Feminist Principle of Accountability
example, the Take Back the Night March is a women and children-only demonstration
to symbolize that women should not need mens protection to live
without fear of male violence. We may feel pressured to involve men by
those who oppose the march, or simply want to include the men in our lives
who support us. When we examine the meaning of the march itself, it is
clear that asking men to join with us would defeat the important political
statement of the demonstration: women still live in
equality-seeking organizations are accountable to the women we serve and
represent within communities. As advocates, we question how we give voice
to women who are not comfortable speaking for themselves, or whose voices
have not been heard. As service providers, we examine the ways in which
we are accountable to the women for whom we provide counselling, referrals
and advocacy. For example, we consider how we create a safe environment
through practices of confidentiality, respect and inclusion. Feminist
organizations should constantly look for ways to seek
leaders of equality-seeking organizations, such as chairs, coordinators
and directors, are held accountable for our administrative practices.
Leaders are ultimately responsible for managing funding and ensuring that
spending is properly documented. Other responsibilities include writing
proposals and quarterly reports, supervising staff and students, and coordinating
projects. Feminist leaders must
members of feminist equality-seeking organizations, we continuously reflect
upon how we are accountable to ourselves and to each other in our internal
practices. In keeping with our feminist basis of unity, we should expect
to spend time examining and evaluating our practice of feminist principles.
We seek to improve accountability through sharing our responsibilities,
and acknowledging our different roles as leaders, members and volunteers.
Every woman is responsible for contributing to the work of our organization,
whether we collect donations for a food bank, or politicize the issue
of food security as a basic human right. We welcome every womans
contribution to our work, while also supporting women whose personal circumstances
mean they choose to step back from our work at times.
members of equality-seeking organizations, we continuously consult and
network within our organization and community when creating strategies
and initiatives for change. Through our practices of accountability, we
gain credibility within our organizations, our communities and the womens
movement. This will assist us in building active and ethical organizations,
and adding strength to the global movement for peace, equality and justice.
source: PACSW pdf document (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
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