Tora’s Growth Spaces

Growth Space: a space for ideas and thoughts – what makes Tora unique!

Are you interested in developing the feminist agenda across common themes, laying the foundation for a more feminist society, strengthening your competencies and becoming part of a strong professional and social community? Then join Tora’s growth spaces!

Tora’s growth spaces are free spaces for thoughts and ideas, in which volunteers take on a feminist approach to research and analyse various societal problems. In these spaces, you will be given the opportunity to work with cross-cutting issues and highlight as well as develop new perspectives on feminism and gender equality. The work ranges from general concepts to concrete cases (such as the climate, the environment or political cases) – the sky (- and your creativity) is the limit.

Tora’s growth spaces are evolving on a continuous level and must include the following themes of ‘feminist growth’

Equality

Inclusion

Sustainability

Find below our already established growth spaces, which are always happy to welcome new members!


Established Growth Spaces

 

  1. Climate & Environment – with a focus on feminist growth, including equality, inclusion and sustainability. Based in Copenhagen, our Climate & Environment department works with various issues related to climate and the environment, both from a philosophical and political perspective. The concept of sustainability is based on Tora’s concept of nature, responsibility and feminist environment.

Lead: Lau Jensen

Other members: Katrine Weber, Ingrid Mikkelsen, Xenia Heurlin, Anne-Sofie Dichman, Klaus Brix, Lau Jensen and Coco Hjardemaal.

Advisory board members: Esther Michelsen Kjeldahl (read more here).

Number of members of growth space: 8

 

 

 

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2. Anti-Feminism– with a focus on spreading feminism, while also working on gaining a better understanding of anti-feminism. The growth space reflects on attitudes, resistance and (anti-) feminism as such.

 

Lead:  Rasmus Hald Møller

Other members: Lisa Skovslund Nielsen, Frida Windfeld, Bodil Brødreskrift, Julie Stendahl Ottesen, Jacob Cowland, Endre Garberg, Bodil Hvass Kjems, Ulricha Larsen, Mille Hoffgaard and Amanda Büchert.

Advisory board members: Rasmus Hald Møller and Rasmus Brygger

Board member associated with growth space: Jelena Bundalovic

Number of members of growth space: 12

 

3. Pension– growth space, with a focus on concrete legislative proposals in relation to pensions.

Lead: Inge Henningsen (Kvinderådet)

Board member associated with growth space: Maria Thiemer

Other members of growth space: Xenia Heurlin

Number of members of growth space: 2-3

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4. Art / Culture / Literature – works on a case-base. First case: underrepresentation of non-cis men in the Danish media, primarily Denmark’s Radio channel. Tasks: statistics, contact with media people, analysis and solutions under the genre “intellectual programs”, documentaries, etc.

Detailed description: The growth space for art, culture and literature is defined by its openness. In this growth space, we will work with feminist critique and analysis of what is moving within literature, art and culture, with a particular focus in Denmark. We will look at phenomena such as representation, working environment (#Metoo) as well as access to resources and power. Here, we will dive into concrete examples and analyse how gender is portrayed in literature, art and culture. We can deal with all topics within the field, but we start with a case: Danmarks Radio (DR). We will look at representation in DR, both in relation to experts, but also in relation to entertainment programs and the like. How is gender represented? Who is allowed to tell the stories? And what difference can we play as a growth space and think tank?

Lead (s): Agnete Sebbelov

Board member associated with growth space: Jelena Bundalovic

Other members: Bodil Garde, Marta Skielboe, Yasmin Bahat, Kathrine Børlit Nielsen, Ella Glantz, May Simón Lifschitz, Coco Hjardemaal, Laura Hjarvard Raaschou, Viktor Myglegård Andersen, Kir Åge Jæger and Malene Riis Andersen.

Number of members of growth space: 13

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5. Human Rights and Feminism – works with human rights as a framework, in which human rights both lay the foundation for future proposals and policies, and at the same time are analysed from a feminist perspective. The underlying mission is to both be based on human rights, while also – in the long term – being able to develop and modify these.

Detailed description: In this growth space, a focus is placed on human rights in the Danish as well as the international context. We will both address specific cases such as political representation, abortion and discrimination, while simultaneously laying the foundation for discussions on how we can move beyond the underlying structures and norms that exist today. In the growth space, we will distinguish between the use of human rights as a solely instrumental framework to achieve change and the use of feminism as a methodological tool for applying a critical lens to the design and role of human rights, without necessarily having to reject one of the two perspectives.

Lead: Emma Louise Stenholm

Advisory board members: Drude Dahlerup

Board member associated with growth space: Charlotte Kirkegaard

Other members: Emilie Refsgaard, Noah Bach-Marklund, Lærke Nielsen, Mathies Duch Gronemann, Ane Kristiansen, Agnete Sebbelov, Sidsel Larsen, Anne Terp, Endre Garberg, Frederikke Fürst, Rebecca Solovej, Maja Black, Laura Winther Engelsbak, Annalina Ege-Møller , Anna Torpe Christoffersen,  Mie Birk Jensen  and Anna Rosdahl Christiansen.

Externally affiliated: Siff Lund Nielsen

Contact: mskret@ttora.dk

Number of members of growth space: 19

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6. Islamic Feminism*– takes a closer look at the latest trends within feminist thinking, both inside and outside the ‘Islamic world’ based on Islam as a religion, criticising various misogynistic practices and power structures. The underlying idea is to explore Islamic feminism by studying the most important female thinkers (theologians, philosophers, ideologues, etc.) and placing them in a broader historical context (modernism and nationalism). The goal is to produce literature which can be made available via Tora and may eventually be included in schools and universities covering the fields of feminism and Islam.

*Islamic feminism, as a field of study, works for gender equality based on the Islamic tradition, and is a global movement that has successfully made a name for itself in the 21st century. In the growth space, we aim to make the latest knowledge in this field available by portraying the most important representatives of Islamic feminism.

Lead: Hasib Nasiri

Advisory board members (external):  Sherin Khankan

Other members:  Mira Raka, Frida Winfeld, Aisha Jan and Ula Rasool.

Number of members of growth space: 5

7. Feminist Foreign Policy –looks at certain aspects within foreign policy that have a (negative) effect on gender equality. These may include policies on the sale of weapons, refugee and immigration policy, EU policy, trade policy / trade agreements, among many others. Here, we follow an intersectional approach. As an example, this could imply analysing conflict management policies and ensuring that women, other ethnicities and other relevant social groups are not omitted but involved in order to securing lasting peace. Lastly, policies in the field of migration, both nationally and in the EU perspective, and their influence on gender are examined.

Lead: Lina Farci

Other members of the growth space: Sigrid Kromann Schiøler, Amalie Cordes, Elizabeth Bentsen and Yasmin Bahat.

Number of members of growth space: 5

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8. Ecofeminism [Growth space located in Aarhus] – dives into ecofeminism as a theory, examines its potential to solve problems and focuses on humans’ relationship to nature, including various areas within climate and the environment in politics and society.

Detailed description: Ecofeminism is an intersectional critique and philosophy that recognizes that sexism, homophobia, racism and the climate crisis share basic structural principles such as hierarchization, exploitation and oppression. In eco-feminist thinking, it is thus necessary to include various perspectives in the work towards sustainability. In the growth space, we will dive into shortcomings in Danish politics, culture and society with a focus on social and environmental sustainability by focusing on the links between social issues and nature.

Lead: Simone Due Rasmussen.

Other members of growth space: Olga Bruun, Amalie Ellekær Bisgaard, Clara Fischer Stephansen, Cecilie Karoline Kalbakk Elgaard and Kathrine Bøgelund Kristensen.

Number of members of growth space: 6

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9. Gender identity and gender understanding (including sexuality) [Growth space located in Aarhus] –a norm-critical approach that specifically supports a queer and LGBTQ involvement and intentional understanding of the concepts is used to analyse cases in the field of gender identity and gender understanding.

In-depth description: In the growth space for gender identity and gender understanding, we will work with feminist critique and analysis and zoom in on the representation of non-normative gender-specific representations and public discussions around it. As such, gender identity and gender understanding will also be examined with a cultural lens on a national and international level. This includes analysing the relation of fictional depictions of norm-breaking bodies and identities with the cases in reality.

Ideas for in-depth work:

  • 2020 look at queer theorists: Butler, Halberstam, Kosofky Sedwick
  • LGBTQ Asylum Seekers: Representation & Rights
  • Boys are from Mars, girls from Venus: Gender-biased understandings in kindergarten / school
  • Transgender children and their parents: What narrative do they step into?
  • Economy and LGBTQ people – pink dollar and social / economic vulnerability

Lead: Anne Sophie Parsons

Other members:  Stine Jønsson

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10. Anti-racism [Growth space in English, English-speaking members]In short, in Tora’s growth space on Anti-Racism we are committed to learning about the direct as well as indirect workings of racism, especially in Denmark but also in a global context. Relating to Tora’s vision of feminist growth, we are working towards an inclusive growth space with the mission to promote equality, inclusion and sustainability2 in our society. We will explore how these concepts relate to racism and how we can develop tools to actively work against racism, in order to move towards an anti-racist society that is more (socially) sustainable, inclusive and based on the equality of all people.

Director: Anna-Mamusu Sesay,  Cand.scient.anth |  PhD Fellow,  M: +45 91 33 30 03, E: ams@dskd.dk (email for more info and on how to join).

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Ideas for further Growth Spaces

Feminist Urban Planning– with Advisory Board Member Emma Holten and Toras Fundraiser Bodil Brødreskrift

Gender quotas– with a focus on investigating possibilities for (temporary) implementations of gender quotas in Denmark and their effect. Possible starting point: EU and Parliament’s action plans.

Gender and digitization

Feminist Health– possible case: COVID-19 and consequent perspectives.

 

Volunteering

What do you get out of volunteering?

As a volunteer, you become part of an inspiring community, where you get the opportunity to develop and strengthen your skills. We work to bring people together for qualified and constructive discussions, and you will thus have the opportunity to challenge your own beliefs and become wiser about feminism in its practical as well as theoretical form.

What does it take to be a volunteer?

There is no fixed recipe for a Tora volunteer, but as a volunteer in Tora, it is a requirement that you agree with Tora’s values and visions and that you are a member of Tora. You do not need expert knowledge in gender equality or feminism, but you must want to learn, work with and contribute to Tora’s work – in collaboration with a network of other dedicated volunteers.

We need (wo)manpower on many different levels, and we welcome a wide range of competencies. Therefore, everyone is encouraged – regardless of age, gender, educational background, religious beliefs, political orientation, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, etc. – to engage in Tora.

Does that sound like something for you or do you have the desire to start a new growth space?

Then send an email to our volunteer manager jelena.bundalovic@ttora.dk with the following information:

  • Name and age
  • How do you want to contribute to Tora (which volunteer group or growth space would you like to join?)
  • Your motivation
  • Educational background and experience
  • Contact details

NOTE: Under the menu “join”, including “Tora is looking for”, you can find an overview of the volunteer positions we are looking for filled with description, deadlines and contact information!