Something changed in 2011, and despite the massive repression that protest movements have faced, something has changed within people. That’s going to have a massive impact on the future. There’s going to be a lot of change happening in the region, and we’re only at the start of that process.
What we saw in Portugal in 1974 was men and women fighting together, black and white people fighting together, shantytowns and highly-qualified workers fighting together. The working class had a universal project of changing society. The Portuguese road to socialism in ’74 and ’75 was full of liberty.
The power of feminism right now is that it can be a uniting tool to make people understand how their struggles are related. We are much more powerful when we are fighting together and learning from each other than if we stick to our little pet cause or only work with what’s in front of us instead of working from a systemic analysis.