A BIT ABOUT US
FLOW (For the light of women), is a movement that describes an alternative for a social organization which has a great influence on natural components and values that are consistent with the improvement of social life, community, and the environment. The members of ecofeminist movement, in particular, believes that environmental protection is an integral part of the feminist movement. This research is a part of a social and historical study. The principles of ecofeminism are present in organization and dynamics of Flow, and contribute to the environmental sustainability of the community in the social, economic, and natural components. To perform this research, Flow was based on Guam, Micronesia. The findings support the belief that ecofeminism has a strong relationship with the environmental sustainability at both local level and at the level of worldwide expansion across the internet. Furthermore, collaborating to extend the basic idea of the movement to motivate, empower, and enable women to achieve their goals, in particular social justice, and to point out the potential of innovative solutions in the relationship between society and nature.
Our aim is to contribute knowledge to the whole society, that is to promote the dissemination of articles and indications of historical readings in the field of equality, feminisms, and social justice.
In addition, we want to promote the use of the internet to develop a knowledge-sharing network containing historical articles and personal life experiences of survivors and researchers, which will provide content to encourage knowledge of citizenship and gender, equality. Moreover, we will develop a digital portal which will promote access to multimedia content such as documents, videos, online channel, and other materials. That is why we are relying on donations to create and support a digital platform to keep posting up-to-date videos that cover the resources of information and will be freely accessible via online channels.
Treat the estate of feminist associations that can establish the historical memory of feminisms, classes, and social justice. Most of our projects are accomplished through the collective efforts of all of the group's members efforts who work together with ideas and hard work.
We believe that change begins with empowering and healing women and children, and thus we strive to add alternatives to the healing process through art; music, dance, and connection to the sacred feminine and nature. Oftentimes, our collaborator writers share tips with us on mental health, empowerment, and historical knowledge about the eco-feminist movement, social justice, and climate change. We do our best to bring ideas from social projects that will inspire small and growing aggregated improvements to make a real difference in our society.
We also share information on women's rights as well information on emergencies situations, such as local organizations that offer shelters and assistance. Moreover, we will also advertise the jobs available to women in the local community.
We would also like to emphasize that survivors need to have a voice, so we can open spaces for them to have a voice and to be even heard louder.
We will share the experiences of domestic and sexual violence survivors, who can motivate other survivors through their experiences to not remain silent and recover their voices, demonstrating that survivors are not alone.
Likewise, we will open spaces for those who want to work together to strengthen a survivor or to empower women, children, and men of our community.
FLOW wants to help women, victims of gender violence, aware of the alternatives and options of choice, raising awareness of the right to happiness and a life without violence;
Collaborate in the fight against gender-based violence, developing actions and practices to defend the rights of women and children.
You Have Voice Here
One of our mission goals is to give voice to the people.
Here is a space where you can share your personal story.
Many victims could not be in a position to have their voices heard, but these people survived to tell and show that they had "turned around" and that "they are living a kind of second life".
Our platform aims to help those who are reluctant to ‘report’ and, therefore, it includes an information sheet on the crimes of domestic violence and a series of corresponding useful contacts.
With the primary objective of participating directly in the processes of change that concern their lives, and sharing their life experience with the society in general and other female victims of violence in particular, a group of women survivors of violence founded a group called FLOW - Group of Women Self-Representatives Surviving Gender Violence. This group committed itself to the creation of a reflective and sharing space, and a vehicle to grant voice to the needs and perspectives of women survivors of gender violence. The aim is to promote their empowerment on individual and community levels. This group emerged in the context of the Association of Women against Violence, seeking to break with the absence of a collective voice, and self-representation movements.
On the one hand, the genesis of this group starts from the idea that the women survivors of violence must be involved in the process of defending their rights, and that their voice and perspectives must be valued in solving this serious problem. They can assist to support services that take intervention measures and create policies to combat gender-based violence.
On the other hand, this assertion is based on the essential thought that the women survivors of violence, due to their life experience and history of violence, have the valuable knowledge and unique abilities to solve this social problem. The full exercise of citizenship implies that the developments are shared and participative contexts in the decision-making process and the promotion of methodologies for involvement in the process of social change are performed.
In this sense, women who are survivors of gender-based violence must be recognized as “experience experts”, and not as the ‘users of services’. Thus, the support organizations should promote initiatives for the participation and involvement of women in decision-making processes. This initiative will help them to voice their opinions; namely on the quality of the services they provide and on the work guidelines they practice.
Currently, the group is constituted of women survivors of multiple gender oppressions, including the attempted marital murder, rape, violence in intimate relationships, stalking, forced marriage, forced abortion, slavery, and kidnapping. Their diverse stories of violence are reported under the discriminatory atmosphere against women, where the society under the “male domination” (Bourdieu, 1999) remains strongly instituted and legitimized.
Illustrating the fact that gender violence is not confined to the geographical boundaries, it ecompasses all cultures, nationalities, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and educational groups. This group includes women with various individual characteristics in terms of their nationality), ethnics.
Although there is no single profile of the victim/survivor, as indicated by the literature and the field experience, the aggressor's exercise of control and power has emerged in a recurring way, and as a common manifestation of this problem, in all the stories of violence experienced by these women. It is in this great common discourse that the group's mission merges, in an activist and feminist perspective, in permanent (re)construction, in which the meaning of the word feminism is constantly (re)thought, (re)evaluated, (re)positioned before the current challenges.
Self-representation is the ability of a specific group to define a mission, clarify its objectives, and plan and develop its actions accordingly, in defense of their rights and interests. The group has focused its mission on “active fight against gender violence, in a perspective of social change and the promotion of gender equality, seeking to give visibility to the views and thoughts of women survivors of gender violence”
Furthermore, it has also defined its main objectives for action:
We want contribute to change the societal mentality, with regard to the cultural patterns that discriminate against women and gender stereotypes;
Strengthen the unity of women, thereby creating a collective voice;
Give visibility to the perspectives of the survivors of gender-based violence in this area, thereby making their hardships and achievements known;
Sensitize and transmit their knowledge/experience about the violence against women in the intimate relationships;
Contribute to the development of policies and measures that respond, effectively and objectively, to the real needs of women and survivors of gender violence;
We support that the survivors of domestic violence must be heard unequivocally.
Followed and inspired by the idea as inspiration from; Faces de Eva. Estudos sobre a Mulher.