Wellness and Self-Care
Self-Care * Security * Safety
The Wellness Area is a comfortable and safe environment to enjoy a moment of tranquility during the Forum. It aims to help Forum participants to recuperate, reinvigorate and calm their minds. Organized by AWID in partnership with Consorcio Oaxaca, Institute for Women’s Empowerment, JUST Associates (JASS), Kvinna Till Kvinna and Linksbridge.
In addition to self-care and wellness practices, visitors to the area can engage in conversations about tools and approaches for safety and well-being. There will be scheduled activities for practice and reflection, as well as opportunities to sign up for one-on-one consultations and care. Self-care and security is a right for all who work on defending and promoting women’s rights. As activists, we need to exercise this right for ourselves, and not only for the people whose rights we work so hard to defend. The Wellness Area provides an excellent opportunity to share experiences and tools regarding the political importance of working for the well-being, security, and self-care of women’s rights activists. We encourage everyone to exercise their rights so “Take one for self-care,” and give yourself permission to relax during one of the breakout sessions!
- Building transformative and alternative visions and practices to sustain the lives and work of women human labor rights activists
Group practice sessions:
- Djembe/Dancing with African-American Women who Aint Afraid to Roar
- Guided meditation
- Introductory self-defense
- Others to be confirmed
One-on-one consultations with practitioners regarding wellness and safety issues. There will be a sign-up board in the wellness area for sit-downs with practitioners who can provide guidance on particular situations.
One-on-one activities to take care of ourselves during the Forum, including massage, aromatherapy and reiki healing practices.
- Concept Note for Wellness Area: Self-Care, Safety and Security
- Emergency Response Tool Kit. Patricia Mathes Cane. Capacitar Internacional. (2005)
- Integrating Security. The Manual. Jane Barry. The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation & The Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights. (2011)
- Insist, Resist, Persist, Exist. Jane Barry and Vahida Nainar. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and Front Line International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. (2008)
- List of Materials and Resources for Women Human Rights Defenders. Inmaculada Barcia and AWID, as part of the Urgent Responses for WHRDs at Risk Working group of the Women Human Rights International Coalition. (2011)
- Self-Care and Self-Defense. Manual for Feminist Activists. Authorship of the second edition: Marina Bernal, in collaboration with: Lydia Alpízar, Ana Jetzi Flores, Aura Guitérrez, and Renato Osse. Artemisa, Elige and CREA. (2006)
- Urgent Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk: Mapping and Preliminary Assessment. Inmaculada Barcia and facilitated by AWID as part of its work as Chair of the Working Group on Urgent Responses for WHRDs at Risk of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. (2011)
- What’s the point of revolution if we can’t dance? Jane Barry and Jelena Dordevic. Urgent Action Fund for Women Human Rights (UAF). (2007)