Feminist approaches to online consultations and what they reveal

Feminist research: what, why and how

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“This was a unique experience and a beautiful opportunity. It was the first time I got the chance to participate and express my opinions with people I had never met.”

Key findings: Yemeni women at the intersection of patriarchy, violence and politics

“In Yemen, we are confined by our pens as well. You have to take sides, otherwise you’ll face attacks from both sides which can lead to hurting you in all ways until you go back on your conviction.”

“Travelling is humiliating.”

“In some families, women and girls are forced to work ‘illegal’ jobs that answer to their needs. She gets beaten, insulted, and violated which leaves her with no option and nowhere to go to get protection. She is also unable to refuse doing these jobs.”

“Any man who is a failure is described as a woman or of being brought up by a woman, as if she is a symbol of failure and shame.”

“Indeed, women do not have any right to make any decision or give any opinion, whether about peace or otherwise. Rarely do we see participation from women, especially working women, trying to improve their field. In politics, I cannot say she doesn’t have a presence, but there is no validity to her opinions. There is nothing tangible for her in the political field, and with that, in general, there is no inclusion of women in peace.”

Feminist approaches reveal diverse forms of power



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