For over 20 years the Central America Women’s Network has worked in the UK to raise awareness of women’s rights and international development. We support the struggles of women inCentral America, particularly those seeking economic rights and fighting for their labour rights, those working for maternal health and the right to abortion, and those resisting violence against women. We work in partnership with local women’s organisations and support the women’s movement, as well as the struggles of workers, the indigenous and economic justice movements in Central America, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Frauensolidarität provides information, education and public relation about women in Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as global power-relations from a feminist point of view. Frauensolidaritaet contributes with it’s work to enhance the enforcement of women’s rights and promotes a world free from sexism, racism and homophobia. As an organization based in development-policy, Frauensolidartität is in active dialogue with women’s movements from the south, thus uniting and strengthening action by networking.
War on Want is a movement of people committed to global justice. They fight against the root causes of poverty and human rights violations by working in partnership with grassroots social movements, trade unions and workers’ organisations in the global South and by running hard-hitting popular campaigns.
Central American Women’s Network, Frauensolidarität and War on Want are working together on a project launched in October 2011 which will run until September 2014: Women’s rights, social inclusion and the media.
We aim to increase public awareness about women’s rights and to respond to demands from woman’s organisation to strengthen communication and solidarity between women in the EU and countries in the South (in this case in Southern Africa and Central America).
We want to encourage women to make greater use of information technology for communication and the media, to support networking among women’s organisations and activists, to promote the human rights of women and women’s equality. We also aim to increase the understanding of women’s rights, globalisation and media among policy makers and the general public. To achieve this we will organise activities such as conferences, workshops, interviews and media-interventions (print, radio and web). We will also carry out research and produce media-interventions in order to increase the visibility of women’s rights, which will focus on: the trafficking of women, gender discrimination and violence against women in the labour market and the objectification and exclusion of women by mainstream media.
Through this project we aim to increase the visibility of these issues through the use of alternative media that have been shown to be an effective tool for dissemination of information and the empowerment of women.
CAWN, Frauensolidarität and War on Want want to be part of the process of empowerment and so we will build the capacity of students and young activists to trigger change. We will produce in-depth policy briefings and factsheets, trainings on the use of alternative media and advocacy skills, organise public meetings with activists from Central America and Southern Africa and produce exciting radio programmes. If you want to join us please get in touch to learn more about how you can be part of it. You can email CAWN to firstname.lastname@example.org and FS to email@example.com.