Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:46 AM
Women on the campaign trail often face challenges and pronounced threats to their safety and security. One of the most extreme examples is that of Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, kidnapped by guerilla forces in 2002 during her campaign. After six long years of imprisonment, her release seemed hopeless. On July 2nd, 2008, news broke that she and 14 other hostages had been freed in a daring raid by Colombian commandoes. I.M.O.W. looks back at the remarkable saga of this woman and politician.
Friday, July 11, 2008 5:47 PM
Is there anything more personal -- and political -- to women than their bodies? Aware of the political charge of their bodies, women have physically hurled themselves in public spaces to protest wars, human injustice, and abuse of power. One of the most vivid and longstanding examples of women using their bodies to take up space in non-violent protest is the Women of Greenham Common.
From 1981 to 2000, tens of thousands of British women mobilized to negotiate an end to nuclear proliferation in their hometowns. In opposition to the stationing of U.S. nuclear air missiles at the Greenham Airbase in Berkshire England, the Women of Greenham asserted their power by holding hands and creating a fourteen-mile chain around the Greenham Common Airbase with their bodies. Their nearly twenty-year demonstration drew worldwide media attention, garnering the support of millions around the world.
The following photographs and accompanying testimonials showcase both the creativity and the positive outcome of women taking up space en masse.
Friday, July 11, 2008 6:57 AM
Featured Community Voice: Women in Black, Belgrade
Women in Black is a feminist and antimilitarist organization based in Belgrade, Serbia. On June 21, 2006, they staged a creative protest against the Orthodox Church: They took their clothes off.