Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for the Global Feminist LBQ Women’s* Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the aims of the conference?

The conference aims to create a space for activists & advocates to come together, share knowledge, exchange strategies, strengthen connections, mobilize resources, and take the lead in building a global LBQ women*s movement with the capacity to influence the world agenda on human rights, health and development.

Who is this conference for?

This conference is a space to recognize, celebrate and affirm the experiences, needs, organizing & activism of lesbian, bisexual and queer women, based on self-determination. The priority is to center women, including intersex, trans, cisgender and all people who identify as women with marginalized sexualities. Women* prioritizes people who identify as women, but includes gender non-conforming and non-binary people.

What language will the conference be in?

The main language of the conference will be in English. It took a long time for the Working Group to come to consensus on this topic. We acknowledge the shortcomings of this approach, since the use of English as the main language will limit access.
We are seeking the resources and capacity to provide translation services for the Plenaries into French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese, and we hope to offer simultaneous interpretation in as many sessions as possible. But we cannot confirm at this stage.
We encourage participants and session organizers to try and find volunteer whisper translators to support translation in Concurrent Sessions.

What are the values this conference is centered around?

The following values have guided our decision making around the conference & the space we seek to create.
Ground the space in the land we hold it on: We honor the place, culture and languages where the conference is being held.
Access: We have sought to make the conference as accessible as possible. This has included looking at varied kinds of access, ranging from offering as many scholarships as possible to support women to attend; seeking a host country with lower barriers to entry to enable participation from across diverse countries & regions; working in multiple languages; being able to accommodate the varied needs of people living with disabilities; and ways to ensure information about & documentation from the conference and its proceedings are publicly available to as many people as possible.
Representation: We are seeking to ensure diverse and inclusive representation at the conference. This has included asking ourselves: How can we ensure geographic and regional diversity & inclusion? How can we create spaces for women who organize in challenging environments, including indigenous & migrant women? Can we outreach & connect women to this conference who are not part of mainstream movements and organizing? How do we ensure participation & representation across diverse identities and lived realities? Can we provide a diversity of ways in which women can share their voices, including through diverse session formats & making space for arts, poetry, music, dance, song, and collective creations?
Feminist framework: The planning & conceptualizing of the conference has organically and consciously been grounded in intersectional feminist philosophies. The content of the conference will reflect this.
Collective Ownership of the conference & its processes. COC Nederlands facilitated bringing together the Working Group and launching the process of organizing this conference, and the conference itself & the decision-making has been the result of the volunteer collective of 22 LBQ women* activists & organizers coming together from across the world to create and shape the space together.