Feminism in Philippine Activist Politics: The Case of Mindanao

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Public arguments in behalf of feminism are impoverished in Midanao and I must say, in other parts of the country as well. There are several explanations for this, the most obvious being the weakening of the women's movement itself. Feminist politics in Mindanao came strongest in the mid-1980s, right after the ouster of the fascist government of Marcos. But there is little left of this now. Where there are struggles that enlist the mass participation of women, as in the Islamist movement in the Moro provinces or the self-determination struggle of the indigenous peoples in mainland Mindanao, these are ostensibly indifferent to feminism, to say the least. The political climate in the Philippines has grown conservative and the feminist movement is inevitably one casualty of this new conservatism. This is a point some activists in the non-government organizations (NGOs) find arguable, as there is a widely held perception that women's issues have never been more acceptable than now, as evidenced by the proliferation of gender programs in the country. My argument is, this acceptance has been at a great cost to feminism. Feminism has been thrown over the edge, thanks to a gender mainstreaming project that is hostile to feminist politics.

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Source JournalTambara
Journal VolumeTambara Vol. 21
AuthorsSheilfa B. Alojamiento
Page Count8
Place of PublicationDavao City
Original Publication DateDecember 1, 2004
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