Fortitude and change in AWID Forum 2016

In this special edition of GenderIT.org we share the experiences and reflections on the recent AWID Forum, in which a large group of women from APC Women’s Rights Programme and our partners from different countries and regions, participated enthusiastically. With the participation of 1,700 people from 140 countries, this year’s AWID Forum showed that the feminist movement keeps growing stronger worldwide, and is committed to a politics of diversity and inclusion. We definitely do not and cannot lead single-issue lives.



Listed below are links to short and informative reads about AWID Forum 2016. Happy reading!



[EDITORIAL] Fortitude and transformative energy in the AWID Forum: experiences from 2002 to 2016

Dafne Sabanes Plou

A new AWID International Forum has taken on the challenge to continue strengthening the feminist movement with the energy that comes from thousands of women from around the world coming together; willing to work towards eradicating discrimination and gender violence.

http://www.genderit.org/node/4819/



An open letter of thanks to AWID

Helen Nyinakiiza

A letter of thanks from a first timer. The Association for Women in Development has been in existence for 30 years, and has regularly been holding conferences and meetings. In the recent AWID forum 2016, women from very diverse contexts came together, to radically re-imagine and co-create feminist futures.

http://www.genderit.org/node/4812



The backbone of our thirsty complicities: from internet hiccups to collective synapsis at AWID 2016

Ganesh

At AWID Forum 2016, the FIX hub team comprising of Luchadoras, APC-WRP, Radio Concha and others got together to put up an autonomous internet network. Here are the learnings from that experience, that are global in scale and terrifying in their implication for our ubiquitous use of technology.

http://www.genderit.org/node/4816/



What can be the feminist politics of freedom of speech? Or how not to have a binary debate on online violence

Hvale

The discourse on technology related violence against women is often pulled into a binary debate vis-a-vis freedom of expression. But what if we could imagine and articulate a feminist politics of free speech..

http://www.genderit.org/node/4814



Public. Autonomous. Anonymous. Group. Sexting. Oh yeah!

Loreto Bravo and Erika Smith

“Welcome to the Feminist Internet eXchange Hub! Make sure you come back tonight for some group sexting – public, autonomous, anonymous, group sexting!” we called to women as they stumbled in to explore our feminist internet exchange space at AWID Feminist Futures Forum, 2016.

http://www.genderit.org/node/4817



Tools for movement builders: ICT toolkit and We Rise – Just Associates

Jennifer

Central to the toolkit is how to develop a feminist communication strategy whilst making safe and sustainable choices amongst the array of available ICT tools.

http://www.genderit.org/node/4813



We can’t do it alone: Connections at AWID 2016

Namita

AWID was a massive burst of energy and radical politics. Here we explore the sessions at AWID held by Dalit women, Romani women, Rojava/Kobane women, and others.

http://www.genderit.org/node/4823/



Mapping the feminist internet: the Whose Knowledge? campaign at the AWID Forum
Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse

The project Whose Knowledge? is a radical re-imagining and reconstruction of the internet, so that the internet can truly be from and for us all.

http://www.genderit.org/node/4810



Coming Back to Tech

Carol

What happens ‘the day after’ an attack of online violence? What happens after the more urgent crisis phase(s) of a campaign of harassment passes?

http://www.genderit.org/node/4805

Read more
Photo

Editorial

[EDITORIAL] Fortitude and transformative energy in the AWID Forum: experiences from 2002 to 2016

Read more

Tools for movement builders: ICT Toolkit and We Rise – Just Associates

Central to the toolkit is how to develop a feminist communication strategy whilst making safe and sustainable choices amongst the array of available ICT tools. Rooted in the experience and contexts of women activists in southern Africa, the toolkit links our activism and organising that happens in person and “offline” to the tools of the online world. Especially since the online world creates powerful ways to make visible our campaigns in new and wider spaces and to engage expanded networks of people.
Read more

Coming Back to Tech

There are a growing number of resources to prevent and respond to many kinds of online harassment faced by women and marginalised people working as activists, human rights defenders or journalists. But what happens 'the day after' an attack? What happens after the more urgent crisis phase(s) of a campaign of harassment passes?
Read more

An open letter of thanks to AWID

An open letter of thanks from a first-timer at AWID. The Association for Women in Development has been in existence for 30 years, and has regularly been holding conferences and meetings. In the recent AWID forum 2016, over 2000 women from very diverse contexts came together, to radically re-imagine and co-create feminist futures. Helen writes about her experience of the warmth and dedication at AWID 2016.
Read more

The backbone of our thirsty complicities: from internet hiccups to collective synapsis at AWID 2016

Not being able to connect online has geopolitical and infrastructural dimensions. On the one hand, we face the challenge to defend internet as a common good, beyond the claws of Capitalism and Patriarchy; on the other hand, we encounter the possibility of creating and engaging in other landscapes. Bringing to life places (though sometimes ephemeral) like the Feminist Internet Exchange FixHub in AWID Forum is of extreme relevance.
Read more

Public. Autonomous. Anonymous. Group. Sexting. At AWID 2016. Oh yeah!

"Welcome to the Feminist Internet eXchange Hub! Make sure you come back tonight for some group sexting - public, autonomous, anonymous, group sexting!" we called to women as they stumbled in to explore our feminist internet exchange space at AWID Feminist Futures Forum, 2016. Sometimes they grinned and asked "what time!?", sometimes their cheeks reddened and they looked away abruptly. Most were like - "Huh?"
Read more

Feminist politics of freedom of speech - Reflections on session in AWID 2016

The discourse on technology related violence against women is often pulled into debate vis-a-vis freedom of expression. This article attempts to unpack the possibility of looking at this debate different - to articulate what is the feminist politics of free speech. Does it go beyond the protection of the right as currently imagined, to open up the possibilities of those who are marginalized, excluded and victims of violence also getting to exercise their right to free speech.
Read more

We can't do it alone: Connections at AWID 2016

In such massive gatherings often the plenary session rings a bit empty or hollow, like background noise to other more real conversations taking place. AWID was different in that its massive burst of energy and radical politics was most often from the plenary sessions. This article explores the sessions at AWID held by Dalit women, Romani women, Rojava/Kobane women, and others.
Read more

Mapping the feminist internet: the Whose Knowledge? campaign at the AWID Forum

Whose Knowledge? works with individuals, communities, organisations and movements worldwide to create, collect and curate knowledge from and with marginalised communities, particularly women, people of colour, LGBTQI communities, indigenous peoples and others from the global South. Essentially, Whose Knowledge? is a radical re-imagining and reconstruction of the internet, so that the internet can truly be from and for us all.