Monthly Archives: May 2016

Greek Youth Political Goals

Founded in 2013, SYRIZA Youth is a member of the European Network of Democratic Young Left that advocates socialism, feminism, and anti-racism. A one-third quota for women members in SYRIZA Youth. A student at the university of Athens, Aris Spourdalakis explained their goals were first and foremost to end corruption and then to find a more fair tax system, to end privatization of industries like mining, and encourage cooperative economic ventures.[i] Like many other Greeks, they would like to remain in the EU. The youth wing tries to pressure the government to address unpopular issues like human rights of prisoners, immigrants and GLBT people.

[i] Sharmini Peries, “Youth of SYRIZA,” The Real News Network, April 7, 2015.

Kids Sue US Gov for climate recovery plan

Victoria Barrett, age 16, joined 20 other young people in suiting the US government to take science-based action to develop a science-based “climate recovery plan.” Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein call it the most important lawsuit in the world. Barrett explained,


People label our generation as dreamers, but hope is not the only tool we have. I am young, I am a teenager, and I want to have fun, and be creative, and hang out with my friend. I want to do what I love and live a life full of opportunities. I want the generation that follows to have the same and I absolutely refuse to let our government’s harmful action, corporate greed and the pure denial of climate science get in the way of that.[i]


Ecofeminism (2014) is discussed in a book of that name by Second Wave feminists Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva. The authors represent the global North (Germany) and South (India). The authors co-founded Diverse Women for Diversity to save the environment. A main ecofeminist concept is that domination of women and nature is similar and that patriarchy undergirds capitalism; in turn ecofeminism is criticized

[i] James Conca, “Federal Judge Rules on Climate Change in Favor of Today’s Children, Forbes Magazine, April 10, 2016.

strategy for adolescent girls

The US was the first country to organize a Strategy for Adolescent Girls, launched by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016. The International Center for Research on Women, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Girls Not Brides lobbied for the policy. Kerry explained, “This plan brings together resources and expertise from all of the agencies [USAID, Peace Corps, etc.]” The State Department planned to focus on laws and polices such as insuring that girls go to school, and ending child marriage and genital mutilation.

Latin American Speak Out about Sexual Harassment

Over the past few days, the Twitter hashtag #MiPrimerAcoso (“My First Assault”) has accumulated tweets from tens of thousands of women relating harrowing testimonies of their first – and often not their last – experiences with sexual harassment.

This conversation began on social networks in support of a nationwide protest against sexist violence, called “Vivas Nos Queremos [2]” (“We Want Us Alive”), that was held in several cities throughout Mexico on April 24, 2012.

Online the movement hasn’t been limited to people in Mexico, and women from other Latin American countries have also dared to share their painful experiences.

¿Cuándo y cómo fue tu primer acoso? Hoy a partir de las 2pmMX usando el hashtag #MiPrimerAcoso [3]. Todas tenemos una historia, ¡levanta la voz!

— (e)stereotipas (@e_stereotipas) April 23, 2016 [4]

When and what was your first encounter with sexual harassment? Today from 2pm (Mexican time) use the hashtag #MiPrimerAcoso. We all have a story, speak out!