Individual Paper: How the feminist movement questions power and what could degrowth learn from it?
With the International Women’s Day approaching on the 8th of March, many people all around the world organise themselves to, yet again, march for social equality. In the biggest cities in Poland, local independent committees known as Manifa Collectives, in collaboration with gender scholars, NGOs, various groups and individuals (no exclusion and no hierarchy), are preparing for their protests. They are going to walk under a controversial slogan “Against the Violence of Power”. What they are marching for is much more than ending he discrimination. They are asking the government to end the structural violence the politics allow for and spread in the society; they are saying ‘no’ to embracing harmful economic policies; they reject letting the government dictate what future they get. It is this slogan that threw the light on degrowth, a movement that also strongly opposes the current system and power structures that stand on the way to achieving “social justice and ecological sustainability”. The essay Feminist Economics written by Antonella Picchio in the book ‘Degrowth: A vocabulary for a new era’, compares the feminist theory to degrowth by arguing how the latter fails to “challenge the structure of capitalism” and “defuse the structural forces at the root of such destructive and alienating dynamics” (2015: 210). There is a lack of clear connection between degrowth and politics at the macro level. Even though the strength of the movement remains in its grassroots nature of it, there will come the time when the two spheres have to meet. Stopping economic growth when global population is growing, number of migrant increases and temperature rises will eventually demand bigger answers from the alternatives. Degrowthers could turn to feminist for answers. Manifa is not only active during a single protest in March – their pursuit for social equality can be seen in constructive work all throughout the year: cultural and art events presenting social issues in an accessible way; urban gardening that brings neighbours together; local project that encourages the young and the elderly to exchange experiences. All against the violence of power.
Start time: 11:30
Room: Nöjesteatern (Conference room)
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