Verhofstadt Surrenders to Political Opportunism

The presidential elections in the European Parliament last week have shown low instincts and political intrigues at their best. Opportunism and the strive for power have prevailed over political integrity and the adherence to values and ideas. Guy Verhofstadt has best illustrated how quickly one can fall prey to the little intrigues and deals that animate life in politics. The man who has strongly endeavoured to become known as the fiercest defender of democratic values and pro-European ideals has not shied away from playing Continue reading “Verhofstadt Surrenders to Political Opportunism”

She Waited Long Enough and Now is Her Time to Walk

Yesterday, January 21st, 2017, I joined the thousands and thousands of women, men and children across the world who walked in the almost 700 Women’s Marches around the globe. From Washington DC, where the March began, to The Hague, where I walked, and across all seven continents (That’s right! Two Sister Marches were registered in Antarctica as well) people came together and stood against misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and primarily hate. Continue reading “She Waited Long Enough and Now is Her Time to Walk”

They Waited Long Enough

They waited long enough, and now that their countries are developing this rapidly, there are no more excuses to leave them in hunger, peril health and bearing fragile children. Female malnutrition is still unacceptably prevalent throughout the world. Not only in countries that really are poor, and where there often is not enough food to feed the total population. No, the most malnourished women are not to be found in Sub-Saharan Africa’s countries, but in Asia’s thriving and upcoming economies. Continue reading “They Waited Long Enough”

She Waited Long Enough : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We should all be feminists” the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie claims. This catch phrase is the title of the TED talk she delivered in Euston in 2012 [1]. Born in 1977 in the State of Enugu in Nigeria, this woman is a novelist, a nonfiction writer and a short story writer. Her speech has been published in 2014 and is now available under the form of an essay, due to the strength of her discourse and its logical following success. What is interesting about her is the manner in which her work, fictional or not, is deeply infused Continue reading “She Waited Long Enough : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

She Waited Long Enough – Olympe de Gouges

As one of France’s first feminist, Olympe de Gouges remains surprisingly unknown by European progressives. Sure, we all know the basic: her name, and how she met her fate when the Revolutionary Tribunal of Paris [1] found her guilty of having “question[ed] the republican principles” and therefore, sentenced her to death alongside 2742 individuals deemed as enemies of the State. Besides her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of Continue reading “She Waited Long Enough – Olympe de Gouges”

She Waited Long Enough – Clara Campoamor

«(…)Resolved lo que queráis, pero afrontando la responsabilidad de dar entrada a esa mitad de género humano en política, para que la política sea cosa de dos, porque solo hay una cosa que hace un sexo solo: alumbrar; las demás las hacemos todos en común, y no podéis venir aquí vosotros a legislar , a votar impuestos, a dictar deberes, a legislar sobre la raza humana, sobre la mujer y sobre el hijo, aislados, fuera de nosotras. (El voto femenino y yo. Editorial Horas. Madrid, 2006)»

All women are in debt with Clara Campoamor. On the 1rst October 1931 this deputy of the Spanish Radical Socialist Party gave a brilliant speech before the Congress of Deputies, Continue reading “She Waited Long Enough – Clara Campoamor”

She Waited Long Enough – Manuela Sáenz

The majority of South Americans could certainly understand whom you are talking about if you mention the nicknames ‘Manuelita’ o ‘Libertadora’. Unfortunately, while European and American political ‘heroes’ of the past are worldwide known, few of those who made important contributions to the history of the southern hemisphere are likewise famous in northern countries. Manuela Saénz is considered one of the main heroes of the Latin American independence. Her figure has been ignored and denigrated for almost a century, and only in recent years she was given the attention that such a complex and multifaceted character deserves. Continue reading “She Waited Long Enough – Manuela Sáenz”

She Waited Long Enough – Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė

Feminism is a somewhat infamous term. One of the primary reasons is lack of public awareness what this word stands for. Many Conservatives in Lithuania would align it with Valerie Solanas adherents, while some might even thing it is just an invention of the recent times. In fact, very few famous people have vocally supported feminism here. On the contrary, there is the opposite tendency, – for instance, a female lead-singer of a Lithuanian band „Liūdni slibinai“ has to the disappointment of Lithuanian feminists fiercely denied “allegations of feminism” that were incited by her satirical song critical of Continue reading “She Waited Long Enough – Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė”

She Waited Long Enough – Opening Piece : Interview with Karolina Leakovic, PES Women Vice-President and former candidate for SDP Croatia Leader

As many as seven candidates participated in recent SDP Croatia leadership elections – three women included. One of them, PES Women Vice-President Karolina Leakovic, was perceived as one of the most progressive candidates, and the only that openly labeled herself as feminist. However, her candidacy was not successful – she got merely 1,2% of members’ votes. Nevertheless, within current Croatian mainstream political landscape, SDP Leadership elections were the example of an open and much needed debate on social democratic values and challenges for the movement ahead.  Continue reading “She Waited Long Enough – Opening Piece : Interview with Karolina Leakovic, PES Women Vice-President and former candidate for SDP Croatia Leader”

The man who wasn’t Kerensky

The Russian revolution began in February 1917; the old regime led by the czar collapsed and was replaced by a provisional government. The period after was one of great social and political instability. Alexander Kerensky was one of the most notorious politicians of this revolutionary period; he was minister of justice of the first provisional government and he led the second provisional government from July to November. The Kerensky government was in the end overthrown by the bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin during the October Revolution. Continue reading “The man who wasn’t Kerensky”