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Ensuring inclusivity: Learning fundraising, equal settings

  • Eliza Vitri Handayani

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  01:22 am

JP/Wendra AjistyatamaA recent debate on Twitter highlighted inclusivity in the feminist movement by discussing fundraising, participation and privileges.The debate started with the question of whether a recent event — the Feminist Festival (FemFest) in Jakarta, organized by Perkumpulan Lintas Feminis Jakarta — could be inclusive despite charging admission fees. While it is unfair to assume or expect that the organizers could and should fund the event themselves, the organizers and their supporters shouldn’t dismiss ways to raise funds before the event to make it more widely accessible.The decision to charge for admission may reflect the fact that the organizers, like many of us in the feminist movement, have day jobs and many other responsibilities and are already so overwhelmed — that it is extremely difficult to balance our mental health with the organization’s sustainability...