Snapshots from Feminist, Pro-Democracy Movements Worldwide
1. Commit to nonviolence
Research shows that nonviolent campaigns succeed almost twice as often as violent campaigns in achieving their aims. Feminist-led movements use humor, creativity, and festivity to foster nonviolence in protests. In South Korea, organizers built stages for singers to deliver protest songs and popular music. In Belarus, protesters — especially women — are performing folk songs to resist the authoritarian regime.
2. Be inclusive and embrace collective leadership
In Sudan, women protest leaders explicitly spoke out against racism; prominent activist, Alaa Salah, said: “I wanted to get (on the car) and...speak against racism and tribalism in all its forms.”
In Algeria, the Hirak movement has been committed to collective leadership, and the government’s attempts to divide them were ultimately ineffective, precisely because of collective leadership and action.
In Thailand, pro-democracy mobilizations have been led by women, youth, and LGBTQ people who have explicitly linked their appeals for democracy with reproductive rights, feminism, and LGBTQ rights.
3. Build resilience for the long haul
In Bolivia, one year of sustained, powerful grassroots and Indigenous-led organizing recently led to victory. In the US, as we approach a period of uncertainty and contestation, we need to hold steady, take care of each other, and be ready to act.
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