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Women's Movement

Barriers to young (especially unmarried) women’s participation in public spaces include the prevailing view that doing so violates social norms, young women’s often low level of education, and family expectations. Many young women have internalised their marginalisation and lack the confidence to participate in community forums.

Video: Women's Movement in Nicaragua

The women’s movement and the struggle for their rights in Nicaragua, 1998 – 2008

From 2008-2010, Hivos and ISS facilitated a research programme to analyze Nicaragua’s women’s movement and the strategies developed during the last ten years to defend and extend women’s rights. This tier of the knowledge programme involved academics, practitioners and activists from Hivos, ISS, Movimiento Autonomo de Mujeres and Centro de Investigacion de la Comunicacion.

Rethinking social movements

Today the structures that sustain oppression exhibit an impressive level of transnational collaboration. Where to then for local and transnational social movements committed to challenging this oppression, and advancing feminism and gender equality?

Travelling to and for liberation(s): Reflecting on the first day of Movements Rethink

<p>The&nbsp;second in a series of reflections around Movements Rethink, convened by the Hivos Knowledge Programme, 9-12 September 2013.</p>

The power of ‘together’: Charting our paths towards Movements Rethink

<p>The&nbsp;first in a series of reflections around Movements Rethink, convened by the Hivos Knowledge Programme, 9-12 September 2013</p>

Did Zimbabwean women’s organising constitute a women’s movement during the years 1995 – 2000? In a fascinating account of a significant period of women’s collective organising, Shereen Essof’s response to this question is positive. As a feminist scholar she interrogates the period during which she was a more than full-time woman activist out and about in Zimbabwe. Inspired by the vision of feminism and social justice she was part of a collectivity of women who were mobilizing and engaging women throughout Zimbabwe.

‘Movements Rethink’ – a reflection space for gender and social justice activists

As part of the Civic Explorations theme of its Knowledge Programme, Hivos took the global to the local at the ‘Movements Rethink’ gathering in mid-September, hosting 24 social justice activists from all over the world in Pingjum, a village in the Netherlands’ rural north.

New AWID report: Staus of Financing for Women's Rights Organising and Gender Equality

The new report by Hivos partner AWID, ‘Watering the Leaves, Starving the Roots’, provides the latest analysis  on the funding trends impacting women’s rights organising and the  financial status of women’s organisations around the world. The work of  authors Angelika Arutyunova and Cindy Clark aims to help women’s rights organisations and their funder allies make sense of the rapidly changing  funding landscape and adapt their resource mobilisation and distribution strategies accordingly.

The belligerence with which the women’s movement has defended its rights during the last ten years has made it to stand out as one of the main political actors of the country. Its level of development and articulation permitted the realization of systematic actions of denunciation, demands and mobilization on behalf of women’s rights, in particular, sexual and civil rights all over Nicaragua’s territory. Specially important has been the struggle developed during the last three years in order to avoid the abolition of therapeutical abortion by the Nicaraguan State and later for its restitution and decriminalization as a legitimate right of women.

The power of ‘together’: Charting our paths towards Movements Rethink

During the MovementsRethink event, special guest blogger Jessica Horn reports. This is the first blogpost in the series.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, so begins Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities. Although evoking the moment of the French Revolution, Dickens’ words could well have been describing our contemporary era. At the start of the twenty-first century we are once again in a “movement moment”, arguably not seen at this scale since the anti-colonial, anti-dictatorial, anti-war and women’s movements emerging across the global South and North in 1960s and 1970s. From the popular uprisings to oust unrepresentative regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, to youth-led activism for democracy in Senegal, to growing protests in Brazil questioning economic disparity and state expenditure on the FIFA World Cup and around the commercialization of public green space in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, to the recently commemorated 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s catalytic I Have a Dream at the March on Washington.