There is a growing body of work on the nature of women's and feminist movements and their characteristics and concerns. In this section you'll find examples of this work, focusing on the growth and achievements of these movements in different global regions.
A ‘Movement Support’ Organisation: The Experience Of The Association For Women’s Rights In Development (AWID)Association for Women's Rights in Development, 2014This article illustrates how AWID’s ‘movement support’ model – based on collaboration and channels of dialogue with its membership and broader constituency – is helping to advance its shared goals of human rights, peace, gender justice and environmental sustainability worldwide.http://www.awid.org/News-Analysis/New-Resources2/A-Movement-Support-Organization-The-Experience-of-the-Association-for-Women-s-Rights-in-Development-AWID
Changing their world 2nd editionAssociation for Women's Rights in Development , 2011This selection of four new case studies are an addition to the well received ‘Changing Their World’, publication from 2008, which contained ten case studies and considered what we mean by women’s movements, what makes a movement feminist, and the key issues facing women’s and feminist movements today. These further four case studies focus on:
• The women’s peace movement in Sudan
• Vamp/Sangram and the sex workers’ movement in southwest India
• Galang and the movement for LBT rights in the Philippines
• Disabled women’s organising in a local and global contexthttp://www.awid.org/eng/Library/Changing-their-World-Concepts-and-practices-of-women-s-movements-2nd-Edition
Changing their world: concepts and practices of women's movementsAssociation for Women's Rights in Development , 2008
What do we mean by women’s movements and what makes a movement feminist? Why are movements important and what are the differences between movements and organisations? What are the issues facing women’s and feminist movements today?
This document begins with a section by Srilatha Batliwala who considers these questions and interrogates some of the key concepts around feminist movements and movement building. It then presents 10 case studies from different regions of the world where women have mobilised to make a difference. Examples come from countries including India, Iran, Czech Republic, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa. Brief outlines of the case studies are provided highlighting their origins, political goals, key strategies, organisational structures, and achievements. The complete case studies are available on the forum CD, and may also be downloaded from www.awid.org.
Some of the case study examples affirm what was already known about the character of women’s movements, and especially of feminist movements. Other points give evidence of aspects that were believed to be true but for which little evidence existed, such as the very democratic and accountable decision-making structures that movements attempt to create. But the case studies also challenge some widely held beliefs about movement building, and give glimpses of new information such as the varied contexts in which women’s movements are born, and the enormous diversity of strategies they have used to build their collective power and impact. A preliminary set of insights emerging from the information in the case studies is presented and organised in eight broad areas including:
• Overarching insights
• Factors inhibiting or constraining movements
• Different ways that movements originate and the evolutionary paths they follow
• Some relationship patterns between organisations and movements
• The array strategies used by movements
• Their structures and governance
• Their influence and achievements
• New learning on women’s movements and questions for the future
In 2011 AWID published four further case studies. They focus on the women’s peace movement in Sudan, the sex workers’ movement in southwest India, LBT rights in the Philippines and disabled women’s organising.