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Defending Our Dreams

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Acknowledgements Foreword - Peggy Antrobus Introduction 1. 'You're Either With Us or Against Us': The Challenge of Increasing Political Polarization in the 21st Century for Young Feminists' - Suzan M. Pritchett 2. Channelling Discourse, Effecting Change: Young Women and Sexual Rights - Aziza Ahmed 2. From Tragedy and Injustice to Rights and Empowerment: Accountability in the Economic Realm - Alison Symington 3. Seeking Techno-Justice - Ann Elisabeth S. Samson 4. Smokescreen or Solution: GMOs and Food Insecurity - Haidee Swanby with Shamillah Wilson 5. 'You'll Know What We are Talking About When You Grow Older': [A Critique of] Purity, Sovereignty and Trafficking in Nepal - Sushma Joshi 6. From Orphaned China Dolls to Long Distance Daughters: A Call for Solidarity Across Borders - Indigo Williams Willing 7. Imaging Women's Well-Being: Perspectives on Poverty Eradication - Anasuya Sengupta 9. Reflections on the World Social Forum: A Space for Alternative Engagement? - Mar a Alejandra Scampini 10. Rooting Out Injustice: Discussions with Radical Young Women in Toronto, Canada - Jennifer Plyler 11. International Criminal Court: Answering the Question of Women! - Zakia Afrin and Amy Schwartz 12. Cyber Girls: Hello ? Are You Out There? - Kristy Evans 13. Women's Whispers: Notes on Hysteria and Loving Commitment - Gabriela Malaguera Gonzalez 14. We exist! Voice of Male Feminists - Dean Peacock 15. Separation Anxiety: The Schisms and Schemas of Media Advocacy - Paromita Vohra 16. Moving the Personal to the Political: Personal Struggles as a Basis for Advocacy - Salma Maoulidi 17. Feminist Leadership for Feminist Futures - Shamillah Wilson Editors and Contributors List of Acronyms Index

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Shamillah Wilson works for the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). She is involved in a number of regional organisations in South Africa concerned with youth, women and sexual health. Anasuya Sengupta is co-ordinator of a UNICEF project in Karnataka, India, working on violence against women and children. Kristy Evans was an intern with AWID, and is now studying public health at the University of Cape Town. The contributors are researchers and activists on gender, health and human rights issues.


'Leading the way to the future, this multi-cultural collection of the voices of young feminists illuminates the issues that are or will be in the crucible of feminist struggles to come. It also shows us both how the lives of women have and have not changed in the past few decades. A lively and thought provoking read -- a must for anyone concerned with the future as seen through the wisdom of young women activists today' - Charlotte Bunch, Centre for Women's Global Leadership 'This book represents the most powerful, eloquent and thought-provoking collection I've seen in a long time. It brings together a poetic, jarring, often painful chorus of voices together. These are not naive, headstrong young women with blinders on; they are experienced, committed and thoughtful activists whose challenges are complex. Each of the writers in this book brings a rare and sparkling truth to the table - what we, who read, choose to do with this truth is our choice; these young women have done their job.' - Sisonke Msimang 'Is 'young feminist' an oxymoron in a time that some people like to call post-feminist? This book challenges 'in the box' thinking while addressing a range of issues old and new. Its energy, thoughtfulness and honesty invigorate, even if they discomfort. Highly recommended for feminists, old and young, female and male, of whatever stripe, hue, shape or identity!' - Gita Sen, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India

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