Armed with pen an microphone
Media as tools of social development
10. June 2014, 18:30
Presentation of Frauensolidarität’s study
On every continent we find women working as editors, radio producers and journalists. What demands do they have? How do their activities affect social development?
On the podium: Caroline Haidacher (author of the study)
Claudia Dal-Bianco (project coordinator)
Helga Neumayer (editor)
Building an inclusive media
14 May 2014, 2-6pm
Amazone Conference Centre, Brussels
We’ll be sharing the findings and pioneering work of Central American, Southern African and European women’s organizations promoting a more responsible use of the media by journalists, civil society and policy-makers. The afternoon will showcase refreshing interventions and exciting group discussions as well as a networking session.
‘Building an inclusive media’ will offer ATD Quart World staff and members the opportunity to hear first-hand from participants in women’s initiatives harnessing the power of media in really innovative and creative ways, and discuss their critique of current mainstream narratives regarding women’s issues.
Speakers and facilitators
* Helen Dixon, an associate of a Nicaraguan organization successfully using the power of soap-operas in Central America to bring women’s issues to the attention of millions.
* Lucia Ruíz, an active member of Nosotras en el Mundo – Association for Communication and Development in Spain, an prior representative of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters and the Women’s International Network.
* Sue Branford, worked for BBC World Service, currently an editor and reporter for the Latin America Bureau and lecturing in development and journalism studies in London University.
* Caroline Haidacher, a journalist and anthropologist working for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. She is the author of Frauensolidarität’s study “Armed with pen and microphone. Media as a tool for social development”.
Celebrating the successes of Nicaraguan women on 8 March, with Latin American food!
8 March 2014, 4 – 9 pm
A joint CAWN and Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign event to reclaim the value of women’s unpaid work and to learn from Nicaraguan women’s struggles.
El Salvador – Life at any price. Screening and Discussion Forum to celebrate International Women’s Day
6 March, 2014, from 7 pm
CAWN and the Casa Latina are co-hosting a screening and discussion forum (in Spanish!) on 6 March. All welcome!
Responsible narratives of exploitation and trafficking of women: The role of social communicators
8 January 2014, 4.30 – 6.00 pm, Central London
‘Slavery works as a public fantasy through which the real problems of the world can be pushed to one side and replaced with an ideology of evil – meaning we don’t have to come up with practical solutions to issues like low pay or migrant exploitation but instead can rail against the “evil slave-owners” who allegedly lurk behind such phenomena’. Frank Furedi
Exploitation and trafficking of women: critiquing narratives during the London Olympics 2012 was published in September 2013 to inform our work around the role of civil society and the media in shaping public understanding of the different forms of exploitation experienced by women, in particular migrant women, in the context of major sporting events.
The discussion forum will bring together campaigners, journalists, social media activists and practitioners from frontline organizations to critically discuss our responsibility to construct comprehensive narratives. We will be accompanied by authors Sue Branford and Kate Cooper as well as Holly Young from The Guardian’s Modern-Day Slavery Hub, and expert academics.
Please RSVP by emailing us to firstname.lastname@example.org as there are limited places. Please, note participation via Skype is possible. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
‘Governments would do better to focus on the human rights of all migrants in the UK, not just those who fall into the restrictive definition of ‘trafficked’ people. In order for this change to occur, we need to work effectively together, not only by campaigning against particular legislation but by also exerting pressure to counter particular ideologies that impede a reasoned and rational debate.’ Kate Cooper and Sue Branford
14th December, 7 pm, at AU (1160 Vienna, Brunnengasse 76)
The radio-editorial group Women on Air will presented eight radiobroadcasts on the topic “Migration and Development”
Progamme of the release party:
19:30 presentation of the audio samples
20:30 reading with Ishraga Mustafa Hamid
21:00 concert: EsRap
22:00 concert: Msoke
23:00 DJane collective Brunnhilde
more information: here
Magazine release: Love, sex and reality (No. 126)
Panel discussion with
Asoo Khan Mohammadi – Iranian photographic artist
Julischka Stengele – German multidisciplinary artist
Doris Posch – media scholar
Moderation: Jule Fischer – edtior of Solidarity among women
28th November, 7 pm, at Lokativ (1020 Vienna, Arnezhoferstraße 12)
Women’s rights organisations from Austria organized this poetry slam in the context of the 16 days against violence against women. With the topic “A room of one’s own” eight women and men preformed a text on stage!
Your microphone, your stage, your text!
more information: here
Speaker Tour – ‘The Marginal Among the Invisible: Women in the Informal Economy’
1st – 12th November
When we think about employment we generally focus on formal jobs, thus rendering millions of workers invisible. Many workers are self-employed in small unregistered businesses or wage-earners in cleaning, catering, commerce and other sectors of the informal economy, where economic activities are not regulated nor protected by the State. In some sub-Saharan African countries the informal economy is estimated to be as high as 90% of the total workforce. Women are over-represented among workers with non-standard employment arrangements and have indeed joined the informal economy in large numbers.
CAWN, along with partners War on Want and Frauensolidaridat, have invited two women leaders from the Nicaraguan Movement of Working and Unemployed Women Maria Elena Cuadra (MEC) and from the Malawian Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS) to tour the UK. They will share their experience of organising women domestic workers, street vendors and home-based workers.
The tour will visit Glasgow, Manchester, London and Vienna. In London, the schedule for seminars is as follows:
Monday, 4th November – Manchester University (5 to 7 pm).
Tuesday, 5th November – London School of Economics (6.30 to 8.30 pm)
Wednesday, 6th November – Latin American House (London) (6.30 to 8.30 pm)
Thursday, 7th November – London South Bank University (4 to 5.30 pm)
Thursday, 7th November – The Right to the City at Candid Arts, 3 Torrens Street (6.30 to 9.30pm)
Saturday 9th November – Meet the speakers for an informal chat at Hundred Years Gallery (6.00 – 8 pm)
Join War on Want and CAWN for an inspirational event exploring the struggles of social movements for their Right to the City, including speakers from Brazil, Malawi, South Africa and the UK. We believe cities must be made by the people for the people – we want to take back the streets! The event will launch an exhibition by awarding-winning photographer, Tina Remiz, showcasing the daily lives of street vendors and market traders in Zambia struggling for their right to work in the city.
Talk by Morna Macleod – In Defence of Mother Earth: The Struggle of Doña Crisanta against a mining corporation in Guatemala
22nd October 2013
A meeting about women organized against corporate mining in Guatemala and the new ‘good living’ (buen vivir) school of thought, supported by CAWN. Morna Macleod is the co-author of a new book on a Mayan woman’s life and struggle against Goldcorp, the first open-pit goldmine in Guatemala.
CAWN interviewed Morna about her views on the future for Guatemalan women human rights defenders and the struggle for human and environmental rights versus corporation’s rights.
Documentary Film Screening – ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’
2nd October 2013
‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ screening and panel Discussion on 2 October. Experts on reproductive rights from Amnesty International, International Planned Parenthood Federation and CAWN will join a panel discussion after the screening of a documentary.
Side-event: Women’s rights at stake?!
25th June 2013
Address of welcome by Federal Minister Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek
Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, Board of Governor’s Distinguished Service Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, USA
Rosa Logar, Director of the Domestic Violence Intervention Centre Vienna, „Women´s rights are human rights“ activist, Austria
Valerie N. Msoka, Director of the Tanzania Media Women Association, Tanzania
Seidy Salas Víquez, Colectiva por el Derecho a Decidir & Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Mujer, Costa Rica
Wendy Harcourt, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, ISS, Erasmus University, Italy/Australia
Report of the event (German)
Magazine release: Water (Frauensolidarität No. 124)
6th June 2013
Podium discussion and movie with
Regina Orter (free journalist), Martina Podeprel (Horizont 3000) and Claudia Dal-Bianco (Frauensolidarität)
Moderation: Jule Fischer (Frauensolidarität)
Magazine release: Arab uprisings (Frauensolidarität No. 123)
7th March 2013
Podium discussion with
Ishraga Mustafa Hamid
Katrin Gleirscher, Katrin Oberdorfer, Daniela Pertl and Klaudia Rottenschlager
(Collective of authors of the Appear-Projects/Vienna)
Facilitated by: Helga Neumayer and Claudia Dal-Bianco
Magazine release: Migration, education and cultural work (Frauensolidarität No. 122)
13th December 2012
Podium discussion, Performance and Film with Lucia Rosati (University of Vienna) and Nigar Hasib (Lalish Theaterlabor Vienna)
Facilitated by: Claudia Dal-Bianco and Helga Neumayer
Where do migrants intervene? Where do they position themselves? Which role do language, literature and cultural work have? How can self-organized spaces look like outside of the neoliberal mainstream spaces?
These questions are asked in the new issue of Frauensolidarität. The articles showcase voices from Austria to the Chicana Community Artists in California, from Chinese women and Sudanese authors. Find here an article about this event.
Poetry Slam against violence!
5th December 2012
During the 16 days against violence against women women’s organizations from Vienna make action. This year we organized a poetry slam for non-violence in Vienna.
Many interesting text where performed on stage and a the audiance was great! Congratulations to NJ who won the Poetry Slam with her text “Speech – less”. Listen to the radiobraodcast of this Poetry Slam!
Speaker tour: Women resist exploitation and austerity: global struggles and stories
26 November to 5 December 2012
As global recession looms, interlocked crises convulse Europe. Social rights, including workers rights are being dismantled and it is clearer than ever that international solidarity cannot mean solely the support of those in the global North to those in the global South. We must strategise across borders to stand up to reckless trade and labour liberalisation, corpocracy and the prioritisation of profits before people.
CAWN, Frauensolidaritaët and War on Want invited leaders of feminist and female-led Honduran and South African organisations that defend and promote the rights of women and women workers to tour England, Scotland and Austria . Their experiences are part of the global struggle against injustice and we want to learn with them.
Reyna Tejada, campaigner at Honduran Collective of Women (CODEMUH), is an ex-maquila worker and currently CODEMUH’s organiser & member of staff, Reyna campaigns on behalf of women’s workers in Honduran EPZ (Export Processing Zones) where more than 75% of workers are women.
Patricia Dyata, Secretary General at Sikhula Sonke, is a former farm worker and dweller Patricia now acts as the Secretary General of a women-led trade union for farmers in South Africa and campaigns for their labour and housing rights, including a living wage, decent healthcare provision and maternity and paternity leaves.
Numerous meetings, seminars and round-tables had Reyna and Patricia presenting their stories and views. Listen to them on Radio Orange, broadcasting from Vienna or watch them talking at Glasgow University.
Magazine release: Media and Democracy (Frauensolidraität No. 121)
17th September 2012
How much resistance in times like this is allowed? Who uses modern media? Who benefits from them? Are old media passé? Who controlls the information? How are women treated in the society and in media? Which media types are controlled by women?
Jamileth Chavarría – nicaraguan radio- and women’s activist
Ulrike Lunacek – member of the European Parliament
Helga Neumayer – editor of the magazine Frauensolidarität
You can find interesting articles about women and the media of this issue in our resource section on this blog!
War on Want and CAWN at UK Feminista summer school
15th and 16th September 2012
War on Want and the Central American Women’s Network joined forces to step up their fight against poverty and injustice facing millions of women across the world as the global economic crisis hits women hardest.
In a first step under this new partnership, CAWN and War on Want joined hundreds of feminists from across Britain at the UK Feminista summer school in Bristol. The summer school is only in its third year, but has already become an important calendar date for the UK’s growing and reenergised feminist movement.
War on Want and CAWN took part to empower and inspire feminists with the tools and knowledge to act over injustice.
CAWN run the training session Using video for campaigning and advocacy. War on Want spoje at the workshop How to build feminist solidarity and activism across borders and chaired the plenary session Feminists take on the global economy: fighting policies that hit women hardest.
War on Want activism and outreach officer Nadia Idle said: “It is really exciting to be part of the UK Feminista summer school this year. With active feminism resurgent, now is the time to build connections between women in the global movement. By sharing our stories, tactics and struggles, we empower ourselves and others in the fight for justice everywhere.”
War on Want executive director John Hilary said: “This partnership brings together CAWN’s experienced support for women and our campaigns against poverty and injustice. As the global economic crisis hits women in Britain and around the world the hardest, sharing influence and resources can help win freedom and fairness for many here and overseas.”
Catherine Poyner, one of CAWN’s co-directors, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for a small organisation like CAWN to be working with War on Want. We are really looking forward to building on the strengths of both organisations to make a real difference to the lives of women in the UK and abroad.”
“Bilingual work in the radio for a live with dignity”: Journalists meeting and workshop with Jamileth Chavarría
15th September 2012
Jamileth Chavarría, also know as “La Bruja” – the witch, is a radio and human rights activist from Nicaragua. Right now she lives in Mardrid for her education. In this journalist meeting and workshop Jamlieth Chavarría talked about how women in Bocana de Paivas work against violence against women, how she organises herself with other migrant women in Madrid and how her daily live is as a domestic worker and a migrant.
A Live-Interview with Jamileth Chavarría will be aired on 18th September 2012.
What people have said about this event…
“It was great getting to know Jamlieth Chavarría, also to know that we have to think outside the box. We have to get active to figth violence against women!”
“The exercise about thinking about what all can be a prison for women was very inspiring! We can find solutions as a collective forece to free women together!”
“Women can learn together more. There is nothing that women can not learn!”
Conference: Images of exploited and trafficked women: the role of the media and campaigning in women’s empowerment
27th April 2012
While there has been growing awareness over the last decade as to the urgency to address trafficking for sexual exploitation and exploitation advocates have not always agreed on the most appropriate approach to tackle it. Debates are played out and amplified by media stories, backing the prevalence of dominating discourses. The conference intended to be a forum for the effectiveness of different approaches to tackle trafficking and exploitation of migrant women to be discussed and for their complementarities to be explored. It brought together speakers from the policy, academic and NGO fields to examine current efforts to counteract trafficking and exploitation of migrant workers.
What people have said about this event…
‘I found very useful to hear a variety of views – not all of which came from the same way of understanding the issue. It was also really interesting to hear from both academics and those working on the ground’.
‘I will be taking my thoughts back to my “anti-trafficking” society at university, using the reflections arising from this conference and for future campaigns and questioning some of the assumptions as my students may have”.
‘There was a great mix of perspectives and focus on different areas. I am now much better informed and aware of the diversity of understandings of trafficking’.
For a full programme of the conference and to download speakers’ presentations and podcasts from the day, click on the links below:
Don’t forget to checkout our resources page for participants’ papers surrounding issues related to the conference
Magazine and CD release
16th December 2011
Release of the Frauensolidarität issue No. 118 “Media, democracy and picture politics”. This issue was about politics of images and the portrayal of women. During this event Helga Neumayer from Frauensolidarität presented the articles. Also Vera Brandner from ipsum gave a talk on the variety of photography and how women can use them to present a different picture of themselves.
The CD “Workers Rights are Human Rights” from the women’s radio group “Women on Air” was also presented during this evening. One track is on the ILO convention on domestic workers; what it is, how it could be implemented, and what struggle it was/is for domestic workers to fight for their rights. Another is about Turkish free trade zones and the hard working conditions there. In both fields workers are mostly female. Many other women workers rights are on this CD.
You can find interesting articles about women and the media of this issue in our resource section on this blog!