Mi-Ai Parrish, left, and Pardis Mahdavi will discuss what’s next for global women’s rights movements. (photo collage by Hannah Foote)
Learn about global struggles for women’s rights during a virtual program on Monday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m., via Zoom. Featuring Mi-Ai Parrish, managing director for Arizona State University Media Enterprise, and Pardis Mahdavi, dean of social sciences in Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the program titled “Can Women’s Movements Save The World?” will explore the growing success of transnational feminist movements.
For more than a decade, networks of women have shared resources, media expertise and strategies among mass movements worldwide. The transnational work is producing policy breakthroughs and societal shifts, including greater protections for survivors of sexual violence in Guatemala, more reproductive rights and legalized abortion in Chile and Argentina, the decriminalization of homosexuality in India, a crackdown on sexual harassment in South Korea and the Greta Thunberg-inspired youth movement for stronger climate response worldwide.
Parrish and Mahdavi will examine next steps for the movements, especially in many Middle Eastern and African countries where progress for women has been much slower. They will also consider setbacks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and authoritarianism. The program is part of the Zocalo Public Square series.
For information and to register, visit zocalopublicsquare.org/event/can-womens-movements-save-world.