The Uncommon Man

January 17, 2008

The 11th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development

The Power of Movements
November 14-17, 2008
Cape Town, South Africa

We invite you to contribute to this urgent discussion by submitting a proposal to organize a session at the 11th AWID Forum: The Power of Movements.

Submit your proposal online at
Deadline: January 28, 2008
Contact us for more info or printable application at or +1 416 594 3773.

The 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.

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Posted by Daniel at January 17, 2008 02:27 PM


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