The FES-supported programme Political Feminism in Asia is a three-year initiative exploring the empowerment of women across the region. This event is the third of four planned Future Labs, where 21 feminists from seven countries will discuss lessons learned and remaining challenges, along with economists and gender and human rights experts from Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.
At the event, each working group will present their work to date. There will also be a feedback fair to exchange experiences, as well as a discussion on next steps, e.g. how to reach a wider audience for a documentary on maternity rights. The event will further include several thematic panel discussions, as well as “campfire-style” sessions on a range of topics, such as the impact of neoliberal policies and the fundamentalist and conservative backlash against them.
The group is also meeting a community that is using gender-responsive-participatory budgeting in Penang, the Malaysian partner Penang's Women Development Cooperation (PWDC) is facilitating this excursion to see local feminism in practice.
How did Penang achieve these steps? How can women politicians make a difference? These and many other questions will be answered by the Malaysian politician Chong Eng and Nurima Ribeiro Alkatiri from Timor Leste during a talk on the second day of the Future Lab.
The event will take place in Georgetown, Penang.
Lea Goelnitz, Programme Manager, FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia.
For more details on the Future Labs and the Political Feminism in Asia project visit the dedicated page on this website.
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