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Feminist Generations
Movements and Moments

The narratives of feminism are still written from a predominantly white, western perspective. While feminist claims and positions from the Global North are, up to this day, sidelined in a patriarchal mainstream, the same holds true to a much broader extent for feminist movements from the Global South.

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Vanessa Peñuela and Cesar Vargas © Vanessa Peñuela and Cesar Vargas

Colombia
Anarchist Cholas (Las cholas anarquistas)

The anarchist cholas were a group of Indigenous women unionists from Bolivia in the first half of the 20th century. They formed the Feminine Workers Federation (FOF), which was concerned with defending the rights of working women and their place within the union.
By Vanessa Peñuela and Cesar Vargas

Aziza Ahmad and Zuha Siddiqui © Aziza Ahmad and Zuha Siddiqui

Pakistan
Digital Rights and Feminist Futures

This story charts the evolution of Pakistan’s feminist digital rights movement – a movement led and championed by Nighat Dad, a feminist digital rights activist helping women defend themselves online.
By Aziza Ahmad and Zuha Siddiqui

Catalina Vásquez Salazar and Alejandra Pérez Torres © Catalina Vásquez Salazar and Alejandra Pérez Torres

Colombia
Geraldine

Geraldine Gutiérrez Piedrahita is a 27-year old trans woman belonging to the Emberá Chami Dojura Indigenous community in Chigorodó, Antioquia, Colombia. She describes herself as a strong woman who fights for the rights of the LGBT Indigenous community in Colombia. She is also a great inspiration for the activists of the present and the future.
By Catalina Vásquez Salazar and Alejandra Pérez Torres

Ana Karenina and Lizbeth Hernández © Ana Karenina and Lizbeth Hernández

Mexico
Irene: Mixe Resistance

Irene Hernandez is a retired teacher. In 2007 she was elected to hold the municipal presidency for Ayutla, a small Mixe town located in the North Sierra of Oaxaca. Her election was done through the Indigenous normative system, also known as “Uses and Customs”.
By Ana Karenina and Lizbeth Hernández

Gantala Press and Nina Martinez © Gantala Press and Nina Martinez

Philippines
Let the River Flow Free

Mother Leticia of the Naneng Tribe was 28 when the construction of a dam that would have flooded Naneng villages began. To this day, she and other Indigenous activists resist corporate takeovers of the Chico River and their surrounding lands.
By Gantala Press and Nina Martinez
 

Chandri Narayan and Sadhna Prasad © Chandri Narayan and Sadhna Prasad

India
Love (அன்பு)

Identifying Aravani Art Project as a movement, this comic follows the lives of the urban trans women in collective living in Bangalore. Told through the eyes and voice of Chandri.
By Chandri Narayan and Sadhna Prasad

Citlally Andrango Cadena and Cecilia Larrea © Citlally Andrango Cadena and Cecilia Larrea

Ecuador
Mama Dulu

Mama Dolores Cacuango (1881-1971), as most people knew her, was an Indigenous leader from the northern Ecuadorian Andes who spent her life fighting for equality. Dolores lived during the huasipungo era, a time when Indigenous people were denied access to education and healthcare.
By Citlally Andrango Cadena and Cecilia Larrea

Consuelo Terra and Greta di Girolamo © Consuelo Terra and Greta di Girolamo

Chile
Millaray Huichalaf: The protectress of the sacred river (La defensora del río sagrado)

In the context of a long history of predatory colonization and a global climate, economic and health crisis, Machi Millaray's story embodies the moral courage of Indigenous women in defense of natural and spiritual ecosystems.
By Consuelo Terra and Greta di Girolamo

Alejandra Retana Betancourt and María José Retana Betancourt © Alejandra Retana Betancourt and María José Retana Betancourt

Mexico
Morning Fog (El corazón de la neblina)

Doña Herminia Gutiérrez Valencia (1922-2008) was a crucial protagonist in the fight for life and dignity in Milpa Alta, located in the southeastern corner of Mexico City, where people are still resisting dispossession of their Nahua heritage and their lands.
By Alejandra Retana Betancourt and María José Retana Betancourt

Reetika Revathy Subramanian and Maitri Dore © Reetika Revathy Subramanian and Maitri Dore

India
Raindrop in the Drought: Godavari Dange

Driven by her personal tragedies and everyday exclusions of other Bahujan women in the region, Godavari has spent over two decades in feminist organizing around building Indigenous, sustainable climate solutions such as the innovative “one-acre model”.
By Reetika Revathy Subramanian and Maitri Dore
 

Bandana Tulachan © Bandana Tulachan

Nepal
Shanti Chaudhary

Shanti Chaudhary is an Indigenous writer and poet from Nepal who is known for writing more books than her own age. At 63, she’s published 65 books in both Nepali and Tharu languages.
By Bandana Tulachan

Flor Capella, Ana Fornaro and María Eugenia Ludueña © Flor Capella, Ana Fornaro and María Eugenia Ludueña

Argentina
The first trans school in Latin America: The Mocha Celis

Mocha Celis is the first trans school in Latin America. It is an inclusive, public and free secondary school with a focus on gender, sexual and cultural diversity.
By Flor Capella, Ana Fornaro and María Eugenia Ludueña

Wipaphan Wongsawang, Supitcha Senarak and Matcha Phorn-in © Wipaphan Wongsawang, Supitcha Senarak and Matcha Phorn-in

Thailand
The Story of Sangsan

In northern Thailand, the conflict between ethnic minorities and the military has been going on for more than 30 years, leaving many people stateless and undocumented. This is a story about an empowering group that shows how women and girls can be the leaders of their change.
By Wipaphan Wongsawang, Supitcha Senarak and Matcha Phorn-in
 

Tais Koshino © Tais Koshino

Brazil
Tibira: Indigenous LGBTQ activism in Brazil

Indigenous peoples in Brazil have resisted and struggled for 520 years. The European invasion and colonization started a project of genocide and ethnocide of the native peoples and their cultures that still reverberates today.
By Taís Koshino
 

Dương Mạnh Hùng and Phạm Thu Trà © Dương Mạnh Hùng and Phạm Thu Trà

Vietnam
Tracing Between the Colors of the Highlands

A matriarch of the Ê đê ethnicity, Linh Nga Niê Kdam (*1948), is among the leading Indigenous researchers in Vietnam. Graduated from Vietnam National Academy of Music, Linh Nga soon became fascinated not only with the music but also with various sociocultural practices and rituals of different ethnicities in the Central Highlands.
By Dương Mạnh Hùng and Phạm Thu Trà

Trilce Garcia and Helen Quinones © Trilce Garcia and Helen Quinones

Peru
Warmimasiy

Warmimasiy (Quechua) can have different meanings: friendship between women, sisterhood, an accomplice, or simply “the woman who is equal to me”. Helen Quiñones Loaiza and Trilce García Cosavalente are warmimasiy who want to give a voice to the disenfranchised.
By Trilce Garcia Cosavalente and Helen Quiñones Loayza 
 


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