Politics and the Law

Flavia Agnes :

Flavia Agnes

Flavia Agnes, born in 1947, is a women's rights lawyer and writer, having written extensively on issues of domestic violence, feminist jurisprudence and minority rights. At last contact she was co-ordinating the legal centre of MAJLIS and engaged in her doctoral research on Property Rights of Married Women with the National Law School of India. A GFP staff member was recently able to conduct a second interview with Flavia. Keywords and links for the latest interview are found to the right of the semi-colon in the lists below.
Keywords: politics, law ; intersectionality
Media: [2003 Interview]: (English), VideoBibliographyYouTube Video; [2017 Interview]: (English), YouTube VideoName Pronunciation Audio

Ai Xiaoming :

Ai Xiaoming

Ai Xiaoming, born in 1953, is a feminist literary scholar and the co-producer and director of the Chinese version of The Vagina Monologues, one of the activities of the Stop Domestic Violence network. She is Deputy Director of the Women's Studies Center and director of the Sex/Gender Education Forum in Zhongshan University, Guangzhou.
Keywordsacademia, women's studies, education, gender-based violence, politics, law, family roles
Media: Transcript (EnglishMandarin), Video (EnglishMandarin), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Mónica Baltodano :

Mónica Baltodano

Mónica Baltodano, born in 1954, began her activism with the Sandinistas as a student and continued her efforts through underground mobilization, surviving imprisonment and torture. She was awarded the title of Commander Guerrilla for her service, and has held a number of political offices including Vice Minister of the Presidency and Minister of Regional Affairs. Upon leaving the FSLN in 2005, Ms. Baltodano helped to found the Movement to Reclaim Sandinismo (known as El Rescate).
Keywords: education, gender-based violence, imprisonment, military, politics, law
Media: Transcripts (EnglishSpanish), Video (EnglishSpanish), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Grace Lee Boggs : 1915-2015

Grace Lee Boggs

1915-2015

Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) was an activist and writer. A daughter of Chinese immigrants, she moved to Detroit and worked in grassroots projects together with her partner, James Boggs. They founded Detroit Summer, an intergenerational multicultural youth movement, and wrote in the Michigan Citizen newspaper. She published her autobiography, Living for Change, and among others, received the distinguished Alumna Award from Barnard College, the Chinese American Pioneers Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans, and a lifetime achievement award from the Anti-Defamation League. A plaque in her honor is at the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. The GFP staff were saddened by Grace's death in 2015. Read the NYT obituary to learn more about her remarkable life, spanning a full century, as a human rights activist.
Keywords: community activism, education, intersectionality, politics, law
Media: Transcript (English), VideoBibliographyYouTube VideoName Pronunciation Audio

Violeta Delgado :

Violeta Delgado

Violeta Delgado was born in 1969, participating in the National Literacy Campaign when she was just 11 years old, kicking off a lifetime of political participation and activism. She became involved in a campaign to end domestic violence. She has done consulting, run for the National Assembly, and now works with CINCO - an organization that researches the media's role in society and politics. In 2005, Delgado was part of the group of 1000 Peacewomen that was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Keywords: education, gender-based violence, politics, law
Media: Transcript (EnglishSpanish), Video (EnglishSpanish), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Jarjum Ete :

Jarjum Ete

Jarjum Ete, born in 1963, belongs to the Galo tribe and is the Chairperson of the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission on Women which discusses women's participation in panchayats, customary laws, need for a state women's commission and anti-liquor laws. She has very strong views on legalisation of prostitution.
Keywords: community activism, human trafficking, prostitution, intersectionality, politics, law
Media: Transcript (English), VideoBibliographyYouTube VideoName Pronunciation Audio

Ge Youli :

Ge Youli

Ge Youli, born in 1962, is the China Country Director for the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities in Guangzhou. She has worked at the Ford Foundation and at the United Nations Development Program in Beijing, becoming involved in many feminist projects in China.
Keywordsgender-based violence, politics, law, family roles
Media: Transcript (EnglishMandarin), Video (EnglishMandarin), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Juanita Jiménez :

Juanita Jiménez

Juanita Jiménez was born in 1967. She is a lawyer, a leader in the Women's Autonomous Movement, and a longtime activist focusing primarily on women's health and reproductive rights. In recent years, she has become particularly active in protesting the 2006 law that outlawed all forms of abortion in Nicaragua. She has faced political persecution for her work in favor of abortion, and in particular for her support of a 9-year-old girl who had an abortion after being sexually abused.
Keywords: gender-based violence, politics, law, reproductive rights
Media: Transcript (EnglishSpanish), Video (EnglishSpanish), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Marian Kramer :

Marian Kramer

Marian Kramer (interviewed with Maureen Taylor) at last contact was the co-chair of the National Welfare Rights Union. She has fought government programs, such as Workfare, defended poor women against unjust persecution for welfare fraud and led campaigns to elect the victims of poverty to political office. She has organized poor people's movements, housing takeovers by people without homes, and led efforts to unionize in the South. She has received many community service awards and mentors college students fighting poverty. 
Keywords: community activism, politics, law
Media: Transcript (English), VideoBibliographyYouTube VideoName Pronunciation Audio

Barbara Labuda :

Barbara Labuda

Barbara Labuda was born in 1949 and studied Romance languages in Poznan, Poland as well as Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Labuda became active in anti-communist organizations in the 1970s for which she was imprisoned in 1982. In 1996, she began serving in President Aleksander Kwasniewski's Cabinet. She admits that the anticommunist organizations with which she worked did not support women's rights.
Keywords: imprisonment, politics, law, reproductive rights
Media: Transcript (EnglishPolish), Video (EnglishPolish), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Li Huiying :

Li Huiying

Li Huiying, born in 1957, is Professor of Sociology and assistant Director of the Women Research Center of the Central Party School, providing training for senior level Chinese Communist Party officials. She has succeeded in incorporating courses on gender studies in the official curriculum and runs feminist workshops for faculty nationwide.
Keywordsacademia, women's studies, education, politics, law, family roles, rural women, land reform
Media: Transcript (EnglishMandarin), Video (EnglishMandarin), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Liu Bohong :

Liu Bohong

Liu Bohong, born in 1951, is Deputy Director of the Institute of Research on Women of the All-China Women's Federation, circulating feminism and promoting gender-awareness in the Chinese government system, notably formulating national programs that implement the 1995 UN Platform for Action.
Keywordsacademia, women's studies, education, gender-based violence, politics, law, reproductive rights, rural women, land reform
Media: Transcript (EnglishMandarin), Video (EnglishMandarin), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Vina Mazumdar : 1927-2013

Vina Mazumdar

1927-2013

Vina Mazumdar (1927-2013) was a professor and past fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, serving on the Committee on the Status of Women in India and later directing the Programme of Women's Studies at the Indian Council of Social Science Research. She founded the Centre for Women's Development Studies and became its Chairperson. The GFP staff note with sadness the death of Vina in 2013. To learn more about her contribution to women's movement in India, read her public obituary written in The Hindu Paper.
Keywords: academia/women’s studies, rural women and land reform, policy, law
Media: Transcript (English), VideoBibliographyName Pronunciation Audio

Sofía Montenegro :

Sofía Montenegro

Sofía Montenegro was born in 1954, spending her teenage years in the United States and joining the Sandinistas as a student in Nicaragua. After the Sandinista's triumph, she became editor of the official Sandinista newspaper, Barricada, and was responsible for the funding of the weekly supplement Gente. At last contact, she was the Executive Director of the Centro de Investigación de la Comunicación (CINCO), a Managua-based think-tank the focuses on communication, culture, democracy, and public opinion.
Keywords: politics, law
Media: Transcript (English), VideoBibliography, Name Pronunciation Audio

Vilma Núñez :

Vilma Núñez

Vilma Núñez, born in 1938, served as the first woman on Nicaragua's Supreme Court after the Sandinista Revolution. As a student, she became a member of the FSLN and participated in the anti-Somoza struggle, until she was imprisoned for these efforts in 1979. Núñez has been unofficially banished from the FSLN after running for president against Daniel Ortega and defending charges of sexual abuse against him. Núñez founded the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) in 1990.
Keywords: gender-based violence, human trafficking, prostitution, imprisonment, international rights, politics, law
Media: Transcript (EnglishSpanish), Video , Bibliography, Name Pronunciation Audio

Martha Ojeda :

Martha Ojeda

Martha Ojeda, born in 1956, is the Executive Director of the Tri-National Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladora, where she directs the Maquiladora Worker Empowerment Project. While a worker in the Free Trade Zone factories, she led the Nuevo Laredo Sony Movement and wrote a manual on Mexican Federal Labor Law. She has received the Petra Foundation Award, "Troublemaker of the Year" by Mother Jones Magazine, and the Quality of Life Champion's Public Service Award.
Keywords: international rights, intersectionality, politics, law
Media: Transcript (English), VideoBibliographyYouTube VideoName Pronunciation Audio

Maria da Penha :

Maria da Penha

Maria da Penha was born in 1945 in Fortaleza, Ceará. She is a leader in the struggle against domestic violence in Brazil. Victimized by her husband in 1983, she was the first to successfully bring a case of domestic violence to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2006, Brazil Federal Law 11340 was ratified, known as the "Maria da Penha Law on Domestic and Family Violence."
Keywordsdomestic violence, human rights, Brazil, law, civil society
Media: Transcript (EnglishPortuguese), VideoYouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Sandra Ramos :

Sandra Ramos

Sandra Ramos was born in 1959 and is a leader in the Women's Rights Movement whose activism focuses on women workers in the maquila. She is a co-founder and director of Nicaragua's María Elena Cuadra Women's Movement, which provides scholarships for nontraditional jobs, has a small credit program for unemployed women, teaches women about their labor rights, and provides training for negotiation techniques.
Keywords: gender-based violence, politics, law
Media: Transcript (EnglishSpanish), Video (EnglishSpanish), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Maureen Taylor :

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor (interviewed with Marian Kramer) is a social worker and community activist. She has served as chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights organization and was elected treasurer of the National Welfare Rights Union. She defends recipients of public aid at the Michigan Family Independence Agency in case disputes, and directs the Detroit NFI Community Self Sufficiency Center. She was awarded the National Community Leader Award from the National Black Caucus in Washington, DC.
Keywords: community activism, politics, law
Media: Transcript (English), VideoBibliographyYouTube VideoName Pronunciation Audio

Dora María Téllez, :

Dora María Téllez,

Dora María Téllez, born in 1955, is a historian and well-known icon of the Sandinista Revolution. At age 22, she was third in command during the Sandinista takeover of the National Palace. She became Vice President of the Council of State, Political Chief of Managua, and Minister of Health. After leaving the FSLN, she founded the Sandinista Renovation Movement (MRS) in 1995. She was appointed at the Harvard Divinity School but was unable to obtain an entry visa to the USA because the PATRIOT Act classified her as a terrorist.
Keywords: military, politics, law
Media: Transcript (EnglishSpanish), Video (EnglishSpanish), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Martha Heriberta Valle :

Martha Heriberta Valle

Martha Heriberta Valle is an activist in the Women's Movement and in the Cooperative Movement. She joined the Revolution at an early age, and joined the organization of women farmers when the Revolution triumphed. She has been an organizer of rural women, a former elected official of the National Assembly, and at last contact was serving as president and founder of the Agricultural Cooperative Federation of Country Women Producers of Nicaragua (FEMUPROCAN).
Keywords: politics, law, rural women, land reform
Media: Transcript (EnglishSpanish), Video (EnglishSpanish), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Wang Cuiyu :

Wang Cuiyu

Wang Cuiyu, born in 1935, was the executive secretary of the Shanghai Association of Women's Studies, affiliated with the Shanghai Women's Federation. She played a leading role in a national organization for women's career development and set up a women's school in Shanghai to provide vocational training for laid-off women.
Keywordspolitics, law, family roles, rural women, land reform
Media: Transcript (EnglishMandarin), Video (EnglishMandarin), English YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio

Wang Xingjuan :

Wang Xingjuan

Wang Xingjuan, born in 1931, was an editor at the Beijing Publishing House and started the first women's domestic violence hot line in China. This became the Maple Women's Counseling Center, one of the earliest women's NGOs in China. At the last contact, she was serving as the director.
Keywordsgender-based violence, politics, law
Media: Transcript (EnglishMandarin), Video (EnglishMandarin), BibliographyEnglish YouTube Video, Name Pronunciation Audio