Repoliticizing Feminisms

How are feminists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region reestablishing their revolutionary and highly political stance against patriarchal structures? How are they reaffirming their strong commitment to positively transform societies and create the just world they have imagined for decades?

Across the MENA region and the world, there is growing concern about the depoliticization of feminism. Neoliberal structural adjustment programs have been gradually taming feminist movements across the global south, and many argue that the professionalization and NGOization of feminism have shifted feminist activism away from its core commitment to the eradication of structural oppression toward issue and project-based actions. This has also resulted in feminist movements making demands that conform to neoliberalism, moving ever further away from the needs and aspirations of the majority of women in the region and creating a gap between feminist activism and feminist theory.

In many counties within the region, what has been dubbed "state feminism" has created glass ceilings, limiting the potential for fundamental feminist reforms which might be seen as a threat to the political or socioeconomic status quo. State feminism has undermined feminist movements through the portrayal of women as passive victims, actively reducing spaces for feminist mobilization, and hindering efforts that aim to achieve gender justice at the legislative level.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) supports feminists from across the region who are working toward repoliticizing their movements by producing more accessible feminist knowledge in formats such as podcasts, blogs, and campaigns to bridge the gap between feminist activism and research. The FES also aims to foster cross-border, cross-generational, and intersectional alliances by providing spaces for exchange and solidarity building to realign feminist demands with feminist principles and strategies.


24.11.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog

Feminism is closely linked to economic justice; both are against discrimination, exploitation and marginalisation. Economic justice cannot be achieved…


01.11.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog
illustration by Christina Atik

Viany De Marceau wrote "The Dark Passages of Feminism For A Migrant Domestic Worker" as a cry against the kafala system, and a message to other…


17.10.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog
 Illustration by Christina Atik

Feminism offers an opportunity to break-free from the glorification of militarism that is driven by patriarchal culture and to truly usher the way…


07.10.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog

This article sheds light on issues of migration and asylum. It highlights the violent policies associated with them from an anti-border feminist…


29.08.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog
Protesting violence against women - Photo: CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP

Adopting feminist foreign and development policies is becoming a trend in many Global North countries, sparking questions around the co-optation of…


21.07.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog

Since their inception in the mid-eighties, and for over more than two decades, Moroccan feminist organizations have been instrumental in advocating…


10.06.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog

Women protest denouncing the violence that took place against them at an earlier protest against the military in Sudan.


01.06.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog

“I staged a sit-in at home. I hung up posters around the apartment to challenge my parents who would not let me head to Maydan”, recounts a woman in…


26.05.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog

This piece explores the ways in which feminist blogging has the potential of re-politicizing feminist movements and offers an overview of the…


09.05.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog
Young Feminist Movements and Funding

Disrupting societal customs and perceptions that legitimize, promote, and conceal violence against women is one of the many goals we seek to…


15.04.2022 | Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog

This article takes a critical look at the manifestation of “impostor feminism” in Lebanon today, a form of self-attributed feminism that shies away…


| Repoliticizing Feminisms | Blog

This essay explores the ways in which Arab feminists are re-politicizing their movement and offers an overview of the strategies that are currently…



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