29 September 2016
The 13th AWID forum was held in Bahia, Brazil over four day (September 8-12 2016) bringing together over 1,800 women (and a few men too) from 130 countries: young and older feminist, of different races, ethnicities, gender identities and abilities, as well as representatives of donors and the UN. The theme of intersectionality and the increasing feminist influence within diverse movements (such as the disability movement) as well as greater transnational activism in the feminist movement were threads running throughout the Forum. Women’s struggles around the world were presented and a wide range of themes such as resistance to patriarchal structures and dictatorships, protecting the environment from corporate interests, and women human rights defenders fighting back . Even though it is impossible to summarise in a few paragraphs the wealth of discussions and range of issues covered in the panels and small groups,CAWN’s co-Director Marilyn Thomson has prepared a brief report about some of the panels and activities that took place during this event.
We would also like to share with you the inspiring intervention made by Miriam Pixtún Monroy from La Puya, Guatemala, on the situation they have been facing for defending their land and the vital resource that is clean water.