New World Summit—Rojava, part I
16-17 Oct. 2015, Dêrik, Canton Cizîrê, Rojava
VI Social Ecology
Feminist Initiative (F!)
Revolutionary Abdullah Öcalan describes the model of stateless democracy as a step towards a new “ecology of freedom.” With the term ecology he refers to the importance to defend and protect our natural environment, but also to an ecology of social relations. Öcalan’s conviction is that stateless democracy as a self-governing society that enforces gender equality and develops communal forms of economy can change the very ecology of human relations. Öcalan’s proposes to move from the paradigm of capitalist modernity to what he refers to as democratic modernity.
Feminist Initiative (Feministiskt initiativ, FI) is a feminist political party in Sweden formed in 2005. While the government of Sweden claims to have made gender equality into one of its key objective’, FI has continued to emphasize the deeply engrained culture of patriarchy in all spheres of social life. The party further considers feminist politics as the crucial approach to a variety of political and social issues, and emphasizes the importance of solidarity with minorities, refugees and opposition to racism. The party defends an open border policy in the European Union, demands demilitarization and a control mechanism throughout the European Union to protect citizens from violence and (sexual) exploitation.
Feminist Initiative demands gender equality in all aspects of life, both in the domain of political representation as well as labor and social life. The party further strives for a feminist ecology, which relates both to the changing of the ecology of social relations within society as well as the protection of nature and the fighting of climate change. Feminist Initiative holds seats in many municipalities of Sweden as well as in the European parliament.
Katerin Mendez is a Member of the Malmö City Council for Feminist Initiative. She further works as a social worker and high school councillor.
The New World Summit: Rojava, part I took place in the cultural centre Tev-Cand in Dêrik, canton Cizîrê, Rojava on 16-17 October 2015. The summit was chaired by Judy Osse. Katrin Mendez' lecture was translated by Ciwan Mirzo.