Came home today from Nordic Forum 2014, a huge feminist forum. It has been four days full of seminars on different topics. We were 8 representatives from Athena that went there. I met amazing people, for me heroes in the feminist fight. I met, amongst a lot of other people, Gudrun Schyman, spokesperson for the Feminist Initiative Party, Michaela Larsson, who bloggs a lot on the topic of feminism, Tiffany Kronlöf, amazing artist who also appears on the online-show Full Patte etc. It was really cool and they were all so sweet and nice people.
We as Athena interviewed a lot of people, celebrities and others that attended the forum for an upcoming project. So exciting!
The trip to Malmö has given us very much. We have developed as humans and learned a lot. But even if it mostly was fantastic we left the forum not quite as happy as we had hoped. “Feminism, anti-racism go hand in hand, it’s a fight that should be fought together” has been repeated like a mantra throughout the weekend, an inclusive feminism has been advocated in four days time. But none of us could fail to notice that there was a great lack of transgender perspective issues and the speakers consisted too much of white people. There were also large gaps when it came to disabled people.
At the closing ceremony Solveig Horne, from the Fremskrittspartiet, entered the stage. It is a Norwegian Party that is a racist and fascist party that at the last election was mandated in the Norwegian government. Solveig Horne is Norway’s Gender Equality minister and has spoken out very QTBH-hostile and said that rape victims should take their own responsibility. Solveig Horne’s involvement in a feminist forum is just one more example where fascism gets its own seat in the public parlor. This did upset us deeply but also motivated us, motivated us to continue and show us that we still have a very long way to go. When such a serious forum has such major flaws, it tells us so much about that the word “intersectionality” means nothing without action.