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Feminism in Russia


Individual Feminists:

Valentina Uspenskaya

Internet Sites:

You can reach the Russian Feminism Resources website here.

Women's Organizations in Russia here.

You can contact The Network Women's Program -- Open Society Institute Russia through Elena Kotchkina here, or write to them at this postal address: Network Women's Program, c/o Civil Society Program, Open Society Institute - Russia, Bolshoi Bozlovski pereulok 13/17, Moscow 107078, RUSSIA.


      One of the most active women's groups in Russia is the Association of Independent Women's Initiatives (AIWI), founded in 1991 by Dr. Valentina Uspenskaya of Tver State University. Their main goal is consciousness-raising, focusing on issues of sexism, racism, and classism.


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