The AWID Forum is just one stop in the Feminist Realities journey. Let’s travel this path together and explore our power in action!

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What is the AWID International Forum?

Every three to four years, AWID hosts its flagship international event.

The next AWID Forum will take place 11-14 January 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan.


Learn more about the 14th AWID Forum:

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The AWID international Forum is a gathering of 2,000 women’s rights leaders and activists from around the world. The AWID Forum is the largest recurring event of its kind, and every Forum takes place in a different country in the global South.

Find out more about the AWID Forum history

What is the 14th AWID Forum theme?

The 14th Forum theme is “Feminist Realities: our power in action”. 

We understand Feminist Realities as the different ways of existing and being that show us what is possible, despite dominant power systems, and in defiance and resistance to them.  We understand these feminist realities as reclamations and embodiments of hope and power, and as  multi-dimentional, dynamic and rooted in specific contexts and historical moments.

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When / how can I submit a session proposal?

We launched a Call for Activities on November 19th 2019 and the last date to receive proposals is January 31, 2020. 

We encourage those interested to be creative in the types of activities they would like to propose. We are making an intentional effort to move away from the traditional “panel” style sessions which is why we are deliberately using “activities” as a broader umbrella term. 

If you have a feminist reality that you would like to share with feminists from all around the world, we invite you to submit your proposal. We are looking for activities that celebrate, share and allow us to think deeply about feminist realities that are truly propositional, powerful and that infuse us all with hope and energy towards transformation!  

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I’m trying to submit a proposal but the online form is not working?

For any questions related to the Call for Forum Activities please contact us, selecting Forum Call for Activities as the subject of your email.

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I am not able to submit a written proposal, are you accepting any other formats?

As part of our commitment to accessibility in all aspects of the AWID Forum we are accepting audio/video formats for those individuals/organizations/groups who can't submit a written application. 

If you choose to send your proposal in an audio/video format, kindly follow the same order to answer the questions as detailed in the Activity Proposal Form.

To submit an audio/video file please Contact us, selecting Forum Call for Activities as the subject of your email.

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What happens once I submit my activity proposal?

Activity proposals will initially be screened by AWID staff.

Organizers of shortlisted proposals will then be invited to participate in a voting process, to choose among the shortlisted activities. Those with the most votes will be included in the Forum program. AWID may make a few adjustments to the final selection to ensure our program has an adequate balance across regions, constituencies, issues and methodologies.  

Our Forum Content and Methodology Committee will reach out to the organizers of selected proposals to support them in further developing their activities.

What will be different about this Forum?

We have always worked towards ensuring that our Forums are co-developed with partners, movements and our priority constituencies.

For our upcoming Forum, we aim to deepen and strengthen that spirit and practice of co-creation and collaboration. We also recognize the need to improve the balance between the inclusion of many voices and experiences with room for participants and staff to breathe, take pause and enjoy some downtime.

This Forum will be different in the following ways: 

  • We will have far less organized Forum activities because we want people to have time to engage, experience, process, talk to each other, etc.  This is key to communicate: you can come to the Forum, be very engaged and active and not facilitate any organized activity (or “session”).
  • We will have Open Spaces - at least one whole afternoon without any organized activities - but also physical spaces available throughout the Forum for people to self-organize meetings, etc.
  • We have a Content and Methodology Committee made up of feminists from different regions with expertise on participatory methodologies to support us and all those leading activities at the Forum to use creative and engaging  formats for the Forum activities. 


When can I register for the Forum?

We will announce this soon. Stay tuned!

How much does registration cost?

This information will only be available when registration opens. 

What is included in registration fees?

The AWID Forum registration fees for all forum participants cover:

  • Full access to all four days of the Forum
  • Lunches and coffee/tea breaks during forum days
  • Resource materials
  • Simultaneous interpretation during plenaries and some selected breakout sessions/activities (English, French, Spanish, and local language)
  • Participation in the celebration dinner/party
  • Mobile app with final program and chat function
  • Free Wi-Fi service in the forum premises
  • Airport pick ups and hotel-venue-hotel transportation


How can I fund my participation in the AWID Forum? Many activists will not be able to afford the cost of the Forum – is AWID doing anything to provide assistance?

Please visit the "Funding ideas" page to get some ideas and inspiration for how you can fund your participation at the next Forum, including the limited support AWID will be able to provide.

Do I have to be an AWID member to participate in the Forum?

No, you don't have to be an AWID member to participate but AWID members receive a discounted registration fee as well as a number of other benefits.

Learn more on how to become an AWID member

I can’t attend the Forum in person, how else can I participate?

More than just an event, the AWID Forum is part of our Feminist Realities Journey, with many spaces to come together, online and offline, for sharing, discussing, strategizing and co-creating feminist realities.

Learn more about the Feminist Realities Journey and everything that will happen before the Forum. Join our mailing list to stay tuned for Post-Forum announcements!

We are exploring options to participate virtually at the Forum and we will share information when we know what we can offer.

Will there be pre-Forum convenings this time around?

We have been contacted by global and regional partners about some ideas for pre-Forum convenings and we will share more information about these ideas soon.

If you plan to organize a meeting before the Forum please let us know!

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Please select "Call for Forum Activities" as the subject of your message.

Many beautiful things emerged from the 2016 Black Feminisms Forum (BFF) that was organized by an Advisory Group and funded by AWID. Some of the independent organizing that arose from the BFF include Black feminist organizing in Brazil. While we won’t have another BFF this year, we remain committed to sharing some key learnings with anyone interested in continuing work around Black feminist organizing.

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For additional questions, please use our contact form, and select “14th AWID Forum - Call for Activities” from the dropdown menu.

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