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AWID - women's rights - 30 yearsAt the 2012 AWID Forum , 19th - 22nd April in Istanbul, more than two thousand women from around the world met to explore the ways in which economic power is impacting on women. They analysed and debated how it may be transformed to advance women's rights and justice. openDemocracy 50.50 covered the event by publishing articles framing the issues and Jenny Allsopp wrote from the conference for openDemocracy 50.50. With thanks to the New Field Foundation for funding our coverage.

Women's human rights: Watering the leaves, starving the roots

Women and girls are in the public eye, recognized as key agents in development as never before. So why doesn't the funding for women's right's organisations reflect this? A new report from AWID provides critical analysis of the funding landscape

A transformative strategy: the true value of investing in women’s rights

What happened to the largest pot of money ever made available for advancing gender equality and human rights? Srilatha Batliwala reports on the results of AWID's aggregate analysis of the impact of the MDG 3 Fund.

Beyond individual stories: women have moved mountains

Among all the social movements of the past century, the struggle for women’s rights and gender equality has been the most transformative in terms of the deep tectonic shifts it has created in the social terrain, yet skepticism about the value of funding women's rights work persists

Making visible the invisible: commodification is not the answer

If you are invisible as a producer in the GDP, you are invisible in the distribution of benefits in the economic framework of  the national budget. As feminists we must embrace an ecological model if we are to transform economic power, and the market and commodification must be seen as the servants of such an approach. 

Culture versus rights dualism: a myth or a reality?

Women’s human rights discourse and movements have become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation

"Food sovereignty" as a transformative model of economic power

The argument is being made that “food sovereignty” is an organising principle so demonstrably strong that it has the potential to transform economic power. Can we really invest in it as the ecological principle to take us into the 21st century? Jenny Allsopp reports from the AWID Forum 2012

Visible players: the power and the risks for young feminists

From the student protests in Chile, to the protests of the 'Arab spring' in the MENA region, the debate among young feminists about how to reclaim public space reveals tensions between an individualist model of autonomy and a collectivist reclamation of public space. Jenny Allsopp reports on day two of the AWID Forum 2012

Women defining economic citizenship

How can we empower women to participate in existing economic structures and also transform them? We need a model of economic power and citizenship that is not simply about sustaining capital or growth, but sustaining and celebrating life itself.  Jenny Allsopp reports directly from the AWID Forum 2012. Here are parts two and three of her report.

What does transforming economic power mean?

Today's targeting of women in processes of realigning economic controls is perhaps quite unique. In order to unpack and understand economic power, we must revisit the different realms in which power operates, and the various forms that it takes - visible, hidden and invisible.

Brazil: "state feminism" at work

How far can the flourishing "participatory state feminism" in Brazil expand into the state apparatus in order to counter the absence of women in decision making positions and redefine women's place in society?   

Peace movements: violence reduction as common sense

If one thing holds the overall movement of peace movements together it is the goal of violence reduction. There’s a shared conviction that violence is a choice, that there exists, much more often than commonly supposed, a more violent and a less violent course of action

Post conflict reconstruction: ask the women farmers

Twenty years of conflict has destroyed the social fabric of Casamance. The only way to re-instate security and eradicate famine in an area once known as the bread-basket of Senegal is to ask the women farmers, says Tabara Ndiaye

La reconstruction post-conflit: il faut demander aux agricultrices

Vingt ans de conflit ont détruit le tissu social en Casamance. Le seul mode de rétablir la sécurité et d’éradiquer la famine dans une zone qui fut considérée autrefois comme le grenier du Sénégal c’est de demander aux agricultrices, dit Tabara Ndiaye

Reclaiming care as a fundamental end in itself

In the global context of economic insecurity and emerging 'care crises', there is a real risk that the development industry becomes complicit in compounding women’s burden of unpaid care and entrenching traditional gender roles -  something we must guard against, argues Emily Esplen

Senegal: the land belongs to those who work it

After a quarter century of armed conflict, and a socio-economic fabric reduced to shreds, women in Casamance, Senegal, are winning the right to access land and rebuild peace, says Fatou Guèye

Sénégal: la terre à ceux qui la travaillent

Plus d’un quart de siècle de conflit armé, un tissu socio-économique complètement déstructuré, mais les femmes de Casamance restent debout, luttent avec succès pour avoir le droit à la terre et pour la pour la paix et le développement, dit Fatou Guèye

Mexico: the war on drugs is becoming a war on women

Women human rights defenders in Mexico are increasingly targeted, often by government forces, since drug war violence and militarisation provide a cover for attacking leaders of grassroots movements, says Laura Carlsen

Crisis in Mali: fundamentalism, women's rights and cultural resistance

In conversation with Jessica Horn, a leading Malian women’s rights activist identifies the roots of the crisis in Mali, and the opportunistic use of the crisis by Malian and international Islamic fundamentalists to gain a popular foothold in the north of the country

The "Turkish model" : for whom?

In the aftermath of the Arab spring the “Turkish model” is being held out as an optimistic scenario for democratisation with an Islamic framework. In conversation with Deniz Kandiyoti, women’s rights and gender activist Pinar Ilkkaracan puts Turkey’s record under scrutiny - and finds it wanting

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