A Space to Call Our Own: Fostering Feminist Hope in Southeast Asia

Feminist resistance is never singular. It is rather filled with changes, differences, and occasional turbulences, meaning that we are continuously evolving. This episode is a call to build a space which embraces such collective learning.

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/ba.ca/ with New Naratif: Feminism as a Tool for Democracy in Southeast Asia Event Recap

Welcome to Community Corner, a space for our members to catch up on events that they have missed, read team recommendations, and write to us! 

On 12 April, 2023, our community joined us for a discussion, led by Thet Wai, on how feminism can help forward our democratic rights in Southeast Asia. Feminism – i.e. the equality of all genders and sexualities – is an integral part in the fight for democracy. By learning about feminist interventions in Southeast Asia, we can better understand how we can strengthen grassroots democratic movements and turn our imagination for a better Southeast Asia into reality.

“Southeast Asia is currently at a critical phase of the decolonial project: re-imagining its own historical roots, such as rekindling indigeneity and re-discovering the forgotten history of its women and of Southeast Asia and their struggles.” 

“Southeast Asia is currently at a critical phase of the decolonial project: re-imagining its own historical roots, such as rekindling indigeneity and re-discovering the forgotten history of its women and of Southeast Asia and their struggles.” 

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Democracy Classroom: SOGIESC Equality Event Recap

On 26 April, New Naratif held yet another Democracy Classroom; this time, we turned our focus to SOGIESC equality, bringing together a small group of participants to discuss the struggles of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Philippines and their quest for recognition as well as basic rights.

Our guest speaker for this classroom was Mavic Conde, whose piece on LGBTQIA+ survivors and their challenges in attaining simple, basic rights post-Haiyan highlighted how needlessly difficult it could be for marginalized individuals to receive aid, disaster relief, and assistance. Mavic opened the session for the night with an overview of the challenges faced, before the group moved into a deeper discussion on the topic. Although it was a small group of participants this time round, everyone contributed to the discussion and offered their own unique perspectives on the question prompts prepared.

Highlights and Takeaways

As the participants hailed from various backgrounds, there were various opinions expressed, including some participants expressing that they had learned new information (as they were not from the Philippines). Other participants offered their own insights on what needs to be done in order to bring about more equality for the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Faktor-faktor Struktural dan Sistemik Penghambat Demokrasi di Asia Tenggara: Sebuah Perspektif Feminis

Kami mempelajari faktor-faktor struktural dan sistemik yang menghambat praktek aksi demokrasi inklusif yang berdasarkan feminisme dan keadilan gender di Asia Tenggara. Dalam proses ini kami menemukan tiga masalah mengakar yang umum ditemukan di berbagai negara di region ini. Ketiganya termasuk penegakan hukum yang tidak efektif, pembatasan kebebasan berekspresi, serta fundamentalisme agama. Kami hanya berfokus ke tiga faktor kunci tersebut, supaya kami benar-benar memahami bagaimana ketiganya menghalangi aktivisme. Bersama-sama, ketiganya menjadi gerbang bagi kami menjelajahi tantangan-tantangan lain yang menghalangi perkembangan demokrasi regional. 

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