Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 16:00-19:30
International Institute for Peace, Möllwaldplatz 5/2, 1040 Vienna
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
Virginia López Calvo
WeMove.EU Platform, WIDE+
attac Austria, Femme Fiscale
Magda Seewald, VIDC
Janine Wurzer, WIDE
Languages: English and German
Feminists have analyzed the conditions of the world globally. Within these analysis access to and control over resources and services represent central issues. The facts and findings regarding the distributive injustice between men and women are upsetting and reason for many initiatives and campaigns for more justice. What are the feminist demands regarding associated issues of labor rights and tax justice? Which requests in relation to distributive justice do women in other countries have? How can who be mobilized for these issues? Which forms of transnational solidarity are effective and which options for action do feminists who want to become active have?
To this end, we will build on international campaigns such as the Women's Global Solidarity Strike, #TaxJustice for Women's Rights and the WeMove.EU platform as well as develop ideas for concrete actions in Austria.
is the Regional Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), a network of 200 women's rights organisations and activists working in 26 countries of Asia Pacific. Kate has worked for 20 years in the promotion of women's rights including with Amnesty International, a state Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in Australia, the trade union movement and has taught in several universities in the field of law, human rights and women's rights. She is a member of UN Women’s Asia Pacific Civil Society Advisory Committee, sits on the Executive Committee of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition and the coordinating committee of the Southeast Asian Women´s Caucus.
is currently based in Madrid, has lived before in London, Istanbul and Brussels, and spends much time in Rome and other European cities. She is a feminist activist at her peak performance when weaving transnational and intercontinental networks, particularly those working in the intersection of gender, economic and environmental justice. A feminist advocate for more than a decade, Virginia has worked on decriminalisation of abortion, women’s participation in macroeconomic policy-making and trade justice. Currently she works as a campaigner for We Move Europe (WeMove.EU).
is an economic and social scientist and works since 2010 as a freelance researcher und consultant. Her focus areas as a researcher and activist are questions of emancipatory, democratic and just transformation of the social and economic systems, cooperation and splitting tendencies within Europe as well as feminist economy and budget politics. She is a board member of attac Austria and an activist for the initiative Femme Fiscale.
works as a project manager at the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) since 2005. Her areas of work are gender and engaging men and boy for gender equality as well as politics of the Arab Region. Magda coordinates the VIDC series on the Arab uprisings. Additionally she engages herself in feminist organizations such as WIDE Austria and Women’s Solidarity. She graduated in political science at the University of Vienna.
is one of the coordinators of WIDE Austria, a network of development and humanitarian aid NGOs and individual feminists which facilitates knowledge development, systematization & dissemination as well as advocacy on gender issues in the context of development cooperation. She has worked for 9 years as a program and policy advisor for CARE Austria in the area of women's empowerment and psychosocial wellbeing as well as monitored for many years development projects for various Austrian NGOs. Her main interest concerns the transformation of discriminatory social norms especially for women and girls through participatory and empowering processes and methodologies. She has studied languages and anthropology and remains keen about communication skills and culture competence.