Feminist icons of tomorrow – OZY

In a week when women’s rights in America Once again at the center of the national conversation, we examine the women who dedicate their lives to breaking down barriers and advocating for rights not just in the United States, but around the world.

From Kyrgyzstan to South Korea to Chile, important new players are taking a stand against bride kidnapping, racism and a host of entrenched and outdated societal norms.

So read on to meet the next Greta Thunbergs, Malala Yousafzais and AOC, the future feminist icons you must know!

– From Kate Bartlett’s report

American activists

1 – Allie Knight Young

This barrier-breaking Native American activist on horseback shows how a new generation of Millennial and Gen Z women are tackling neglected social justice issues in America. voting in last year’s presidential election with her ‘Ride to the Polls’ campaign, but when the community became one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, she implemented Protect the sacred, an organization aimed at educating the people of Dine about the virus. This year, Redhorse Young helped vaccine deployment in the reservation – a huge hit compared to much of the rest of America, with about 70% of the nation now inoculated. No wonder she was recently invited to meet the Vice President Kamala harris to talk about electoral restrictions. Could Young one day be the Navajo Nation’s very first female president or the next Deb Haaland?

2 – Isra hirsi

You probably haven’t heard of her, but you certainly know her famous mom, the flamboyant MP Ilhan Omar. Passionate about social justice, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but the 18-year-old girl becomes a force to be reckoned with. Hirsi is one of the co-founders of the US Youth Climate Strike movement, motivated by the idea that climate change “Is the fight of my generation”. While focusing on the environment, the teenager – who grew up in the Somali community of Minneapolis – is also a Black Lives Matter activist. Omar’s eldest child is a regular at TIC Tac, where she denounces capitalism and injustice, sometimes showing her mother in her videos. Hirsi says her mother piqued her interest in politics by taking her to a protest when she was in first grade. The progressive congressional women’s “Squad” group that includes Omar has made inroads into the Democratic Party in recent years, but could Hirsi be its future?

3 – Asian Brown

Texan promotion major Paxton Smith’s speech denouncing the state’s new abortion laws went viral last May. But there is another pro-choice activist you may not know. Prior to the passage of Texas law, Mississippi was the most restrictive state in the country and currently only has an abortion clinic in operation. Even this isolated outpost is a regular target for anti-abortion activists. But Asia Brown is someone who doesn’t sit down. The 20-year-old is the only black volunteer patient escort at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization and is keenly aware of how the state’s racist past is still present in its abortion laws, which primarily affect poor black women who cannot travel out of state to obtain termination. The feminist studies student, who returned to Jackson from the University of Atlanta due to the pandemic, hopes to continue volunteering in Georgia and has also started a popular campaign with her sister to distribute free health products to people. women in need.

Women of the world

1 – South Africa: Zulaikha Patel

The 19-year-old Pretoria, half-black, half-Indian, made headlines in South Africa when, at just 13, she staged massive protests against her high school’s racist policy of banning black female students to wear their hair in natural styles like the afros. Hair and body positivity are issues that are dear to Patel’s heart and earlier this year she published an illustrated children’s book titled My curly hair in a crown, which she hopes will show young African girls that naturalness is also beautiful. In addition, the teenager has a very famous celebrity admirer: Angelina Jolie. “I think you are a very strong and interesting woman,” the Grave robber star said Patel in a recent interview with the activist organized by Amnesty International and the Mail and Guardian newspaper. The Rainbow Nation has never had a woman president. Could Patel change that?

2 – Kyrgyzstan: Altyn Kapalova

She fights against Ala Kachuu or “take and run”, the secular practice of his country in Central Asia bride kidnapping. Kapalova wears several hats: she is a university researcher, activist, artist and children’s writer. “A happy marriage begins with crying,” says a Kyrgyz proverb, and it certainly does. thousands of women who are kidnapped every year, raped and forced into marriage against their will. After the brutal murder of one of these wives, Kapalova organized the Feminine, the country’s first exhibition of feminist art in a museum in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The event turned out to be so controversial that it sparked protests and she received threats, but the mother of three is not put off. “Our world has been patriarchal for centuries, “she explains.” These standards take us away from the reality that everyone is equal and has the same rights. “

3 – India: Nodeep Kaur

If women are still second-class citizens almost everywhere, imagine the difficulty of being both a woman and a woman. Dalit – a member of the “lowest” caste of India. Kaur, a factory worker state of Punjab in his early twenties, did not have to. She was just trying to claim her rights during a demonstration in January when she was arrested, tortured and sexually assaulted. Kaur was part of a workers’ union and had repeatedly protested to get what she and others owed from the glass factory where she worked. She had also participated separately in the great farmers’ protests which almost brought the world’s largest democracy to its knees and has been going on for over a year. Kaur was later released on bail, but not before she caught the attention of Meena Harris, the niece of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who tweeted her support. Unable to find work after his release, Kaur decided to become dedicated activist in solidarity with the agricultural demonstrators, saying: “I want to create a system where the child of a worker does not have to become a worker.

Fierce feminist collectives

1 – South Korea: Haeil

The name of this organization translates to “tsunami. “And that’s practically what provokes the feminist group, founded only last June, in this rich but patriarchal country. Its members are all cut your hair in short, disregarding sexist beauty ideals and fighting against crimes like “sperm terrorismWhere men ejaculate on a woman’s belongings. And just as Susan Faludi predicted in the 1990s, Haeil and other feminist groups in South Korea are now facing challenges. backlash. Aggressive “human rights groups” are growing in the country and making your average incel troll look practically adorable. One of these groups is The new male solidarity movement, whose members show up at protests to threaten protesters in Haeil and also use doxxing to intimidate them online. “They think … we are a threat to tradition,” says Haeil founder Kim Ju-hee.

2 – Chile: LasTesis

Ever since Los Angeles rap group NWA spoke out against police brutality in the late 1980s, hasn’t a song on the subject made so much noise? Remember the “The rapist on your way“Or” The Rapist is You “slogans that went viral in 2019? LasTesis is the South American performance art group responsible for feminist singing that has quickly spread around the world, from London and Los Angeles in Kenya. Members of the group blindfolded and danced in front of the Supreme Court building in Santiago, the capital of Chile, to protest against the way female demonstrators were treated by the police. The group has since collaborated with Russians Pussy Riot on a follow-up song protesting police violence. Chilean law enforcement officials responded with sue the group for “inciting violence”, although the charges were dropped earlier this year. The collective declared on its website that the Chilean authorities “want us to in the kitchen, confined to the boredom of the domestic, to the private sphere, reduced to silence, invisible. The new song, which reads: “And it wasn’t my fault where I was or how I dressed,” was shared widely on Twitter in September by mexican women before the historic Supreme Court ruling on abortion in this country.

3 – Russia: Pussy Riot

Think about these neon balaclava punks are a thing of the past? Think again. The group first gained international notoriety after performing a song denouncing the Russian Orthodox Church and President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral in 2012. Two of the members of the collective, Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, thus served. two years in prison. But now they’re back and angrier than ever, with Alyokhina again in court recently for encouraging protests in support of Putin’s jailed critic. Alexei Navalny. Several other members of the group were stopped this year. Meanwhile, Pussy Riot doesn’t just focus on political issues at home, with several of the group having traveled. in Texas in October to participate in the Dallas Reproduction Liberation March.

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