Building feminist movements
organizations: learning from experience
A Call for Contributions
Sisters, theres no need to re-invent the wheel.
As womens movements and organizations around
the world, we can learn from each other and create
new ways to become stronger. AWID is gathering insights
into feminist organizational strengthening and movement
building that we intend to share with AWID members
and others around the world. What processes make a
strong womens organization? How can we move beyond
our fragmented feminist and womens movements?
This is a call to acknowledge the diversity and wealth
within womens organizations and movements and
to share our hard-won experiences, our knowledge and
our best practices. We are seeking essays and case
studies from all regions of the world. Those that are
selected will receive an honorarium of $1000 USD to
be used towards organizational strengthening activities.
Selected contributions will also be published by AWID
and highlighted at the 10 th International AWID Forum
on Womens Rights in Development, October 27-30,
2005 , in Bangkok , Thailand .
Two ways to participate
a. SUBMIT AN ESSAY: Send
us an essay on a particular issue related
to movement building and/or strengthening womens
organizations. Essaysshould critically
evaluate past efforts and focus on new ways of thinking
and organization around theseissues.
US A CASE STUDY: A case study would describe
and analyse a specific example of how womens
organizations and movements are carrying out initiatives
to promote organizational strengthening and build
womens movements. We are seeking cases that
illustrate how the results were achieved and what
important lessons were learned, and that make strategic
suggestions for future action by womens groups
Both essays and case studies should focus
on one or more of the following issues:
Power dynamics and leadership in
organizations and movement;
Broadening participation / mechanisms of inclusion;
Overcoming fragmentation in the movement;
Re-politicizing the work and movements;
Feminist principles in action regarding relationships among
people and organizations and within the organizations and movements;
Fundraising, resource mobilization and sustainability;
Sustaining the work of womens organizations and movements
in conflict situations; and
Building alliances and partnerships with other organizations
Who can participate?
Participation is open to individuals, womens
groups, organizations or networks that are part
of womens movements or define themselves
as feminist, whether or not they are members of
AWID. We encourage participation by people from
diverse backgrounds, of different ages, areas of
work, sexualities, identities, ethnicities, religions,
regions, etc. We particularly encourage active
participation of women from the Global South and
Eastern and Central Europe .
How to participate?
be accepted in English, Spanish or French only.
be no longer than 15-18 DOUBLESPACED pages, Times
New Roman, 12 point.
Case studies should
be no longer than 10-15 DOUBLE-SPACED pages, Times
New Roman, 12 point.
Case studies should
also include general information about the group
/ organization /network / collective / coalition
/ etc., that the Case Study refers to, including
its name, specific location, date established,
number of members or staff, its reach (local, national,
regional, international) and finally its intended
beneficiaries. The case study should also explain
who were the main players/actors that led, facilitated
and were involved in the process described.
All contributions must
include a completed summary page form (ATTACHED).
Send relevant background
information, if you wish, such as relevant
dissemination materials, publications, videos,
Contributions should be sent no later
than April 30 th, 2005 to
AWID by email to:
or by postal mail to thefollowing
Feminist Movements and Organizations (FEMO) Programme,
Association for Womens Rights in Development (AWID)
Córdoba 234, Int. 7 Colonia Roma Sur
México DF, CP 06700 MEXICO
Submission of the application form and the case
study or essay implies acceptance of the following
Your contributions may be published
AWID will not return any materials
included or attached to the submissions and such
may be included as part of the AWIDs Feminist
Movements and Organizations Documentation Centre
and AWIDs Feminist e-Library.
Case studies or essays that
do not follow the specified format will be excluded
from the selection process.
The selection process
All essays or case studies will be initially
reviewed by AWID staff to verify that they fulfill
the requirements mentioned above. Completed submissions
will then be classified by region and issue of
focus. After the deadline, the Selection
Committee will meet to review and select
the essays and case studies. A total of approximately
15 essays and 15 case studies will be selected.
Approximately five contributions will be selected
from each geographic region (namely, Africa , Asia
and Pacific, Eastern and Central Europe , Latin
America and the Caribbean , Middle East , and finally
North America and Western Europe ).
The Selection Committee is made up of women with
knowledge and experience in strengthening and building
womens organizations and movements. The members
of the Selection Committee are:
Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi ,
African Womens Development Fund, Nigeria/UK
Filiz Bikmen , Third Sector Foundation, Turkey
Geetanjali Misra , Creating Resources for
Empowerment in Action (CREA), India
Sanja Sarnavka , Be Active Be Emancipated
Indai Sajor , Human Rights Adviser, Philippines
Virginia Vargas , Centro de la Mujer Peruana
Flora Tristán, Peru
Barbara Williams , Diversity and Management
Awards and recognition
Every essay or case study selected will receive
an honorarium of $1,000 USD. The awards are intended
to serve as seed money to support Feminist Organizations
and Movements related work already in progress
by the organization or individual. In addition,
all essays and case studies selected will be published
in a book and on AWIDs website. Finally,
all case studies and essays selected will be presented
at AWIDs next International Forum to be held
in Thailand , in October of 2005. AWID intends
to provide funding to support winners participation
in Forum. The Selection Committee will consider
issuing Honourable Mentions, at its discretion.
Should you have any questions or comments
about this Call please contact Lydia Alpízar
at firstname.lastname@example.org or
at the mailing address above.
Thanks for passing
on this call and for taking part!
This Call is available in
English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian
in AWIDs web site at www.awid.org
Complete and send this summary when submitting
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