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February 26, 2022



Rafia Zakaria © Jeremy Hogan


Celebrating Women’s History Month 


A program of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in cooperation with hanserblau and local partners.

Calling for Change: Constructing an Inclusive Form of Feminism

Feminism is supposed to be the fight for the freedom and equality of women. And in the past 200 years it has made incredible gains: paving the way for women to advance economically, handing them back control of their own bodies, and advocating for their needs and their experiences. But not for all women.

On the occasion of Women’s History Month, author and activist Rafia Zakaria is advocating for using the transformative potential of the present to reconstruct an inclusive form of feminism without centering whiteness. She will read and discuss passages from her book Against White Feminism illustrating the repeated exclusions, obstacles, and condescension she has experienced as a woman of color and a Muslim from the Global South. She tells the story of how white supremacy and whiteness as a source of privilege have tainted the feminist movement and turned into a grab-and-go branding exercise. The book details how colonialist and white supremacist patterns from the past continue to be replicated in the present.

Rafia Zakaria is an author, attorney, and human rights activist who has worked on behalf of victims of domestic violence around the world. She is a columnist for Al Jazeera, and DAWN, Pakistan’s largest English-language newspaper. Zakaria was born and raised in Karachi and now lives in Pakistan and the United States, where she served on the board of Amnesty International USA.

Rafia Zakaria will join us via Zoom:

Munich, Thursday, March 24, 19:00: via YouTube – Virtual Only! Join us here

Partners: U.S. Embassy Berlin and the U.S. Consulates; hanserblau; Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, the Bavarian American Academy, Bavarian American Academy and FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, English Theatre Berlin – International Performing Arts Center, ROTORBOOKS Leipzig

Munich, Friday, March 25, 19:00: Hybrid Event! Münchner Forum für Islam , Hotterstraße 16, 80331 München

Partners: Kritisch Denken an initiative of the Münchner Forum für Islam e.V., hanserblau and the U.S. Consulate General Munich Both events are part of the International Weeks Against Racism

Freiburg, Saturday, March 26, 19:30: Hybrid Event! Literaturhaus Freiburg , Bertoldstraße 17, 79098 Freiburg.

Partners: hanserblau, Literaturhaus and the German-American Institute/Carl Schurz Haus Freiburg