Harsha Walia – ‘Anti-Oppressive Feminisms and Solidarities’

Seminar — Wednesday May 23rd. 2018

Anti-racist and feminist author and activist Harsha Walia reflected on the state of the feminist movement. What are strategies to strengthen our understandings of liberatory feminisms while interrogating anti-feminist feminism? How can feminism become a movement of expansive solidarities that centres on the experiences of women of colour, low-income women and migrant women resisting state violence and capitalism? Harsha discussed feminisms – as a multitude – that is relevant and engaging towards transformation.

This event was co-hosted by UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms & Sexualities, MERJ – Migrants and Ethnic Minorities for Reproductive Justice, MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, & ARN – Anti-Racism Network Ireland.

Harsha Walia is an activist and award-winning author of Undoing Border Imperialism. She is currently the project coordinator at Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Women’sharsha walia Centre and a member of No One Is Illegal, February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee, Defenders of the Land network, and South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy. Trained in the law, she has been active in grassroots anti-racist, feminist, migrant justice, Indigenous and anti-capitalist movements for almost two decades. Harsha sits on the editorial collectives for Feminist Wire and Abolition Journal. She has made numerous presentations on race, immigration, gender, and poverty to the United Nations and across campuses and media outlets in North America and Europe. Harsha is a recipient of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Power of Youth Award, Westender’s Best of the City in Activism Award, and named “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective organizers” by Naomi Klein.