MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE – Aug. 13-16, 2010

Participants from five continents will gather in Montreal, August 13-16, 2010, to discuss building a Global Militant Women’ s Movement in the 21st Century. And they will take a step towards this goal with an action plan and the formation of an International Women’s Alliance on the last day of the conference, August 16.

MIWC logo for web The conference will bring together women active in their communities and on the frontlines of struggles against imperialist globalization, war and violence against women. We will hear from women resisting fundamentalist and reactionary policies and defending women’s and human rights in Houses of Parliament, in the Parliament of the streets, and beyond.

Participants will assess the achievements, shortcomings and setbacks of the worldwide women’s rights movement during the last 100 years, honour the pioneers and celebrate the centennial of International Women’s Day (1910 – 2010).

The organizers include the Femmes de Diverses Origines – Women of Diverse Origins in Montréal, Gabriela-Philippines, Action Network for Marriage Migrants’ Rights and Empowerment (AMMORE), Asian Rural Women and representatives from women’s organizations in all parts of the world, as well as individuals.

Keynote speakers will share their insights on the global economic situation, how imperialism and patriarchy have impacted and oppressed women. They will look into historical and current oppression of women and discuss the current economic crisis and its impact on women. They will discuss various models/strategies of resistance by women in national liberation movements, women in socialist countries, or other forms of struggles local and international. Workshop themes include:

1- Women Workers
2- Women and Migration
3- Women Fighting Racism and Discrimination
4- The Struggles of Indigenous Women
5- Women Resisting Wars of Imperialist Aggression
6- Women and Religion
7- Women’s Sexual Orientation and Identities
8- Women and Health
9- Violence Against Women
10- Women’s Experiences with Socialism and National liberation Movements
11- Women Resisting Development Aggression
12- Women from the peasantry/rural lands

A more complete description of the workshop themes is found on the blog: http://wdofdo.wordpress.com/

The date has been set for August 13-16. Accomodation for out of towners has already been booked at university residences. The site of the conference is UQAM, with rooms to be announced soon.

Registration and welcome

Also, an Honour Committee of matrons of the conference – distinguished women who support the intiative – has been set up and includes : Dr. Shree Mulay, Associate dean of Community Health and Humanities, Memorial University, Newfoundland; the MLA Flor Marcelino, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, Government of Manitoba; Edith Ballantyne, retired Secretary-General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF); Janet Lumb, Artistic Director of the Festival Accès-Asie; and others to be announced.

This conference will be a milestone in advancing the progressive, global women’s movement and we hope you will join us in this endeavor.

To register, please visit the blog: http://wdofdo.wordpress.com/

For more information, or to volunteer your services, please contact Tess Tesalona, conference coordinator, at the Immigrant Workers’ Centre in Montréal, Québec @ +1 514 342-2111 or e-mail: wdofdo@gmail.com

Marie Boti

for Communications Committee
Montreal International Women’s Conference
April 19, 2010

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