Two years ago, journalist, filmmaker and activist Alok Vaid-Menon — of India, Pakistan and America — founded Beyond Gender — a multimedia initiative that aims to “give visibility and importance to feminist ideas and actions.” The name of the project, Vaid-Menon says, is a clear reference to the large array of diverse identities that exist within what is now called the “post-gender landscape.” Famed Brazilian feminist and feminist author Paulo Freire came up with the term “post-gender space” some 50 years ago, but it is now more widely known as the “fourth gender” — the relationship between men and women.
Speaking on stage at the Emotional Intelligence: Gender and the Heart: Orgasmos at Work conference, held in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 29, Vaid-Menon, co-chair of the international Women’s Action Forum, said that Beyond Gender would be focusing on issues such as sexual equality and access to reproductive health. She also cited Dribble to raise awareness of gender-based violence, and The Movement for Gender Justice to promote the achievement of gender equality. Beyond Gender also ran a “kindness revolution” in Quetta, Pakistan, that encouraged men to perform acts of social kindness and apologize for their predecessors’ roles in perpetuating notions of misogyny.
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