The conference is organized by a working group consisting of 22 LBQ women* activists with different backgrounds and representing all regions of the globe. The key themes for this conference are: 'Leading - Healing - Transforming'. This conference is a space to recognize, celebrate and affirm the experiences, needs, organizing and 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. Research which looked at over 70 countries over a 40 year period showed that the presence of autonomous, feminist movements are the most important factor in realizing progressive social change on issues of violence against women and bodily autonomy, and crucial to realizing the domestication of international norms and policies. In this vein, we have decided to name this event, the "Global Feminist LBQ Women's* Conference".
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
The conference is being organized by a 'working group' made up of 22 LBQ women* activists based in all continents. There is an 'advisory committee' mandated to give sporadic support on specific matters. COC Netherlands is part of the process as the facilitation hub and will act as the fiscal agent for the conference. To ease the planning process, the working group has been structured into various 'sub-committees.' All members of the working group and the advisory committee are working on a voluntary basis. In order to find a local conference host, an open call was sent in multiple languages for eligible LBQ groups based in the Global South to apply. The local host will be a key actor in the planning of the conference, as it will become a key focal point for all logistics and implementation on the ground. The local organization will be guided by a series of deliverables shared in their Terms of References, and supported financially for human and material resources needed to help organize the conference.
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