Uruguay: DAWN Announces a New Feminist Advocacy Training Institute

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) is pleased to announce its second feminist advocacy training programme, to take place this year in Montevideo, Uruguay, from November 7-29 2005. The DAWN Training Institute, inaugurated in Bangalore, India, in 2003 and held every second year, is designed for young feminist activists (aged over 25) from the economic South who are already engaged, or have a strong interest, in global advocacy work for gender justice, and who wish to sharpen their analytical capabilities and advocacy skills. The training programme will draw on both DAWN's feminist analysis, which inter-links issues under the four themes of Political Economy of Globalisation, Sustainable Livelihoods, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights and Political Restructuring & Social Transformation, and the network's considerable experience in UN Conference processes and other sites of struggle, including the global civil society movement against economic globalisation. Participants will be trained by experienced feminist advocates who will assist them understand the changing terrain of the struggle for gender justice. They will be exposed to the ideas and work of other activist scholars and will examine critical issues under each theme in the context of current debates at the global level, and their inter-linkages with issues under other themes. The course will involve lectures and discussions, case study presentations and analysis, organised debates and role-play, and practical skill-building exercises in research, analysis and advocacy. Programme instructors are expected to include, among others, Professor Gita Sen (IIMB, India & DAWN), Sonia Correa (ABIA, Brazil & DAWN), Dr Viviene Taylor (University of Cape Town, South Africa & DAWN ), Gigi Francisco (Miriam College, University of the Philippines & DAWN), Dr Mariama Williams (International Gender and Trade Network & DAWN), Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem (University of Auckland & DAWN) and other feminist resource persons with advocacy experience in the fields covered. The broad aims of the course are to i) build capacity among young feminist activists especially in understanding linkages between different issues and advocacy agendas/arenas/actors; ii) strengthen feminist advocacy work at the global level; and iii) deepen analysis in some specific areas, including global trade and sustainable development. The course is intended to prepare young feminist activists working in any of the four theme areas for the specific challenges entailed in working for gender justice in the present global political and economic context. The DAWN Training Institute is not an academic course, but applicants should have (or be close to completing) a first degree. Applicants must be citizens of a developing country and be based in the South (if based in the North for a short period of time they might be accepted, but the decision would depend on an assessment of both their current residence situation and future plans). They should be persons who straddle both analysis and advocacy work, and who have some local or national experience in working in at least one of the theme areas). Applicants must provide a recommendation letter from someone who is familiar with their work, their commitment and their readiness for such a training programme As the course will be conducted in English, applicants must be proficient in English - they must be able to read/speak/write English. They must be able to attend the course from start to finish (ie be fully involved for the entire three weeks). Up to 30 participants will be admitted to the programme in 2005. Full funding is being sought for at least 20 participants. DAWN is a network of feminist scholars and activists from the economic South working for economic justice, gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN began in 1984, on the eve of the international conferences marking the end of the UN Decade for Women. Founding members prepared a platform document for that event and held a number of workshops at the NGO Forum in Nairobi. DAWN's platform document, Development Crises and Alternative Visions: Third World Women's Perspectives (Monthly Review Press 1987) was a South feminist critique of three decades of development. It highlighted the impacts of four inter-linked and systemic global crises - famine, debt, militarism and fundamentalism - on poor women of the South and offered alternative visions. The document made a significant impact at Nairobi, and put macro-economic issues firmly on the agenda of the women's movement. Between 1992 and 1995, DAWN actively engaged in the series of UN Conferences (ICPD, WSSD and FWCW) on development and their preparatory processes, with a view to influencing the debates agendas and outcomes of these meetings. After 1999, DAWN became involved in the 5-year review processes for these conferences; engaged in a new series of UN Conferences including the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and other forms of Discrimination, UN High Level Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), and the World Summit for Sustainable Development; participated in two World Bank reform initiatives established in response to the women's movement and others' critique of the Bank; and worked to bring gender analysis to selected 'malestream' organisations. DAWN has also been very active in the global civil society movement against corporate globalisation, joining forces with other NGOs and civil society organisations to resist the inequitable trade rules and economic injustice of the WTO, and working with partners within the World Social Forum. DAWN's current work involves linking its themes and advocacy strategies in pursuit of its goals of economic and gender justice and equitable, democratic and sustainable development, and supporting the struggle to secure and advance women's sexual and reproductive rights in the context of renewed threats to women's rights from rising fundamentalism and militarism in the present global conjuncture.

APPLICATION PROCESS

An copy of the Application Form is below. Application Forms are also available from the DAWN web-site at www.dawn.org.fj NB: Applications close on March 31 2005. By that date, all applicants should have submitted by email to admin@dawn.org.fj an electronic copy of the following documents :

  • A completed Application Form;
  • A Letter of Recommendation from (and the full address, including email, details of ) someone familiar with the applicant's work and commitment, and qualified to comment on the applicant's ability, suitability and readiness for this kind of training, and to make a recommendation to DAWN;
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of having a first degree or of completion of at least two years of University courses towards a Bachelor's degree;
  • A Personal Statement providing information on the applicant's background, her knowledge, work and/or interest in at least one of theme areas, her reasons for wanting to undertake the training, some discussion of the issues that she is currently working on (including discussion of any difficulties in working on these issues that arise from knowledge/skill limitations), and her familiarity or otherwise with where these issues are being addressed at the global level. She should state what she thinks she would contribute/bring to the training programme, and how she would use the knowledge and skills gained through the training. This statement should not exceed 800 words.

If there is a difficulty in sending these documents electronically, applicants may post their applications and accompanying documents to:

DAWN Training Institute Coordinator Dr Afua Hesse Department of Surgery

UGMS PO Box KB 263 ACCRA GHANA Email: ahesse@ghanatel.com.gh

If sending an application by mail, you should either email or fax/telephone to let us know that you have done so, and provide details of when you posted it and where. Applications will be considered and decided by the end of June and all applicants will be advised of their selection for the course in early July.

APPLICATION FORM DAWN Feminist Advocacy Training Institute November 7-29 2005

  1. Full Name
  2. Please use name on passport.
  3. Date and Place of birth:
  4. Citizenship: Please attach documentary evidence of citizenship - eg a copy of the first page of your passport.
  5. Country of current residence & permanent address If you are resident outside of the economic South, please provide information on how long you have been there and why, and what your long term plans are with respect to physical location:
  6. Mailing address (if different from 3): Please also include email address and fax and telephone numbers.
  7. First language & other languages spoken: Some proof of proficiency in English should be provided.
  8. Educational History Please provide documentary evidence of degree/s held (or, if still studying evidence of academic transcripts. Name & address of institution Programme & Degree obtained Years attended
  9. Work history Describe what jobs you have held, in what years, with what institutions or organisations and work responsibilities. Name & location of Employer Position held Years of Employment
  10. National (and/or regional) activist involvement in the last five years: Which organisations/groups have you worked with, on what issues/campaigns and what were the outcomes/results?
  11. Global advocacy experience, if any: Give details of any activist/advocacy/lobbying experience you have had at the global level - when, where and on what issues, and what were the outcomes/results.
  12. Personal Statement: This should provide other relevant information on your background, specifically your work and/or interest in at least one of DAWN's theme areas, your reasons for wanting to undertake the training, some discussion of the issues that you are currently working on (including discussion of any difficulties in working on these issues that arise from knowledge/skill limitations), and your understanding of where these issues are being addressed at the global level. Type up the Personal Statement on a separate piece of paper and attach. Do not write more than 800 words.
  13. Reasons you would like to do this training programme with DAWN. Say what you would like to get out of this training, and also what you think you can contribute/bring to it.
  14. What do you intend to do after you have completed this course? Say how you plan to use the knowledge and skills gained through this programme.
  15. Name and address of one referee: Please attach a letter of recommendation from one referee. Your referee should be familiar with your qualifications, work and activism, and qualified to comment on your suitability and readiness to undertake this training.
  16. Funding for Attendance Check one.
    1. I will need full funding. ____
    2. My employer/organisation may be able to provide partial funding. ____
    3. My employer/organisation is definitely able to provide partial funding. ____
    4. I may be able to raise funds from other sources. _____
  17. Please attach a Curriculum Vitae (maxiumum length 4 pages).

CHECKLIST

Before submitting your application, be sure you have included the following FIVE things:

  1. A completed Application Form;
  2. A Letter of Recommendation from (and the full address, including email, details of) someone familiar with your work and commitment and qualified to comment on your ability, suitability and readiness for this training and to make a recommendation to DAWN);
  3. A Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  4. Proof of having a first degree or of completion of at least two years of University courses towards a Bachelor's degree;
  5. A Personal Statement providing information on your background, work and/or interest in at least one of DAWN's theme areas, motivation for wanting to undertake the training, some discussion of the issues that you are currently working on (including discussion of any difficulties in working on these issues that arise from knowledge/skill limitations), and some idea of your understanding of where these issues are being addressed at the global level. This statement should not exceed 800 words.