Imagining Feminist Futures
I enjoyed revisiting ‘Feminism as Transformational Politics: Towards Possibilities for Another World’ by Peggy Antrobus. I recall what a courageous article it was when it was published in Development in 2002 as part of a collection of intellectual activists writing about the impact of 11 September 2001. It was the moment when the US ‘War on Terror’ emerged to squash other critical global issues — racism, climate, social inequalities — at that time debated in global arenas such as the UN. September 11 marked a splintering away of many hopes in the development community around global leadership on these major issues. What I found courageous about Antrobus’ article was that she saw in the disarray of the global scene even further proof of the need for feminist leadership. She was unafraid to challenge patriarchal hierarchies and to demand change of those who make the political and economic decisions. She set out the vision of the network she led for many years — DAWN — a southern-based feminist research organization that since 1984 has actively engaged in intergovernmental regional and global high-level meetings.
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