• Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Women’s Voices at the World Social Forum


    Marching in the streets of Dakar. Credit: Abdullah Vawda/IPS

    Read, listen and look at what happened during a week of debate and exchange at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Senegal at the IPS TerraViva multi-media, multi-lingual news site. A team of African reporters contributed daily news from Dakar, made available to readers in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Swahili.

    IPS TerraViva covered the agenda for women’s rights and empowerment at WSF through news reports and interviews.

    In an interview with TerraViva, Norah Matovu-Winyi, Executive Director of African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), explains the most pressing issues for women in Africa and how important is for them to share experiences and ideas at WSF, “it is the greatest solidarity mechanism for women,” she says.

    As a response to the difficulty of finding a place for debates, the “unofficial women’s tent” at the WSF was home to women’s voices and the many activists who claimed a site where women could speak freely…

    In another interview, Sylvia Borren, co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) discussed GCAP’s role at the forum and its evolution over the last decade, since the first gathering in Porto Alegre, Brazil in January 2001.

    One of Africa’s leading daughters and feminists, the Nigerian scholar Amina Mama says militarism is spreading, especially in countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia. She says war and conflict are especially affecting vulnerable women and children. Mama was speaking to IPS on the sidelines of the World Social Forum about militarism on the continent and feminist debates at this year’s forum.

    Multi-media content on IPS TerraViva includes podcasts, slide shows and a flickr stream of photos. IPS produced “wall newspapers” posted daily around the venue in Dakar. Download the PDFs at the site along with the final, 12-page, multi-lingual souvenir edition of the TerraViva newspaper “Change on the March“  distributed in Dakar on 11th February.

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