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Global feminist experiences of mobilising for norm change

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Carmen Leon-Himmelstine, Rachel George, Emilie Tant, Caroline Harper

Image credit:Ni Una Menos [Not one woman less] placard held up at a Montevideo protest on International Women's Day, 2020. Credit: Vale Cantera / Shutterstock

Feminist movements play a critical role in advancing gender justice and social equality all over the world. Those on the frontline of women’s social movements share their lessons for transformative change.

On 2 December 2021, the ALIGN Platform (led by ODI) convened a group of feminist activists and leaders from different global contexts for a closed-door virtual roundtable entitled: Supporting feminist movements for transformative change: a grassroots conversation’. This conversation was a chance to hear directly from the voices of those on the frontlines of feminist movements.

Participants were invited to take a deep dive into the experiences of feminist organising and share learnings on how women’s mobilisations contribute to gender norm change. This ALIGN Briefing attempts to amplify the voices of those who were in the room, by highlighting key messages from the roundtable. Among other themes, it covers feminist mobilisation strategies, barriers and enablers to organising, contextual considerations, plus suggestions for ways forward.

It is intended to spark further conversations on how best to support grassroots momentum for change, as well as encourage future research on the role of feminist movements in driving transformation.