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New Projects Seminar Series: Progressive movements for systemic transformation in times of despair

Magdalena Pocheć, Feminist Fund, Poland

May 24, 2023, 10:00 – 11:30

Room 268, Staszic Palace, Nowy Świat 72, Warsaw

Event supported by NAWA Welcome to Poland.


The purpose of this seminar is to collectively explore and reflect on the current context and the role of progressive social movements in transforming unjust and oppressive systems of transnational capitalist exploitation, patriarchy, white supremacy and heteronormativity. We will particularly focus on intersectional feminist movements and organizing on national, regional and global levels. We will discuss how constant crisis mode, as well as multiple and intersecting crises (living on the verge of climate catastrophe, Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, humanitarian crisis at the Polish-Belorussian border, lasting consequences of COVID-19 and crackdown on human rights) and their compounding effects impact the movements, as well as individual activists and human rights defenders. Finally we will zoom in to the culture of organizing to discuss movements’ strategies and their impact. In this part of our class we will share our impressions and resonance from reading of Chapters 3 and 4 of Joanna Macy’s “World as lover, world as self”.

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The seminar is open to all.

Magdalena Pocheć is the Initiator and Co-founder of FemFund, the community-led and participatory feminist fund operating in Poland since January 2018. She is passionate about transformative philanthropy, mobilising resources and supporting intersectional progressive movements. Magda previously engaged with FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund and FundAction, an experimental and participatory fund managed by activists in Europe. She has been involved in the design of the Solidarity Fund, which is managed by Mama Cash. Her background is in women’s human rights (co-author and co-editor of two subsequent alternative CEDAW reports) and grant-making. Magda is a cross-cultural psychologist by training.