Patriarchal Violence: A systemic war on our bodies part 2

This is our second instalment of Patriarchal Violence: A Systemic War On Our Bodies. This discussion interrogates some of the underlying social, political and economic factors which inform gendered violence.

Violence against women occurs every single day worldwide and in various ways. Narratives of victimisation are often used to account for how women ‘experience violence’. Although some of these accounts might be necessary, it is also important to talk about the underlying social, economic and political factors which inform gendered violence. It is also crucial to talk about various forms of organised resistance by those who oppose these systems of violence, with a particular focus on the role of women in these struggles. The upcoming webinar titled Patriarchal Violence: A systemic war on our bodies seeks to address these issues, including the following themes:

  • various forms of violence against women
  • the relationship between patriarchy, gender and violence at a global scale
  • the historical and current contexts which allow for the accelerated violence against women
  • violence against women as a devaluation of women’s lives and labour
  • are there other ways in which women can intensify resistance against the war on women?

Mmatshilo Motsei is an author, spiritual health coach and Founder of Afrika Ikalafe Institute for Spirituality and Health. She is an author of several books, including Kanga and Kangaroo Court: Reflections on the Rape Trial of Jacob Zuma. She started her career as a nurse, midwife, psychology graduate, social science researcher and rural development facilitator. With a BA Hons in Psychology and MA in Creative Writing, she uses a combination of contemporary and indigenous healing modalities which draw from physiology, psychology, creative writing, African spirituality, and Metaphysics. She is currently studying for her PhD in Sociology; her area of research is obstetric violence. Her keen interest is to create a birthing space which honours and integrates indigenous midwifery.

Silvia Federici is a long time activist, teacher and writer. In 1972 she was among the founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Campaign for Wages For Housework in the US and abroad. She has also been active in the anti-globalization movement and the anti-death penalty movement. In the 1990s she was a member of the radical journal Midnight Notes and in 1991, after a period of teaching in Nigeria, she helped found the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, which for more than ten years documented the struggle of African students against the austerity programs imposed by the IMF and the World Bank. She is Emerita Professor of Political Philosophy and International Studies at Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York) and her published works include: Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation; Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle; Witch-hunting, Witches and Women; Re-enchanting the world: Feminism and the politics of the commons; and Beyond the periphery of the skin: Rethinking, remaking, reclaiming the body in contemporary capitalism.