Book festival preview: Caroline Criado-Perez
- Rowena McIntosh
- 28 August 2015
This article is from 2015.
Campaigner discusses her feminist non-fiction work Do It Like a Woman
Human rights activist Caroline Criado-Perez is a champion of international feminism. Her 2015 book Do It Like a Woman… and Change the World is both a celebration of pioneering women and an exposé of female oppression across the globe. She describes the international focus as incredibly important, ‘the oppression women face around the world varies in both extremity and the way in which it manifests, but the underlying ideology is often the same. Fear of women’s sexuality; of women’s voices; of women’s power: these are universal themes.’
She acknowledges the difficulty of picking which accounts made the final edit: ‘You could write this book a thousand times, each time with different women.’ One situation that particularly resonated with her was the women poets in Afghanistan. ‘Too often, the media presents Afghan women as voiceless, passive victims, with little involvement with the political life of their country. Their poems are a powerful riposte to this patronising attitude.’
The book covers a number of ongoing campaigns for human rights, including the right to be legally equal to men and access to legal abortions. Criado-Perez emphasises that ‘we can’t cherry-pick our fights. Every feminist fight is important because we are fighting a structure here, and they are all connected.’
Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 31 Aug, 5pm, £10 (£8).