IWTC WOMEN’S GLOBALNET #342

ACTIVITIES & INITIATIVES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE

 

AWARDS, WORKSHOPS & FORUMS TO SUPPORT COURAGE, COMMUNITY & CAPACITY AMONG WOMEN

September 15, 2008

Joeyta Bose

 

  1. ANNUAL AWARD FOR COURAGEOUS WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
  2. WORKSHOP SUPPORTING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP ON HIV/AIDS IN ASIA
  3. 11TH AWID INTERNATIONAL FORUM TO ADDRESS POWER OF MOVEMENTS
  4. CONGRESS ON ISLAMIC FEMINISM TO LOOK AT MUSLIM WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL ERA

 

1. ANNUAL AWARD FOR COURAGEOUS WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
Nomination deadline: October 1, 2008

The Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA is now accepting applications for its 2009 award aimed at honoring women who are working at great personal risk to protect the liberty and lives of women in countries where human rights violations are widespread. This annual $10,000 award supports and protects the recipient’s capacity to continue her work and brings increased international scrutiny to the crisis region or issue for which the recipient works. In previous year`s, the award has been presented to women activists from Zimbabwe, Mexico, Serbia and Montenegro, Somalia, Turkey, the Dominican Republic and Pakistan who have challenged political and/or military authority to work on critical and sensitive issues such as sexual violence against women and children, trafficking and female genital mutilation.

 

Materials required for the application include a nomination form that must be downloaded from Amnesty’s website; a nomination letter that makes a case for why the candidate should receive the award; two letters of recommendations; and supporting materials, including press clippings, radio interviews, photographs that feature the nominee and her work. 

 

All materials must reach the selection committee by October 1, 2008. For further information on the requirements or to download a nomination form, visit: www.amnestyusa.org/ginettasaganfund

 

2. WORKSHOP SUPPORTING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP ON HIV/AIDS IN ASIA

Application deadline: October 1, 2008

Aimed at building leadership, advocacy and technical expertise of women who are working on the frontlines in the fight against AIDS in Asia, this intensive, three-week workshop offers country-specific technical knowledge on the epidemic and its impact on various populations, and highlights successful approaches to HIV prevention, voluntary counseling and testing, care and support, and access and adherence to antiretroviral treatment.  The workshop will unfold between March 16 and April 3, 2009 and will cover several key topics, including leadership, policy analysis and advocacy, program management, financial management and fundraising, strategic communications, gender and HIV/AIDS and cutting-edge approaches in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

 

Participation in this highly-participatory workshop is recommended for early to mid-career women from NGOs, government, the private sector and political institutions who work in HIV/AIDS programs at community, district, state or national levels. All program costs, including tuition, travel and per diem will be fully covered.

 

More information about eligibility, workshop format and applications can be found at http://www.cedpa.org/section/training/aids_leadership

 

3. 11TH AWID INTERNATIONAL FORUM TO ADDRESS POWER OF MOVEMENTS

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

International Forum on Women's Rights and Development brings together women’s rights activists and leaders every three years to strategize, network, celebrate, and learn in an atmosphere that fosters deep discussions and sustained personal and professional growth. The three-day forum, which will be held from November 14 to 17, 2007 in Cape Town, South Africa, will address the following questions:

-         How do we build movements that allow us to be strong but flexible, diverse without being fragmented, adaptable without compromising our core values, strategic without being expedient?

-         What kind of collective power is possible in the 21st century?

-         What types of mobilizations work – and in what contexts?

-         What are the contradictions we need to confront in our movements in order to move forward?

-         How do we build solidarity across different movements?

-         What is the cost of simply letting things drift along the present path?

 

Participants will have the opportunity to empower themselves with new tools and resources, collectively re-politicize the development community, strengthen alliances between women and engage in work and thinking that is truly transformative. Participation in the AWID Forum is open to anyone who works or has an interest in women's rights, international development, and social justice. AWID particularly welcomes women and men from the Global South, young women and marginalized groups that have had difficulty getting their agenda heard on a global stage.

 

Online registration is available at www.awid.org/forum08/forum_registration.html or by contacting AWID at forum08@awid.org or +1 416 594 3773 for a registration form. Online registration will be open till October 20, 2008. Registrations after this date will be done onsite at the forum. Fees for AWID members have been set at $380; non-members, $470; and students/volunteers will be charged $180.

 

4. CONGRESS ON ISLAMIC FEMINISM TO LOOK AT MUSLIM WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL ERA

The Third International Congress on Muslim Women will meet in Barcelona from October 24 to 27, 2008 to examine the economic and political oppressions faced by Muslim women in a globalized world. Speakers from Morocco, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Iran, Indonesia and Malaysia will address the relationship between global feminism and Islamic feminism; strategies for improving Muslim women's rights promoted by human rights associations on a national and international level; feminism and Islam; culture of war and communal violence; masculinity and the involvement of men in Islamic feminism; the Millennium Development Goals; the campaign against stoning in Iran; and the struggle for women’s political participation in the Arabian Peninsula.

 

Convened by the Catalonian Islamic Board, the meeting will include participants such as Bouthaina Shaaban, Syria’s Minister for Refugees and candidate for Nobel Peace Prize; Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim woman becoming member of the House of Lords in Britain; Alike Siti Musdah Mulia, chairwoman of the largest Islamic social organization in Indonesia, with more than 40 million members; 

Subhashini Ali, president of the female branch of the Communist Party of India with more than 10 million women associates; and Muslim intellectuals like Amina Wadud and Penda Mbow.

 

For more information, got to http://www.islamicfeminism.org/ or contact info@feminismeislamic.org

 

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