We have begun sending notifications to those who submitted a session proposal. Due to the overwhelming response to the Call for Proposals, these notices will take some time to roll out. Please note that if you applied by the Call for Proposals deadline (June 3, 2011) you will hear from us no later than Friday, September 16th.
All proposals to present a session at the 2012 AWID Forum will be reviewed for completeness and to ensure fit with the forum vision, goals and themes. Remember to answer all of the questions and properly fill out all fields. If your submission does not include everything, it will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the members of the International Planning Committee, through a thorough process.
Proposals will be reviewed after the call closing date. You should be notified of the decision regarding your session proposal by September 2011.
The proposals will be assessed based on the following guidelines:
- Session is relevant to at least one of the Forum themes and addresses the issues outlined in one or more of the questions in the Call for Proposal.
- Content is bold and pro positive; does not only cover analysis of a problem or situation but proposes solutions (or at least possible actions or alternatives).
- Session format and planned methodology is appropriate for allotted time and consistent with session objectives.
- Session builds on collaboration between one or more groups or social movements and addresses more than one theme.
Proposals are also reviewed with an eye for balance in the overall Forum agenda. That is, we want to ensure a well-balanced array of sessions that:
- Cover the full range of Forum themes described in the Call for Proposal
- Reflect experiences from all regions as well as experiences from different levels (local, national, regional, international).
- Reflect experiences of women in all their diversities—women with disabilities, LBTQI, migrant women, peasant, sex workers, indigenous women, etc.
- Use diverse methodologies, ensuring significant space in the agenda for interaction with and by participants and the use of arts and other ‘non-talking-head’ formats.
- Highlight linkages and opportunities for alliance-building with different sectors of women’s movements and with other social movements.
Thus even very strong and compelling proposals might be rejected in the interest of ensuring a relatively balanced agenda. We receive many more session proposals than we are able to accept given space and time constraints, thus the decision-making process is always a difficult one.