Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF)
In September 2017 feminists from Asia Pacific joined APWLD members and allies to strengthen our movements, our solidarity and our resolve to dismantle economic, social and political systems that produce obscene levels of inequality, drive climate change and necessitate violations of women’s human rights. The 3rd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum was a participatory event bringing together activists, women human rights defenders, academics, lawyers, and global allies. The forum facilitated the sharing of tools and resources, provided space for advocacy, strengthened capacities and invited over 300 feminists to collectively strategise to build our power in the era of authoritarian, patriarchal, late capitalism.
More about the 3rd APFF can be found on the APFF 2017 website.
The 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum celebrated the theme “Creating Waves, Fostering Movements”. Workshops designed to be participatory and engaging were organized around knowledge building, skills building, strategising, and movement building. The first APFF had generated much interest and enthusiasm and so this second one was well attended by more than 300 women from grassroots constituencies, rural, Indigenous, migrants, workers, urban poor, sexual orientation and gender identity advocates, young women as well as lawyers, academics and political leaders. Some innovative activities at the APFF included art-activism-performances on the first evening as well as as strategy plenary on the final day. Solidarity-building activities engaged all the the participants and helped to build an atmosphere of camaraderie and sisterhood for future struggles. APFF 2014 also generated media coverage of specific issues, such as the participation of Burmese women campaigning against an interfaith marriage bill, the challenges for achieving gender justice and the escalating campaign for Development Justice.
More about the 2nd APFF can be found on the APFF 2014 website (archive).
The 1st Asia Pacific Feminist Forum was held in 12-14 December in Chiang Mai, Thailand, bringing together nearly 200 women for three days of workshops, dialogues and panel discussions. There were workshops on migrant domestic workers’ rights, technology for advocacy, and developing a feminist sustainable development framework. The APFF also marked APWLD’s 25th anniversary. One significant outcome of that APFF was the formation of a network of women with disabilities, as well as developing a process to collectively address the reduction in funding for women’s rights work in the region and to campaign for sustainable support.
More about the 1st APFF can be found on here.