24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Emancipation, Differently Each Time
Opening speech and conversation among guests
The struggle for women’s rights takes on different forms in different parts of the world. There is no single feminism. It is not a homogenous movement, but has many positions and many goals. Its diversity does not prevent the formation of alliances, communication, or the exchange of ideas for successful action. Why should we take different contexts into account and make room for different ways of understanding women’s emancipation? How can we learn from one another? What problems do feminists, both male and female, face in countries with democratic deficits? And what do efforts at democratizing political life have in common with the struggle for women’s rights and the rights of the LBGT community?
An Afghan parliamentary lawmaker, accomplished author, and outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children and democracy. She heads the parliament’s Women Affairs Commission. Koofi started her political career in 2001 when she began to promote a “Back To School” campaign targeted at the rights of women in Afghanistan to an edu- cation. By 2002 she took employment as a Child Protection Officer with UNICEF, and in 2005 she was elected as a parliamentary representative.
Jana Smiggels Kavková
She has been active in women’s rights since 2005, and from 2009 to 2017 she worked as the director of Forum 50%, an organization promoting greater representation of women in politics. She chaired a network of 35 women’s organizations, the Czech Women’s Lobby, which is also represented in the European Women’s Lobby. She is a member of the Czech Chamber of Gender Experts. Since September 2018 she has worked as an advocacy expert at the RUBIKON Center, which helps enforce systemic changes in the prison system.
Journalist at Deník Referendum, presenter of the show Hergot! (Damn It!) on Czech Radio’s Radio Wave, and a student at Charles University. She is originally from the city of Herat in Afghanistan, and has lived in the Czech Republic since 2000. In her journalistic work she focuses on social issues relating to housing, education, migration, and women’s rights. She works to inform readers about the situation in countries like Afghanistan using her knowledge of the language and the local environment.
Saša Uhlová graduated from Romani studies and afterwards conducted field research in the areas characterised by social exclusion. She was a teacher at the Romani Social School in Kolín for four years. Since then, she has been working as a journalist. In 2017, she investigated the labour conditions of unskilled workers in low-income professions in Czech Republic. As an outcome, she wrote a series of reports in A2larm and was the main protagonist of Apolena Rychlíková’s documentary The Limits of Work.