Rutgers at the 13th AWID International Forum

Between 8-11 September 2016, Rutgers will be participating at the 13th AWID International Forum, titled "Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice". The Forum, considered to be the largest gathering of women's rights and feminist organisations, will take place at Bahia, Brazil. The Forum is expected to mobilise some 2000 participants representing 120 countries to celebrate, inspire, re-energise and renew the strength and purpose of diverse social movements.

 There is no such a thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.

 
Audre Lorde
African American Novelist

Indonesian family with small child

Now is the time to re-strategise and re-imagine futures free from oppression, injustice, war and violence, and to develop concrete strategies for people and planet based on our shared humanity. The 2016 Forum is a process and space for re-imagining and co-creating these futures.

When society enables knowledge, openness and freedom of choice, this will prevent sexual coercion or violence, unwanted pregnancy and reduce risks to mental and physical health. Cultural norms and values and gender stereotypes have a great impact on healthy sexuality. We must strengthen the position of women in society and in the family in all its diversity and inspire men and women to be equally caring partners and parents.

Engaging men and boys to improve the position of women and girls.

At the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2014, and on behalf of MenCare+ Rutgers delivered an oral statement saying that we cannot improve the position of women and girls without engaging men and boys. We see men as allies in reducing gender-based violence, and promoting more equal relationships, and believe this positive role for men should be recognised in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Strengthening the connection with the women’s rights

Together with the MenEngage Global Alliance and partners of our innovative programme Prevention+, Rutgers will be at this year's AWID international forum strengthening the connection between the women’s rights and gender justice movements and find ground for a joint agenda for a feminist future; by listening, starting a dialogue and explain how the engagement of men and boys contributes to the women’s rights movement agenda.

After all, feminist futures is about women and men, girls and boys together for gender justice.

More information on the forum: AWID 2016

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