Building and bonding over feminist futures: Reflections from AWID Forum
The recently concluded AWID Forum in Bahia, Brazil was a critical space not only for members of the FRIDA community but feminists, human rights defenders and activists alike to gather in the same place and discuss, dialogue and ideate on how we can collectively build a feminist future for our world.
An international forum of such large scale–over 1800 attendees from over 150 countries–the Forum was a key space for feminist activists to share innovation and energy from all corners of the world. And it was also a much needed, safe space to connect, understand the issues affecting young feminists across boundaries, gain exposure for their important work and play an active role in cross-movement building.
FRIDA was happy and proud to support as many as 35 young feminist activists from different parts of the world. These included grantee partners, staff members, consultants and board members. We also held our global grantee convening ahead of the Forum to connect with some of our grantee partners and learn more about the work they do, the challenges they face and the different ways in which we can help build their capacities and knowledge.
Both the Forum and the Global Convening served as a key space where young feminists shared organizing actions, deepened their understanding of how change happens in their diverse focus areas, and networked beyond their borders, harnessing their collective power.
We share below some quotes, pictures and experiences of FRIDA attendees. Relive the memorable experience through their words and pictures!