Imagining Feminist Futures After COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is highlighting the flaws in our societies. From the patriarchal, capitalist, racist underpinnings of everyday life to the staggering inequalities within and between countries.

But this attention is also creating a new impetus for change. Arundhati Roy has called the pandemic a portal. We have the opportunity to effect once in a generation change, articulate alternative futures, and lay the groundwork for a new, feminist reality.

Imagining Feminist Futures After COVID-19 aims to support feminist movements to think through the ways in which the COVID-19 crisis is changing the future trajectories – both positive and negative – for feminist social change.

Step 1: Convene – Host a workshop with your organisation or networks to explore feminist futures in 2030 using a new, adaptable methodology designed by Changeist with a consortium of feminist futurists.

Step 2: Share, reflect and organise! – Use the outcomes of your workshop to inform your own storytelling, advocacy and organising. Share the findings with IWDA so they can be added to this webpage and contribute to the broader Imagining Feminist Futures After COVID-19 project, and help build a diverse, vibrant and multifaceted picture of possible feminist futures in 2030!

Want to know more? Read this to start with: Feminist Futures FAQs [PDF]

Together with the project Steering Group, IWDA plans to bring our own analysis and visioning to these outcomes and create reports, videos, blogs, podcasts and other creative outputs to add to the rich discussions happening across feminist movements.

Download the materials and host a Feminist Futures convening

The Imagining Feminist Futures After COVID-19 methodology is designed to be used by any group of feminist activists, organisations or networks.

When you sign up below, you will receive an email with links to download everything you need to run this three hour feminist workshop, including a facilitator’s guide, background reading and cheat sheets.

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Laying the groundwork for a new, feminist reality

2030 will be the final year of the Sustainable Development Goals, 35 years since the Beijing Platform for Action, and coming up to the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Reflecting on this feminist herstory, as well as the extraordinary moment we find ourselves in, this project offers a space to lift our gaze and think collectively about the world we might see in 2030, including that ways that COVID-19 is changing what that might look like.

 Are you thinking about running a Feminist Futures convening but want to know more? Read this to start with: Feminist Futures FAQs [PDF]

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“Nothing could be worse than a return to normality.

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.

We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”

Arundhati Roy, 2020

Feminist Futures Workshop Findings

Changeist & IWDA Workshop

Workshop Host/s: Changeist and IWDA

Region: Global

Date: August, 2020

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ICSRHR Workshop

Workshop Host/s: International Consortium on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Region: Australia/Global

Date: November, 2020

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IWDA Workshop

Workshop Host/s: IWDA

Region: Australia

Date: November, 2020

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Global South Women's Forum workshop

Workshop Host/s: Global South Women’s Forum (IWRAW)

Region: Global

Date: November, 2020

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Banteay Srei, GADC & ROCK Workshop

Workshop Host/s: Banteay Srei, Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC), Rainbow Community of Kampuchea (ROCK)

Region: Cambodia / Asia and the Pacific

Date: February, 2021

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Project Steering Group Workshop

Workshop Host/s: IWDA

Region: Global

Date: January, 2021

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Scanning the Horizon, ICS Centre Workshop

Workshop Host/s: International Civil Society Centre

Region: Global

Date: February, 2021

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