Feminists on the Frontline: Case Studies of Resisting and Challenging Fundamentalisms

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Feminists on the Frontline: Case Studies of Resisting and Challenging Fundamentalisms

This collection of case studies is a testament to the women and men around the world who have stood up to reject the imposition of norms and values in the name of religion as well as to expose and challenge the privileged position given to religion in public policies. In 2008 AWID launched a call for proposals to document the strategies of women's rights activists confronting religious fundamentalisms. The final 18 case studies presented here are drawn from a wide range of religious and geographical contexts, and cover various fields of activism. We hope that this collection will inspire, inform and encourage discussion and debate. Please visit this page again for updates, as finalized case studies and a brief summary of each case study will be posted on a rolling basis. We will also soon be posting a paper that introduces the trends and themes that are threaded through the various case studies.


Christian Fundamentalisms and Women’s Rights in the African Context: Mapping the Terrain

by Jessica Horn

Summary.pdf 233.03 kB
Full Case.pdf 700.20 kB

Rural Feminist Activism and Religious Fundamentalism in Nova Scotia, Canada

by Leona English, Lucille Harper and Betsy MacDonald, Antigonish Women's Resource Centre

Summary.pdf 678.59 kB
Full Case.pdf 833.03 kB

Arab Queer Women and Transgenders Confronting Diverse Religious Fundamentalisms: The Case of Meem in Lebanon

by Nadine M., Meem

Summary.pdf 227.66 kB
Full Case.pdf 387.87 kB

Sexuality, Gender and the Religious Right: Youth Advocacy on LGBT Rights in the United States

by Haven Herrin, Soulforce Q

Summary.pdf 143.51 kB
Full Case.pdf 279.73 kB

Religious Fundamentalisms and Communalism: The Case of Sahiyar

by Trupti Shah, Sahiyar (Stree Sanghthan)

Summary.pdf 178.30 kB
Full Case.pdf 713.93 kB

Religious Fundamentalisms and Student Life: A View from Indonesia

by Nathanael G. Sumaktoyo and Yuyun Rindiastuti

Summary.pdf 285.89 kB
Full Case.pdf 336.74 kB

Associazione Luca Coscioni and the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research: An Italian Experience of Resisting Religious Fundamentalisms

by Carmen Sorrentino, Associazione Luca Coscioni (Luca Coscioni Association)

Summary.pdf 241.96 kB
Full Case.pdf 320.32 kB

Confronting Catholic Fundamentalisms in the Former Soviet Union: The Case of Lithuania

by Virginija Aleksejūnė, Margarita Jankauskaitė and Vilana Pilinkaitė-Sotirovič, Lygių galimybių plėtros centras (Centre for Equality Advancement)

Summary.pdf 199.56 kB
Full Case.pdf 210.05 kB

Challenging the Growing Power of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Public Life: The Case of Women in Black-Serbia

by Staša Zajović and Katie Mahuron, Žene u crnom (Women in Black-Serbia)

Summary.pdf 202.05 kB
Full Case.pdf 315.27 kB

Stones Aimed at Us...: An Overview of the Discourse and Strategies of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

by Shadi Sadr, Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

Summary.pdf 236.56 kB
Full Case.pdf 338.20 kB

The Death of Ana Maria Acevedo: Rallying Cry for the Women's Movement

by Lucila Puyol and Paula Condrac, with Mirtha Manzur, Multisectorial de Mujeres de Santa Fe (Multisectoral Women's Group of Santa Fe)

Summary.pdf 175.12 kB
Full Case.pdf 282.81 kB

Religious and Political Fundamentalisms as a Threat to Women's Rights: Challenges in the Legislature in Brazil

by Kauara Rodrigues, Juliano Alessander, Natalia Mori and Soraya Fleischer, CFEMEA - Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria (CFEMEA - Feminist Centre for Studies and Advisory Services)

Summary.pdf 139.16 kB
Full Case.pdf 248.94 kB

Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms in Bolivia: The Inclusion of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the Constitution

by Teresa Lanza Monje, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir-Bolivia (Catholics for the Right to Decide-Bolivia)

Summary.pdf 718.31 kB
Full Case.pdf 780.34 kB

An Overview of Fundamentalist Groups in Peru

by Jaris Mujica and Mauricio Rivera, PROMSEX Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (Centre for the Promotion and Defence of Sexual and Reproductive Rights)

Summary.pdf 120.58 kB
Full Case.pdf 181.75 kB

Religious Fundamentalisms and the Therapeutic Abortion Protocol in Arequipa, Peru

by Ydalid Rojas Salinas, Foro Regional de Arequipa por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (Arequipa Regional Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights)

Summary.pdf 130.55 kB
Full Case.pdf 274.55 kB

Mass Prosecution for Abortion: Violation of the Reproductive Rights of Women in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

by Carmen Hein de Campos, Themis Assessoria Jurídica e Estudos de Genero (Themis Legal and Gender Studies Advisory)

Summary.pdf 253.65 kB
Full Case.pdf 302.63 kB

Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms in Mexico: The Separation of Church and State and Reaffirmation of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Rights

by Elizabeth Placido, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir-México (Catholics for the Right to Decide-Mexico)

Summary.pdf 137.14 kB
Full Case.pdf 219.39 kB

Religious Fundamentalisms in Indigenous Contexts in Chiapas and the Violation of Women's Rights

by Guadalupe Elizalde Molina and Martha Guadalupe Figueroa Mier, edited by Luz Maceira Ochoa, COLEM - Colectivo de Mujeres de San Cristóbal de la Casas (Women's Collective of San Cristobal de las Casas)