During the panel entitled “Theoretical trajectories and currents of feminism”, which took place today (28th of August) in the morning of the third day of the 9th International Meeting of the World March of Women, sociologist Maria Lucia Silveira from the Secretariat of Policy for Women in the city of Sao Paulo, and Georgina Alfonso, professor at the University of Havana (Cuba) emphasised the need for a better link between feminist theory and practice.
Georgina Alfonso argued for the integration of feminism and a revolutionary socialism in social struggles, action and thought. She claimed that, “We need more integration between the revolutionary theory we experience and the revolutionary practice we make, between the socialist theory we experience and the revolutionary practice we make”.
Alfonso also argued for the need for coherence and a theoretical apparatus which provides answers to social practices. Furthermore, she pointed out that the discussion of feminism being carried out at present is not only for future generations “but mainly for ourselves”.
In order to achieve that, according to Maria Lucia Silveira, feminist theory must go hand in hand with social movements. She claims that, “They offer reflections derived from practical experience and have the ability to raise questions that encourage other individuals and other social actors to break with their paradigms. We provide the legitimacy that feeds back to our practical experience from the theoretical challenges we face”.