Transnational Resonances of the World March of Women in the Americas

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:45
Oral Presentation
Anabel PAULOS, University of Ottawa, Canada
Carmen DIAZ ALBA, ITESO Guadalajara, Mexico

The World March of Women (WMW) is a transnational feminist network that originated in Quebec, Canada, in the mid-nineties with the Bread and Roses march against poverty and violence against women. Today, the WMW counts with more than 60 National Coordinating Bodies spanning over five continents and has become the largest transnational feminist network, with the Americas region being one of the core regions for the emergence and development of the March in the world.

Drawing on qualitative semi-structured interviews, direct and participant observation and documentary analysis of secondary sources collected between 2013 and 2016 in Peru, Mexico and Brazil, this paper has the following main objectives:

  1. to explore the dynamics of resonance across borders and scales of place-based struggles of the World March of Women in the Americas.
  2. to investigate the relationship between the experience of the World March of Women, that pioneered and transformed the imaginary of transnational feminist solidarities and contemporary experiences such as the Ni Una Menos platform.

The March is characterized by complex multi-scale politics and governance, that enacts a form of transnational feminism simultaneously global in reach and rooted in specific place-based struggles. As such, the WMW constitutes a unique case for studying relational processes of transnational resonance and dynamics of political solidarity-building.