The South Feminist Futures Festival will be a week of art, activism, dialogue, reflection and celebration to reclaim a centuries long history of womxn fighting slavery, colonialism, white supremacy, imperialism, racism, capitalism and cisheteropatriarchy. The festival will be planned and delivered by the South Feminist Futures Festival Organising Group.
The Festival will create a space for a vibrant, sustainable, active and vocal South-South/Third World feminist vision for the future. We will together address questions that feminist movements have posed over the course of this turbulent year, and in decades preceding it. How do we prevail? How do we shift the issues we care about as feminists beyond the ghetto that is “gender” or “womxn’s issues” or “queer issues” in public and policy discourse? How do we sustain and build on the gains made, not only for the next ten years but for generations to come? What strategies, language and connections have we lost that need reviving? What new “theory of change” do feminist movements need to adopt to confront and win the coming confrontations with militarism, capitalism, climate chaos, cisheteropatriarchy that appear to be inevitable?
The art and discussions will be conducted around the themes of confronting hegemonies; building a new knowledge base for South Feminist activism; reimagining development; reclaiming South-South internationalism; and strategies for change and resistance. The Festival will build on, interrogate and re-envision some of the current debates from a South Feminsit perspective – such as decolonisation, internationalism, the global green new deal, social reproduction and the care economy, degrowth, hyperglobalisation, the anti-gender ideology, the crisis of multilateralism and the rise of ethno-nationalism, xenophobia, racism and anti-blackness.
The festival will be structured to facilitate regional and cross regional conversations with the main plenary session each day that will allow a tri-continental convening where we will discuss the major global challenges facing womxn, trans and non-binary people in the Global South and BIPOC womxn, trans and non-binary people in the Global North (South-in-North).
South Feminist Futures Organising Group: Amina Mama * Alejandra Scampini * Bibiane Gahamanyi Mbaye * Claire Mathonsi* Dzodzi Tsikata * Gabriela Mendes * Hope Chigudu * Katherine Robinson * Korto Willams * Lebohang Pheko * Masego Madzwamuse * Nancy Kachingwe * Neelanjana Mukhia * Rachel Moussie* Sarudzayi Njerere * Wangari Kinoti