La asociación internacional “Sociologists for Women in Society” (Sociólogas/os por las Mujeres en la Sociedad) manifiesta su solidaridad con las feministas dominicanas que defienden la vida, salud y dignidad de las mujeres y niñas

La asociación internacional “Sociologists for Women in Society” (Sociólogas/os por las Mujeres en la Sociedad) manifiesta su solidaridad con las feministas dominicanas que defienden la vida, salud y dignidad de las mujeres y niñas 

Abril 2021

Durante las tempranas horas del 20 de abril de 2021, agentes policiales llegaron al espacio público en frente del Congreso Nacional en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana y procedieron a desalojar de manera violenta a las jóvenes feministas activistas que se habían instalado en un campamento horas antes. Las activistas se encontraban en el lugar como parte del proceso de movilización más reciente en la lucha de más de 20 años del movimiento feminista por la despenalización del aborto en tres circunstancias excepcionales o “causales” (cuando la vida de la mujer está en peligro, cuando el embarazo es inviable o en casos de violación o incesto) ya que la República Dominicana es uno de los pocos países en el mundo que prohíbe el aborto en todas las circunstancias.   

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) (Sociólogas/os por las Mujeres en la Sociedad), una asociación profesional feminista internacional con 1,045 integrantes, manifiesta su solidaridad con el movimiento feminista dominicano y condena firmemente esta acción arbitraria y anti-democrática. SWS también apoya el Campamento de las Causales, el primer campamento establecido por nuestras compañeras feministas en frente del Palacio Nacional desde el 11 de marzo de 2021 para llamar la atención sobre la necesidad de despenalizar el aborto de manera parcial para salvar la vida de las mujeres y niñas y proteger su salud y dignidad. 

La agresión por parte de la Policía tuvo lugar solo un día después de que personas criminales desconocidas enviaran un postre envenenado al Campamento, acción que llevó a que 12 personas resultaran intoxicadas incluyendo activistas, personas que estaban de visita en el campamento y miembros de la prensa. Las amplias manifestaciones de apoyo recibidas del público en general (a través del envío de comida, frazadas, postres y fondos) fue precisamente lo que llevó a que las activistas fueran sorprendidas en su buena fe y aceptaran lo que parecía ser otro regalo bien intencionado. De manera similar, el Campamento de las Causales ha recibido amplias manifestaciones de apoyo de profesionales de la salud, abogados/as constitucionalistas, académicos/as y muchas otras organizaciones de la sociedad civil en la República Dominicana al igual que de organizaciones internacionales como pueden ver en esta entrevista con la Co-Coordinadora del Comité Sister to Sister (Hermana a Hermana) de SWS, la Dra. Esther Hernández-Medina. 

Los abortos clandestinos representan la tercera causa de mortalidad materna en el país, y dos terceras partes de las estudiantes universitarias conocen a otra mujer joven que ha pasado por la experiencia del aborto clandestino de acuerdo con un estudio reciente de PROFAMILIA, la ONG líder en temas de planificación familiar en la República Dominicana. Sin embargo, el presidente Luis Abinader ha abandonado su compromiso y el de su partido con las causales y ahora está proponiendo llevar a cabo un referéndum nacional para resolver la situación. 

Estos desafíos y las actuaciones inaceptables de parte de la Policía y de criminales desconocidos no van a desalentar a nuestras compañeras y compañeros en la República Dominicana y solo van a motivar a más gente a unirse a su justa lucha. Por favor, ayúdanos compartiendo información sobre su lucha usando los hashtags #LasCausalesVan y #rd3causales en las redes sociales, escribiendo al Presidente Abinader a través de la embajada dominicana en los Estados Unidos o donando a la campaña de GoFundMe para apoyar el Campamento (LINK:). Tu apoyo es crucial ya que la Cámara de Diputados de la República Dominicana está debatiendo la inclusión de las causales en el Código Penal esta semana y necesitamos mostrarles a ellos/as y a todas las autoridades dominicanas que la vida y salud de las mujeres y niñas no son negociables. 

 

Traducción de Esther Hernández Medina
Texto original en inglés: https://socwomen.org/sws-stands-in-solidarity-with-dominican-feminists-defending-womens-and-girls-lives-health-and-dignity/

SWS-North Launch Event

Join us on May 30, 2021, to celebrate the official launch of SWS-North, the Canadian chapter of the Sociologists for Women in Society.

The celebration features welcome addresses from current SWS President Mignon Moore and SWS-North co-chairs Pallavi Banerjee and Tina Fetner, as well as a panel discussion on crafting intersectional feminist futures.

Through breakout groups and facilitated conversations, attendees will be invited to share their personal vision for a national organization dedicated to developing an intersectional feminist community of scholars and peers.

Opportunities abound for those in attendance to get directly involved in charting the path of SWS-North, as we venture into the Canadian horizon.

Register here. 
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Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is April 1, 2021 

Next Deadline is April 1, 2021 

 

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Social Actions Initiative Awards

SWS FUNDS AVAILABLE!

Current SWS members can apply for funding up to $1,000 to support broadly defined social action initiatives (e.g., advocacy, public education, organizing, movement-building).

Brought to you by the Social Action Committee of SWS. 
Two 2021 Funding Cycles.
Deadlines:

  • April 1st
  • October 1st

Learn more about the award and pervious winners: https://socwomen.org/awards/social-actions-initiative-awards-2/

Apply here: https://sws.memberclicks.net/awardsapril2021

Questions? Contact Kris De Welde (Social Action Committee chair): deweldek@cofc.edu

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Join or Renew Your SWS Membership: https://sws.memberclicks.net/2021-membership-form.

Request a 2021 Sponsored SWS Membership here: https://sws.memberclicks.net/request-a-sws-membership-sponsorship.

SWS-S Resource Collection

Building Resources: Finally, some folks indicated interest or ability to share resources around these topics. We decided it would be a great idea to collect and share any resources that our members have and are willing to share! So, if you have resources on teaching, research, service, job market, self-care, mental health, physical health, work/life balance–really anything you have found helpful and are interested in sharing–send it on by emailing them to bturgeon@jsu.edu!! We will start to build an online repository of resources that our members can share and access!

Congratulations to SWS Member, Emma Mishel, one of 10 Fellows to be named as 2020 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies

Emma Mishel, a Sociologists for Women in Society member has been named a WW Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies.  Emma is one of ten Fellows selected for 2020.

Emma Mishel is a doctoral candidate in sociology at New York University whose dissertation explores the determinants of labor market discrimination against sexual minorities in the US.

The Women’s Studies Fellowship is the only national program to support doctoral work on women’s and gendered issues. Each 2020 Fellow will receive a $5,000 award to help cover expenses incurred while completing their dissertations.

The press release below provides more details about the program and the 2020 class. You can also find it online here.

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2020 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies Named

New Class of 10 Fellows Continues Legacy of Outstanding Scholarship, Strengthening Field of Women’s and Gender Studies

PRINCETON, NJ (April 16, 2020)—The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is pleased to recognize 10 outstanding scholars as Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies for 2020.

Continuing its commitment to fostering the field of women’s studies, the WW Women’s Studies Fellowship program supports promising humanities and social science Ph.D. candidates whose work address women’s and gendered issues in interdisciplinary and original ways. Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend to use towards research related expenses—travel, data work/collection, supplies, and others.

Fellows in the 2020 class are completing their studies at some of the nation’s top institutions. They are working in departments such as sociology, anthropology, English, and classics. Some of the dissertation topics include an exploration of the political history of rain in a key water catchment area of Tanzania, the radical possibilities of fashion as a storytelling strategy in women’s historical fiction, representations of Black girls across genres and artistic media in the 20th and 21st century, and an ethnographic engagement with histories and practices of sanctuary along the Sonora-Arizona borderlands.

Fellows join an international network of WW Women’s Studies Fellows who have become distinguished faculty members, artists and novelists, and (in some cases) leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. They include a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, numerous Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have achieved significant distinctions.

“Since its inception in 1974, the Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellowship has truly helped to create and shape gender studies, not just as a field of its own, but also across disciplines,” said Beverly Sanford, the Foundation’s Vice President. “We take tremendous pride in the Women’s Studies Fellows and their extraordinary accomplishments, and we’re delighted to be able to support the work of these emerging scholars.”

This competitive Fellowship program remains the only national program of its kind. Over the course of its 46-year history, the WW Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship has named more than 600 Fellows. A number of these Fellows volunteer their time as reviewers to help select new Women’s Studies Fellows and enthusiastically support the next generation of scholars in their fields.

More information about the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies can be found online at https://woodrow.org/fellowships/womens-studies/.

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About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

 

WW Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies, 2020

Sarah Brothers  •  Yale University, sociology
Expertise, Gender, and Marginality: Health-Related Practices Among People Who Inject Drugs in the United States

Jessie Fredlund  •  The Graduate Center, CUNY, anthropology
Ancestors and Rain in a Changing Climate: The Politics of Water, Knowledge and Time in a Catchment Area, Uluguru, Tanzania

Siobhan Meï   •  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, comparative literature
Refashioning History: Women as Sartorial Storytellers

Emma Mishel  •  New York University, sociology
Determinants of Labor Market Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities in the US:  An Intersectional and Experimental Analysis of Common Stereotypes

Kiana Murphy  •  University of Pennsylvania, English
Speculative Black Girl Ethics: Reading Practices, Visual Culture, and the Urgency of the Present

Nicole Nowbahar  •  Rutgers University, classics
Dress and Transgressions of Roman Women

Nithya Rajan  •  University of Minnesota, women and gender studies
The Politics of Labor, Livelihoods, and Living: Afghan refugee women’s experiences in India

Maryam Rokhideh  •  University of Notre Dame, anthropology
“Everything is on My Back”: Women, Work, and Welfare on the Congo-Rwanda Border

Barbara Sostaita  •  University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, religious studies
Sanctuary Everywhere: Practicing Care on the Migrant Trail

Annie Wilkinson  •  University of California–Irvine, anthropology
Securing the Family: Transnational Anti-Gender Activism in Mexico