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11th International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development

Friday 14 November 2008


Change for Equality: The 11th Annual Forum on Women’s Rights and Development, November 14-17, 2008, has begun in Cape Town, SA. According the site of the Association of Women in Development (AWID), organizers of the event, the Forum runs "from November 14-17, 2008, at the Cape Town International Convention Center, up to 1,500 women’s rights leaders and activists from around the world will converge on Cape Town, South Africa at the 11th AWID International Forum to discuss the power of movements."

The site further explains that: "the International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development is both a conference and a call to action. The largest recurring event of its kind, the AWID Forum brings together women’s rights leaders and activists from around the world every three years to strategize, network, celebrate, and learn in a highly charged atmosphere that fosters deep discussions and sustained personal and professional growth." Read more about the Forum, the organizers and participants on the site of the Forum.

Several women’s rights activists from Iran are also participating in this important event, including members of the One Million Signatures Campaign and Shirin Ebadi. One of the Forum speakers, Sussan Tahmasebi, a women’s rights activist from Iran and a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, was prevented from travel by security forces prior to the launch of the event. Read the news in this respect and the statement of AWID.

We hope that our colleagues will be able to share information with other women’s rights activists from around the world about developments in the Campaign and learn from the experience of women engaged in movements working for social justice and intent on improving the situation of women around the world.

 

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