Break out sessions (F-I)


Feminism, Queer Activism and BDS: A global movement for political change and palestinian rights

This interactive workshop will discuss ways of starting and joining effective, context-sensitive Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaigns, based on the 2005 Palestinian civil society BDS call. The workshop will also give a short summary of the BDS movement’s successes, and closely examine some case studies of successful boycott

Speakers: Lynn Darwich, Haneen Maikey

Feminist Economics Contribution to the Development debate in Latin America

This session organized by GEM-LAC will discuss to what extent the current economic transformation in Latin America ranks as real change in development patterns, and what are the consequences for women´s lives and gender equality, and/or how feminist issues should be included, in the debate and in concrete policies.

Speakers: Corina Rodriguez Enriquez, Lucía  Pérez Fragoso

From dependence to independence: how applying an economic development model with gender perspective can support survivors become empowered and free

In this workshop we plan to explore, both theoretically and practically, how implementing an economic development model with gender perspective focused on working class/poor women who are survivors of gender violence can support these women’s ability to to become empowered to transform their economic and personal lives.

Speakers: Tanagra Melgarejo Pulido, Amárilis Pagán-Jiménez, Raquel Delgado-Valentin

From Remittances to Strangling Debts: The paradox between the biggest remittance senders and their own debt-loaded situation

Women migrant workers face huge problems in their care for their children. Not only are children left behind, but also those born abroad. Through analysis of actual case studies and discernment of the stumbling blocks, the session aims to build strategies towards more economical and spiritual independence of this group.

Speakers:  Magdalena Sitorus, Lienda Wati, Evie Permata Sari, June Beckx

From the Beijing Platform to Resolution 1325 – military expenditure and its consequences for women’s security

Even though military means can not fix the global and human security threats of today the enormous spendings on war and conflict continue to break new records each year. At the same time women are denied their economic and social rights each day. How does militarism affect you?

Speakers: Ailhyn Bolaños, Annir Matundu, Ximena Correal Cabezas, Joy Onyesoh

Funding Landscape: Setting the Tone

To set the tone and informative foundation for the Resource Mobilization Hub, this first session will offer an overview of funding landscape drawing on the results of the Global Survey 2011 Where is The Money for Women’s Rights? as well as offer broad analysis and political framing on funding trends.

Speakers: Angelika Arutyunova, Emilienne De Lion, Rosalind Eyben, Patty O’Niel


Gender Action Goes Global: Launching a worldwide network of gender IFI watchers

Gender Action, the world’s only organization dedicated to promoting gender justice in International Financial Institution (IFI) investments, invites you to the launch of a global network of gender IFI watchers, including a comprehensive training using Gender Action’s “Gender Toolkit for International Finance Watchers.”

Speakers: Elizabeth  Arend, Elaine Zuckerman,Tanyi Christian, Ana Quiros

Gender and Regional Economic Integration in Africa: A sustainable response to the Global Crisis and Africa’s Development Challenges

The global financial and economic crisis has renewed the focus on Regional Integration as a key strategy for Africa’s structural transformation, development and poverty reduction. Gender equality and equity must necessarily be part of this key aspect of Africa’s development discussion.

Speakers: Dzodzi  Tsikata, Jane  Nalunga, Pauline  Vande-Pallen

Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: Strategies for implementation

The session will include a book launch and reflections on engendering the development effectiveness in Africa. FEMNET & partners will share the experiences; highlight the persistent challenges and explore strategies that feminists and women’s rights organisations should use in advocating to implement the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

Speakers: Roselyn Musa, Marren  Bukachi, Dinah Musindarwezo

Gender, Economic and Ecological Justice in a fierce new world: perspectives of young women from the economic South

The panel will explore the current patterns of economic growth in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America and its impacts on the environment and women’s access to sustainable livelihoods. Panelists will also analyze some market based solutions to climate change and discuss why they should be challenged in national and global arenas

Speakers: Hibist Kassa, Lice Cokanasiga, Nicole Bidegain

Gender, Religion and Politics, an Explosive Mix: The cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico

This table will examine the power of the Catholic Church in three Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil and Mexico), identifying  cultural, political and economic issues. It will also debate the concept of secularism as a key strategy to confront the influence of the Catholic Church and advance sexual and reproductive rights in the region.

Speakers: Juan Marco Vaggione, Jose Fontelas Rosado Nunes, Maria Teresa Bosio, Maria Consuelo Meika Pineros

Gender-responsive governance of land: women’s land rights struggles, challenges and lessons

This session brings forth experiences from across the global south, on struggles of women to secure their rights to land and other natural assets; what has worked and what has not, and exploring positive lessons and best practices as well as their replicability

Speakers: Dzodzi Tsikata, Patricia Chaves, Catherine  Gatundu

Global economy education and women’s empowerment exercises: Broadening the analysis, broadening the base

In this round robin workshop, participants will experience and learn how to conduct strategic education that blends women’s empowerment, labor organizing techniques, and global economy education and analysis that enables labor unions to connect with women workers, inspire them to become members,and helps build their agency and power.

Speakers: Lisa  McGowan, Suzan Musharbash, Kalthoum Barkallah

Grassroots Organizing and Accountability Strategies for Valuing Women’s Leadership in the Expanding Care Economy

Recasting public value for women’s voluntary/caring roles, grassroots leaders press for State acknowledgment and validation for their contributions to the care economy from thousands of African home-based caregivers negotiating public support for their response to HIV/AIDS to Turkish and Czech networks securing government recognition and jobs in family support and education

Speakers: Shorai Chitongo, Rut Kolínská, Sengul Akcar, Beauty Masanabo

Grassroots rural women leaders striving for just livelihoods in the face of global environmental and climate challenges

Women from the Global South, as significant food producers, seed savers, and resource managers, are on the frontlines addressing environmental and climate crises. This session will make connections between women’s rights and increasing environmental and climate crises and how women are leading change across communities to improve their food and economic security.

Speakers: Rucha  Chitnis, Katherine  Zavala, Luciana Bautista Pedro

Grassroots women and local government partnerships to drive the demand for an inclusive and responsive state

This session features women-led strategies to increase participation, expand services and resources, and build accountability within local decision-making structures and processes.  Women leaders who have created mechanisms within and outside government structures will lead the discussion and make recommendations on how to strengthen accountability and responsiveness of the state.

Speakers:  María Teresa Rodríguez, Jocelyn Vincente Angeles, Petronilla  Busieka, Naseem Shaikh Swayam


Harnessing the Power-Politics of Information: The New Edge for Women’s Empowerment 

“No capacity!”, “Not enough money!” and “Not realistic!”. Small organisations especially face these challenges in transformative change work. Yet, solutions are possible. Where the State has dismally failed, developing community evaluative thinking to leverage small grants with strategic ICT use can literally put economic power into women’s hands.

Speakers: Angela Kuga Thas, Maria Suarez Toro, Francoise Mukutu, Amina Doherty, Nighat Dad

Highlighting the InterSEXions: Sexuality, Economy and LGBT Rights

Come explore this highly under-documented intersection of realities. Examine the relationship between poverty and the denial of sexual rights, the ways in which sexuality is used to obscure public debate on economic policies or practices, and the best practices of groups working with economically disadvantaged LBT persons.

Speakers: Linda Baumann, Kim Vance, Susie Jolly, Kasha Nabagesera, Anne Marie Kristine Lim , Jessica Stern

Home Based Work: Experience sharing

Home-based work is widespread and growing, and primarily done by women. Because women workers don’t recognize themselves as workers, they don’t get organized to pressure for necessary changes in this sphere. This session will share research and advocacy experiences on the visibility, organization, and public policies linked to home-based work.

Speakers: Ayien Karakulak, Gülcan Kaçan, Nurcan Yalçın, Seniye Işık

How fair is fair trade for women?

Fair trade regimes aim to contribute to decent working conditions and environmental sustainability in global production chains. The adherence to social and environmental standards does not guarantee inclusion of standards for decent work for women. Practitioners from East-Africa share strategies on how to address the gender bias within fair trade regimes.

Speakers: Maggie Opondo, Joyce Gema, Flavia Amoding, Mary Kambo

How much does abortion cost? Economic dimension of sexual and reproductive rights and health in Poland, Macedonia, Russia and Slovakia.

How does specific Central Eastern European economic context influence women’s access to sexual and reproductive rights and health services, namely abortion. How does Eastern European economy influence women’s access to abortion? Why is the tendency to restrict women’s access to abortion in EE growing and who benefits from it?

Speakers: Katarzyna Pabijanek, Daniel  Kalajdjieski, Zuzana Nemethova, Lyubov Erofeeva

How to Destroy Mountain (Medical Industrial Complex)? With Djembe/Dancing/and African-American Women who Ain’t Afraid to Roar

This workshop seeks to show how women’s drumming and dance circles create alternative non-economic structures of healing, critique the idea that healing can only come from having access to health insurance; and demonstrate how women’s drumming and dancing have the ability to shake unmovable mountains like the Medical Industrial Complex.

Speakers: Tosha Alston, Mashaune  Hardy, Imania Detry, Aisha Brewer


Identifying Sites of Power: Using the Political to Transform the Economic – a series of analytical tools for young women activists

As young feminist activists we see injustice and inequality, we feel the pain of our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our children and we want to help. However, far too often the politicians, the companies, the military, the wealthy, seem too powerful to resist and to overcome. In this session we promulgate a series of analytical tools designed to help young feminist activists identify sites of political power in their communities, in order to help design campaigns, build networks of power and resistance, and ultimately achieve social change

Speakers: Ana Gilling

If not in the peace agreement – then when?

Despite commitments to involve women in peace processes women’s participation range from marginal to non-existing. Why? What obstacles are still there?  This session focus on the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, discuss with the women working for change and listen to a presentation on women’s participation in four other conflict areas.

Speakers: Christina Hagner, Eva Zillén, Pervana Mamedova, Gohar Shahnazaryan, Whrd Whrd

The Impact of Economic Power on the Integration of Women with Disabilities in the Job Market Gender Inequality

The session will raise employment and education issues faced by women with disabilities. All participants will analyse various cases and will propose strategies for transforming economic power, with the aim of advancing the rights of women with disabilities.

Speakers: Jacqueline Santos

Impacts of the environmental policies of  green capitalism on territories, peoples and livelihoods.

The session will discuss environmental structural adjustment that favours the green economy, the systematic attack on the foundations of sustainability to promote the green economy, and ideas to challenge the increasing commodification and privatization of nature, to make recommendations for action by the women’s movements.

Speakers: Lucia Schild Ortiz, Jo Enrica Enriquez, Judith Fernandez

The Impact on Women’s Rights of Economic Underdevelopment and Forced Migration in the Kurdish Region of Turkey

An introduction to the impact on women’s economic, social and cultural rights of the different aspects of the ‘Kurdish issue’ in the Kurdish region of Turkey, including economic underdevelopment and forced migration as a result of the on-going armed-struggle.

Speakers: Muazzez Onuk Özder, Ayten Tekes, Cigdem Karaalioglu

Implementation of ‘gender responsive laws – who decides allocation of resources?

This session will discuss how states allocate resources for the implementation of legislation, looking specifically at the allocation of resources for ‘gender responsive legislation’.  Who decides how resources are to be allocated and what can activists do to ensure that there are sufficient resources are allocated

Speakers: Kairangi Samuela, Daisy Momotaro, Edwina Kotoisuva, Neomai Maravuakula

Improbable Coalitions:  Seeking New Dialogues on the Politics of Secularism, Religion, and Fundamentalisms

Struggles against fundamentalism, misogyny and homophobia/transphobia on the one hand and Islamophobia, racism and neocolonialism on the other have recently divided feminist and LGBT groups.  How do these tensions impede work toward economic empowerment? How can we develop new thinking and broader coalitions that transcend the secularity-religion divide?

Speakers: Rupal Oza, Dina Mahnaz, Patricia Clough

Integrating HIV & Violence against Women in National HIV Responses

Since 2011, Women Won’t Wait promotes that the implementation of the “UNAIDS Agenda for Women & Girls” at country level addresses violence against women. Campaign leaders from countries report their experiences for integrating the VAW and HIV intersection into national AIDS responses, and how to solve problems and obstacles to achieve this.

Speakers: Mabel Bianco, Meena Seshu, Alessandra  Nilo, Baby Nasution, Roselynn  MUSA

Interfaith Perspectives on Religious Fundamentalisms and Women’ Rights

Fundamentalist practices and interpretations of religious texts cut across various faith traditions around the globe, with women often prime targets for political, social, and economic discrimination.  This session will present an interfaith dialogue addressing strategies for reform in light of fundamentalist influence on women’s political and economic participation

Speakers: Mahnaz Afkhami, Sindi Medar-Gould, Jacqueline Pitanguy, Letty Pogrebin

Invest in Women-it pays!

Panelists will discuss how adequately financed rights-based holistic programmes and outcomes on women’s health, education, economic empowerment, political engagement, and sexual and reproductive rights, work to dramatically transform not only women’s lives, but the lives of their families, their communities, and the world. The panel with demonstrate with data and case analysis the impact achieved by these investments.

Speakers: Dr. Mabel Bianco,  Patricia Munabi, Ana Maria Enriquez


Is sexuality education too expensive? Youth sexual and reproductive health and rights in Central and Eastern Europe

The session addresses the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Poland. ASTRA Youth Network will describe the problems youth experience in access to reproductive health services and supplies, including sexuality education.

Speakers: Marta Szostak, Elizabet Dimitrova, Tetiana Slobodian