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Progressive Internationalism – Organizations Working and Feminist Internationalism

In this article we will be talking about the progress we have achieved and left to be in the concept of Internationalism. How progressive internationalism has become and before that we need to know about that what is Internationalism on first hand because only after that we will be able to discuss and know about the modern age advancement in this concept and what are the initiatives,we all had taken to achieve the new feats.

Internationalism is a political ideology that calls for more political and economic cooperation among states and nations. It is linked to various political movements and ideologies, but it can also represent a theory, belief system, or movement in and of itself.

Internationalists are people who believe that humanity should band together beyond national, political, cultural, racial, or class lines to pursue their shared goals, or that governments should collaborate because their mutual long-term interests are more important than their short-term disagreements.

Internationalism has several definitions and interpretations, but it is typically defined by opposition to nationalism and isolationism; support for international institutions such as the United Nations; and a cosmopolitan attitude that supports and appreciates other cultures and customs.

The normal concept of internationalism was not totally enough and there was a need to take some more steps towards this to establish some new relations between the all countries harmoniously all together.

In this many innovative movements needed to be aligned so a group of some superficial brain grouped and decided that there is a need to restart this in a different way that will have the impact of changing the whole concept of internationalism as how we see it today and this is when they sense that "It is time for progressives of the world to unite." And an organization named Progressive International was formed.

Progressive International takes up the call to bring the change. They unite, organize, and mobilise progressive forces behind a shared vision of a world transformed.

They aim to live in a world that is:

  • Democratic: Democratic, in which all people have the ability to shape their institutions and society.
  • Decolonized: Decolonization is a state in which all nations select their collective future free of oppression.
  • Just: That is just, and it corrects inequity in our societies as well as the legacy of our shared history.
  • Egalitarian: serving the interests of the many rather than the few.
  • Liberated: It is a state in which all identities have equal rights, acknowledgment, and power.
  • Solidaristic, in which each person's struggle is the battle of everyone.
  • Sustainable: This is the sense that it respects the planet's bounds and protects frontline communities.
  • Ecological: This in which human society is brought into harmony with its surroundings.
  • Peaceful, in which the bloodshed of war is replaced by people-to-people diplomacy.
  • Post-capitalist, rewarding all forms of labor while dismantling the religion of work.
  • Prosperous, that eradicates poverty and invests in a future of shared abundance.
  • Plural, where difference is celebrated as strength.

They are connecting, supporting, and mobilizing activists around the world.

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Each week, they share toolkits, host training, and convene forums that bring together members of the Progressive International

If we talk about that how it originated then let me tell you that It was formed in response to an open call for progressive forces to establish a unified front issued by the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25) and The Sanders Institute. The call was made at a Sanders Institute event in Burlington, Vermont, which was attended by progressive politicians, economists, and activists such as Naomi Klein, Cornel West, Fernando Haddad, Niki Ashton, and Ada Colau.

The International, which was formally created and launched on May 11, 2020, in the midst of the global Coronavirus epidemic, claims to resist what it deems the global return of authoritarian nationalism as well as the emergence of disaster capitalism.

In September 2020, Progressive International conducted its inaugural summit themed "Internationalism or Extinction," bringing together Council members, trade unions, social organizations, and political parties from around the world, with Noam Chomsky delivering the keynote speech.

Progressive International announced the Belmarsh Tribunal on October 2, 2020, to put the United States government on trial for war crimes committed in the twenty-first century while "drawing attention to Julian Assange's extradition case for uncovering them." The tribunal was modelled after the Russell-Sartre Tribunal, which investigated the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War in 1966. Prominent people such as Yanis Varoufakis, Jeremy Corbyn, and Tariq Ali, a member of the Russell-Sartre Tribunal, denounced the US government's conduct and called for Julian Assange's release.

Progressive International stated in October 2020 that it was "especially concerned about the integrity of the presidential elections in Bolivia" and dispatched an observer delegation comprised of Members of Parliament from across Europe to witness the election.

Currently they are working with many countries as by making them their member and names of those countries are - Afghanistan, Albania, Chile, European Union, Greece, Namibia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

We have talked about Internationalism and also about one of the organizations who is working towards making progress in this concept and working day and night to bring changes but one thing that is noticeable is that do this whole concept is managed by basically just by dominant gender or do they need role of the other gender who are considered to be weaker and if they are contributing then what role they do let's see

The term "feminist internationalism" refers to the development of global principles and standards to improve women's positions. The movement to establish worldwide benchmarks to reduce women's global disadvantage has a long history. International women's groups, for example, were formed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century to address issues such as equitable access to education and training, as well as women's suffrage.' Women's organisations lobbied the League of Nations and the International Labour Organization to set norms and policies on issues such as married women's nationality, trafficking of women and girls, women's suffrage, and women's working conditions.

Feminist internationalism has been met with much controversy and opposition from a variety of sources. A major source of hostility comes from governments (whether "liberal" or "religious") that see recourse to international standards for women as illegitimate since they threaten national culture, traditions, policies, and laws. Some feminist activists and scholars oppose feminist internationalism because they believe it is based on essentialist views of women, erasing differences such as race, class, wealth, sexuality, and so on.

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