Transforming economic power… are you up to the challenge?

How does economic power impact women? How can economic power be transformed to advance women's rights?  Without economic systems that take account of women’s needs and realities and value their contributions, rights and justice are not possible. Care workers, women migrants, sex workers, indigenous and peasant women: these are examples of women whose work is not valued by the economic system. Policy needs to take more seriously into account the contribution they make to keeping our economies working efficiently. 

The 12th AWID International Forum 2012 on women's rights and development, is being held this week on 19-22 April in Istanbul (Turkey). Conflict, militarism and violence, the role of state, sexuality, ecological health, the impact of the crisis on women, culture and religion, global governance, are some of the key themes of the Forum.

The aim of the AWID Forum, is to explore how economic power is impacting on women and the planet, and to facilitate connections among the very diverse groups working on these issues from both human rights and justice approaches in order to  contribute to stronger, more effective strategies to advance women’s rights and justice. 

At this historic moment, characterized by the crisis and growing inequalities on one side, and by the broad based mobilizations of people across countries and continents on the other side, AWID is gathering women's rights and justice activists to learn from each other's experiences and to shape possible strategies to transform the actual economic system in order to achieve more social and economic justice. 

The Forum is - according to a participant from a past event - not just an event, rather a process with an immense multiplier effect not only for local and national initiatives but also for strategies at the global level. 

'Now is the time to listen and learn from each other. Now is the time to build our collective power as political actors, to gather our years of experience and knowledge to more effectively participate in the current critical economic debates. Now is the time to contribute together to building diverse alternative visions and just practices and to continue building our movements. Now is the time to transform economic power!' (Source: AWID) 

SID and AWID: taking the conversation further...

The SID journal Development  no. 55.3 on  'Gender and Economic Justice',  produced in partnership with AWID, will be entirely devoted to the AWID Forum 2012. The journal issue will present the feminist debate on economic development and contribute to cutting edge analysis for diverse economies that take into account women’s economic rights. 

Stay Tuned! Development 55.3 will be out on September 2012.