On the 4th and 5th of March 2021, Women2030 coalition and country partners gathered virtually to celebrate the end of the Women2030 programme which was funded in the last 5 years by the European Commission via the International Partnerships for the EU (INTPA). The women2030 program was part of efforts in the drive towards adopting a gender transformative Agenda2030 and climate policies. The meeting was a learning webinar organized for the purpose of sharing the lived experiences of the project implementers and beneficiaries.
On the first day, the programme implementing partners from local and regional organisations shared outstanding stories of change from their local communities. Many stories touched on different areas of impact namely: capacities built, policies improved, and mindsets changed. Some of the emerging themes include: Women rising as advocates and defenders for environmental stability, the recognition of women as actors in decision-making with local and national governments, and women solidarity and feminist movement building.
On the second day, national partners and implementing partners at the grassroots level discussed the lessons learned and the key takeaway points from the entire program. During our reflection sessions, the participants created paintings on the impacts of the programme in their different contexts. Participants also embarked on a reflective definition of women’s rights movement building and feminism to them and to the societies in which they live. Partners shared their struggles in making sense of the concept of gender, human rights and women’s rights, and the dynamics of how it plays out within their various communities.
The major take-home points for the participants include understanding the different perspectives of gender and feminism and how they can appropriate these terms to bring about transformation in their various localities; and identifying women’s issues in natural resource management and exploitation. We need to maintain open conversations on these subject areas. Furthermore, the transformative benefits of feminist movement building are far-reaching and must be strengthened as we continue efforts to achieve women empowerment and gender equality.