Break out sessions (C-E)

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Call to the importance of capacity building on economics and women´s rights: challenges, gaps and opportunities.

Economic policy is a critical area for feminist activists to push for transformation. This session will present a mapping of capacity-building opportunities on economics and women’s rights. Groups engaged in skills-building comment on the results of the mapping, providing a springboard for strategic discussions on present gaps and ways forward to foster existing learning programmes

Speakers: Usu Mallya, Norma Sanchis, Kinga Lohmann, Elaine Zuckerman

Can Monitoring and Evaluation be Feminist?

Women’s organizations are leading complex social change processes that are political and feminist! Why can’t the same be true of our monitoring and evaluation practices? Women’s organizations are being pressed to show why donor resources are making a difference, attend this session and help build our collective learning around feminist assessment and M&E.

Speakers: Srilatha Batliwala, Caitlin Stanton, Anasuya Sengupta, Geetanjali Misra

Capacity-building for Economic Ventures Based on Empowerment with a Focus on Financial Services, Personal Development, Organizing, and Political Advocacy

We will have a discussion about building economic alternatives from an approach in which credit is conceived of as a entry-point to holistic empowerment. The business management training material “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs” will be presented at the session as a basis for the discussion.

Speakers: Malena de Montis, Mariela Itzel Arce Andarde

Challenging conventional market models by creating access to abortion and safe birth with misoprostol in countries where abortion is illegal.

Presentations of alternative models to support access to safe abortion and safe birth with misoprostol that also create an income without excluding women without financial means. There will be examples of a telemedical service women on web and grassroots organizations in Tanzania and Kenya.

Speakers: Kinga jelinska, Felistah Ngui, Martha Ibrahim, Rebecca Gomperts, Susan Davies

Challenging Economic Power: Women’s Economic and Social Rights

Women’s socio-economic rights are critical for advancing women’s economic empowerment and understanding how to engage and change economic power structures. Participants in this session will better understand how to use the human rights framework in this struggle.

Speakers: Rebecca Brown, Leilani  Farha, Ximena Andion Ibanez

Changing Climate, Changing Leadership through the Community Resilience Fund: A 12 country pilot

The panel will present the Community Resilience Fund, which advances an alternative approach to bringing grassroots women’s priorities to disaster and climate resilience programs. This mechanism empowers grassroots women to undertake public roles that drive disaster and climate resilience, to build and protect the asset base of poor communities.

Speakers: Joyce Nangobi, Godavari Dange, Relinda Sosa, Marling Rodriguez Cerros

Cleaning up global supply chains: Lessons from Twenty Years of Combining Local Organizing, International Solidarity and Corporate Campaigning

The panel will present the Community Resilience Fund, which advances an alternative approach to bringing grassroots women’s priorities to disaster and climate resilience programs. This mechanism empowers grassroots women to undertake public roles that drive disaster and climate resilience, to build and protect the asset base of poor communities.

Speakers: Ineke Zeldenrust, June Rose Hartley, Sandra Ramos Lòpez, Sze Wan Debby Chan, Ana Enriquez

Climate Justice and Reparations for Climate Debt: Feminist Reflections and Grassroots Women’s Experiences and Struggles

The session is open to all women’s groups interested to take part or currently working on the Asian Climate Justice and Reparations for Climate Debt campaign. It aims to surface feminist perspectives on Climate Justice and the country and regional initiatives done to further strengthen the campaign.

Speakers: Lydinyda Nacpil, Wardarina Thaib, Uma Chowdhury, Flora Santos, Puspa Dewy, Manisha Subedi Pokhrel

Collaborative Advocacy for Women’s Economic Rights in Muslim Majority Countries

Discriminatory religious family laws sustain women’s economic disenfranchisement by preserving gender inequities and inhibiting women’s capabilities and opportunities.  This panel will unearth the links between religious family law, economic injustice, and women’s economic exclusion by exploring initiatives pertaining to land rights, inheritance laws, community organization, and advocacy.

Speakers: Lamya Hadi, Sawsan Zakzak, Amina Lemrini

Coming Out Fully Naked!

The literary and visual collection of homosexual and bisexual women’s sexuality, body and harassment perceptions and stories will be shared with the participants.

Speakers: Nevin Öztop, Ezgi Koçak, Alime Wohlers

Commodification of Rights: Privacy and pleasure Inc.

Companies like Facebook are increasingly being invested with the power and responsibility to protect and defend a broad range of women’s human rights. Our use and data helps consolidate their power, but what is at risk when rights are traded for profit? What can feminists do about it?

Speakers: Jac Kee, Nighat Dad, Nadine Moawad, Valentina Pellizzer, Janine Moolman

Commodification of rights: Privacy & Pleasure Inc.

Companies like Facebook are increasingly being invested with the power and responsibility to protect and defend a broad range of women’s human rights. Our use and data helps consolidate their power, but what is at risk when rights are traded for profit? What can feminists do about it?

Speakers: Jac Kee, Nighat Dad, Nadine Moawad, Valentina Pellizzer, Janine Moolman

The Comparison of Experiences from Various Countries on the Effects of Reconciliation of Work and Family Life on Gender Equality in Labor Market.

This session will explore the effectiveness of different political, legal, and institutional mechanisms to reconcile work and family life and advance gender equality in the labor market in the framework of experiences of OECD countries (South Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, Spain, Sweden).

Speakers: Maria Cecilia  Matarazzo, Maria Iglesias, Anita Nyberg, Ito  Peng

Concept of Dignity: A Transformative Approach to Human Rights

The Panel will explore how the concept of dignity provides a more holistic approach to human rights grounded in people’s realities. It will advocate for a new approach where the State is a dignity inspired entity and where the provisioning sector disciplines the State which then disciplines the market.

Speakers: Priti  Darook, Barbara Phillips, Vernie Diano, Suha  Qatamesh

Confronting corporate control and access over land and productive resources: Securing our rights and strengthening our movements

Rural women’s rights to access and control productive resources are hampered by aggressive corporate control and gender disparities.  The session hopes to come up with the struggles, lessons and key strategies from women’s movements who resisted corporate control and asserted their rights to their land, resources and livelihood.

Speakers: Sarojini Vijaya Rengam, Virginia Dammay, Irene Fernandez, Natesan Fathima

Connecting Contours: Sexuality, Economic Power and Development

The session demonstrates that for women who do not conform to the standards of a compulsory hetero-normative life in South Asia, violations of sexual rights have an economic impact. Their economic rights get violated in relation to even widely accepted development issues in the region, such as housing, livelihood, migration etc.

Speakers: Debolina Dutta, Suben Dhakal, Manique Gunaratne, Maheen  Sultan

Connecting the dots: promoting the sustainability of women’s labor rights initiatives

A dynamic, multi-media talk show in which the audience will be tasked with creating a map to connect stakeholders with successful initiatives presented by leaders of women’s labor rights organizations in Mexico and Asia.

Speakers: Lynda Yanz, Julia Quiñonez, Lakshmi Bhatia, Ah Ka

Coordinaton of Strategies for UN Women

The creation of UN Women has been celebrated as a success of the joint strategies of the women’s and feminist movements all over the world, setting the equality agenda as an integral component of democracy. What should the role of UN Women be in the current global context? What are the tensions and challenges?

Speakers: Lilian Elmira Celiberti Rosas, Katia Uriona, Alejandra Scampini, Lucy Garrido

Corporeal connections: dis/ability and the body as currency in sexuality, work and care

Disability rights activists address the role of social attitudes to non-normative bodies in shaping access to sexuality, work and care. Examples of disabled women’s lives and art will enable analysis of the ‘corporeal economics’ of interconnected spaces; challenge the prejudice of devalued embodiment; and address non-disabled privilege.

Speakers: Svjetlana  Timotic, Janet Price, Niluka Gunawardena, Esther Vonk

Creating a Culture of Peace for Economic Transformation: Skills to Empower, Knowledge to Transcend

Want to mobilize your resources and learn new skills? Join us for a skills-building workshop on creating a paradigm shift based on the principles behind the Siglo XXIII movement, a process of social transformation through culture, cooperation, sustainability, equality– within a Culture of Peace.

Speakers: Viviana Bernal, Kristen Kane-Osorto, Marta Benavides, Katherine McGhee

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Disabled women access to economic resources & justice

The panel will be of three parts 1. In the first part three panalists will talk on three main topics: (a) women with disablity around the globe and challenges,(b) disable women between tradation & religion in Islamic countries,(c)Disabled Afghan women.

Speakers: Jamila  Afghani, Fazal kakar, Mahfooza Folad

Don’t talk to us about sewing machines, talk to us about workers rights.

Sex work is work. Trafficking is as an issue of poverty that causes many women to willingly/unwillingly enter into agreements with traffickers because they seek to escape / explore better livelihoods. This session will reflect on the evidence base and the experiences of sex worker rights organisations in this area.

Speakers: Meena Seshu, Laura Agustin, Sachumi Mayeo

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The Earthly Faces of Gods and Patriarchs: Culture, religion and economic power

Culture and religion are presented as “pure”, uncontaminated by power, and beyond challenge by ordinary mortals. But in this session, activists from different contexts expose the links between culture, religion, and economic power, how they impact their lives, and how it is possible to confront them. Come, break the silence!

Speakers: Radhika Chandiramani, Marcelo Ferreyra, Julia Ehrt, Ponni Arasu

Economic justice for lesbian women: setting an agenda Blurb for the session: : Interrogating the intersections between sexual orientation, gender presentation

Interrogating the intersections between sexual orientation, gender presentation and poverty and the resulting socio-economic barriers for lesbian women in Africa.

Speakers: Patricia Cavanagh, Fadzai Muparutsa

Economic Solidarity: Raising funds and awareness for feminist activism through resource sharing

Let’s get beyond the statistics on the underfunded women’s movement and look at models of economic solidarity that pool women’s knowledge and resources to generate unrestricted funds for our activism. This strategy jam shares and debates about how women’s organizations and funds define resources and how.

Speakers: Amanda Gigler, Iluta Lace, Linda To

The Economics of Domestic Violence

This panel will explore the economics of domestic violence; and review the impact of the overall economy on levels of violence against women in society, the impact of a crisis, including an economic crisis and explore ways to develop economic arguments to lobby government to improve invest in fighting violence

Speakers: Christelle Cronje, l Loeky  Droesen, l Anara  Moldasheva, Diana Miloslavich Túpac

Economic Violence is Gender Based Violence!

Mainstream understandings of gender based violence typically focus on women’s bodies, psychologies and sexualities. This session explores the intersections between sexual, physical and economic forms of gender based violence to call attention to less familiar forms of violence that impact the economic lives of women sex workers around the world.

Speakers: Tosh Legoreng, Ana Luz Mamani Silva, Mariann Bodzar, Sarah Walker

The European Crises

Women’s rights  and women’s voices have been at the margin, at best, of decision making and resistance during the ongoing economic and fiscal crisis in Europe. In this session, we will assess the gender dimensions of the crisis, and discuss feminist visions and activities for a recovery.

Speakers: Silke Steinhilber, Lois Woestman

Exploring feminist analyses and proposals towards economic justice

Three years into the current crisis, the disproportionate impact on women continues. This session will examine key aspects of the present global context, including the specific political / economic realities women face. Feminist initiatives that challenge the mainstream development model will be discussed, as will potential sites for their advancement.

Speakers: Lois Woestman, Kinda Mohamadieh, Alma Espino, Wendy Harcourt

Exploring the contexts that enable violence against Women Human Rights Defenders: Reflections from the WHRD International Coalition 2005-11

WHRDs face violence both for what they do and for who they are. Much has changed since the initial coining of the term in 2005 – increased recognition of WHRDs, understanding of contexts, and improving response mechanisms. This session will reflect on the evolving work to defend and protect WHRDs.

Speakers: Lynn Darwich, Haneen Maikey