Activists attending DTI
Grantee name: Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
Mission: Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) is a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN provides a forum for feminist research, analyses and advocacy on global issues (economic, social and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards, rights and development prospects of women, especially poor and marginalized women, in regions of the South. Through research, analyses, advocacy and, more recently, training, DAWN seeks to support women's mobilization within civil society to challenge inequitable social, economic and political relations at global, regional and national levels, and to advance feminist alternatives.
Location: Suva, Fiji and global network
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/dtisiemreap
Channel Grants: In 2016 Channel made a grant to DAWN to support their three week intensive training program, the Global Development Training Institute (DTI), to be held between Nov. 21 - Dec. 8, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (2016)
In 2011 Channel made a grant to DAWN for the purposes of supporting the 2011 DAWN Global Training Institute (DTI), the only feminist training program where a South inter-linkages perspective is applied to an interrogation of issues which crisscross the terrains of gender justice, economic justice, sexual rights, sustainable development and democracy, is a formal arena through which DAWN women share with younger feminists from the South, the accumulated knowledge, analyses, debates and experiences of DAWN in the past years. Twenty seven activists from around the world participated in this year's DTI October 9-27, 2011 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (2011)
To see videos associated with DTI 2011, please visit DAWN's YouTube Channel.
Before the fourth Training Institute in Siem Reap in 2011, DAWN held the first one in Bangalore, India (2003), the second one in Montevideo, Uruguay (2005) and the third one in Cape Town, South Africa (2007).
DTIs are held for three weeks, where young feminists are exposed to theory, discussions and inter-active processes related to feminism, feminist movements, women’s rights, and local and global strategies to achieve social justice. DAWN’s objectives for the institutes are to share the experiences of the organization with the next generation of young activists and to contribute towards building a sustainable movement who sees the world from a feminist perspective.
After their training on DAWN inter-linkages approach to analysis and advocacy, DTI graduates remain active in non-governmental women’s organizations or in mixed NGOs, and many are visible in regional and global advocacy and lobby work. Their areas of work span across the four major global thematic concerns of DAWN, namely, (a) Political Economy of Globalization and Trade; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; (c) Political Restructuring and Social Transformation; and (d) Political Ecology and Sustainability.
The training institutes have been DAWN’s response to the paucity of young leadership within the movement and the absence of attempts to link up and comprehend critical development issues in a complex world where globalizations, fundamentalisms, and militarisms pose multiple challenges for movements working on social justice.
Photo courtesy of DAWN.