Series of conversations: The Feminist Realities journey continues
As part of the Feminist Realities Journey, we are inviting you to take part in a series of curated conversations, designed to spark meaningful dialogue and co-creation, among feminist activists and organizations from all over the world.
Skill shares, fireside chats, and exchanges
On the road to the AWID Forum, the movements put forward hundreds of proposals of creative and engaging activities that speak about the way different collectives are making feminism a reality. We want to start sparking dialogues now about the many ways of bringing feminism to practice, and continue them at the Forum and afterward. These conversations are crafted to expand the online boundaries with skill shares and small group fireside chats; they will include interpretation for a diversity of languages.
Freeing Ourselves: challenging criminalization & stigmas
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 9-10:30am EST / 1-2:30pm UTC (convert to local time)
With RESURJ and Accountability International, we will speak about challenging criminalization, resist stigmas and build collective freedoms for all.
Angelique V. Nixon is a Bahamas-born, Trinidad-based writer, artist, scholar, activist, and community worker. She is a director of the feminist LGBTI organisation CAISO: Sex & Gender Justice, and leads a human rights, activity-based project called “Sexual Culture of Justice” working to end gender based violence and LGBTI discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago.
Phillipa Tucker is a freelance researcher and part-time Programmes Director at Accountability International, who began the Challenging Criminalisation Globally Project as a way to catalyse cross-movement involvement in rethinking and re-strategising around how a larger variety of stakeholders can challenge criminalisation collectively.
Philasande Mahlakata is a farmer and project coordinator for uMziMvubu Farmers Support Network, an organization advocating for the legalization of cannabis farming for commercial purposes and the inclusion of subsistence farmers within the fast growing global cannabis industry.
Svitlana (Sveta) Moroz is an HIV-positive human rights activist from Ukraine. Sveta leads the Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS (EWNA) that conducted women-led community based research "HIV criminalization Scan in EECA".
Mirta (MIchi) Moragas is a eminist activist and human rights defender from Paraguay. She belongs to Resurj, a global alliance of south feminists working to realize sexual & reproductive justice.
Tamara-Jade Kaz is a facilitator, illustrator and visual notetaker whose work centres social action. She has a background working in gendered violence prevention from Black feminist perspective.
Rainbows and Storms: LGBTQI+, climate crisis and pandemics
Wednesday October 28, 6-7:30pm EST / Thursday October 29, 10-11:30am Fiji (convert to local time)
Centering queer voices, we will learn from DIVA for Equality Fiji how to set up community owned aquaponic gardens, collective cleaning of rivers, or organize queer women builders networks.
More sessions soon!
The Journey Continues
In 2021 we will continue these curated conversations, some of the upcoming topics are:
- disability justice, reproductive justice & sexual freedoms;
- feminists transforming democracy in times of crisis;
- movement, healing, and addressing trauma as sustenance for movement building and how we win (our victories as movements).
It's vital we don’t allow physical distancing to become social distancing. Crisis is not new to feminist and social movements, we have a long history of surviving in the face of oppression and building our communities and our own realities. We have continued to thrive, finding strategies that enable us to break away from the logics of racism, patriarchy, and colonialism, replacing them with logics of liberation, solidarity and care. We have done this in collaboration, our networks have been our strength.
Feminist movements are a powerful force, building the path towards the world we want to live in, here are some avenues where we can start:
It’s time to inspire each other through stories of resistance, creation, and victory, we must share the knowledge that we have built through our experiences and bring our minds to strategize together.
Welcome back on the journey towards Feminist Realities!
The Journey also includes a series of conversations between social movements, activists and AWID members, about indigenous feminist justice, sex workers and digital spaces, ecofeminism and anti-specism, organizing in an economic crisis and much more.
There will also be a series of activities for AWID members only. Want to join?
Past curated conversations
September 2020: How to Mobilize Resources Autonomously
- A conversation on how to mobilize resources that are truly autonomous, and self-generated by and for feminist movements.
Stay tuned for the recording!
- The recording will be available soon