Women’s Seminar 2015 assembled successfully at IIRE from 4th to 8th July. Organized by the women’s commission of the Fourth International , the seminar was attended by 30 women from 12 countries. Apart from Western European countries, there were participants from Philippines, Mexico, and the USA. The participants came from wide range of ages, from 17 to 70.
The program started with country reports and continued with rich presentations and discussions on key topics for socialist feminists. Women’s oppression in a class society, the link between exploitation and oppression, intersectionality, domestic labour, experiences of autonomous women’s movement, how to feminise our organizations in terms of fighting sexism and sexual aggression and strengthening women’s role in the organizations and leadership were the main subjects that were discussed thoroughly by participants.
The Women’s seminar 2015 was made possible partly by the solidarity campaign launched at our website in early spring 2015 (see ). The Commission already started to work on the next women’s seminar. Audio files from the seminar and selection from the reading materials will be added soon.
The Fifth LGBT seminar at the IIRE took place from July 26 to July 29. Like the previous seminars, it was a gatherings of activists in LGBT movements from around the world who are committed to radical anti-capitalist politics.
The aim of the LGBT Seminar is to share and develop ideas on the most pressing topics concerning the struggle for human rights in the LGBT community, debate about strategies for LGBT liberation , and discuss how to participate in LGBT struggles on the basis of an anti-capitalist political project.
Two questions this edition of the IIRE LGBT seminar looked at are the building of alliances between lesbians, gays and trans people in emancipation movements and the impact of campaigns around marriage-rights. The seminar started with a discussion on building alliances: how can different emancipation struggles support each other while avoiding the risk that certain movements or issues come to dominate others? The second topic was marriage equality: looking at recent experiences in France and Argentina, the participants discussed the potential but also the limitations of different movements for marriage rights. Finally, the seminar examined the various responses of the political and religious right to LGBT emancipation.
In addition to the traditional homo- and transphobia, we see an increasing instrumentalization of LGBT-issues by certain parts of the right to justify war, repression and the exclusion of minorities. This topic led to much debate, partly because of the very different contexts from which different participants were speaking. Like the previous LGBT seminars at the seminars, the activity including people from all over the world. Participants came from Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Lebanon, France, Indonesia, Argentina, Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium. The participants drew a positive balance-sheet of the seminar but concluded that issues such as 'homonationalism' need to be discussed more in depth. We hope to continue this discussion during a coming seminar.
The Fifth LGBT seminar at the IRE is taking place from July 26 to July 29. These seminars are gatherings of activists in LGBT movements from around the world who are committed to radical anti-capitalist politics. The aim of the LGBT Seminar is to share and develop ideas on the most pressing topics concerning the struggle for human rights in the LGBT community, debate about strategies for LGBT liberation , and discuss how to participate in LGBT struggles on the basis of an anti-capitalist political project.
The 3rd IIRE Economy Seminar is taking place between the 14th and the 16th February.
Following up on the sessions held in 2009 and 2011, this edition will go through the changing situation in the economies of the different continents, with a focus on the interaction between ecological and economic problems, and the debates on radical ways out of the crisis. Among the lecturers and participants, we will have well known economists like Michael Roberts, François Chesnais, Eric Toussaint, Ozlem Onaram, Claudio Katz, Cedric Durand, Michel Husson and environmentalist Daniel Tanuro.
If you are interested in attending the seminar, you can still write to us for the possibility of a late inscription.
The IIRE organises in July its Fourth International Women’s Seminar together with the women’s commission of the Fourth International.
Participants from all over the world will discuss women’s struggles for emancipation in different cultures, regions, visions and social contexts. Overcoming euro-centrism by developing a plural feminism is one of the aims of this global exchange.
Ritxi Abaitua and Txaru Martin Ureta - Ecological struggles in Euskadi
Paul Prescod - Building a new ecosocialist movement in the USA
Mabel Carumba co-director of IIRE-Manila - Philippines, organic farming and food sovereignty in Mindanao
Isabelle Magkoeva - The fight against the destruction of the forest near Moscow and against other mega projects in Russia