14TH GENDER FESTIVAL 2019
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Main Theme: Gender Activists Transforming the World
About the Gender Festival(GF)
The Gender Festival (GF) is an open and safe space bringing together women’s rights activists from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here they can reflect on the progress of the Transformative Feminist Movement (TFM), celebrate its achievements, and share lessons, challenges and counteractive strategies. In the spirit of collective action, GF is organized by TGNP in partnership with other likeminded Civil Society Organizations. It provides excellent opportunities for sharpening the women/feminist agenda and building consensus on priority advocacy issues for women’s rights, empowerment, gender equity, equality and social justice. The main objective of the Gender Festival is to promote women’s collective voice and participation in the economic, social and political development arenas. The first Gender Festival was organised in 1996; since then TGNP Mtandao, FemAct and their grassroots partners have successfully organised a series of 13 Festivals based on a variety of themes, reflecting the burning issues of the day and 2019 will mark the 14th Gender Festival. TGNP has also succeeded in organizing five mini Gender Festivals since 2010; at Kisarawe District (2010), Morogoro Rural Distict (2012), Tarime District (2014), Morogoro Rural District (2016) and Kishapu District Council (2018).
- Feminist leadership organizing and movement building.
- Feminist knowledge generation and reproduction – validation and sharing within the movement and beyond.
- Feminist discourses and the destruction of neo-liberal macroeconomic paradigms and discourses.
- Sustaining the women’s movement: agenda, finance, technology and methodology.
- Women and the Media: Changing our narrative.
- TGNPs’ 25-year transformative feminist journey: reflections, experiences and successes, including Beijing implementation.
Objectives of the 14th Gender Festival
- To celebrate and critically reflect on our transformative feminist journey in the last 25 years of our existence and its connections with 25 years of Beijing.
- To reflect, share knowledge and experiences of our collective and individual struggles for the past 25 years.
- To provide a learning space to expand our feminist knowledge and experience.
- To broaden and strengthen coalitions of likeminded individuals and organizations at the local, national and international levels to spearhead, influence and
- advocate for a more just, fair and equitable world.
- To recognize and reward individuals and organizations whose contributions in movement building have been exceptional.
Plenary Presentation and Discussions
The plenary presentation and discussion will focus on the main theme of the GF. The session will also provide the conceptual framework of the theme. This session will be carried out through welcoming remarks, guest of honor’s opening speech and the keynote speech presentations. The GF will feature two major plenary sessions, one during the first day and the other one during the last day of the festival. Mini plenary sessions will be held during the second and the third days of the festival.
The exhibition will be organized in line with the themes of the festival, whereby, among others, grassroots women will be able to display and share their experience and achievement how they have been empowered, are able to empower other women and what do they envision of their future as far as transformation is concerned. The exhibition will be launched during the first day of the festival and will run throughout the festival. This platform will provide a space for participating organizations and networks to share information about the work they do through a variety of media (videos, poster displays and photos). Publishers, CSOs and individual women artisans are also encouraged to display and sell their products.
Workshops / Training Sessions
The GF will feature different workshops and hubs that will focus on detail discussion, experience sharing and learning on sub-themes of the festival. Through the workshops the participants will develop an action plan as a way forward towards addressing prioritized challenges based on the workshop theme. Eventually, during the last day of the event, each workshop will share the feedback of what transpired to the plenary in artistic way through the use of cartoons, play songs to mention a few.
Celebration and Networking
Separate spaces will be provided for special interested groups to create hubs for networking, information sharing and planning (including young feminists, women with disability and others). Day 1, 2 and 3 evenings will be open for participating organizations and individuals to meet, network, and/or create alternative encounters. As part of celebrating achievements made, different groups of people who made contributions in advancing gender equality in the country will be recognized and celebrated. This will involve awarding
Day One: 24th September 2019
This will be the opening of the Gender Festival, with keynote presentations delivered in a participatory approach focusing on the main festival theme; followed by the launch of the GF Exhibition. The first day’s sessions usually provide the conceptual framework for the GF. Day 1 will have the first of the two plenaries of the GF. It will be followed by brief sessions during Days 3 and 4. The first plenary session will feature 25 years of TGNP Mtandao, which will be linked to Beijing+25. The plenary session will walk us through our 25-year journey – sharing achievements, lessons and challenges of broadening and building our transformative feminist movement.
Day Three: 26th September 2019
Apart from the workshops, Day 3 evening will be occupied by the African Feminist Night, in which participants will dine together and celebrate activism in various forms of artistic expression, including songs, poetry, storytelling and dance.
Day Two: 25th September 2019
Several workshops will be running in Days 2 and 3, guided by the sub-themes of the festival. Day 1 & 2 evenings will be open for participating organizations and individuals to meet, network, and/or create alternative encounters.
Day Four: 27th September 2019
The last day will comprise the closing sessions which will synthesize the workshop discussions and tease out issues raised throughout the four days of the Festival. Based on the issues raised participants will develop action plans to be implemented back home.