Feminism or Fascism? The crisis of masculinity & democracy

Feminism or Fascism? The crisis of masculinity & democracy

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Webinar to have a conversation about the interrelated ‘crises’ of masculinity and democracy through the lens of leading feminist writers

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As part of its Together for Reflection & Connection series, the European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB) is hosting a conversation on July 7, 2022, in partnership with UK-based Civil Society Consulting. Starting at 19.00 CET (18.00 BST).

In July, we will explore the interrelated ‘crises’ of masculinity and democracy, with leading feminist writers Rafia Zakaria and Nina Power, who have all recently published important and critical books under this theme. We will hear their perspectives and views on some of the ways we can choose to respond to these gendered issues.

We are currently experiencing a huge backlash from extreme right-wing, anti-democracy, and anti-gender forces; it is therefore vital to understand why this is happening and whether we can find a solution. Is feminism the answer to these ‘crises’? Are we faced with the choice between Feminism or Fascism? But, first and foremost, what do we mean by feminism?

This webinar is inspired by Laurie Penny's new book and aims to explore these important questions and many more in a dialogue with leading feminist authors and all attendees. We welcome anyone interested in the topic to join, especially those working in civil society and faith sectors across Europe, to exchange ideas and contribute to the latest thinking. Come and be part of the reflections and conversation!

ENORB Director Mark Ereira-Guyer will host the event and ENORB Board member Nyanchama and Zlakha Ahmed from APNA HAQ (and ENAR board member) will also take part in the conversation. This webinar will be facilitated by ENORB intern Martina Molinari and Rebecca Pauley from Civil Society Consulting CIC - who are both gender specialists by training.

This online ‘Together for Reflection & Connection’ session is part of an ongoing series of interfaith dialogue events organised by ENORB in partnership with others, including the United Religions Initiative Europe, the European Network Against Racism, and Civil Society Consulting CIC.

The European Network on Religion and Belief is funded by project income, donations, membership fees, and a generous grant from the Open Society Foundations.

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Rafia Zakaria is an attorney, journalist, and author. She is a columnist for Dawn in Pakistan, and has written for The Guardian, The Nation, The New Republic, Boston Review, The New York Times Book Review, and Al Jazeera. Her latest book,Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption (2021), takes a radically inclusive, intersectional, and transnational approach to decentre mainstream white feminism.

Nina Power is a writer and philosopher. Nina has been a senior lecturer in philosophy at Roehampton University, and has taught at Middlesex, Orpington College, London College of Communication, Morley College. She has also worked as a tutor in critical writing in art and design at the Royal College of Art. Nina has written for a variety of publications, including the Telegraph, Art Review, and the Spectator. Her most recent book,What Do Men Want? Masculinity and Its Discontents(2022) takes seriously the proposition that masculinity is “in crisis” and what might be done to address it.

Nyanchama is a decolonial expert, Pan-Africanist, anti-racism activist, and defender of human rights. She has more than 30 years of experience in voluntarism and activism in many civil organizations. Nyanchama is currently the Director of the European Network for People of African Descent (ENPAD), the Vice President of Africalia, and a member of the Executive board of many other non-profit organizations, including ENORB. She is also the Founder and Curator of the Chama Artistic Creations, the Pagne Africain Textile Exhibition, and the Kenya Kikwetu Abagusii Artefacts Exhibition

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