A Global Conference:

“Women and the 21 Century - Feminist Alternatives”

 

16-18 December 2010

The Supreme Council of Culture,

1 El Gabalaia  Street, Opera House, El Gezira,

Cairo

 

Several national and international organisations, networks and initiatives co-organise a Global Conference in Cairo. The Conference takes one of the steps that are urgently needed towards global peace and justice. It will elaborate a feminist critique on the present development and will provide space for exchange of feminist analyses and feminist grassroots work together with other democratic movements and analyses across the world.

 

 

Goals of the Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome!

 

 

DRAFT PROGRAM

 

09.00 – 09.30             Registration

 

Day 1: Thursday, Dec 16th 2010

 

FEMINIST CRITIQUE ON POWER AND DEMOCRACY

 

09.30 – 10.00                         Opening and Welcome:

Why this Conference? Goals, process and welcoming.

Aza Kamel, Egypt

Gjuner Nebiu, Macedonia

Lilian Halls French, Europe

 

10.00 – 13.00 Session 1

Power, patriarchy and citizenship: Between belonging and lack of citizenship

 

Chair: Boriana Jönsson

10.00 – 10.30                         Opening Keynote speech by Nawal  El Saadawi

Today we live in a world, dominated by a privileged minority, using patriarchal, military, neo-liberal, neo–colonial and religion based systems to oppress the disadvantaged majority in private and public spheres.

 

10.30 – 11.15                         Panel 1: Women and Power: Politics, Culture and Tradition and the space for women: public/private. Quotas: Democracy debate. Citizenship without women

Speakers:

Miriam Cooke, USA

Brinda Mehta, India

Drude Dalerup, Sweden

 

11.15 – 11.45                         Coffee Break

 

11.45 – 12.30                         Open Debate

12.30 – 14.00                         Lunch

 

14.00 – 18.00 Session 2

Civil society and women´s rights: culture, tradition and cultural relativism

                                              

Chair: Leila Al Ali

14.00 – 14.30                         Keynote speech: Obioma N Naemeka, Chancellor´s Professor, President of Association of African Women´s Scholars

The influence of religious institutions, movements and organisations against the fundamental rights and increasing intrusion in the civil sphere. Culture, Traditions and Honour.

 

14.30 – 15.15                         Panel 1 Legislation, personal status laws, civil laws. One law for all.  

Marieme Lucas, WLUML

Sawsan Zakzak, Syria

Azar Majedi, Iran/England

Asma Khader, Jordan

15.15 – 16.00                         Open Debate

 

16.00 – 16.30                         Coffee break

 

16.30 – 17.15                         Panel 2 Women have more and more limited access to the public space and their rights over their body and sexuality is violated every day. At the same time trafficking and global pornography is increasing in the public sphere. 

Panellists:

Gulser Kayir, Turkey

Dalal Al-Rubaye, Iraq

Rihab Kassatly Bagnole, USA

 

17.15 – 18.00                         Open debate

 

18.30 – 20.00                         An evening with Dr Mads Gilbert with “Eyes in Gaza”

 

 

Day 2: Friday, Dec 17th 2010

Starts at 13.45

CHALLENGING THE GLOBAL PATRIARCHAL SYSTEMS OF DOMINATION

 

13.45 – 14.00                         Re-cap of day 1 and through program of day 2             

 

           

14.00 – 18.00 Session 1

 Patriarchy and the global fundamentalisms                                         

                                              

Chair: Kerstin Greback

14.00 – 14.30                         Keynote speech: Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies, Dr hc mult

The links patriarchy-capitalism-militarism and the levers to be pushed to switch that to a more human society

 

14.30 – 15.15                         Panel1 Military attacks, invasions and occupations and their consequences for democracy, security and women’s rights: transnational feminism in the context of women and war

Panelists

Evelyne Accad, USA/Lebanon

Islah Jad, Palestine

Madelene Reese, WILPF 

 

15.15 – 16.00                          Open Debate

 

16.00 – 16.45                         Panel 2: Continuum of Violence against women in peace and war. Security/Insecurity; Military Violence and limiting of freedom of women

Panelists

Asha Elkarib,Sudan

                                               Sevdije Ahmeti, Kosovo

                                               Leyla Hamarneh, Jordan

 

16.45 – 17.30                          Open Debate

17.30 – 18.00                         Coffee break            

 

18.00 – 20.00 Session 2

Feminist perspective on the economic and security contexts of crises:

Free market, social protection and women´s rights

 

                                               Chair: Afaf Marei

18.00 – 18.30                         Keynote speech: Monica Lanfranco, Journalist and Writer

Patriarchy and Feminism in the Context of Capitalist Crisis

 

18.30 – 19.15                         Panel 1 Neo liberalism, social disarmament and migration. Contexts of war and occupation.

Speakers:

                                               Gordana Lukac- Koritnik, Croatia

Sundus Abbas, Iraq

Nina Sankari, Poland

                                               AFTD Tunisia

19.15 – 20.00                         Open Debate

 

22.00 - 24.00                          Dinner, poetry, dance and music on the Phaoronic Boat on the Nile

 

Day 3: Saturday, Dec 18th 2010

 

A GLOBAL-LOCAL SOLIDARITY AND FEMINIST MOVEMENTS: ESSENTIAL

PRECONDITION FOR REAL DEMOCRACY, JUST PEACE AND FULL EQUALITY

AMONG PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF GENDER, CLASS, RELIGION OR OTHER

CHARACTERISTICS

 

09.30 – 09.45                         Re-cap of day 2 and through program of day 3  

 

09.45 – 13.30 Session 1

Crossing borders, building a WORLD of solidarity, peace and equality;

A World Free from all patriarchal systems of domination

                                              

09.45 – 10.15                         Chair: Azza Kamel

Keynote speech: Houzan Mahmoud, Writer and Political Activist, Representative Abroad of Organisation of Women´s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)

The urge for real solidarity and internationalism between movements fighting for freedom, equality and an egalitarian alternative is growing more than ever to oppose Neo Liberalism and religious right globally

 

10.15 – 11.00                          Panel: 

                                               Caroline Brac de la Perrière, France

Joumana Mehri, Lebanon

Maria Hagberg, Sweden

 

11.00 – 11.45                         Open debate

11.45 – 12.15                          Coffee Break

 

12.15 – 13.15                        CONCLUDING SESSION

Feminist Voices of the World: Tribute to Nawal El Saadawi