Presentation on theme: "The Womens Movement in Central Asia: Facing Together Neo-Liberalism, Fundamentalism and Other Challenges of the New Global Order SVETLANA SHAKIROVA (Ph.D),"— Presentation transcript:
The Womens Movement in Central Asia: Facing Together Neo-Liberalism, Fundamentalism and Other Challenges of the New Global Order SVETLANA SHAKIROVA (Ph.D), Center for Gender Studies Almaty, Kazakhstan
Feminism in Central Asia today is oppositional to: Islamic traditionalism right neo-liberalism political conservatism anti-democracy nationalism social snobbery regional narcissism ethno-national separatism and other -isms.
What unites 5 Central Asian countries common past (USSR), postcolonial condition, Russian language, culture, education, geographic proximity, human connections, etc.
Differences between our countries political regimes level of economies national languages historical prejudices and ethnic stereotypes differences of culture (nomads and settled, ethnically homogenous and mixed populations, stricter and weaker Islamic rules, etc.).
Strengths of womens movement(s) of Central Asia loyalty to ideas of gender equality openness, willingness to build alliances, growth of professionalism, purposefulness, single goal, variety of groups, recognition in the civilian sector, flexibility, permanence of the core of leaders, ideological allegiance, support of the global feminism, credibility of the state bodies.
Weaknesses of womens movement of Central Asia 1. uncertainty about the future, 2. different objectives, 3. lack of common purpose, 4. absence of womens movement, 5. the low level of knowledge, 6. poor communication, 7. procrastination, 8. inertia, 9. lack of state and donor support, 10. lack of feedback from target-groups and community,
Weaknesses of womens movement of Central Asia 11. political engagement, 12. no upgrade skills, 13. lack of young people, 14. absence of clear political agenda; 15. risk of complicity in corruption, 16. financial instability, 17. lack of representation on international level, 18. closeness of NGOs, 19. competition between them, 20. destructive rivalries, 21. struggle for donors.