Less than two months after super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Eastern Visaya region of the Philippines in November 2013, AF3IRM, a transnational feminist organization based in the United States, sent a team to investigate the situation of displaced women and children. Their findings revealed that education, leadership training and reproductive justice, actions that are necessary for effective long-term sustainability and empowerment, are never provided nor offered during post-disaster recovery efforts. After consultations with women community leaders, organizers and members, the Justice Not Charity Campaign was launched. This past April, AF3IRM National Organizng Director, Ivy Quicho went to the Philippines to investigate the social conditions 6 months after the disaster. In this episode of MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman, Ivy discusses transnational feminism, AF3IRM’s history and campaigns, Sisterhood, the importance for long-term organizing, and answers the questions, “Why justice? What’s wrong with charity?” Check it.
The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM) is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism. AF3IRM’s diverse, multi-ethnic membership is committed to militant movement-building from the United States and effects change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building, education, advocacy and direct action.
With a history of over 20 years of women’s organizing, activism, and struggle, AF3IRM was launched as an organization in 2010, based on a comprehensive analysis of class, race, gender, and sexuality focused on conducting militant movement-building from the United States with a transnational, feminist perspective. In its previous formation as Gabriela Network (GABNet), we engaged in work from a national democratic perspective, emphasizing support and solidarity for the Philippine movement. After an assessment of our previous work and continued engagement with the struggles and issues of women and our communities, we have moved toward a comprehensive theory-building and practice based on the concrete conditions of our own home territory, the United States, in assessment of and full knowledge of the essence and specific characteristics of our oppression and exploitation as women; as imported or exploited labor or children/descendants of such; and as women of distinct ethnic and cultural minorities.
AF3IRM has chapters around the country. These include: Boston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Los Angeles – South Bay Unit, New York, New Jersey, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Organizing committees are also actively building new chapters in other areas.