31. Women’s Rights: Frontlines in the global feminist movement
How should we describe the state of the global struggle for women’s rights? It is surely impossible to make a single overarching assessment– even as battles are won on one front, major challenges remain – or emerge – on another. Yet if it is hard to generalize about progress, we can at least note that conditions are scarcely favourable. To pick only three global trends – authoritarian rule, identity-based exclusion and economic instability – none of these help advance the women’s movement. As International Women’s Day 2023 approaches, we invite three feminist leaders to assess this moment in their respective fields. Akila Radhakrishnan, President of the Global Justice Center in New York, Hala Al Karib, Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, and Mary Jane Real, until recently co-director of the Urgent Action Fund for Women – Asia Pacific take stock, and they are worried.