Solidarity Roundtables

The AWID Forum allocates space during lunch periods for solidarity roundtables. These include two different kinds of sessions. Firstly, sessions for specific experience-sharing and exchange that the Forum International Planning Committee was not able to accommodate as a regular breakout session but we are committed to allocate some space in the forum program. The second are sessions that relate to particular contexts or situations where women’s human rights are under threat and session organizers seek to raise awareness or mobilize greater international solidarity.  Participants are encouraged to collect their lunch and take it directly to the rooms where these sessions are being organized.

Afghan Women Leaders Building Afghanistan’s Future:  Current strategies to advance economic, legal, political and human rights

Four Afghan women leaders who risk their lives rebuilding Afghanistan by participating in politics, law and policy reform, securing women’s human rights, and supporting women-run businesses discuss the progress made on all fronts against overwhelming odds.

Speakers: Manizha Naderi, Soraya Omar, Fawzia Koofi, Maria Bashir, Esther Hynemani

Central Asia and Caucus Region Solidarity Roundtable

Discussing violence against WHRDs and violations of their rights, looking at experiences from Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Chechnya. For example, in Azerbaijan last year, the building that housed the Institute for Peace and Democracy and the only women’s crisis center in the city was illegally demolished, including all of their belongings. They re-opened in a new location only to suffer a recent break-in to their new offices.

Speakers: Leyla Yunus from Azerbaijan, Lara Aharonian from Armenia.

Challenges, Successes, and Proposed Alternatives in Recognizing and Protecting Women’s Labor Rights in Pakistan

The social, economic and political issues that impact women workers rights and alternatives in improving the working conditions of women workers in Pakistan. We will look at the impact of globalization, women farm workers and land rights struggles, home-based workers and experiences with anti sexual harassment laws.

Speakers: Aqsa Khan, Dr. Rubina Saigol, Bushra Khaliq Khaliq, Najma Sadeque, Najma Sadeque

Leaders of Social Change or NGO for Services

Presenters will describe lessons learned since OWFI was established in 2003 to advocate for freedom and equality in Iraq. Funding realities and a hostile political environment caused OWFI to evolve into a service providing NGO until recent revolutions in the Middle East renewed opportunities to revive an egalitarian mass movement.

Speakers: Yanar Mohammed, Jannat Al Ghezzi, Houzan Mahmoud, Dalal Hassan

Militancy, Religious Extremism, Talibanization and its effects on Women’s Livelihoods in Northern Pakistan

Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (formerly called NWFP), Pakistan has been a hub of militancy and religious extremism. Women have been the most affected with Islamic militancy, which negated their presence in markets, offices, banks and streets directly affecting women livelihoods and their psycho social status. Need exists to separate state and religion.

Speakers: Misbah Shahzad

Once Upon a Time There Lived a Lesbian Couple

This session will illustrate issues faced by women due to their sexual orientation. In shadow theater performance we show the connections between larger social issues and our experiences in Kyrgyzstan. We will brainstorm with the audience possible solutions and ways of reacting to these situations to overcome discrimination against lesbian and bisexual women.

Speakers: Nazgul Abylgazieva, Liliia Ten, Ekaterina Zelinskaya, Anna Kirey

Seeking Solidarity for South Sudan Women

For over 20 years South Sudan underwent devastating war. In July 2011 we finally got a new state. Despite the jubilation there is lots of reconstruction work to be done. We want to share stories from other women’s movements. What lessons can we learn and share?

Speakers: Lilian Rizik

Sexual Exploitation and Violence Towards Women and Girls : A deepening crisis in Haiti’s IDP camps

After Haiti’s earthquake, sexual violence and exploitation of women continues, particularly in camps for internally displaced persons. The Solidarity Roundtable will examine this within a context of inequality and poverty. Jocie Philistin, a Haitian leader, will share KOFAVIV’s work addressing survivors’ needs and the structures that perpetuate violence, explaining how international solidarity is possible.

Speakers: Jocie Philistin

Strategies for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Challenges and perspectives

Session focuses on women’s experience and strategies of strengthening economic status and role of women. Perspectives from women’s NGOs, women’s networks, rural women activists, donors and state will be highlighted. Goal is to discuss recommendations.

Speakers: Olga Djanaeva, Yiping Cai, Sizani Ngubane, Bubumairam Sarieva, Nurgul Dzhanaev

The role of labour, differentiated identities, and organizing among women in Bolivia’s mining sector

Globalization defines the working conditions of Bolivian women miners. Our diverse roles in labour result in different levels of access to resources, creating distinct identities among us; differences that limit our power, as a collective, to transform this situation and the economy.

Speakers: Cintia Gabriela Barriga Gonzale, Dora Camacho Huarita, Mei López-Trueba, Nuria Fernández Castro, Josefa  Vargas Charca

The Secured Involvement of Women in the Processes of Peace Consolidation in the Post-Conflict and Reconstruction Period

An efficient and serious peace process is only possible if women are truly involved. Therefore, the protection of their fundamental rights that were violated or denied in a conflict period must first be improved.

Speakers: Fanny Fatou

They Took My Choice Away: The use of video advocacy to end forced sterilization.

A poignant new short film will be shown about one woman’s story of forced sterilization. Following the screening, a panel of human rights experts and civil society activists will be on hand to discuss the use of video advocacy to break the silence about this heinous abuse.

Speakers: Lydia Guterma, Paul Silva, Jennifer Gatsi-Mallet, Faith Kasiva

Transforming Women’s Economic Power and Movements in Rural Development: Where are We Now?

Significant gains in transforming women’s economic power are dampened by diminishing women’s movements and gaps in policy implementation, resource allocation and commitment. This session takes stock and reflects on critical questions about the future of women’s empowerment and development strategies in the Himalayas, including alternative visions such as Gross National Happiness.

Speakers: Ritu Verma, Manohara Kadkha, Phuntshok Thsering, Sara Ahmed

Union of Church and State: Struggles and strategies of sexual and reproductive rights activists in the Philippines

Filipino feminists discuss the many faces of Roman Catholic fundamentalism in their country and how it it permeates the nation’s legal and political system at the national and local level. They will show how they struggled against it, and celebrate with us their victories and milestones against religious fundamentalism.

Speakers: Claire Angeline Luczon, Leavides Cabarrubias, Clara Rita Padilla, Virginia Viray

Using economic power to promote change In conflict zones. Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo

How can women in the DRC organize to reinforce the application of United Nations resolution 1325. How to participate in reconstruction due to having strong women’s economic rights movements. But most importantly to continue the prevention of violence against women.

Speakers: Annie Matundu Mbambi, Modi Ntambwe

Violence, Conflicts and Militarism in South Kivu, the case of Mwenga Territory

The insights, lessons learned or key debates concerning the way economic power operates regarding a chosen theme; strengths and weaknesses of current experiences aimed at creating perspectives and transformative and alternative practices with respect to women’s movements

Speakers: Bibyshe Takubusoga Mundjo, Pascal Isumbisho Mwapu, Régine Riziki Mwaluke, Jacqueline Lutala Bililo

Women in the Palestinian Peaceful Resistance: How Queer! Israel, pinkwashing, and queer contribution to the resistance

This roundtable session will discuss the Palestinian queer movement as the coalescence of a number of related struggles and examine how the movement deals with the variant and sometimes competing considerations at play in their work, going on to look at the strategies adopted, in particular the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement.

Speakers: Ghadir Hilmi, Haneen Maikey,Hind Awwad, Hind Eideh

Women Resisting Militarized Development in Burma

The session would be a panel discussion with the title of “Women Resisting Militarized Development in Burma”. The panel aims to increase more awareness about the situation of the women in Burma and consolidate the support from the international community to bring change and restoration of democracy.

Speakers: Nang Won,Tin Tin Nyo, Naw KN’yaw Paw

Women Work: Strategic alliances to transform Sri Lanka’s tea sector

Sri Lanka’s tea sector is the predominant employer in the hill country. Women workers’ lives and livelihoods are informed by colonial legacies and gendered division of labour. The Plantation Communities Project employs innovative strategies through alliance building amongst diverse stakeholders to improve the quality of life of tea plantation workers.

Speakers: Jeganathan Rathna, M Regina, Valarmathy Subramaniam, Thiyarani Rasiah

WoZA: Raising awareness and building solidarity with Women Human Rights Defenders in Zimbabwe facing violence and violations of their rights

The WHRD International Coalition and Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WoZA) will lead a roundtable about the sustained violence and harassment of women’s rights activists in Zimbabwe, the context of human rights violations and impunity, and international efforts to support WoZA and other organizations and demand an end to their persecution.