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We are preparing to launch a Feminist Futures Research Center at UCSB. In this context, we invite you to an international symposium that features dialogue that unites scholars from the global south and bridges generational divides.
This event will explore contemporary feminist concerns and map the future of gender and sexuality in India, Tunisia and Mexico. Our guests will reveal how feminism is advancing in these three countries in light of stunning recent developments: In 2018 the Supreme Court of India abolished Penal Code 377, thereby decriminalizing homosexuality and reflecting the momentum of new trans and sex-worker movements, and a massive women's mobilization against gender violence. Also last year, Tunisia launched the presidential report of the Council for Individual Liberties and Freedoms (COLIBE), forged by feminist movements in the wake of the 2010-2011 Tunisian Revolution. This report (and the eruption of activism accompanying it) aimed to decriminalize homosexuality, abortion, and maybe sex work, and committed to profoundly rethinking misogynist personal-status codes. Also in 2018, Mexico elected a new president, López Obrador, and a congress dominated by the MORENA party that promised to speed through a policy package of gender justice, sexuality rights, and indigenous sovereignties -- a promise they may disavow. These inspiring occurrences pushed back against global trends towards populism and patriarchy.