SATURDAY 10th September – 10:00-12:00

Over the past two years, the network EAST has united women, LGBTQIA+ people, workers and migrant people from Central and Eastern Europe, in bordering countries and beyond in a common fight against patriarchal domination, racism and exploitation. During the pandemic, the struggles of women, especially migrants, working in essential sectors have challenged the intensification of structural violence in all its forms. We mobilized for the essential strike of March 8th, against Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul convention – giving voice to all those who refuse Erdogan’s message of subordination directed towards all women and LGBTQI people –, against the abortion ban in Poland, and against the war in Ukraine and its effects in terms of militarization, impoverishment and extremization of violence. We urged to reinvent the feminist strike to respond to the ways in which new crises and now the outbreak of the war change the possibilities of our feminist and anti-patriarchal struggles. How do we resist conservative and far-right attacks on women and LGBTQIA+ people? What strategies do we employ to counter their discourses? How are rising prices, inflation and migration politics changing working and living conditions for millions of women and LGBTQIA+? How can the struggles emerged during the pandemic around the essential and devalued labor of women be fostered in addressing the effects of war and overlapping crises? How can we adress the intersection of the global effects of the pandemic, climate change, economic development and wars with the anti-abortion legislations, the increase in patriarchal violence and the attacks on LGBTQIA+ sexual freedom? Is the war ushering in a renewed patriarchal backlash or is it only worsening the already existing crises in social reproduction?  This workshop aims at discussing these questions and how these transformations are affecting struggles in social reproduction, aiming at shaping discursive and practical tools to fight and organize transnationally for a feminist politics of peace.

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