Thursday, March 10th at 19.00 in Klub Monokel
Violence against women
All Western societies have witnessed an increase in violence projected
against women and Slovenia is no exception. Women remain the victimised
object of violence both in their/our personal sphere (at home, in
our families and relationships) and on the institutional level in
spite of numerous violence-prevention initiatives (and legal provisions).
Our discussion will identify diverse (physical, psychological and
self-inflicted) forms of violence and question the thin line between
violence and non-violence. (For instance, is the media-enforced beauty-myth
violent?) We will view violence against women in a social context
since we believe that the problem of violence encountered on the
personal level cannot be seen as »just« each individual’s intimate
problem. We need to raise awareness of its structural role where
violence mirrors and reproduces society's attitude towards women
and women's self-perception. As we have learned from the sixties
– just not well enough – the supposed division between the personal
and political is again proving false. An important part of our discussion
will search for ways in which practical solutions can be sought in
order to lessen the violence and improve women's position in society.
The feminist roundtable was formed by six students of the Faculty
of Social Sciences in Ljubljana who share an interest in feminism.
In our discussions, we have so far focused on cyberfeminism, psychoanalysis
and postfeminisms and have discussed problems women encounter in their
everyday life, in order to gain a more profound theoretical knowledge
and to sharpen our views. We also contribute to Agregat, the student
magazine for social and political questions. The last issue was dedicated
to gender issues. At our Faculty, we have organised a lecture about
ecofeminism, queer theory and cyberfeminism as part of the Polituss
summer school. We are currently preparing a summer school dedicated
exclusively to feminism and gender issues.
The debate is going to be previewed by video
projection of Cristina Capone's D....E (3'').