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Our flagship event, the International Forum on Women's Rights and Development brings together over 2000 women’s rights activists and allies

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AWID International Forum in Brazil, 2016 - © Claudia Ferreira

AWID International Forum

More than an event!

The AWID International Forum is a truly global space that gives participants an opportunity to network, build alliances, celebrate, and learn in a stimulating and emotive atmosphere. 

AWID Forum - 2016 - Bahia, Brazil : plenary room (Cécile, AWID)
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AWID International Forum in Costa de Sauipe, Brazil, 2016

Held every three to four years in a different region of the world, the Forum dissolves national borders, fosters deep discussion, personal and professional growth, and strengthens our movements for gender justice and women’s rights.

Evolving from a national conference of around 800 people, the event now brings together around 2000 women's rights and feminist leaders, donor agencies, development practitioners, grassroots leaders and activists from around the world. 

We see this convening as a response to the urgency to promote stronger and more coordinated engagement and action by women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements. We also believe that the Forum is more than just an event – it can facilitate a process to influence thinking and set agendas for women’s rights movements and other related actors.

The location and dates of the next AWID International Forum are being finalized. Check back again soon for updates!


The past Forums

2016 - Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice (Costa de Sauipe, Brazil)

Given the complex world that we face today, the AWID 2016 Forum did not focus on a particular “issue”, but rather on creating more effective ways of working together!

AWID Forum 2008 - Cape Town (tile)
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AWID International Forum, in Cape Town, South Africa, 2008

The 2016 Forum aimed to

  • Celebrate the gains of the past 20 years by diverse social movements and critically analyze the lessons we can carry forward.

  • Assess our current reality to locate the opportunities and threats for advancing the rights of women and other oppressed people.

  • Explore strategies for mobilizing greater solidarity and collective power across diverse movements.

  • Inspire, energize and renew strength and purpose.


2012 - Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women's Rights and Justice (Istambul, Turkey)

The 12th AWID Forum was the largest and most diverse AWID Forum to date, bringing together 2239 women’s rights activists from 141 countries. Of these participants, around 65% were from the Global South and close to 15% were young women under 30, and 75% attended an AWID Forum for their first time.

The Forum program focused on transforming economic power to advance women’s rights and justice and featured over 170 different kinds of sessions including feminist economics toolbox skills-building sessions, breakout sessions representing all 10 Forum themes, in-depth sessions, and solidarity roundtables. 

Building on the momentum of the Forum, we transformed the website into a resource and learning Hub, which builds on the content generated by participants by featuring multi-media resources on all Forum components. 

Visit our 2012 Forum website


All AWID Forums

  • 2016: Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice (Costa de Sauipe, Brazil)
  • 2012: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women's Rights and Justice (Istambul, Turkey)
  • 2008: The Power of Movements (Cape Town, South Africa). Read our 2008 Forum Report
  • 2005: How does change happen? (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • 2002: Reinventing Globalization (Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • 1999: Leading Solutions for Equality and Justice (US)
  • 1996: Beyond Beijing From Words to Action (US)
  • 1993: Joining Forces to Further Shared Visions (US)
  • 1991: Working Together/Learning Together: A South North Dialogue (US)
  • 1989/1990: Global Em-Powerment for Women (US)
  • 1987: Moving Forward: Innovations in Development Policy, Action and Research (US)
  • 1985: Women Creating Wealth; Transforming Economic Development (US)
  • 1983: ‘Women in Development’ (Washington D.C, US)