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DIVERSE BUT NOT DIVIDED
REGIONAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
MARCH 17th- MAY 17th
A COLLECTIVE DEBATE FOR COLLECTIVE PROPOSALS
The Committee of Methodology and Contents of the National Organizing is holding a regional and national call for submissions. Any feminists interested in the EFLAC debates are invited to propose themes for the 14th Feminist Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean.
As usual, every group and organization will have the opportunity to carry out their own proposals. The registration form for self-managed activities will soon be posted on www.14eflac.org.
The Conference´s methodology
Most of the members of our organizing committee have not participated in our previous conferences. Hence, we took inspiration from the previous conferences in Colombia and Peru to put the methodology together.
After researching both of them, we chose to set up the debates without personal displays or tabling, as our experiences are rich enough to be shared in a collective discussion framed by agreed upon rules and principles.
The discussion will be based on the following principles:
- Giving a voice to every single experience, individual, and struggle in order to ensure the best sharing experience.
- Understanding the differences within the movement as a value of diversity and freedom of thought and action.
- Get local knowledge back, as it is a result of struggles in concrete contexts, with their distinct history and inequalities that affect the lives of various women who are marked by race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, and age among others.
- Seeing our dialogue as a political culture against the hegemony. We hope to build a plural and diverse “us” and recognize the inequalities and distinct experiences within us.
- Sharing and learning languages, ways of seeing the world, and expressions that challenge exclusionary heteronormative, ethnocentric, and adult centric practices.
- Connecting words and bodies in movement, reflection and action, and get back local cultures, territories, and ways of being individually as well as collectively.
Corporal work proposal
Since their beginning, the feminist conferences have discussed, worked, and reflected on the body. Corporal work has been discussed more and more each conference, and fundamentally associated to self-care.
The theme of bodies is central to feminist theory, reflection and action, especially since the subjection of bodies has been a weapon and a fundamental expression of patriarchal oppression.
For this conference, we will go a bit further and attempt to overcome the mind-body dichotomy, as it is essential to hegemonic ways of thinking and it relies on the sex-gender system that dominates our society.
We want to stop having spaces for thinking or exchanging ideas on one side, and spaces for experience-based corporal work as a critical approach on the other. They should not be separated, as approaching knowledge from the perspective of the body allows for the inclusion of new dimensions based on experience, expression, and emotion, that all complement intellectual work without excluding it.
We can use various moving exercises, for example: to spark reflection and exchange about a specific theme, to contribute to a conversation by drawing from our bodies´ experiences, to help reignite the flow of a conversation, to loosen the numb bodies that no longer help us think, or to complete an exchange with a corporal and an experience-based expression.
In terms of organizing, coming up with a proposal implicates forming a group of feminists with experience in the field and who are excited to take on the challenge. You will have to figure out with which themes and in what way you can be included in the organization of the discussions. While some devices or techniques can be thought of beforehand, others will have to be improvised based on the flow of the discussion, which requires knowledge and experience.
Anyone who wishes to join is encouraged to form a regional team to take on the challenge. The proposals should be sent to the organizing committee of EFLAC.
Spaces and methodological tools
During the day
Mornings- Rural del Prado.
Simultaneous discussions about the core themes (which will be announced in May, once we´ve received all the proposals from the consultation.)
This moment will be dedicated to regional collective work, through themed discussions during two mornings of the conference. On the third day, we will have a plenary session of all the discussions and will decide on the host of the next EFLAC.
Afternoon- Rural del Prado
Open participation activities, debates and dialogues led by the participants
Artistic and expressive activities
Evenings and nights – Centro de Montevideo
Music, movies, theater, social gatherings
Meeting place: RURAL DEL PRADO
El Prado is an old residential neighborhood in Montevideo, and la Rural is the place where the annual ranchers fair takes place, though it is also used for large events. We chose this place because of all the green spaces near and around it, which can not only accommodate many feminists, but the open air spaces can also foment artistic and fun proposals. The space was graciously given to us by the Administration of Montevideo, and it is 15 minutes away from the city center. It is surrounded by gardens and large spaces to welcome the participants.
Proposed themes for the collective debate as of March 17th
Although we have come up with a few ideas, they are too broad and need to be refined to more specific and precise proposals. Accordingly, we encourage everyone, including the members of the various networks and organizations of the movement to propose themes that they see as critical. In addition to the themes, we are calling for moderation teams for the debates. We seek to represent a variety of ways of seeing the world, identities, and places of the region.
The following are the themes that have been proposed so far:
- Bodies, subjectivity and rights
- Racism and the intersectionality of struggles
- Perspectives and challenges from the feminist economy
- Democracy and a secular state: tackling fundamentalism
- The names of feminisms: established, diverse, and plural feminisms
- Wars, violence, and expulsions
- Violence and resistance: Ni una menos (Not one less)
- Self-care, protection, and feminist well-being
- Tensions and debates with the left
- Diversity, autonomy y power: dilemmas and challenges
- Collective resistance: land and territories
- Feminist counterculture
WE INVITE ALL TO PARTICIPATE IN A
VIRTUAL FORUM ON THE 4TH, 56TH, AND 6TH
OF MAYTHE FORUM´S GOAL IS TO DISCUSS THE METHODOLOGY
AND THE THEMES OF THE DISCUSSIONS
We will write the final proposal with the results and contributions of the Committee of Methodology and Contents.
The Feminist Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean started in Bogota thirty six years ago, as the newest, most diverse and most powerful form of feminist meeting in the region.
In 2014, during the 8th Feminist Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (EFLAC) in Peru, Uruguay was chosen as the host of the 9th Conference, as it was believed to have all the necessary qualities to organize it.
The Conference happening in Uruguay has important connotations, the first one being that there hasn´t been a Conference in the Southern Cone in more than 11 years, which made it difficult or impossible for many women to participate due to the high cost of plane tickets. Additionally, Uruguay is one of the countries that have recently had the most breakthroughs in women´s rights in the region.
The main goal of the Conference is to help strengthen democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, starting with the inclusion of women´s rights from a feminist perspective in the agenda of individual states and societies. It seeks to create a space where the diverse expressions of the feminist movement in Latin America and the Caribbean can meet and discuss as part of an organized civil society.