late years and became an icon of freedom and bravery.  

 

Saving Safa: rescuing a little girl from FGM
by Waris Dirie

 

The seven-year-old Safa from Djibouti is worried she will have to undergo female genital mutilation, even though her parents signed a contract with the Desert Flower Foundation that they will never cut their daughter.
 

In fear, Safa writes a letter explaining everything to Waris Dirie, President and Founder of Desert Flower Foundation. The activist flights to Djibouti to convince Safa’s family not to go through with this, but her parents insist because they are being excluded from the community.

Read it here





 

Podcast series on Girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

The GiST, for Girls in STEM toolkit, is an online initiative that aims at gathering and sharing many resources to inspire and inform girls, schools and families in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). In particular, we recommend the podcast series which addresses a wide range of topics such as the role and future of women in science, data visualization, tech experts interviews, history of women in STEM, female mathematicians, spatial discoveries, stereotypes deconstruction… 


 

Feminists of the Month

 

We would like to highlight the courage, strength and relentless of those marching, advocating and calling out for free, comprehensive and safe access to abortion in Poland and those who have been taking part in the Women’s Strike since 2016.  

We admire and support the work of Abortion without Borders, a coalition that regroups various organisations that help people in Poland wishing to have an abortion abroad. Aborcyjny Dream Team, Kobiety w Sieci, Abortion Support Network, Women Help Women, Abortion Network Amsterdam and Ciocia Basia ensure that those persons have access to information, support and funds. 

Their work is especially needed since the near-total abortion ban in Poland made abortions legal only if the pregnancy is the result of incest, rape, or if the life of the pregnant person is threatened, and as well since COVID-19 and its restrictions made travelling abroad difficult. People in Poland can call a single phone number + 48  22 29 22 597 to ask for help. 

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