Scholars and referents of feminism who participated this Tuesday in the second day of the III World Forum on Human Rights in Buenos Aires they expressed the need to put an end to ideological differences in order to unite this political and social movement and vindicate the struggle of women.
Argentinean anthropologist, writer and feminist intellectual Rita Segato He pointed out the postulates of feminism that reject trans as women and assured that it is a colonial thought.
“That thought is equivocal and colonial. Because in the pre-colonial world, gender transitivity was not a problem and the trans woman was a reality in history before the intervention of the colony that forced binarization. Forcing a body to not move from there,” Segato said before hundreds of spectators.
This forum, organized by the International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights (organization created in 2009 by Argentina and Unesco) and by the Secretariat of Human Rights of Argentina, began this Monday.
The Argentine intellectual also considered that the fight for abortion must unite feminism to bring down the patriarchy of “great fortunes” and “the owners of capital.” “They know that by giving autonomy to a girl (who wants to have an abortion) we are touching a basal point that makes the buildings of all inequalities fall,” she indicated.
In addition, he considered that the arguments “For life” against abortion they only seek to “control women’s bodies”, is one of the popular slogans of the self-styled pro-life groups, which flood the debates on the voluntary termination of pregnancy.
Feminism is not just “resist”
The event includes debates, workshops, presentation of experiences of struggle and mobilizations for human rights, artistic and cultural activities, and the participation of some 12,000 people from 98 countries.
The Spanish MEP for United We Can Change Europe Maria Eugenia Rodriguez Palop, remarked that feminism must have a “reactive agenda”. “It is good that we continue to fight against violence in favor of sexual and reproductive rights, which are classic feminist struggles, but we also have to move forward with the care agenda,” Palop stated.
She also stressed that the role of women is not “just to resist” and be “victims”, since this discourse would lead to “catastrophisms” reinforcing the conservative discourse. “We have to have imagination, enthusiasm and joy. The politics of bodies and affections produce joy,” she concluded.
With the objective of bringing together and integrating national, regional and international organizations with a commitment to the validity of human rights, where advances and challenges in terms of discrimination, environmentalism, gender, access to justice and the fight against human trafficking will be addressed, among other topics.
State of exception in Chile
The Chilean Mapuche leader and former deputy vice president of the Constituent Convention of Chile -body in charge of drafting a new Constitution- Plain Nativity denounced the “state of exception” against the indigenous people, who live in their country.
“Indigenous peoples have been defenders of land, life and water, where in Chile it is privatized and not all of us have the right to access it, and today many women are being persecuted for defending nature, water and their territory” he assured.
In this regard, he criticized that the state of constitutional exception initiated by former President Sebastián Piñera (2018-2022) continues with the current head of state, gabriel boric.
“He (for Boric) has continued with the same policies of repression against indigenous peoples and social movements in Chile, where we have been accused of being terrorists and the internal State security law is applied to us,” claimed the Mapuche leader.