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November 14-17, 2008 - South Africa





Deadline for Applications: January 28, 2008

Introduction | Key Questions | Participation Formats | Submit a Proposal |
PDF of Call for Proposals

Link for AWID Forum Proposal Submissions:



Deadline for Applications: January 28, 2008

Participation Formats

Please submit your proposal according to one of the following formats:

Interactive panel: Up to 5 speakers and a moderator speak (or give presentations) in turns in a panel-style discussion. At significant portion of the discussion should be devoted to audience interaction (we suggest 30 percent). Panels in which panelists speak to each other and to the audience will be given preference over the usual "talking heads" panels that do not include opportunities for discussion and collaboration.

Skills-building workshop: Experts on a range of tools, skills, techniques and innovative strategies on a wide range of issues related to women's rights, social justice and development share their expertise and knowledge. Workshops tend to be smaller, and should be more hands-on than a panel presentation. If applicable, there should be opportunities for participants to not only learn about a new tool or technique, but to also try it out for themselves.

Artistic or creative session:These sessions focus on the use of arts, culture and creativity to build movements and create change, and are intended not merely to discuss the use of art, but to actually create it collectively during the session. Examples of artistic or creative sessions include such things are mural painting, creating public art for activism, and popular theatre. Participants are expected to both discuss the artform as well as to participate in it by creating something during the session itself.

Fishbowl-style session: In this format, two individuals or groups of people engage in a debate or discussion with each other, within a "fishbowl" style format: one person/group speaks first, while the other listens silently, then they swap roles. After a pre-defined number of turns (usually 3-4), both individuals/groups can then engage in dialogue with each other and with the audience. This type of session focuses on listening as much as speaking, and can be used as a way to facilitate divisive or contentious discussions, where historically people in different "camps" have had a hard time hearing each other.

Talk show: A disparate group of people are brought together in television "talk show" style, with a "host" who moderates the discussion, and takes questions from the audience. Fluid and improvisational, this type of session takes its cue from the audience.

Moderated debate: Two individuals debate a question formally, with a moderator and audience participation. Moderated debates should be on complex subjects where a clear answer is not always feasible. Debaters should come to the table prepared with research and other documentation to bolster their points of view. The audience should come away with a much richer idea of the complexities involved in the issue debated, and a good idea of the kinds of positions taken on the issue, and why.

Simulation Game: What would you do if you had $10 million to spend on your organization? This type of session lays out different scenarios and participants develop projects, protocols, and plans based on the scenario. The aim of simulation games is to get participants away from merely criticizing what other people are doing wrong, and instead to thinking about how to move forward, by thinking about how they might move forward if they were in a position to do so.

Self-directed strategy session: Individuals or groups come together to discuss a concrete problem they are currently facing, with an eye to strategizing with others in the session and planning campaigns and other kinds of actions. The momentum from these sessions should carry beyond the forum itself into a platform of action, which may be started at the forum but fulfilled over a longer timeframe, with concrete results.

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