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Offer: Call for Participation: Women's World 2011

WW 2011 is shaping up to be a unique celebration of voices. THE CONVERSATION INCLUDES YOU.

This is a deliberate Call for Participation, more than a call for papers. Why? Because WW 2011 is as much about grassroots activism as it is about academic achievement. We know that important insights come from various communities – that’s why we are striving to make WW 2011 a space for all kinds of conversations and connections between diverse people.

Proposals for presentations can come from individuals, groups, coalitions, networks, teams – everything will be considered.

YOU ARE committed to women’s rights and equality. YOU ARE academics, activists, researchers, policy-makers, advocates, artists. You are from all corners of the world. You are elders and youth and anywhere in between. You are people with (dis)abilities. You are Inuit and Indigenous, Mestizo and Métis, Aboriginal and Aborigine. You are part of ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and poor communities. You are LGBT and two-spirited. You are beautifully uncategorizable.

You want to share your ideas, findings, and stories at WW 2011. You have in mind a presentation that follows a classic format or you want to present through multimedia, performance art, exhibits, cultural events …

When it comes to your submission: be creative. Be as traditional or non-traditional as you want to be. Be daring, even.

What will WW 2011 address?

Where women and globalization are concerned, there are critical questions to be asked. There are learnings to share and ideas to celebrate. The main theme of this congress (Inclusions, Exclusions, Seclusions: Living in a Globalized World) invites us to explore how women are reacting and adapting to the increasing interconnectedness of our world.

In communities everywhere, women are courageously taking on the injustices brought about by globalization, as well as seizing the benefits. In doing so, paths are being paved for next generations to enjoy true and sustainable equality.

The content and conversations of WW 2011 will name and celebrate this action in all its forms while showcasing the best of innovative research, critical learning, and women’s leadership.

Each of the four days of the congress will be guided by an overarching theme: Breaking Cycles, Breaking Ceilings, Breaking Barriers, and Breaking Ground.

Presenters representing academia, activism, policy development, research, arts, culture, and beyond will promote ideas-sharing, knowledge-transfer, and solutions. Along with the congress as a whole, they will ask:

In the face of globalization and all that it means, how can we combine our collective strengths in order to …

mount effective challenges to the dominant attitudes that perpetuate inequality
highlight and share our successes and strategies
amplify women’s voices and ideas within the discourse on globalization
WW 2011 will also be a chance to move beyond discussion – to connect and reconnect around common strategies and political agendas so that women’s equality and human rights may truly advance.

This event invites a diversity of minds and experiences to delve into some of the most pressing issues of our time.

To be considered as a presenter at WW 2011, please complete the submission form online by September 15, 2010.

Selected presentations will be organized within the aforementioned four daily themes of the congress, further described here.

To best reflect the objectives of WW 2011 throughout the congress, we will favour those submissions which strive to:

propose solutions as much as examine problems
combine knowledge with practice and encourage critical reflection
foster linkages across constituencies
embrace diversity
celebrate and foster women’s leadership and transformational change
build bridges between generations, races, cultures, ethnicities, (dis)abilities, sexualities, geographies, and other ways we may differ
seek to strengthen movements for equality internationally and in Canada
Questions to help shape your proposal

To further assist you in developing your presentation idea, here are some prompt questions relating to the four daily themes of the congress. You will be asked in the submission form to indicate which of these four daily themes best frames your presentation topic, as well as the three specific issue(s) it references.

Breaking Cycles

As globalization becomes more and more entrenched as the new world order, women around the world continue to mount opposition to the systemic cycles that perpetuate inequality.
In what ways are women challenging cycles such as colonialism, capitalism, imperialism, patriarchy?
What action is being taken to dismantle cyclical ‘isms’, i.e. racism, sexism?
How do geo-political and global financial structures perpetuate women’s inequality?
Are global cycles of war and conflict linked to violence against women, and how?
In what ways do financial crises and wavering global economies contribute to women’s poverty?

Breaking Ceilings

Women across the planet are working to dismantle the ceilings – glass and otherwise – that serve to maintain women’s inequality.

Does the western concept of the ‘glass ceiling’ (an invisible block to upward mobility) keep women from accessing power itself, and how? What happens if/after the ceiling is broken?
How are women forging opportunities for educational and civic advancement?
What limits must women overcome when striving for what men easily claim?
How are women challenging ‘the boys club’ in communities, workplaces, and institutions around the world?
What are women doing to shatter ceilings within our own social justice and equality-seeking movements that benefit a few and exclude others?

Breaking Barriers

The so-called global village is full of ‘fences’ that particularly affect women.

What does the modern era of transnationalism mean for women?
How has globalization transformed the meaning of borders – geographic and otherwise?
How are women redefining boundaries – political, geo-political, economic, academic – in a way that promotes women’s equality, leadership, and security?
In what ways are women dismantling barriers to social services like health, justice, and education?

Breaking Ground

Across the planet – in urban and rural communities – women are changing rules, seizing opportunities, and forging new ground.From academia to the grassroots, what new ground is being broken by women, and how?
What are the emergent ideas (from the academy and other idea labs) that propose fresh ways of analyzing, doing, and overcoming?
What new politics and new ways of political organizing are being practiced?
How can women’s organizations maintain resilience and momentum in the face of those aspects of globalization which oppose women’s equality?
In what ways can intergenerational exchange inspire the laying of foundations of a new era of women’s movements?
How are other critical exchanges – between North and South, East and West, academic and grassroots, resourced and otherwise – leading to innovation strategies that work?
Which contemporary political victories and agendas present the most urgency?

Questions that fit under all ‘Breaking’ themes

What divides or injustices exist between us as women working for equality, and how are they being challenged?
Can there ever be such a thing as equal access to power?
What bridges are women building between our generations, races, cultures, ethnicities, (dis)abilities, sexualities, geographies, and beyond?
What can technology and new media offer women to affect change?
What new tactics, tools, and political ideas are women and communities employing to break systemic cycles, ceilings, and barriers?
In what ways do modern wars (on terror, on drugs, on fundamentalisms) jeopardize the struggle for women’s equality and rights?
How are women particularly restricted, excluded, or secluded from possible benefits of globalization? Or included?

Everything needed to be a part of this event is on their website.


ArtByMia's picture


This is such a wonderful opportunity and an empowering event!!! Will there be one held in the NYC area? I would love to participate or attend.

Thank you for the information.


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