The Big Picture

Given the complex world that we face today, the AWID 2016 Forum is not about a particular “issue”, but rather creating more effective ways of working together! 

Timely response to a pressing need

Now is the time to imagine futures free from oppressions, injustice, war and violence and to develop concrete strategies for people and planet based on our shared humanity.

The 2016 Forum is a process and space for re-imagining and co-creating these futures.

“There is no such a thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” -Audre Lorde

Forum Goals

  • Celebrate the gains of the past 20 years by diverse social movements and critically analyze the lessons we can carry forward.
  • Assess our current reality to locate the opportunities and threats for advancing the rights of women and other oppressed people.
  • Explore strategies for mobilizing greater solidarity and collective power across diverse movements.
  • Inspire, energize and renew strength and purpose.

Bringing our movements together

Almost 2,000 participants from a broad diversity of movements and sectors collectively strategize for feminist futures: from women’s rights and feminist movements (including special attention to Brazilian women’s rights activists), to peace, economic justice, environmental, and human rights movements, among others.

Traditionally underrepresented or marginalized communities are a strong presence at the Forum, some of them are: Young feminist activists; Black and Afro-descendant women; Indigenous women; Sex workers; Women with disabilities; Trans* and Intersex activists; and migrant activists.

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Guiding Questions for Participant-led sessions:

  • What primary gains for women and other oppressed people’s rights have occurred in your context in the past two decades?
  • What strategies made these gains possible?
  • What challenges did you experience?
  • Have these gains remained or are they being eroded?
  • What do we need to do differently to protect them?
  • In what ways are historical threats to rights and justice changing, consolidating, or expanding?
  • What are some of the new opportunities and threats to advancing rights and justice?
  • Who are the actors impacting these struggles?
  • What responses are needed and how can we construct these responses in new ways that strengthen our collective power?
  • What is happening to the institutions and mechanisms that were created over the past few decades to secure rights and justice?
  • In what ways are they being effective or falling short in responses to new and old violations and violators?
  • What new institutions and mechanisms do we need to engage with (or create!) and how?
  • What visions of a healthy society and planet have underpinned your organizing?
  • Are they still relevant and adequate?
  • What new visions are emerging and how can we ensure these visions aren’t shackled to the frameworks of the past but respond to their lessons?
  • What kinds of collective power and action do our visions need from us?
  • Where are the opportunities and barriers for creative disruption and radical transformation?
  • Do they demand new forms of organizing?
  • What are the key alliances across movements we need to build and how?