Break out sessions (A – B)

 … 7 hours and 55 minutes exploring money and work in sex work

7 hours 55 minutes is an educational tool designed by sex-workers for others to understand how we do what we do, not counting the 5 minutes we spend having sex, and to see where does sex-worker money go? Participants take on roles and pass through true life situations.

Speakers: Sachumi Mayoe, Jirawan Phobkhwamsat, Elizabeth Cameron, Rachael McGuin, Saowarot Sukklom

“Krik? Krak! : dem cyant break we back” Narratives of Challenge and Change from the Caribbean

This session will expose some of the new threats and challenges facing Caribbean women – the fall-out of the global economic crisis, climate change, and threats to personal security with the spread of the drug culture and the accompanying crime and violence – from the perspective of young women, LGBT groups and domestic workers.

Speakers: Marsha Caddle, Carla Walcott, Lebrechtta Nana Oye Hesse, Kenita Placide, Tonya Haynes, Amina Doherty, Mariama Williams

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

Participants will learn more about CWGL’s 16 Days Campaign theme on militarism, share strategies for ending gender violence, and network.

Speakers: Radhika Balakrishnan, Natalia Cardona


A Dialogue on the Role of MDBs in Advancing Women´s Rights and Economic Empowerment

Women´s economic empowerment is receiving more attention than ever within many multilateral development banks (e.g. The World Bank’s 2012 World Development Report focused on gender equality). We’ll hear an array of perspectives from within and outside these institutions on their opportunities, challenges and realities for advancing women’s rights.

Speakers: Shireen Lateef, Pierella Paci, Gabriela Vega, Everjoice Win, Maria Ribargoso Raquiza, Rachel Moussie

A Dialogue with Donors and Activists on Funding Women’s Economic Rights, Not Women’s Economic Rescue

Current discourses identify women’s economic engagement as a strategy to improve economic indicators, ignoring root causes of women’s poverty and shifting donors’ focus away from promoting women’s rights. This session will explore strategies to challenge instrumentalist views and to promote a discourse focused on women’s rights.

Speakers: Anasuya Sengupta, Susan Jessop, Sangeeta Budhiraja

A Dialogue with Kurdish Women

In addition to four Kurdish speakers, other Kurdish women participants are encouraged to join the audience for this session. How can we transform unfavorable political conditions through women’ssolidarity? On which issues we can come together and where are our differences about? We can find answers to these questions together.

Speakers: Gültan Kışanak, Nevin İl, Canan Tanrıkulu, Handan Çağlayan

Access to & Control of Resources 

Patriarchal and cultural norms and practices deprive Indian rural women of access to resources and widened economic inequalities. Resources are crucial for women’s livelihood and for asserting their rights. Land grab in India has further over-burdened their pressure. The session will highlight successful field tested strategies for advancing equal access to and distribution of resources.

Speakers: Agnes Vimala, Magimai Appakutti, Natesan Fathima

Access to Water: Implications for Gender Equality and Economic Justice

Access to clean water is critical for life and for livelihoods. Yet, millions of people lack access to clean water due to discrimination, pollution, water privatization and climate change. Women are often disproportionately affected, as they have to go farther when water sources dry up, and work harder for less when changes in rainfall wreaks havoc on crops. This session will explore the causes of the water crisis, its impact on women’s rights and the implications for social and economic justice. Panelists will present regional perspectives and discuss appropriate and effective strategies to address this issue.

Speakers: Emem Okon, Sayantoni Datta, Dao Thi Viet Nga, Shalini Nataraj, Terry Odendahl

The Arab Spring: Transforming economic and political power… but towards which destination?

Constitutional reform and full ratification and implementation of CEDAW are at the nexus of gender equity and women’s economic empowerment.  This session will discuss potential frameworks for inducing the integration of women’s civil, social and economic rights during the negotiation of institutional reform in the post-Arab spring.

Speakers: Amal Abou-Habib, Rabea Naciri, Lina Abou-Habib

Arts and Empowerment

The Arts and Empowerment Session will showcase the works of four Filipino women artists-educators as they share their unique experiences on how the arts (dance-theatre, performance, film and visual arts) can empower and transform marginalized women (i.e. indigenous, abused, OFWs and incarcerated) so they can contribute to their own and society’s advancement.

Speakers: Belen Calingacion, Alma Quinto, Marilie Fernandez Ilagan, Maria Victoria Ilagan

Austerity for the poor and bailouts for the rich:  Threats to equality, justice & human rights in the US

This panel will examine the debt crisis and its impact on economic justice in the United States, situating the crisis within the context of permanent insecurity for particular communities. Austerity’s impact on low-income women, communities of color and indigenous communities will be unpacked and feminist responses will be shared.

Speakers: Ejim Duke, Bhumika Muchhala, Radhika Balakrishnan


Big, Bold Giving for Women and Girls  Cultural and Financial Issues.  The Women Moving Millions Campaign

Income inequality is rising in most countries of the global north, led by the United States. One effect has been a truly striking rise in philanthropy.  Is there some good that can come of it in the short term? Join us for a fascinating discussion of the costs and benefits, through the example of the Women Moving Millions Campaign.

Speakers: Laurie Emrich, Gael Sylvia Pullen, Tracy Gary

Bringing Gender to the Streets: Young Women Amidst the Arab Uprisings

From holding women’s marches in Tahrir to developing sexual harassment campaigns, this panel will address the role of young women organizing in advancing women’s rights as part of the Arab uprisings’ agenda and highlighting the importance of transforming gender power dynamics and relationships as key to achieving democracy.

Speakers: Engy Ghozlan, Ghaidaa al Absi, Milia Eidmouni, and Israa El-Shafie, Moderated by Farah Salka

Building a Stronger United Nations for Women: One year after UN Women’s creation

Join the GEAR Campaign in celebrating and exploring UN Women’s first year in operation at  “Building a Stronger United Nations for Women.” Panelists will provide brief presentations on the current status of civil society partnership with UN Women and will offer thoughts on potential directions forward.

Speakers: Charlotte Bunch, Mabel Bianco, Alexandra Garita, Bandana Rana, CHANTAL KAMBIWA

Building Alliances to Claim Migrant Women’s Human Rights

Join an interactive session to explore causes of migration and impacts on women; to strategize on impacting both macro-economic and migration policy; and to bridge gaps between global women’s human rights activists and migrant women’s and labor organizations to advance migrant women’s human rights.

Speakers: Catherine Tactaquin, Filomenita  Hoegsholm, Eve Geddie, Lizy Joseph, Hanny Ben Israel

Building Back Better: Empowering women in post-conflict economic recovery

This session will address the links between economic power, gender, and peace. It explores how changes in women’s economic activities in conflict areas have an impact on broader power relations. We will also debate strategies to consolidate positive transformations in gender relations through economic recovery policies.

Speakers: Minna Lyytikainen, Chitra Nagarajan, Ndeye Sow, Monica Stephen

Building Feminist Movements for Economic Justice

Women’s movements are being challenged to organize and build collective power in the face severe threats posed by the economic, financial, food, energy and environmental crises. This Movement Building 101 session will expose what movement building really means—come  strategize with others about how to build strong feminist movements for economic justice.

Speakers: Srilatha Batliwala, Maria Poblet

Building transformative and alternative visions and practices to sustain the lives and work of women human labour rights activists

A crucial “smouldering” issue for women workers, human labour rights activists is the ‘sustainability’ of their work, lives and resources for women’s rights. The focus of this workshop is to share initiatives and practices of groups already experimenting with creative means to ‘sustain’ themselves towards building new strategies.

Speakers: Lucia Victor Jayaseelan, Lean Chan, Yuen Man So, Lin Chew, Yose Hohne-Sparboth