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A Reading in Ecofeminism and the Arab World
Islam Khatib (Wiki Gender)

Saturday 22 May 2021 | 6pm Amman time

We live today amid a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions, and any hope to transform the current reality is vanishing with the escalation of apocalyptic scenarios and their many manifestations; from forest fires to a virus that throws the entire world into quarantine. In this context, we decided to work on the topic of Ecofeminism and expand our conceptual tools in Arabic, to delve deeper into the various environmental issues, the unjust distribution of the earth's wealth, and the ways in which this relates to women in their diverse identities and lived experiences. We also seek to shed light on the different methodologies of organising in light of the incumbent environmental catastrophe.

We believe that the current  political moment can be used to revisit the roots and history of global ecofeminist theory and ecofeminist movements and to reflect on our regional reality and issues to chart a path that we can draw lessons from today. Ecofeminism is an expansive and spirituality-rooted school of thought. Therefore, we developed the Ecofeminist Webpage to include a timeline showing the development of Ecofeminist thought, departing from theology to literature and finally to the embodiment of various Ecofeminist schools of thought in socio-political movements around the world from the late 1950s to this day. We conclude our research with our regional ecological realities and issues.

How can we understand our new reality from an Ecofeminist perspective? How do we envision moving forward?

Wiki Gender is a regional participatory platform producing feminist open knowledge on gender and women issues in Arabic, works in a cumulative, ever-evolving manner, and is open to include interested people. In addition to knowledge production, we are working on archiving written, visual, or audio content produced by others in our fields of interest. We also translate selected texts and papers on gender and feminism into Arabic. The content we're interested in includes concepts and terminology, films, songs, visual arts, books, people, incidents and issues, and campaigns and organizations working in the field.