regroup reflect re-energise

Feminist Speakeasy – conversations and reflections about feminist community development and activism – Midlands Tues 27th Nov 2012 and North East Weds 28th Nov – 11 am to 3 pm

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Purpose Initially we are hosting two gatherings to explore the significance of ‘feminism’ in community development theory, activism and practice in relation to the current climate, with a view to a larger national event in 2013.

We want to

  • open up spaces for critical dialogue amongst women who are passionate about feminist community development and activism
  • provide opportunities to re-group, reflect, re-energise
  • provide opportunities for networking across margins and boundaries
  • increase visibility and legitimacy of feminist community development as an approach
  • define new critical and practical challenges

Outcomes:

Increased visibility and legitimacy of feminist community development as an approach

Definition of new critical and practical challenges for practitioners, activists, academics and policy makers with an interest in feminist community development

Outputs:

Potentially plans for a national feminist community development and activism conference A set of informal, free and accessible papers

Key questions:

  • What do we mean by feminist community development and activism and why do it?
  • Where have we been and where are we now?
  • Is there still a role for women organising together as women?
  • How can we move forward with a feminist agenda in community development and activism?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities?

We are going ahead with these events independent of any external funding.

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About jillbed

I am part of 'changes' - a cooperative consultancy involved in stuff around community influence and organsational change amongst other things.
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2 Responses to regroup reflect re-energise

  1. Hiya
    I follow a blog on which this post was recently made: Feminist Principles to Live By: http://sistersofresistance.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/feminist-principles-to-live-by/
    The third, ‘meet at the intersections’ is about ‘the intersecting nature of systemic oppression’, the authors suggest that ‘it is crucial to develop and integrate a dynamic understanding of intersectionality into your feminist practice.’ I thought this might be interesting to explore in relation to feminist community development at one or both of the events.
    I was also interested in what the authors say about mindfulness – that practicing it can help you to ‘begin unlearning the mind tricks of systems of domination’. It made me wonder whether there is a link between reflection – which we talk about (and hopefully practice) a lot in CD, and mindfulness. I don’t know much about mindfulness practice so would be interested to hear from anyone who does.

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