In this hour we will learn about the radical socialist herstory of International Women’s Day with two American scholars, Eillen Boris, Professor at U.C Santa Barbara and Professor Premilla Nadasen from Barnard College. And while IWD doesn’t generate mass marches anymore in the U.S., Women’s Day is still an important day for protest and celebration in many places around the world. Today we talk to feminist activists around the world who talk about the importance of Women’s Day marches against gender violence and patriarchy in their countries.
We talk to, Pregs Govender, a South African feminist human rights activist and author of Love and Courage, A Story of Insubordination; Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, who is United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur and a medical doctor with expertise advocating for universal health access, HIV care, youth friendly services and family planning, in South Africa; Karen Tanada, who is executive director of Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute in the Philippines, and Lulú V Barrera a feminist activist and human right defender based in Mexico City. Lulú founded and currently leads Luchadoras, a feminist NGO that explores the intersections between gender, technologies and human rights, and works for an Internet free of violence against women. She is part of the National Network of Women Human Right Defenders in Mexico and the Latinamerican Network of Political Innovation.