Women’s solidarity work crosses national, ethnic, religious and tribal boundaries and demonstrates what solidarity is.
An article by Alexandra Lort Phillips, member of Roj Women’s Association
Women’s networks show us that solidarity means understanding, sharing information, developing understandings and agendas, meeting together, communicating, supporting each other’s work, raising awareness, taking action and working in unity. Lessons from women’s solidarity work inform all solidarity movements; indeed equality rights are inseparable from gender rights. In this article it is shown how women’s networks can cooperate effectively to complete work, in this instance a piece of research into gendered violations of women human rights defenders in South East Turkey in a context of political and violent conflict, framed by the long-standing feminist concerns about the legitimisation of surveillance, militarization and war.
In March 2011 four researchers representing a London-based women’s association, Roj Women, travelled to South East Turkey in order to interview women human rights defenders.