The Feministisation of Politics in Municipalist Organisations
“To feministisize politics, it is necessary to make feminist politics that structurally challenge gendered relations and the construction of roles itself. Politics that search a radical transformation of the material conditions in which women develop their lives, which implies a deep redistribution of wealth and resources, remove male privileges -which entail a deep cultural change- end violence and fight androcentrism, among other issues.”
Beatriz Gimeno and Clara Serra
1. Who they are
This project addresses feminizing politics as a sine qua non condition for radical democracy was presented to FundAction by European organisations part of an informal network of municipalist organisations aimed at promoting the radicalisation of democracy by following a municipalist political strategy and putting local politics at the centre of the political debate. The project was developed together with members of Marea Atlántica in A Coruña and Madrid129 (Spain), L’Asilo – Massa Critica in Napoli (Italy), Zagreb JE NAS (Croatia) and Ne da(vi)mo Beograd (Serbia).
2. What they did
Due to the diversity of the municipalist network, and the situated nature of the feminist approach, the project implemented a methodology with different steps:
1- Establishment of a steering group that mapped the desired changes based on the four pillars of the feminisation of politics: equity between women and men; reduction of verticality, promotion of real co-responsibility, diversity, and intersectionality analysis.
2- Design of a first assessment questionnaire that provided a self-diagnosis of the organizations involved.
3- Development of local workshops based on the previous assessment and as a collective reflection within each participating organisation.
4- Two-day International workshop with all organisation on 25th-27th January 2019 in Barcelona that helped to identify common priorities and goals, to get to know each other and to share experiences, achievements and challenges in the present and future.
5- Development of a second assessment questionnaire to tackle the institutional, political and social context of each organisation.
6- Peer-to-Peer interview to strengthen links and reach a deeper understanding of each organisation’s perspective and results on the project.
Part of the outcomes of this process have been incorporated in an Executive Report and dissemination Video that was presented in the Panel discussion: Feminisation of politics – equality is much more than quota as part of the Fearless Cities Conference in Belgrade that took place on June 9th 2019
3. Why is this relevant for the FundAction community?
The project focused on the way the feminisation of politics shapes our movements and organizations: how it is addressed within the movement, the challenges of implementing feminist practices within the organisation and of introducing feminist principles among members, the need to integrate feminist principles into internal structures and organisations, activities of the movements and the policies they movements advocate for. At the same time. It has analysed, from the own organisations and practices, the correlation between movement’s policies and practices in regard to feminisation of politics, the efforts on the individual and movements level and of movements’ feminisation efforts. Finally, it effectively identifies concrete measures to address the theoretical principles. Although local politics might seem a very specific area of political action, these values, principles and concrete measures can be very used in any organisation and collective, not only within the municipalist movement.