By Virginia López Calvo The seventh European Social Forum (ESF) took place in Florence, Italy, between 8 and 11 November 2012. The ‘Women facing debt and austerity: resistance and feminist alternatives’ session, organized by a loose conglomerate of feminist collectives, was a feminist oasis in an otherwise gender-blind event. The result was a crowded room … Continue reading Feminists at the forefront of European struggles for justice
By Ilse Hanak The World Social Forum this year took place in Tunis from 26 to 30 March at the campus of El Manar University. Expectations were high by Tunisians and other participants from the Maghreb and Mashrek region. Civil society organisations from all over the world, about 60.000 participants from 135 countries, responded with … Continue reading Impressions from the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis
By Rosabel Agirregomezkorta Women rights activists have gained in the current international governments processes around development, but also lost a lot in the processes. Reviewing the effects, together with a decrease in recourses because of multiple crises, it calls upon feminists to be very strategic in their resistance to mainstream neo-liberal policies. At the same … Continue reading Gender, Development and New Aid Architecture post 2015: Architects or Pawns in Development Engineering?
By Christa Wichterich The 9th Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF9) took place with 1000 participants -most of them from South East Asia - in October 2012 in Vientiane, Laos. The AEPF seemed to be a symbol that Laos is not only opening up for the market and investors but for civil society as well. The … Continue reading 9th Asia Europe People’s Forum