The political demand for “reproductive justice” links the right to self-determination over one’s own body with the material conditions that make this right accessible in the first place. After all, people who live and work in precarious conditions cannot, by definition, reach free and independent decisions. This notion is at the heart of a left-wing feminism that conceives gender justice, anti-racism, and global social justice as interlinked from the outset.
This kind of feminism links the demand for increased appreciation of women’s labour that is either poorly paid or not paid at all with struggles against gender-based violence that reinforces patriarchal hierarchies. It links the protests against privatizing the health care system with the critique of a migration policy that only tolerates people if they fill gaps in the state or bring profit. Lastly, it links questions of democratic participation with the demand for a redistribution of work and time. Feminist movements are thus among the most important opponents of right-wing populism and neoliberal capitalism around the world. They are building a better future for all of us!
The dossier “Feminism from the Left” gathers analyses, organizing experiences, interviews with activists, and much more — for feminist and queer-feminist struggles here and now. At the heart of our efforts is the question of how tomorrow can be shaped differently.