EFLAC dreaming of feminist and livable futures

The 15 th edition of EFLAC (Encuentro Feminista de Latinoamérica y el Caribe) in El Salvador, was a powerful space for the confluence of diverse and powerful voices. Over the years, EFLAC has evolved as a platform for feminists in Latin America and the Caribbean, and has become a regional reference. Since its creation, EFLAC has provided feminists with the space to critically reflect and articulate their thoughts and ideas with others. And, with each edition, it renews itself, incorporating fresh voices and emerging perspectives. It is a space where concerns are heard and valued, contributing to the continued vitality and relevance of the feminist movement in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Here are some of the things I enjoyed and that are good examples of EFLAC’s potential:

  1. The active engagement of teenagers and young people made us question our adulto-centric practices. It was powerful to see a group of them talk about the projects they conducted independently and on their own terms.
  2. The growing participation of trans and nonbinary people who are reclaiming their space and visibility. Their presence during the event was not only necessary, but should continue to become non-negotiable.
  3. The invitation of black, indigenous, and racialized people to get actively involved in antiracism at a deeper level. This was articulated during the assemblies and in smaller conversation, as a reminder for the need of cross movement work.
  4. The intersections of feminist struggles and different artistic expressions across the event. Everyday was beautifully enveloped with art, and concluded with concerts and DJs.
  5. The time and spaces offered to connect with others and to exchange experiences was enriching. The chance to share a nice walk or go for a swim with fellow activists offered space for inspiration and complicity.

Looking back, this gathering allowed participants to take with them not only the discussions and decisions made, but also the inspiration and courage to continue advocating in their own contexts. One cannot underestimate the significance of these gatherings for regional feminist organizing. They are more than just events; they are moments where ideologies are forged, strategies are refined, nuanced challenges are acknowledged and connections are woven across borders. EFLAC is a legacy of resistance and change, reminding us that challenges are manifold, and that not one struggle can be fought in isolation from others. In this shared space, the intersectionality of our struggles became not just a theoretical concept but a reality.

The possibility to dream about alternative livable futures, and the strength drawn from collective commitment shall illuminate the road ahead, one we will hopefully get through together, hand in
hand.