APTN in the ‘Intersectionality in Practice Workshop’ facilitated by Making It Work

Published June 24, 2022
Location Asia Pacific

On May 16-18, APTN participated in a workshop on intersectionality facilitated by MIW (Making It Work). This workshop is conducted at the request of the IWRAW Asia Pacific. Participants worked on ways to make their actions intersectional as part of one of IWRAW Asia Pacific’s joint projects, ‘Forging Intersectional Feminist Futures’.

The participants followed MIW’s How-to Guide: Intersectionality in practice, co-developed with the Inclusive Friends Association. It helped them analyze their context and the diversity within their own organization.

Learn more about the guide here: https://lnkd.in/eWSj8VUb

The joint project, called Forging Intersectional Feminist Futures involves eight regional networks in an effort to strengthen intersectional movement building in Asia. This forms the key to developing transformative advocacy strategies that center the voices and lived experiences of diverse groups of marginalised women and challenge multiple systems of oppression to achieve systemic gender equality. The countries involved in this project are Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Pakistan, with regional and global spheres of impact.

Over the 33-month period, the project partners organise online and offline activities to:

  • build their collective capacities on intersectionality theory and practice;
  • understand how to engage in CEDAW advocacy and activism from an intersectional perspective;
  • facilitate capacity building and intersectional movement building among national partners in all five countries;
  • reflect on their experiences of seeking to apply intersectionality in advocacy and movement building, and document these practices;
  • engage in strategising and advocacy planning to offer a collective and systems response to specific manifestations of gender equality;
  • develop an intersectional feminist, cross-movement advocacy roadmap, addressing issues such as bodily rights, health rights, migrant rights, digital rights, decriminalisation and decarceration;
  • network and build cross-movement solidarity at regional level;support national partners to put into practice collective, intersectional advocacy, research or campaign actions;
  • and create and share knowledge with our movements on practical ways to apply intersectionality in advocacy, movement building and organisational practices, through creative communications.

The specific results include:

  • Strengthened collective understanding of intersectionality and intersectional feminism among nine key networks and organisations working to eradicate gender inequality in Asia Regional and national cross-movement roadmaps for joint advocacy outlining intersectional entry points for collective action towards eliminating gender inequality
  • Documented good practices and strategies for applying an intersectional approach to eliminating gender inequality in Asia Due to COVID-19 and related restrictions, activities taking place over the first 18 months will be organised virtually.
  • Strengthened their own capacities to organise online by undergoing training on digital advocacy, and digital and holistic security during the inception phase.

In order to overcome challenges to wellbeing and inter-personal connection posed by prolonged COVID-19 measures, they organise quarterly wellness sessions involving activities such as meditation, online workouts, group discussions, etc. Seeking to ensure accessibility for all, they have dedicated a standard amount in all activity budgets to meet accessibility needs ranging from audiovisual aids to language interpretation.