Central European Feminist Summer School
Central European Feminist Summer School
The project aims to share fundamental theoretical knowledge about feminist issues, there is a need for a platform which is accessible and inclusive to those with practical experience who do not come from an academic background and have fewer opportunities. The project would allow these young people the opportunity to exchange skills and knowledge with other young feminists active in their own country and in the partner countries to strengthen feminist networks in the region.
You can expect workshops, new friendships and professional connections, as well as delightful evening activities, all in a non-formal international environment. We are going to touch upon topics such as feminist vs feminine art, history of women suffrage or share some practical tips and tricks on your activism and campaining. Since we operate on an "equal with equal" basis you are also expected to bring your knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to co-create this whole experience with us ;)
A number of excellent feminist experts participate in the Central European Feminist School. You will be able to meet them personally, discuss interesting feminist topics and participate in their workshops. One of those experts is:
Zuzana Pešťanská is a social anthropologist-researcher with rich experiences in women's rights and feminist activism. Besides her cooperation with Slovak-Czech Women's Fund as a program coordinator, she is working as an independent researcher outside academy. Her professional interests are varied but could be covered by four terms: morality, relations of power, narratives and technologies. In the long term she has been participated in the projects that aim to support and enhance women's sexual and reproductive rights and health and activism of Roma women in Slovakia.
👉👉👉Her workshop: Dance for Yourself, Dance for Your Community
The intention of this workshop is to reflect on the importance of feminist organizing for thriving communities and their development. The workshop is divided into two parts. In the first part we will explore the cornerstones of the feminist organizing through the stories and intuitive dance: our creativity, sense of freedom, and joy from the self-expression will become tools to further courage to trust and support others and to display empathy and solidarity. In the second part we will continue in creative work. After a short discussion about what makes community thriving and what kind of development is good for diverse communities we live in, the participants will work in smaller groups (4-6 people). Their task will be to prepare a community project proposal and present it to all participants. Dramatized presentation (e.g. theatrical dance, role-play, pantomime) of the projects will be optional.
The workshop draws from an idea that art can feed the activism and work as a platform in support of women's rights and gender equality. Since there are many images, sounds and stories that are often left out the dominant/mainstream narratives, the workshop will be an opportunity to explore both the individual and collective power of expression for social change.
dr Sławomira Walczewska, philosoper, feminist activist, author. She is co-founder of the Women's Foundation eFKa (in 1991) and member of its board. She was editor-in-cheef of the feminist magazine "Pełnym Głosem" (In Full Voice, 1993-1997) and co-editor of the feminist magazine "Zadra" (1999-2018) Her book about the history of the women's emancipation in Poland was partially published in Slovak, Ukrainian and Italian and fully in German: "Damen, Ritter und Feministinnen. Zum Frauenrechtsdiskurs in Polen", Harrasoviz 2015. Currently, she is involved in the issue of the feminist adult education in the Feminist Institute of Research and Education, www.efka.org.pl/fibe, and collaborating with organisations and universities interested.
👉👉👉Her workshop: Jump Over the Walls. Historic-biographical workshop on feminism.
The participants of the workshop will learn about history of women's emancipation by exhanging their knowledge about the women's emancipation in their countries and in Europa. They will also reflect the interconnections between their own biograpy and the history of the feminism in Europe.
The workshop is highly interactive.
Mgr. et Mgr. Katerina Hodicka has been involved in various types of projects run by GIC NORA (in the role of a trainer, gender expert or project director). Katerina served as a director of GIC NORA for eight years (2011-2018). Nowadays she acts as a senior expert in the organisation.
In the period 2016-2018 Katerina represented the Czech Women´s Lobby on the board of the European Women´s Lobby (EWL). She is still active in working structures of the EWL. Since 2016 Katerina has been a board member of the Czech Women´s Lobby, currently she is its vice president.
Katerina´s special interest is the topic of gender pay gap. She is involved in the activities of the project "22 % TO EQUALITY" focusing on the topic of equal pay between men and women and run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic. In 2019 she also contributed as a national expert to the comparative study of the European Commission on equal pay.
👉👉👉With her workshop: Gender pay gap
Gender pay gap is a fascinating and complex phenomenon that has no simple solution. It combines in itself, as a matter of fact, several underlying causes. In addition to gender stereotypes, the causes include e.g. an unequal position of women and men in the labour market or in the field of homecare and family care. In consequence, fighting gender pay gap successfully requires joint efforts in many fields.
An interactive workshop will last 90 minutes. Firstly participants will be acquainted with basic data on gender pay gap in a European Union context. Then in group discussions the participants will compare situations in their respective countries and attempt to identify possible solutions to the problem of gender pay gap.
Ms Réka Sáfrány has been working as a feminist activist and a gender expert since 2004, she is currently chair of the Hungarian Women's Lobby (HWL) board member of the European Women's Lobby (EWL). Through her work in these umbrella organizations, she aims to unite aspects of feminist activism, research and lobbying in order to represent women's interests. She is especially interested in the topics of women's political participation, gender-fair media, policy responses to violence against women and the situation of women in prisons.
With professional experience in teaching as well, she finds it important to get involved in a dialogue and a mutual learning process with younger generations interested in feminism. She holds MA degrees in Gender Studies and English and German Literature and Linguistics and plays music for a hobby.
With her workshop:
👉👉👉"Be critical, communicate for equality!"
The workshop will involve participants in a 3-step interactive learning process: First we'll find out how to analyse media from a critical gender perspective. Then we'll learn some of the tricks of how to write/report in the media in a gender-fair way. Finally, we'll try our hand in different approaches and ways of using the media for feminist activism. By the end of the workshop, there is no guarantee that you will see the media through the same lens again. :)
👉👉👉"Listen to me now... - Feminist public speaking workshop"
Whether or not we have a natural gift for talking confidently in front of people, we all have something important to say and worth listening to! In this interactive workshop you will get a chance to talk about issues that matter to you in a safe, supportive environment. We will look at and try out the well-established tricks of the trade of public speaking and go through the most important principles of how to frame your messages - so that when you get the chance, you will be able to deliver your world-changing feminist speech!
MgA. Bc. Eva Lukešová - During her studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the BUT and the Faculty of Social Studies at MU she joined the non-governmental non-profit organization Nora, where she started her professional career. After two years as a PR manager, she became director of the organization (2019).
In 2017, her interest in fine art and gender issues was reflected in artistic research on gender disproportion at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology. She is also a founding member of the H.Art Humanist-Art Initiative, which has been active at this faculty since 2017.
Her works of art include the themes of corporeality, migration, virtuality and other areas of social anthropology and gender studies: https://afs.ffa.vutbr.cz/student/eva-lukesova/.
👉👉👉 With her workshop: Gender and fine arts
Her workshop focuses on fine art. Artists often reflected social situations through paintings and sculptures. This makes it possible to notice the change in the perception of men and women and their roles in certain historical contexts. The workshop group will be inspired by famous paintings and will create their own version / paraphrase that reflects or criticizes gender stereotypes, heteronormative, beauty standards, etc. The goal is to create a live scene of people and things and resemble a selected image. The output is a feminist photo with a brief description of your concept.
Mgr. Zuzana Fellegi, M.A, LL.M.
Ms. Fellegi is a lawyer and a lecturer at the Anglo-American University in Prague. She studied in the Muhlenberg College, USA; the Humboldt University, Berlin; and the Sciences-Po and l´ENA, Paris. She previously worked for the European Commission and the Slovak Government in the field of Justice and Human Rights and cooperated with numerous organizations including the UN, OECD and OSCE. Through her studies and work in different countries, Ms. Fellegi attained considerable cross-cultural experience and is fluent in seven languages. She specializes in human rights, gender issues and European law and politics; and she is a member of the Czech Gender Expert Chamber, the International Sociological Association and the European Consortium for Political Research.
With her workshop:
👉👉👉 The Istanbul Convention - Potentials and Challenges
The Istanbul Convention is an important international treaty preventing violence against women and domestic violence which was already ratified by 34 European countries. The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are some of last countries delaying its ratification. Even though Poland is a party to the Convention already, it currently debates its termination. The aim of our workshop is to analyze and to discuss innovations and advantages of this treaty as well as problems connected with its ratification in the context of raising conservativism and populism in Central Europe. The workshop will be interactive and participants will be invited to exchange opinions and experiences from their respective countries and look for suitable solutions in terms of building local alliances, increasing PR coverage, providing expert explanations, but also making the topic understandable to the broad public. Overall, the workshop will provide understanding of the fundamentals of the Convention and the anti-Convention discourse, as well as practical tips for argumentation and the PR work. Basic preliminary information on the topic can be found here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/istanbul-convention/home; https://rm.coe.int/prems-122418-gbr-2574-brochure-questions-istanbul-convention-web-16x16/16808f0b80; https://czlobby.cz/en/zpravy/violence-against-women; https://www.tojerovnost.cz/cs/istanbulska-umluva-domaci-nasili-v-cr; https://www.vlada.cz/assets/ppov/rovne-prilezitosti-zen-a-muzu/Aktuality/Rozbor-dopadu-Istanbulske-umluvy_1.pdf.
Bc. Michaela Pokutová studies gender at Charles University in Prague. She is a feminist and activist with various interrests in different political fights (social, squatting, environmental). She is former member of the collective of Autonomous Social Center Klinika and is currently active in a radical-left group Kolektiv 115. The feminist group of K115 focuses on reproduction rights and body autonomy, and their defence against the anti-abortion movement.
👉👉👉With her workshop: My Body, My Choice?
In the last few years we have been witnessing a new wave of conservativism moving across the countries of the former Eastern Bloc: this wave that has united the far-right with Christian fundamentalists and anti-feminists brought with itself attacks on abortion laws and various homophobic referenda on marriage or family.
The workshop My Body, My Choice tracks connections between the concepts of body autonomy, sexual rights, and reproductive rights and relates them to the existing legislatives in V4 countries. We will be tracing the dangers posed by the anti-abortion movement and discuss the strategies of defending the rights to our bodies.The workshop is a collective work of the feminist group of Kolektiv 115.
Anna Urbańczyk - trainer and activist from Poland, conducting hundreds of training hours a year, working with NGOs, informal groups, institutions, universities. Works in Polish and English language. A member of The Anti-discrimination Education Association. More information on: www.warsztatyrownosciowe.pl
During the WenDo workshop women and girls learn how to react to violence and various forms of border crossing. They strengthen their sense of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-agency. WenDo as a method of mental self-defence teaches you the effective ways to communicate and express your own needs, emotions, opinions. This helps to resolve conflicts, to overcome stereotypes and fears, guilt and shame.
You do not need any strength or extraordinary dexterity. Every woman is capable of learning how to defend herself.
WenDo means 'Women's Path'. WenDo is a method of self-defence and assertiveness created by women for women. It combines both mental and physical self-defence. What makes it different from traditionally understood self-defence class is the component of improving assertive communication skills. It is the only self-defence method that considers gender and feminist perspective. In the socio-political context it helps to sensitize and to identify cases of discrimination and violence based on sex, colour, disability, sexual orientation and others. It gives the opportunity to reflect on your own socialization, socially imposed norms and roles.
More information on: www.wendo.ca/our-story/
- sociologist, focusing on gender dimension of social and political transition in Poland, published a study on this subject Płeć zmiany (UŁ, 2013, 2017), member of Interdisciplinary Gender Seminar (CEIN UŁ), and co-editor of feminist books series published by Univeritiy of Łódź.
With her workshop:
👉👉👉Gender, reproductive rights, LGBT issues and far-right in Central and East Europe
Workshop will focus on gender, reproductive and LGBT issues in the process of transition in Central and East European countries, once members of East bloc. It will cover both communist and post-communist period, and view process of democratization through gender lenses and will focus on reproductive rights - key symbol of 'democratisation without women' or de-democratisation. Two cases of transition will be discussed: Romania, that abandoned its harsh ban on abortion after the fall of Ceauçescu regime, and Poland, that introduced almost total ban on abortion after few years since beginning of democratic transition. Also new phenomena, like no-abortion zones in Belarus will be mentioned, and the role of anti-abortion movements in the region. As the anti-abortion movements are also involved in anti-gender and anti-LGBT activities, this aspect will be also taken into account.
Moreover, the workshop will include research observations from Poland and some neighbouring countries concerning the hidden actors of those movements and their role in strengthening of far-right.
Thanks to the workshop format, participants will be able to share their knowledge and experience in this field. Apart of group discussion, workshop will also use showing two fragments of a movie/TV series and presentation of photos documenting pro-choice and anti-choice street and media activis.
Mgr. Kristína Papcunová is PhD student of sociology at Charles University in Prague. In her PhD thesis, Kristína studies the question of how women develop their collective feminist identification and deal with gender injustice in order to overcome obstacles and achieve social change.
👉👉👉Workshop: Making Feminist Zine, Empowering Feminist Identity
The process of making zine is highly creative and empowering: no rules - no wrong or right way to do it. Generally, zines are collages of various images, statements and texts. As one of the extension of activism, zines are giving voice to marginalized groups as an alternative to the traditional media. Through this creative process of producing your own handwritten zine, you can reflect your feminist identity and express yourself without censoring. For example, you can share your own feminist manifesto, poetry, drawing, your inspirations - your imagination is the only limit. Reflect your journey as feminist through visualization of own experience and enjoy producing your own DIY publication - booklet about your feminist identity.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.
Project coordinator: Eva Lukešová