Toward Our Liberation: Women leading anti-imperialist movements


Toward Our Liberation: Women leading anti-imperialist movements

Public Forum
Thursday, March 6, 7pm, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Room FIR 128, Surrey BC
Friday, March 7, 7pm, SFU Harbour Centre Room 1700, Vancouver

-- Why do women here and around the world take up revolutionary struggle?
-- Why is anti-imperialist struggle necessary for the genuine liberation of all women?
-- What can we learn from anti-imperialist revolutionary struggles as incubators for new social relationships, people’s institutions and relations of production in the fight for genuine women’s liberation?
-- How do we as respond to the Canadian state’s attempt to use “women’s rights” to justify imperialist aggression here and around the world?

Join Red Sparks Union for a public panel and discussion of women in the leadership of revolutionary liberation struggles globally and the visions of a just and liberated future we all hope to achieve.


Coni Ledesma: Coni is the international spokesperson for Makibaka revolutionary women's organization of the Philippines and a member of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines negotiating panel, where she also heads the Office for the Protection of Children.

Leila Khaled (Video Message): Palestinian leader Leila Khaled is a member of the Palestinian National Council and has been a prominent figure in the struggle to liberate Palestine since the 1960s. One of the most legendary Palestinian leaders, she is also an embodiment of the leading role of Palestinian women in resisting colonization, occupation and imperialism.

Nahla Abdo: Nahla Abdo is an Arab feminist, political activist and Professor of Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa. She has extensive publications on women, racism, nationalism, and the State in the Middle East, with special focus on Palestinian women.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a tenant farmer and half-Indian mother. Her historical memoir, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie, tells that story. She completed a doctorate in History at UCLA, specializing the colonization of the Western Hemisphere and Indigenous Nations’ histories. Roxanne is Professor Emerita at California State University East Bay where she co-founded the Department of Ethnic Studies.

More speakers TBA.

Endorsed by:
Migrante BC
Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights
South Asian Network on Secularism and Democracy
Canada Palestine Association
Voice of Palestine
Alliance for People's Health