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De-patriarchalize organizations ... and militancy

Feminist Commune Ivonne Ríos

Patriarchy is a system of power where the masculine is the center in which social relations, culture, institutions, the economic and political system have historically developed, and is deeply rooted even in the public and private spheres.

Not even people who bet on other possible worlds are exempt from naturalizing and reproducing macho practices.

This is a reality that instead of been hidden, should be part of the daily debates and reflections within our organizations, to develop proposals and forceful actions in order to initially transform our organizational plan.

Women and gender counter-hegemonics expressions should continued to withdraw from organizations, when they are silenced or underestimated because they put on the table the need to incorporate the gender approach and feminism as transversal axes in social struggles and demands.

The same happens when denouncing the machista practices and Violence Based on Gender (VBG) that exist in political arenas and private areas of those who militate and organize themselves. Instead of avoiding these discussions, one must comprehensively understand the expressions of machismo that are naturalized within organizations and it is the duty of revolutionary militancy to question all forms of domination, discrimination and oppression existing within them or in the spaces in which it produces its political incidence.

In addition to recognizing macho practices and listening to those who denounce violence, it is necessary to create spaces where collectively and pedagogically a gender policy proposal is constructed, one that considers this issue as a cross-cutting axis of the formation of all the militancy of political and social organizations.

At the same time, care routes should be designed for those who are victims of (GBV) and, above all, to provide prevention tools, since the main thing is to prevent them from arising.

Faced with the complaints, which are unfortunately growing in the different organizational processes, we are left with a bitter taste in front of the lack of response and rapid attention to these cases, which often revictimize and generate value judgments towards the same victim, replicating the shortcomings of punitive justice, both state and patriarchal.

We must think of different forms of justice and reparation, as proposed in the Peace Agreements, one that is not punitive and does not harm the victim, but on the contrary, repairs, cares, listens and educates; this must be a fundamental part in a comprehensive feminist gender proposal within the organizations.

As must be talking and practicing self-care and co-care among the militancy as a political act of responsibility and revolutionary love, where we not only see ourselves as subjects who organize, debate, mobilize, but also as people who feel, have personal lives and worries, loves and heartbreaks. It is very important for us to understand that to the extent that these are addressed, we will be more comprehensive and consistent with our actions as militants, we will be aware that the personal is also political and that certain practices and discriminative dynamics cannot be part of social and political organizations.

Speaking of VBG within the organizations at no time pretends to forget or marginalize other fundamental flags of our struggle as insurgent feminists, on the contrary, they seek that our processes and organizations advance in the de-patriarchalization of their militants and of the spaces we inhabit, because we understand that patriarchy is intimately linked to capitalism and that building machismo-free organizational spaces is a victory for all against the fascist reality that is spreading around the world.


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