Hello, there! Long time no see!
I think some introductions would be in order. We are the new board of FEL (Feminist Evolution Leiden), an organization (stichting) that was founded in the wake of the #metoo movement and due to a dire need for organized feminism in our beautiful city Leiden.
The previous board felt it was time to finally pass on the feminist torch and hire a whole new board because, well, the feminist cause never goes to sleep! The new dream team consists of five women who did not know each other before and who are now working together to make Leiden a more feminist and inclusive space. Alessandra Giliberto and Joos Vlierboom, our Communications Leads and minds behind the newsletter, Maaike de Vreugd, who is our Events Lead, and last but not least, Sammy Lee van der Berg, our Treasurer and vice-chair. I, Devika Sardjoe Mishre, have been given the wonderful opportunity of chairing our organization.
Because we have been rather silent in the past year and a half, it is only natural to wonder what we have been up to. In the past two months, we have been working on setting things up and planning the months to come. Our first and recurrent event will be the FEL Book Talks organised by our book club. The first meeting has been already announced (see below for more information). We plan to meet approximately every 6 weeks, so that you have the time to enjoy your reading!
In 2022, municipal elections will be held in Leiden to renew the city council. Around that time, we would like to invite candidates who identify as women* – but not only – to discuss feminist topics and their plans to translate these into action. Around February-March, we will get ready for the Women’s March. For the occasion, we would like to gather our community and prepare for such an important event. Much more is in the making, but why ruin the surprise? Stay tuned!
The events we would like to organise are inspired by the core values we stand for as FEL. They may seem obvious, but they actually are not at all: These are: inclusivity, anti-racism, solidarity, and intersectionality.
FEL-le greetings, Devika
*FEL refers to women here, but this essentially does not cover the broad spectrum of gender we would like to speak to. FEL is there for everyone, for all people who identify as women or people who have nothing to do with the old-fashioned labels of the binary gender distinction.