The Tallinn Feminist Forum (TALFF) is a meeting place for those who care about women’s and minorities’ rights in Estonia and in neighbouring countries. At the Forum, we’ll discuss together how to create a sustainable and caring social movement and build the society we ourselves want to live in.
With TALFF, we want to spread a feminist worldview and the understanding that people’s rights and opportunities shouldn’t depend on gender. Moreover, different forms of oppression don’t exist separately, but are intersectional, including, inter alia, gender, sexual identity, disability or special needs, language skills, nationality, appearance, skin color, age, economic background, and religion.
Society won’t become more just on its own. Discriminatory and repressive practices do not just disappear. Rights are rarely “given”, rather they are demanded — whether it is women’s right to vote, the right to go to university, a ban on racist discrimination, or the rights of the LGBT+ community. Behind every relevant social justice change, there have been people who have pursued and mobilised for it to happen.
The topic of TALFF 2019 is “Movement”, because faced with right-wing extremist politics and authoritarianism in Eastern Europe, right now the importance of feminist community movements and joint resistance has never been greater.