Global Women's Rights Forum

The Global Women’s Rights Forum joins the celebrations and legacies of resistance centered on March 8th, International Women’s Day. The focus is global women’s rights, privileging and devoting special attention to the contexts and perspectives of women from marginalized cultures and displaced communities, outside and inside the United States.

2018 Schedule 


Monday, March 5

Walking Social Justice: Making Activism Sustainable for Ourselves

6:30-8:00 pm
McLaren Complex

Burnout is a very real thing that happens in activism. Trying to balance the demands of our obligations along with social change work is not an easy task. Come hear USF alums currently doing work for social change in different fields offer insights into creating strategies for yourselves to make your work not only impactful but sustainable.

Participants:
Mary Cruz, USF alum, Politics, California Immigrant Policy Center
Shadi Rahimi, USF alum, Media Studies, AJ+
Sunny Angulo, USF alum, Media Studies, City of San Francisco
Jazlynn Pastor, USF student, moderator

*Reception after event

Tuesday, March 6

Voces de Mujeres Afromexicanas (Voices of Afro-Mexican Women)

9:55-11:40 am
McLaren Complex

This presentation will use video, art, and conversation to shed light upon the collective work that Afro-Mexican women of the Costa Chica do to combat discrimination in Guerrero and Oaxaca. Voces de Mujeres Afromexicanas is made up of multiple collectives, each from a different town of the Costa Chica.

Participants:
Rosa Maria Castro, Women’s Association of the Coast of Oaxaca
Ayde Rodriguez Lopez, Afro-Mexican artist from Guerrero
Helen Patricia Peña Martinez, Mexico's National Human Rights Center (CNDH)
Michell Figueroa, USF Master in Migration Studies student, moderator

Global Materialities of Race: The Political Economy of Black and Indigenous Lives

12:45-2:30 pm
McLaren Complex

Given the emergence of discourses around the value of life, as seen in the Black Lives Matter movement, that articulate beyond the U.S. center, this panel draws from ethnographic examples to raise critical questions about the commodification and management of black and indigenous women as they relate to the production of inequality in Mexico and Brazil. From an anthropological perspective, panelists will look at healthcare, tourism, consumerism, and other contemporary practices as the sites of these disparities.

Participants:
Professor Gabriela Spears-Rico, University of Minnesota
Professor Kia L. Caldwell, University of North Carolina
Professor Lucía Cantero, USF
Ana Avalos Tizol, USF student, moderator

Protecting the Earth: Indigenous Leadership

2:40-4:25 pm
McLaren Complex

Women from indigenous communities have been leading social change campaigns to protect the water, the earth, and their own cultures. In this panel, we will hear how indigenous women around the world have been at the forefront of protecting the earth, the water, and their own cultures, as well as providing a vision of a better way of relating to other beings and the planet.

Participants:
Macarena Gomez-Barris, Author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives
Pennie Opal Plant, Founding Member of Idle No More, San Francisco

Dance as Change-work: Workshop

4:35-6:00 pm
McLaren Complex

This workshop is rooted in a reverence for each individual’s untamed and distinctive artistic expression and will emphasize the cipher (free-style circle) to initiate the raw energy of street dance culture. This workshop offers inventive maps to support artists in honing the core inquiries that drive their individual dance-making practice and deepen their understanding of dance as change-work.

Participants:
Professor Nicole Klaymoon, USF

Reception

6:30-7:00 pm
McLaren Complex

Dance as Change-work: Performance
The Embodiment Project

Thursday, March 8

Naked But Unafraid: getting real about sexuality at USF

11:45 am -12:30 pm
Lone Mountain, room 151

Facilitated by Grey Matter, USF's interactive theater group, this playful workshop will engage participants in dialogue about how to respect boundaries, bodies, and identities. Through creative games and skits, we will delve into topics like sexual consent, hookup culture, relationships, and sex.

*Free pizza and t-shirts!

USF Performing Arts & Social Justice Music Showcase: Celebrating International Women’s Day!

7:00-9:00 pm
Presentation Theatre

The Global Women’s Rights Forum joins the celebrations and legacies of resistance. centered on International Women’s Day, March 6th. The focus is global women’s rights, privileging and devoting special attention to the contexts and perspectives of women from marginalized cultures and displaced communities, outside and inside the United States. The core mission of the Forum is to foster socially responsible learning and critical thinking. We start from the premise that “women” are not homogeneous or all the same. In fact, we women live with many differences among us, not least of which are class, ethnicity, race, sexuality, and locale. Our mission is to assist in unpacking intersected systems of oppression and privilege based on these differences. The Forum fosters informed, multicultural, and international reflection and dialogue. We aim to forge a new non-colonial feminist solidarity by hearing directly from the experiences and critical analyses of local and international academics, activists and artists who have been working to end gender oppression and other systems of oppression.