Intersectional Feminisim

Intersectional feminist organizing in Lebanon are facing multiple crises, including the collapsed economy and financial sector, as well as the systemic injustices that were exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges have disproportionately affected vulnerable communities, including women, migrant domestic workers, Syrian refugees, and Palestinians living in Lebanon. Moreover, their work and bodies have been made invisible by the capitalist extractivist modes of production, while the systems of power have scapegoated them as the reason behind the crisis, targeting public attention towards them, one community after the other, instead of the failure of the neoliberal state. Existing groups and structures of organizing have been struggling to manage their limited and declining resources while at the same time, supporting increasingly marginalized communities. Moreover, organizers have been facing manufactured & unprecedented backlash from society, due to engineered moral panic by formal institutions such as the state, as well as right-wing groups backed by state members. Feminist organizers, in particular, have been accused of threatening Lebanese society, family values, and smaller identity-based groups. These moral panics now stand against tangible solidarity action. Despite these challenges, organizers remain committed to reaching across movements and communities to challenge the status quo and build systems of mutual care and support, as well as networks of safety and collective action. These collective efforts aim to dismantle systems of patriarchy, capitalism, heteronormativity, and economic and ecological crises, drawing a line that connects all injustices. In Lebanon's complex socio-political landscape, feminist interventions are critical. This program is a space for feminist activists and networks to develop tools and knowledge to deconstruct the current socio-economic system. It focuses mainly on three pillars: feminist film screenings, sessions (panels, discussions, seminars, workshops), and publications (analytical texts, comics, research, and opinion pieces).