KULU invitation to International Conference “Alliance Building and Action for Women’s Rights in Development -Now and Aftr 2015″
This is the invitation to KULU Women and Development’s International Conference. The invitation and program is available in the attached pdf-file. We hope to see you there.
International Conference Alliance Building and Action for Women’s Rights in Development – Now and After 2015
Time: 21 November, 10:00 –16:15 hours
Venue: Fællessalen, Danish Parliament, Rigsdagsgården, 1240 Copenhagen K
A Selection of the Keyspeakers: Mama Koite Doumbia, FEMNET-Mali Rosa Lizarde, Feministic Task Force Kathleen Stone, United Methodist Women Dr. Azza Karam, UNFPA Nerea Craviotti el. Alejandera Scampini, AWID Gro Lindstad, FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development Asger Ryhl, UN Women Nordic Office Lone Loklindt, Social Liberal Party Mette Gjerskov, Social Democrats
The Conference will be held in English.
WIDE+ Workshop: “Identifying feminist opportunities and voices in times of crises”, Madrid, Spain, 4 July, 2013
Around 40 feminists from across Europe gathered in Madrid, Spain, last July 4th 2013, to reflect on the new strategies, spaces and challenges that feminists face. Five key note speeches and an open floor session gave room to an inspiring and sharp debate where the key question was: ‘what kind of strategies and action should feminist and other human rights advocates take in this changing global order?’.http://wideplusnetwork.wordpress.com/news/wide-workshop-identifying-feminist-opportunities-and-voices-in-times-of-crises/
20 years after: the Women’s Human Rights paradigm in the current neoliberal context http://wideplusnetwork.wordpress.com/news/20-years-after-the-womens-human-rights-paradigm-in-the-current-neoliberal-context/
WIDE+E in Spain and Europe: Feminism against patriarchal neoliberalism http://wideplusnetwork.wordpress.com/news/wide-in-spain-and-europe-feminism-against-patriarchal-neoliberalism/
The Vienna+20 NGO Conference “Human rights in crisis“
WIDE+E at the 2013 Vienna+20 Basque Country Tribunal on Women’s Rights http://wideplusnetwork.wordpress.com/news/widee-at-the-2013-vienna20-basque-country-tribunal-on-womens-rights/
WIDE+ vision and mission are ready
An update on the establishment process of WIDE+, including a report on the face to face meeting in Madrid, 5 July, 2013
WIDE+ joins Civil Society letters for human rights:
-WIDE+ joins Latin American Medellin Declaration on Business and Human Rights.
-WIDE+ signs letter that calls for a halt to the proposed neo-liberal Trade in Services Agreement.
-WIDE+ signs statement to call on legal Human Rights instrument to bind TNCs.
-WIDE+ and CAWN: end persecution of Honduran indigenous leaders.
WIDE+ solidarity statement with protesters in Turkey
WIDE+ member news:
-Wide-Switzerland new publication: ‘Switzerland care-free?!’
-WIDE+E in the IV Feminist Economics Congress, 3-5 October, Spain
General: news and resources
WIDE+ is a Europe-based network of gender and feminist specialists, women’s rights advocates, activists, researchers and women’s rights and development organizations.
Our work is enshrined in a feminist vision, which means that we are committed to the enforcement of women’s rights, as part of a larger struggle for social justice and the human rights of all. A driving principle in our work is the pursuit of gender justice, in the understanding that this can only be brought about if intersecting unequal power relations are addressed, including economic, environmental, social, sexual, racial, generational and ethnic discrimination. Our vision also embraces combating all forms of discrimination, and in particular against migrants, indigenous and LGBTIQ people.
We are committed to social transformation. This means we strive for rights-based societies in which everybody has the power to control productive assets and resources, to influence the decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods, to decide over one’s own body and life, and develop to their full potential. A world where the rights and wellbeing of people and the planet are put before profit and where the economy is transformed accordingly at all levels (of societal action).
As feminists, women’s and human rights activists we continue to strive for a world in which the implementation of the UN Convention against all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action and all other international agreements on women’s rights are respected and implemented in economic and development policies at the local, national and global level.
We work to create and widen spaces to network and multiply the impact of feminist activism. We promote feminist approaches as alternatives to/against/in the face of neoliberal agendas through the praxis of collective democratic empowerment.
We aim to transform institutional settings, attitudes, power relations, policies and practices so that they reflect development and economic paradigms that are in line with fundamental human rights. To achieve this, we work in synergy with like-minded organizations and committed individuals, both in Europe and globally.
We are convinced that solidarity with numerous feminist, women’s and human rights movements struggling for the same vision and the collective construction of transformative power are cornerstones of our action. We believe that this is the best way to bring about transformative change.
WIDE+ joins Latin American Medellin Declaration on Business and Human Rights
During a regional forum on business and human rights held in Medellin, Colombia, from 28-30 August, 2013, Latin American communities together with regional and international organizations called for justice against the human rights violations of companies. The undersigned groups demand mandatory standards to hold national and transnational corporations accountable for their systematic human rights violations, pollution, exploitation and destruction of territories and natural heritage.
WIDE+ signs letter that calls for a halt to the proposed neo-liberal Trade in Services Agreement
Acting on behalf of powerful corporations in the service industries, som37 countries calling themselves “The Really Good Friends of Services” (RGF) launched secret unofficial talks in 2012 towards drafting a new international trade treaty that would further liberalize trade and investment in services, and expand “regulatory disciplines” on all services sectors, including many public services. Member organizations of the Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network joined by other CSO’s have sent out a letter that asks to halt negotiations to this radical “free trade” agreement (FTA) on services from coming into existence.
WIDE+ signs statement to call on legal Human Rights instrument to bind TNCs
WIDE+ and some of its members have joined many other social movements and civil society organizations in a statement of support to create a new legal Human Rights instrument for transnational corporations (TNCs).
WIDE+ and CAWN: end persecution of Honduran indigenous leaders
CAWN has written to the Honduran government in solidarity with human rights defenders Berta Cáceres Flores, Aureliano Molina Villanueva and Tomas Gomez Membreño, leaders of the Honduran Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations (COPINH). They are being criminalised because of their role defending the human rights of the Lenca indigenous population and are facing unfounded criminal charges. Berta Cáceres has been sentenced to serve time in prison and her colleagues’ freedom of movement has been curtailed.
The Solidarity letter of CAWN has been signed by War on Want, Front Line Defenders and WIDE+. Please feel free to use it to urge the Honduran government to take immediate measures to resolve this grave situation and ensure that these human rights defenders can continue their vital work.
To find all letters and further information:
As European feminists and women’s rights activists, we express our solidarity with the protestors in Turkey. We deplore the repression and massive state violence against people who exercise their basic freedoms of dissent and assembly. Instead, we reaffirm the indivisibility of human rights, including the rights of democratic opposition, freedom of opinion and media, and the right to move and speak freely in public, the right to a life free from violence and to control over one’s own body, health and sexuality.
In particular, we reaffirm these rights for all women in Turkey who have been at the frontlines of the years-long struggle for democracy, equality and freedoms – including, but not only, in the last weeks’ protests.
WIDE+ newsletter (as PDF) or the articles online (below
Announcement: WIDE+ Comeback meeting, 4-5 July 2013, Madrid, Spain
WIDE-E (WIDE Spain) is organizing a WIDE + meeting in Madrid (Spain) on 4 and 5 of July, 2013. During the past half year members of WIDE+ have worked on writing down the vision, mission, governance structure and strategies for the new network WIDE+. In the upcoming meeting members will take decisions on these issues, and further discuss the course of strategic and operational actions.
CSW: Optimism in spite of Challenges and Results – Yes, We Could!
The UN Commission on the Status of Women’s (CSW) 57th Session took place the first two weeks of March. This year – in spite of the challenges and the suspense until the last moment – the CSW produced a useful Agreed Conclusions (AC).
Announcement: Feminism in NGO Conference “Vienna+20“, 25-26 June 2013
Gender, Development and New Aid Architecture post 2015: Architects or Pawns in Development Engineering?
Women rights activists have gained in the current international governments processes around development, but also lost a lot in the processes. Reviewing the effects, together with a decrease in recourses because of multiple crises, it calls upon feminists to be very strategic in their resistance to mainstream neo-liberal policies.
Feminists at the forefront of European struggles for justice
The seventh European Social Forum (ESF) took place in Florence, Italy, between 8 and 11 November 2012. The ‘Women facing debt and austerity: resistance and feminist alternatives’ session, organized by a loose conglomerate of feminist collectives, was a feminist oasis in an otherwise gender-blind event.
Women’s Rights in Development: Feminist and Social Alternatives to the Development Agenda
The workshop ‘Women’s Rights in Development: Feminist and Social Alternatives to the Development Agenda’ was held during the XXII Latin-American Prime Minister’s and Government’s Summit, in Cádiz, Spain. The workshop, which was held on 17 November 2012, was organized by the Spanish WIDE Platform (WIDE-E) and other networks and NGOs.
Impressions from the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis
The World Social Forum this year took place in Tunis from 26 to 30 March at the campus of El Manar University. Civil society organisations from all over the world, about 60.000 participants from 135 countries, responded with a huge wave of solidarity. The key word of the endeavour was DIGNITY. But women rights’ issues in this context were not among the most prominent ones.
9th Asia Europe People’s Forum
The 9th Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF9) took place with 1000 participants -most of them from South East Asia – in October 2012 in Vientiane, Laos. The AEPF seemed to be a symbol that Laos is not only opening up for the market and investors but for civil society as well.
WIDE+ member in the spotlight: GADN network UK
GADN, a network of 70 of the UK’s leading development NGOs and gender experts, effectively lobby and provide expert advice to government and international bodies on gender and development issues. In the past year we have been working to influence key areas of policy such as the post-2015 framework, violence against women and sexual and reproductive health rights.
KARAT Coalition Birthday Fundraiser event
On January 31, 2013, the Birthday Fundraiser event was held in Warsaw, Poland to celebrate 16th birthday of KARAT Coalition and its work in the field of women’s human and economic rights in the Region. The event also aimed at expanding KARAT’s constituency of supporters including the business community.
DCF Vienna Policy pre-dialogue meeting on Gender Equality, December 2012
In December 2012 The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with UNWOMEN and the Government of Austria, organized the first dialogue in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations in preparation for the 2014 United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). The meeting’s participants tried to answer the question how gender equality and the empowerment of women could be firmly placed at the centre of a post 2015 development agenda in light of a changing development landscape with emerging challenges. The presentations by Wendy Harcourt and Ireen Dubel are republished (also to be found at: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/dcfviennadialogue.shtml)