writing by renee

This article can be read in Turkish here.

For Grace and Pala Molisa, though it may not do you justice.

On the surface of things, it appears that New Zealand has a thriving feminist movement. Several thousand women marched on the day of Trump’s inauguration in 2016, liberal feminist platform Ace Lady Network has over 4,000 followers online, mainly local; and public figures from the Herald‘s Lizzie Marvelly to the Green Party’s Jan Logie wear the label “feminist” with pride. But since it is the course of all liberation movements to be appropriated for profit and palatable popularity – something with which to gain votes and sell papers – could popular feminism in New Zealand be a mirage? Or do we truly have an organised women’s movement here, committed to ending male violence?

It is perhaps a question of accountability: the project of women’s liberation has always placed…

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