Today, it is the alliance between capital and heteropatriarchy that creates the majority of oppressions suffered by women around the world. In this sense, reproductive work – carried out mainly by women – which involves the very reproduction of labour and care, is fundamental to the maintenance of the system, even though it is carried out in a subordinate way. In short, if reproductive work stops, everything else stops. That is why women’s bodies, their wisdom, their practices and desires have been taken away for the benefit of the reproduction of capital and growth.
From Ripess Intercontinental we want to bring collective feminist knowledge from all over the world to enrich the different practices and perspectives on the interdependence of SSE and women’s rights from an ecofeminist perspective. Here you can find a small collection of tools and resources on the topic:
- A law : Magna Carta of Women Republic Act 9710 Republic of the Philippines, 2009
- a Charter: Cooperative Europe, Gender equality, Charter of Commitment, October 2020
- A video : Reema Nanavaty, General Secretary of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? International Conference , UNTFSSE, 25 – 26 June 2019
- A case study : [ASEC SSE Academy] Institute’s for Women Empowerment. Reclaiming the « I », redefining the « We », 2020, ASEC
- An analysis for the South: When the domestic is also political: redistribution by women from the South. A feminist approach, 3°EMES-Polanyi International Seminar: Welfaire societies in transition, Roskilde, April 2018, Luciane Lucas Dos Santos, EMES
- An analysis for the North : Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, Great Transition Initiative 2018, Julie Matthaei
- A Declaration : Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) with a Gender Perspective, Declaration approved by the 5th International Meeting of Social Solidarity Economy, Manila, October 18, 2013, RIPESS.
FEMINIST PROTOCOL AND CARE COMMISSION IN RIPESS EU__ (Extract from the RipessEU website):
The cis-heteropatriarchal system, the hierarchies and the relations of power and oppression that it brings with it, permeate all spheres of our lives, and are present even in supposedly anti-authoritarian and liberated spaces. We understand that these violences, because they are systemic, must be tackled together, and it is necessary to collectively assume the responsibility of ensuring that they have no place in our Social and Solidarity Economy organisations.
That is why we have decided to launch this protocol to build a policy for a space free of aggression. For us, a safe space for all is one in which people are free to express themselves, relate, live together and act as they want, when they want and with whom they want without facing the risk of violence or persecution based on gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, class, identity, migratory status, geographical origin, age, religion, neuro-functional diversity, etc.
This document, which is intended as a tool for individual and collective self-defence, encompasses countless ways in which this safe and feminist space can be made effective. In it you will find a self-diagnosis document for SSE organisations, questions for our teams to start reflecting on who does the reproductive tasks in our organisation, what awareness-raising activities are being carried out, what weight is given to care in our work environment, etc.