11 Apr 2019

First transnational assembly of feminist movement opposing the far-right 

Global feminist groups from the "Non una di meno" grassroots initiative met in Verona to forge a formalized network centered on their fight against femicide, discrimination, gender violence and attacks by the alt-right.

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Why this story matters:

 “Ni una menos” (Not one less) was the watchword in Argentina during the 2015 wave of protests against feminicide and it has later become the motto uniting several feminist demonstrations in Poland, France, the US, Italy and many other countries. Recently, 400 members of the grassroots movement from all over the world met in Verona. Up until now, there has been only individual contact between activists in different countries.

This represents an important step to build a more formal network. The issues uniting them are not only femicide, but also discrimination, gender violence and the attacks of the alt-right, which "happen repeatedly all over the world". The gathering took place the day after the march against the World Congress of Families, which was organized by Non una di meno and counted more than 30.000 people.  

"We are not willing to compromise anymore; we are not here to resist, but to change the status quo" emphasized one of the movement's members, Francesca Milan.

Details from the story:

  • The “Non una di meno” meeting had dozens of speakers, including Marta Dillon, the founder of the original Argentinian group
  • The presence of activists from Polonia, Russia and Bielorussia was high, in contrast with the active participation of their government representatives to the World Congress of Families
  • The assembly opened a discussion on possible political representation of the movement 
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