The DAWN Training Institute, a two and a half week intensive training programme for young feminist activists and advocates was launched in 2002. The programme draws on DAWN’s feminist analysis which interlinks issues under the themes of Political Economy of Globalisation (PEG), Political Ecology and Sustainability (PEAS), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and Political Restructuring and Social Transformation (PRST). Its contents also reflect the network’s considerable experience in UN conference processes and other sites of engagement and struggle, including the global civil society movement against neoliberal economic globalisation, as well as regional, sub-regional and national processes.
This DTI is happening at a time when the Post 2015 development agenda has been finally agreed. The period since the last DTI in 2011 has also seen the twentieth year reviews for UNCED UN Conference on environment and development Rio in 1992 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994 and the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. We have also seen the holding of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in July 2015. The agreements and outcomes of these conferences have placed us in a new development framework which will be valid for the next decade and more. DAWN engaged very actively in these processes along with other feminist organisations, as part of larger civil society groupings.
DAWN has described the first decade of the 21st century as the painful birthing of a “fierce new world” in light of the paradigmatic shifts induced by a run-away neoliberal globalization; a militarized and financialized political economy; a crisis in climate and other natural systems; a deepening food crisis; an energy crisis from fossil-fuel dependence; the decline of the nation-state and the reconfiguration of the geopolitical context.
These crises have generated heated debates on the restructuring of global governance. Pressures to respond to these challenges in all their complexities have come to preoccupy sovereign nations and the peoples they govern. At the same time, these nations and peoples struggle to uphold values associated with sustainable livelihoods, poverty eradication, human rights promotion, freedom of expression and mobility, respect for identity and sexuality.
DAWN recognizes this developing multilateral terrain as part of a fierce new world that is replete with complicated contradictions, serious fractures, severe backlash, broken promises, and uncertain outcomes for the world’s women, especially women from the economic South. There is an urgent need for women’s and civil society organizations to critically engage with these debates and advocate strongly for a world where economic, political and ecological justice are firmly embedded in gender justice.
The fifth DAWN Training Institute will be held in Havana, Cuba from 21 November – 7 December, 2016.
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DEADLINE: Applications must be received by DAWN by December 1, 2015.