Siyanda Update: Women's Movements, Issue No. 71, November 2008

Siyanda Update: Women's Movements, Issue No. 71, November 2008

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Nov 2008


In This Issue:

I. Feature - BRIDGE participation at the AWID Forum in Cape Town
II. Quick Guide: Women's Movements
III. Other New Resources in Siyanda, including: a gender scorecard of World Bank-managed post-tsunami reconstruction in Indonesia; a guide for increasing the sustainability of LGBT organisations through social enterprise; and a report on the Role of U.S. Foreign Aid in promoting female condoms
IV. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on Women's Movements
V. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

**Tip: you can quickly find multilingual resources in the Siyanda database by typing the language name in the Search box, then clicking on the Go! button. For example, type "French" for French resources**

I. Feature: BRIDGE participation at the AWID Forum, Cape Town, 14-17th November 2008

This month the BRIDGE team will be participating at the international Forum on 'The Power of Movements' organised by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), in South Africa.

Throughout the Forum we will have a BRIDGE stand, where we will be happy to meet you and will be available to answer any questions about our services, share materials and exchange experiences. We are also planning a number of activities including:

'Cutting Edge Perspectives: Gender and Care; Gender and Governance',
14th November, 7.30 - 9.30, Ballroom, Cape Town Convention Center:
Debates on the themes of two forthcoming BRIDGE Cutting Edge Packs.

Contributors include:
Dean Peacock (Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa); Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga (the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, Bolivia); Simel Esim (ILO regional office of the Arab states, Lebanon); and Islah Jad (Birzeit University, Palestine)

For more information go to:

As we are starting work on a Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Social Movements we are planning to participate in as many relevant sessions as possible. So if you are organising or participating in any relevant activity, please email us at and we will join you if possible.

II. Quick Guide: Women's Movements
How has the women's movement successfully advanced struggles for women's rights, what challenges does it face today and how should it best respond? The following resources are from a selection which have been summarised and included in the Siyanda database:

- What's the Point of Revolution if We Can't Dance? (in English, French and Spanish), Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, June 2007
The book is a compilation of many different activist voices on their experiences of the women's movement and the impact that being part of it has had on their personal lives.

- Webpage: Young Feminist Activism Program, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID),
This web resource highlights how AWID's Young Feminist Activism Program supports and mobilises younger activists by creating opportunities for engagement, innovative research projects, capacity building activities and multi-generational dialogues.

- Website: Women'sNet,
How can Information Communication Tools (ICTs) be used to help support the women's movement in practical ways, for example through digital storytelling and citizen journalism? This website illustrates how Women'sNet conducts their work in these areas.

- Independent Women, The Story of Women's Activism in East Timor, Catholic Institute for International Relations, October 2005
This book describes how East Timorese women activists mobilised against patriarchy within their society and claimed their right to participate in their newly independent and democratic nation.

- Strengthening Spaces: Women's Human Rights in Social Movements, Global Dialogue Series, January 2005
How do different social movements understand and take up the women's rights agenda? What are the challenges they face and what is the progress they have made in working on these issues?

- Gender, Development and Advocacy, Oxfam, January 2005
How should feminist advocates go about persuading key decision-makers and colleagues within their own institutions and organisations that women's rights and gender equality should underpin all development work?

You can find additional resources on Women's Movements in Siyanda at:

The next Siyanda Update theme, in December 2008, will focus on Key Gender Websites and Resources in Spanish. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide themes:

III. Other New Resources in Siyanda:

- Empty Promises - Gender Scorecard of World Bank-Managed Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Indonesia, Dennis, S and Yunus, W., September 2008
- Nepal: a Gender View of the Armed Conflict and the Peace Process, Villellas Ariño, M., June 2008
- End of the Rainbow: Increasing the Sustainability of LGBT Organizations through Social Enterprise, Davis, L, 2008
- Saving Lives Now: Female Condoms and the Role of U.S. Foreign Aid, Center for Health and Gender Equity, 2008
- Gender in the Information Society: Emerging issues, Gurumurthy, A., Singh, P., Mundkur, A. and Swamy, A. (eds), 2006

You can find more new resources added to the Siyanda Database here:, or through the Simple Search function: (copy and paste the title without characters such as ":" ";" and "-" or copy and paste the author's last name into the Search box).

IV. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on Women's Movements.
The Experts' and Consultants' Database contains names, contact details and areas of expertise of people working on gender specific issues worldwide, and includes some of their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have written about Women's Movements:

- This Body; Supporting Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; and Intersex (LGBTI) Organising for Urgent Action Fund-Africa; Kiragu, J., 2007
- The Global Women's Movement and the Women of Afghanistan, Farhoumand-Sims, C., 2006
- Global Challenges to Women's Human Rights: 25 years of CEDAW, Painter, G., February 2005
- African Civil Society Caucus in the WSIS process, Mercorios, L., 2003
- Change Makers At Grassroots, Gengaiah, U., no date
- The Additional Protocol on African Charter on Women Rights: Some Issues and Perspectives, Chivizhe, B, no date

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,300 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focussed consultancies.

- Search the database:

V. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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