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Unlocking feminist activism

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A global dialogue on how social movements are building gender justice

This participatory high-level global conversation, held in partnership with Irish Aid, hosts leading feminist thinkers, activists, scholars and policy-makers to discuss what can be achieved through supporting women's social movements.


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    Aya Chebbi

    Keynote speaker - Chair & Founder, Nala Feminist Collective

  • Sara Pantuliano

    Sara Pantuliano

    CEO, ODI

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    Françoise Moudouthe

    CEO, African Women's Development Fund (AWDF)

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    Hakima Abbas

    Co-CEO, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

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    Zohra Moosa

    Executive Director, Mama Cash

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    Chernor Bah

    Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Purposeful

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    Dr Ailbhe Smyth

    Feminist & LGBT activist and Chair, Women's Aid

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    Mohammed Naciri

    Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and Special Advisor to the Executive Director, UN Women

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    Noelene Nabulivou

    Executive Director, Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality

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    Ounaysa Arabi

    Founding Member, Noon Feminist Movement

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    Ruth Zurbriggen

    Socorristas en Red, Argentina

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    Rachel George

    Research Fellow, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, ODI

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    Pamela Valenzuela

    Spokesperson, Coordinadora Feminista 8M, Chile



New evidence from ALIGN shows the links between grassroots activism and transformative change, but merely 1% of gender equality funding goes towards this crucial work. Following the Generation Equality Forum in July 2021, where bold financial commitments for gender equality were made, this ODI Global Dialogue explores how to sustain the power of feminist organising.

These series of conversations focus on the role of social movements in overcoming persistent inequality and injustices. The half day event opens with a discussion on what we have learnt about the pivotal role women's social movements play in renegotiating gender norms and advancing gender justice. This will be followed by an interactive dialogue in two parts, where you can join the conversation with expert speakers to help dissect the following questions:

What are the barriers feminist organisers face, and how can social movements overcome them?

What new funding and support models are needed from the international community to sustain effective grassroots activism?

These interactive sessions will be held on Zoom. Joining instructions will be emailed to you closer to the event date when you register. Traducción en vivo será disponible para estas sesiones.en español.

Join the conversation online using the hashtag #FeminismUnlocked.

  • Read 'Global feminist experiences of mobilising for norm change'

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