During the 2012 Forum, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is aiming to analyze the impact of economic development on the life of women throughout the globe. It is also expected that various groups working on women issues would get better connected so as to facilitate better understanding of related issues from the perspective of human rights and justice, besides devising effective strategies for their implementation.
Ten broad themes have been selected to frame the analysis of economic power and development. The themes reflect some of the core dimensions and manifestations of economic power. They are also crucial areas in which economic power impacts on and intersects with a diverse range of women’s rights issues. Since the themes are profoundly inter-related, the participants will have the option, when submitting their session proposal, to indicate the “primary theme” to which their session proposal relates and whether the session is closely linked to a second theme as well
Labor & Work; Militarism, Violence & Conflict; The Role of the State; Sexuality; The Planet & Ecological Health; Financial Flows; Access to & Control of Resources; Private Sector & Corporate Power; Culture & Religion; and Global Governance
Session organizers are strongly encouraged to use an intersectional approach by considering the relevance and significance of how diverse identities intersect to define people’s experiences and how people are impacted by the issues explored in their session. This includes consideration of diverse gender identities, class, ability, race, ethnicity, age, and locality, among others. Forum sessions are 1.5 hours in length. In addition to relating to one or two of the themes above, the session proposal should respond to at least one of the questions below.
1. What are key insights, lessons or debates about how economic power works in this theme, keeping in mind the realities and experiences of women in all their diversities?
2. What are existing experiences in building towards transformative, alternative visions and practices within this theme whether at local, national, regional and/or international levels-and what are the roles of women’s movements and/or other social movements in these experiences?
3. What skills do activists need to transform economic power in relation to this theme?
4. What are concrete strategies, including the kinds of alliance building needed, for transforming economic power in relation to this theme?
5. What are concrete forward-looking proposals for change and visions to transform economic power in relation to this theme?
The last date for submitting proposals is June 3, 2011.
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