Questions each of us can answer to make the world better for all



A number of questions need to be asked to stimulate a debate towards a new feminist vision:

  • Is there a feminist vision of a new world order? What does such a vision entail?
  • What kind of a social order do we want to transform towards, without being utopian?
  • Can local practices be induced to take on the international human rights norms with a process of contesting the existing ones and reaching agreement on what is needed for the best life for all—women and men, young and old?
  • Does this vision require “rupturing” the patriarchal male-dominated system only, or does it also require a vision of how to humanize all relationships based on human rights?
  • How can a post-patriarchal gender contract effectively reconcile the universality of rights and the diversity of women’s realities?
  • Given the current panorama of strong growth of patriarchalism in societies/states that claim that only certain particular values/religions are legitimate, is it still possible to claim the universality and indivisibility of international human rights? How does diversity play in this new context?
  • The transnational women’s movement was particularly strong because it was rooted in women’s diversity and their capability of creating consensus around common goals, many of which were included in the UN Declarations and Plans of Actions of the 1990s. However, what we see in the world scenario today is a backlash against the achievements of the last century. Are those ideals from the 1990s again to form a feminist platform?
  • How can the universality of such standards be interpreted through existing community institutions which can make them “localized”? In other words, how can we transform universalized values to localized practices?
  • Are there legitimate cultural divergences from international human rights norms? If so, how can such legitimacy be established given the differences in power?
  • How can universal norms be made relevant to women’s concrete life experiences? That is, how can the gap between international human rights values and concrete life experiences be bridged?
  • What are the limits and possibilities of creating alliances, networking with the Internet, and quickly mobilizing, and where do our efforts towards medium- and long-term advocacy stand?

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