Break out sessions (L-O)


Laying the Foundation: Grassroots Women’s Struggles for Land as a Tool for Empowerment

Women’s collective effort to secure tenure over land and resources is a powerful tool towards women’s political, social and economic empowerment. We will discuss how women from around the world have changed their lives socially, politically and economically through collective organizing and advocacy actions.

Speakers: Patricia Chaves, RoseMary Perez, Marling Haydee Rodriguez, Alhassan Fati, Ayse Yonder

Leaders of Social Change or NGO for Services Feminists and Questions of Political and Economic Power in Africa

In this session, the connections between Power, (economic and political), the State and the Women’s movement will form the central basis of the discussion. It will also look at issues of democracy, women’s political participation and the advancement of an agenda that seeks to transform the social environment.

Speakers: Ayesha  Imam, Muthoni Wanyeki, Sarah  Mukasa, Marjorie Mbilinyi

LGBTQI & Sex work as a Profession: a juxtaposition of Legality, Dignity, Humanity and Empowerment-Towards a Health and Rights Based

Recognizing that Sex-work industry provides means of livelihood to socially disadvantaged LGBTQI Community in South-Asia, it aims to analyse anti-processes which influence their economic and psychological wellbeing. It aims to seek and devise effective and comprehensive strategies for community empowerment through alternative practices: Micro-finance, vocational training and decriminalization of sex-work.

Speakers: Maheswar Satpathy, Laxmi Tamang

Livelihood challenges for women in the urban informal sector and social justice initiatives as response

Using examples from Papua New Guinea of challenges, vulnerabilities and activist initiatives of and for women living urban subsistent lifestyles, the session will explore the ways in which we can protect access to resources and urban collective spaces of socialization and exchange in the face of increasing postcolonial and neoliberal trajectories.

Speakers: Yardena Tankel, Susan Setae, Sally Mokis, Anita Lacey

Local Resistance to Exclusionary Globalization: Environmental, afro-descendants and migrant movements in Colombia, Brazil, and Spain.

The session will present several experiences of local women’s organizations in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Cartagena (Colombia), Granada (Spain), San Andrés y Providencia (Colombia) which, due to a context of exclusionary globalization, need to adapt their various modes of resistance to new processes of solidarity-based economics and counter-hegemonic power.

Speakers: Diana Carolina Escobar Blanco, Yusmidia Solano Suarez, Laura De La Rosa Solano


The Macroeconomy as a Space for Gender Equality: Utopia or reality in the french-speaking world?

Social policies? Taxation? Trade agreements? Employment policies? The fight against poverty? The analysis of the impact of policies on gender equality in the French-speaking countries is trailing behind. How to carry out an analysis, consult the responsible stakeholders, and mobilize militants? A debate, experiences and good practices.

Speakers: Marie-Lise Semblat, Souad Triki, Mariama Williams, Mansour Omeira

Making the Case for Supporting Young Feminist Activism

Why fund young feminist activism? In recent years we have seen emerging paradigms and practices that aim to shift power and responsibility through more participatory approaches to grantmaking and capacity building. This session will explore interventions that engage young feminists in actively leading work to advance their rights and needs.

Speakers: Amina Doherty, Jessica Horn

Media Power: Economic policy, sexuality, and transformation

The focal point of the session is to strategize ways in which social and popular media can be utilized as vehicles for gender sensitive approaches to enhance awareness and develop entry points for policy makers and other stakeholders to create, implement, and sustain economic policies.

Speakers: Tia Cooper, Tisha Nickenig, Sandra Reid

Men as Providers: The unmaking of a legal fiction in muslim family laws

This panel presents findings from a Musawah research project on rethinking and challenging the concept of qiwamah (male authority) in Muslim family laws, which legitimises and institutionalises a patriarchal model of family. It will also explore strategies to transform power relations in marriages in ways that can empower women.

Speakers: Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Lynn Welchman, Nani Zulminarni, Meghana Bahar

Militarisation, Conflict and Violence Against Women: Instruments of control and economic accumulation within the capitalist, patriarchal system

Conflict and militarisation are expressions of violence made natural within the patriarchal and capitalist systems, and the means used by these systems to maintain their dominance and control. In this panel, feminist activists will examine the inherent links between militarisation, VAW, patriarchy and capitalism, based on WMW analysis and action.

Speakers: Jo Enrica “Jean” Rosales, Adèle Safi Kagarabi, Celia Alldridge, Yildez Temurturkan

Mobilizing for Economic Empowerment with the Participatory Web

Information and communication technologies have brought together remote areas of the world, expanding consciousness of discrepancies in women’s and girls’ social and economic status. This skills workshop focuses on how activists can leverage social networking technologies to mobilize for women’s equal participation and access to the economic sphere.

Speakers: Asma Khader, Nezha Belkachla, Karima Chebbo, Yewande Okoya

MONIYANEMA: Development conceived and driven by indigenous women in situations of displacement and vulnerability in Bogota, Colombia.

MONIYANEMA signifies “the tree of plenty”, around which a group of indigenous women in Bogota who are confronting armed conflict, displacement and discrimination, have implemented a process of community organization through an economic and social enterprise they have developed and that they want to replicate in other parts of Colombia.

Speakers: M. Begona Dorronsoro Villanueva, Maria Clemencia Herrera Nemerayema

Movement Building for Grassroots Women’s Economic Empowerment: Cooperative organizing at scale in Turkey, South Asia, and Latin America

Grassroots panelists from Turkey, Brazil, Nicaragua, and India will describe the alternative economic organizing strategies (new forms of cooperatives and community enterprise networks) their groups have created to stengthen women’s access and control over resources  and transform power relations. They will discuss the types of support and alliances needed.

Speakers: Ayse Temiztas, Gültan Bingöl, Nereide Segala, Haydee Rodriguez, Ayşe Yönder

Moving the Social Protection Floor and Rethinking the Bachelet Report

The current paradigm shift to social protection is based on those in market work, whether formal or informal. This continues to leave women working unpaid out of the picture. Public debt, deepening poverty, increased unemployment and under-employment have increased risks and vulnerability in the unpaid work economy.  Panellists address recent research and applied strategies that rethink social protection agendas.

Speakers:  Esther Eghobamien


New Ways of Seeing:  The visual/artistic expression and valuing of feminist social justice work

Feminist social justice work necessitates new ways of seeing. We are interested in the question “what difference can this work make?”  The transformative aspects of arts-informed methodologies, for example, photography, digital storytelling, and poetic inquiry offer promising entry points into both seeing social change and having social change seen.

Speakers: Jacqueline Hart, Amy  Hill, Claudia Mitchell

The Nexus Between Culture and Discrimination Based on Gender and other Identities: Strategies of women’s resistance

This session will present strategies of women human rights defenders at the forefront of challenging forces who invoked cultural and religious discourses and norms as justification for gender-based discrimination and what lessons and insights could be drawn from their experiences.

Speakers: Edna Aquino, Fauzia Viqar, Codou Bop, Andi Asmawaty

No Economic Justice without Gender Justice: Building inclusive movements for change

This interactive panel will bring together leaders of organisations at the centre of economic justice movements, to discuss the critical issue of how these movements understand gender equality and women’s economic rights. It is organised in association with the BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements.

Speakers: Wendy Harcourt, Atila Roque, Yao Graham, Shalmali Guttal

No One Speaks for Me, I Speak for Myself: Navigating new technologies to transform gender equality

With the belief that every woman deserves the freedom and forum to speak for herself and build a global network of support, this workshop will train participants to harness the power of Web 2.0 through World Pulse’s online community platform, PulseWire to connect across borders and accelerate change.

Speakers: Leah Okeyo es


Occupy: A space for a feminist politic?

Within the context of people’s movements globally, this panel will examine feminism(s) within the Occupy movement. Feminist agendas and strategies will be shared, and their inclusion in Occupy’s structure grappled with. Given political differences among feminists, an examination of the politics within feminist spaces will take place.

Speakers: Maria Poblet, Emi Kane Jodie Evans

One Step Forward Two Back?: Women’s gains in access to land, labour and consumption – what does the evidence show?

We analyse what women have really gained with improved rights on land, labour markets, consumer goods while facing increasing economic injustice. Womens movements have won some individual rights we debate where next for us in the face of a new race for resources where collective rights are being lost.

Speakers: Nana Aicha, Kirtana  Chandrasekaran, Anabela Lemos, Miriam Nobre

Ongoing Dilemmas: Religion, fundamentalisms and human rights

What complications has the use of religion presented to the normative system of human rights? How can we better ensure that the system and language of human rights is not appropriated and misused? What are some innovative measures that can be used to bring accountability to challenge and expose fundamentalisms?

Speakers: Pam Spees, Sunila Abeysekera, Patricia Cavanagh, Zainah Anwar, Maria José Rosado Nunes