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AWID Forum 2012

Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice

AWID Forum 2012

This year’s AWID Forum will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 19-22 April, under the theme “Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice”. The Forum will feature sessions selected through a Call for Proposals, a daily plenary session, a variety of in-depth sessions, feminist economic toolbox, and artistic/cultural sessions.

The ILC Secretariat is participating in a session on “Transforming Economic Power through Women’s Land Rights”, organised by the Global Initiative for Economic Social and Cultural Rights. The session will raise awareness of key standards promoting the land rights of women, showcase lessons learned from women’s struggles for land rights, and highlight pressure points for advocates, and will feature the following panellists:

For online resources on Access to & Control of Resources gathered prior to the Forum), please see: http://www.forum.awid.org/forum12/about-the-forum-theme/access-to-control-of-resources/

Below are some of the sessions to be held during the AWID Forum that are concerned with land issues:

Gender-responsive governance of land: women’s land rights struggles, challenges and lessons: This session brings forth experiences from across the global south, on struggles of women to secure their rights to land and other natural assets; what has worked and what has not, and explores positive lessons and best practices as well as their replicability, Speakers: Catherine Gatundu- ActionAid International; Katia Araujo, Huairou Commission; Patricia Chaves, Espaço Feminista (Brazil); Dodzi Tsitaka, University of Ghana.

There is also an in-depth session (Session 4) on Access to and control over resources: Organizing for women’s economic empowerment, which will explore the various factors that influence women’s access to and control over resources, enabling participants to identify openings and inspiration to advance change. We will draw on case studies to illustrate how women are mobilizing their collective organizing power to cope with the medicalization of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa; push back against land grabs in Guatemala; and build movements around alternatives to conventional microcredit schemes in Indonesia.

And many, many more!

For the full programme, please go to : http://www.forum.awid.org/forum12/programme/

Follow the discussions and debates @ the AWID 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development - Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice, by:

Halic Congress Centre, Istanbul (Turkey)
Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)


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Dispatches From AWID 2012: Women’s Land Rights Debate Roils On

Check this piece by Jessica Mack on the panel “Gender-Responsiveness Governance of Land: Women’s land rights struggles, challenges, and lessons” - including Catherine Gatundu, Violet Shivutse and Dzodzi Tsikata:


In the past few years, women’s access to land has emerged as a key global development issue. As foreign investment and development in Africa and South Asia continues, and as a global food crisis looms, it has become virtually impossible to ignore the substantial role women play in farming and land management, though they consistently lack rights to land ownership. […]”

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