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Call for Proposals for the 11th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development: The Power of Movements

The 11th AWID* International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development: The Power of Movements
November 14-17, 2008
Cape Town, South AfricaThe struggle for women’s rights faces formidable obstacles.  Recent years have witnessed a marked increase in the fragmentation of movements, as well as decreased investment by funding agencies in movement-oriented as opposed to project-oriented work. These trends have resulted in weakened women’s movements in many parts of the world at a time when the challenges faced by women grow ever larger and more difficult.The issues we need to resolve are complex and multi-faceted:

  • How do we build movements that allow us to be strong but flexible, diverse without being fragmented, adaptable without compromising our core values, strategic without being expedient?
  • What kind of collective power is possible in the 21st century, what types of mobilizations work – and in what contexts?
  • What are the contradictions we need to confront in our movements in order to move forward?
  • How do we build solidarity across different movements?
  • And what is the cost of simply letting things drift along the present path?

From November 14-18, 2008, up to 1,500 women’s rights activists from around the world will gather in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss the issue of building stronger women’s movements globally. Click here to learn more about the key questions the Forum will deal with.We invite you to contribute to this urgent discussion by submitting a proposal to organize a session at the 11th AWID Forum..

Go to the Forum 2008 website
Go to the AWID website
Submit your proposal online
or call us for more information or a Word version/hard copy of the application form.  Telephone number:  +1 416 594 3773


Via the Global Sisterhood Network

*The Association for Women’s Rights in Development is an international membership organisation that works to strengthen the voice, impact and influence of women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements internationally to effectively advance the rights of women.

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