The International School is a tool that contributes to the alliance between the movements and to the construction of transformative syntheses between women
[ By Capire ]
Political education that brings together study and action strengthens feminism and grassroots movements. This is why, since 2018, representatives of Grassroots Global Justice, Grassroots International, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the World March of Women are organizing a process to build the Berta Cáceres International School of Feminist Organization, a space for learning and developing syntheses among militants of social movements from different parts of the world.
“There is a lot of discussion at the School’s process about building a diverse, plural political subject who can look at realities as a whole. It also looks into the dimension of memory, into what our history of resistance means, into how we connect our way of organizing resistances today with our story of anti-colonial, anti-capitalist struggle. All this ultimately comes together as our vision, today, for building a movement and a struggle for change,” said Nalu Faria, from the International Committee of the World March of Women and one of the organizers of the School.
Feminist Pedagogy, Collective Conversation
Sandra Morán, a coordinator of the School, says that, “from the theoretical framework of conceiving and building a political subject, we have decided that the School would not be simply a space to learn about these topics. It’s a space for learning and understanding, but also to foster feminist economy as a political proposal of the movement that we are strengthening. This has become our groundwork.” Eight working groups for the School subjects have been created, where women from the four organizations take part talking about the contents, sharing perspectives and views, and building methodological strategies to promote collective debate.
Feminist economy is the pillar structuring the School, organizing the strategies of resistance and enabling the formulation of alternatives in connection with the other subjects: Systems of Oppression, Body and Sexuality, Environment and Defense of Mother Earth, State and Democracy, Movement Building, Feminist Theories, and Facilitator Training.
Systems of oppression are considered the general framework at the School’s process to understand what transpires in people’s lives. When women talk about body and sexuality or nature and democracy, for example, they propose an understanding of the systems of oppression based on the actual reality of the participants. Feminist economy, feminist theories, movement building, and facilitator training are the answers to tackle those systems.
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