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"L'Emilie" newspaper


L'Emilie is a monthly feminist Swiss publication created in 1912 by Emilie Gourd, to claim the right of women to vote (finally achieved in 1971). The publication was then known as Swiss Women in the '60s, then women in Switzerland in 1999 (based on the observation that the audience was not only Switzerland). On June 14, 2001, Women in Switzerland has changed graphic design, editorial and title, and became Emilie, in tribute to Emilie Gourd, its founder.

Members of the Emilie have in common their commitment and enthusiasm to contribute to the development of an independent feminist press. Emilie brings together women and men from several countries, aged between 20 and 35 years working in various fields and activist circles in daily or professional associations. The editorial board of Emilie is open to external collaborations, continuous or sporadic. Emilie is an activist newspaper which serves as an instrument of combat, to inform and advance feminist claims. The goals and areas of Emilie are defined in its Charter.

What are the claims that we support?


Right of women to professional work and equal pay to men for work of equal value;

Wages that can live in dignity;

Equitable sharing of housework and education;

Shorter working life and the possibility of living harmoniously reconcile work and private life and / or family for both sexes;

Elimination of occupational segregation (vertical and horizontal);

Places to host enough for young children at affordable prices.


Access for all and all in all formations and all trades, regardless of the role assigned to women and men;

Promoting gender education, non-racist and non-homophobic schools.


Rejection of all forms of violence against women and children and the implementation plan of action and prevention, together with financial resources;

Right to contraception and abortion on demand and free;

Self-determination for all women;

Protecting and safeguarding the environment.


Investment of women in political, social and activist;

Strengthening a network of women locally and nationally;

International solidarity among all women in struggle;

Maternity insurance satisfactory.


Sexist portrayal of women in cultural production, media, advertising and language.

What are our goals?

Influence in the lives of women and men in society through education and awareness;

Convinced of the legitimacy and necessity of feminism while demystifying and de-stigmatize, and this particularly with young people (women and men), too often "scared-es" by feminism;

Fight against the misconceptions, prejudices and stereotypes, particularly regarding women and men in their relations;

Being recognized as feminist associations relay their demands and driving the advancement of radical feminist perspective;

Meet the feminist campaigning on the ground in western Switzerland to see their work, their demands and expectations;

Increase our exchanges with other feminist journals;

Create links with other actors-sures which militate against all forms of oppression to share analysis and collaborate on joint projects;

Transmitting the memory / history and feminist women.

We denounce:

The arbitrary nature, and social history of this categorization. Sex should not be a social marker;

The asymmetry between the sexes resulting from this bicatégorisation;

The idea of sexual difference. Differences between two persons of the same sex may be greater than the differences between two people of different sexes. Therefore, sex should not be a criterion for categorization;

The sexual division of labor, with priority assigned to domestic work for women and professional work for men, a differentiated division of labor by sex, a hierarchy of jobs called "male" jobs and said "female" ( with "female" devalued), induced by the bicatégorisation sex;

Limiting the field of possibilities for women and men who are restricted in their category of sex. Challenging the social categorization of sex allows women and men to access attributes from their group sex. Women and men can perform the same roles, have the same duties, responsibilities, qualities, defects, skills, etc..

What do we want feminism to defend?

Our feminist reflection on the social relations of gender, that is to say, it looks at the situation of women and men in a social world defined by sexual segregation;

Our feminism is not intended to align the female model on the male model, but to question the social construction of these two categories, which involve limitations, and the asymmetry of power relations between the sexes. The categories of feminine and masculine refers to a set of values and social characteristics that are related to women and men. The social categorization of sex based on a principle of differentiation (the feminine is different from the male), complementarity (the male would complement the feminine) and hierarchy (the male is higher than female) gender.

Feminism want to argue that we have the following characteristics:

It is radical (not to be confused with "extremist") from the Latin radix, root, ie it seeks to sweep the secular notions of difference, complementarity and gender hierarchy. Radicalism seeks to change the social relations of gender in the root, so fundamental to individual, interpersonal and structural. As such, the questioning of gender relations is part of a revolution rather than reform;

Feminism is inclusive in the sense that it wants to integrate anti-racist analysis, antihomophobes (double discrimination), anti-capitalists, environmentalists and anti-discrimination of all kinds since gender relations are embedded in other social relations. We want to promote feminism, multicultural, intergenerational and affect all social groups;

Feminism is critical of neoliberal capitalism as it exacerbates all forms of inequality. Moreover, capitalism is based on the sexual division of labor that we criticize;

Feminism is ecofeminist and we want to promote a feminism that is part of a broader perspective and overall survival of the planet. We believe that the patriarchal and capitalist systems are responsible for the critical current was organic system;

Feminism is critical of the heterosexual norm of our society.


46° 12' 13.716" N, 6° 8' 23.8524" E
Names of Producers/organizers/editors/creators: 
Estelle Pralong (editor)
Timerange, Issue-nr, ...: 
2001-now (in current version)
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