Other Activities

In addition to dozens of breakout sessions and the main plenaries, the AWID Forum features a wide range of activities and sessions designed not just to feed the mind, but also to inspire the spirit and re-energize the whole person.

Artistic and Cultural Events:

Inspire others with your creativity! A range of artistic and cultural events held throughout the Forum will give delegates opportunities to let their politics and passions mix in inspiring and imaginative ways.

Book Launches and Receptions:

Meet some of the most innovative authors and publishers in the world of women’s rights and development at several major book launches and receptions that will take place during the Forum.

Celebration Reception:

Be wined and dined at the AWID celebration party, where AWID participants will gather to eat, drink, network, and celebrate in a relaxed atmosphere geared to networking and alliance building.

Dance, Dance, Dance:

The Forum will host spirited evening events that will allow delegates to relax and reenergize in an atmosphere that is geared as much towards fun and celebration as it is towards networking and alliance-building.

Exhibit Hall and Bazaar:

From publications and products to handicrafts and textiles, the Exhibit and Marketplace has something for everyone. Shop around and peruse the latest publications, tools and resources from publishers, funders and others. Or stock up on one-of-a-kind, handcrafted treasures from women-owned businesses and collectives in the region.

If you are interested in being part of our exhibit or marketplace area please download the application form

Sex Worker Area

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, APNSW, uses art work, video and performance as a way of working amongst members who speak many languages and for advocacy around sex workers rights. This multi-media exhibition will showcase some of APNSW’s advocacy videos and art work that have been used in specific campaigns for the rights of sex workers.


Caucuses are self-organized by forum participants on a wide range of issues and interests, and are held in the early morning or during lunch time at the forum. Their purposes range from structured networking among a particular group; to smaller strategic discussions; to gather ideas or consult on particular initiatives; to developing joint statements or petitions. Each caucus organizer will identify the intended audience and purpose for the caucus. Because only some are organized in advance, the Forum program does not currently include a comprehensive list of caucuses.

Campaigns Corner:

The campaigns corner provides an opportunity for organizations currently involved in campaigns to share information and literature about their campaign and how to take part. Campaign exhibitors will be present at their table for the duration of the display.

The Francophone Village:

In order to promote francophone participation and engagement during the Forum, Genre en Action is organizing a “Francophone Village.” The village is a space for Francophone participants to meet, network, exchange and debate on topics linked to specific contexts and issues. It will also be a meeting place where information will be made available in French about the Forum’s organization, sessions and plenaries. Every day there will be a lunch-time caucus, francophone media coverage and training sessions for audio-visual techniques. The Francophone Village will be a place for learning and discovery, connecting and celebration of francophone women’s rights activism. Visit the Village and help build a sense of belonging for the francophone participants during this unique


Half-hour orientations will take place during registration on April 18, 2012 at the Halic Congress Center. The orientation will take you on a quick tour of the facilities and give you information and tips on how to make the most of the forum.

Roving Workshop – The Economics of Ageing

An interactive “roving one-to-one” workshop that aims to put in the agenda of the feminist and women´s movements some of the alternative models that ageing feminists are developing in order to live life in the process of ageing. Read more