Jineology camp in Barcelona
The first Jineology camp in the Iberian Peninsula took place in Barcelona. 60 women from Catalonia and the Basque Country came together to discuss the proposals of the Kurdish women's movement.
From the 2nd to the 7th of July the first Jineology camp in the Iberian Peninsula took place near Barcelona. The camp was named "Şehîd Sara Dorşîn" to commemorate the internationalist and guerilla fighter Sarah Handelmann, who was killed in a Turkish air raid on 7 April.
"In March 2018, we hosted an internationalist Jineology meeting in Bilbao. But this is the first Jineology camp with an explicit reference to the region, "explained Viyan from Jineology Committee Europe.
60 women, mainly from Catalonia, but also from the Basque Country, came together in the collective land project near Barcelona to discuss the proposals of the Kurdish women's movement. Thematically the days were very versatile. In addition to the theoretical inputs to Jineology, the concepts of the women's liberation ideology and toxic masculinity, the analysis of resistant feminist movements in Spanish history took up a great deal of space. There was much discussion about organized women's struggles in the Spanish Civil War and the time of the Franco regime, but also about current struggles.
"What I liked most was that people from different contexts discussed with each other and we realized that we have a lot of shared experiences. Be it on the basis of family biographies or common references of our politicization,” said one of the participants.
Another added, "What inspired me most was the method Jineology uses to go back in history to look at the process of when and under what circumstances patriarchy came about. Our job would be to analyze that in our local contexts as well.”
Practical activities also had their place in the program. In this scope, there was a workshop on healing herbs in the region and one for self-defense, to cheer up the body tired from sitting.