Source: Organizing Committee of the XII Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting
By addressing these considerations, we hope to take a real look at the problems, rhetoric, limitations and issues that have been and are being debated around the organization of these meetings, to cut ourselves loose from themand then reconnect with the discussionof these issues, discovering or inventing ways of organizing that allow us to move forward.
30 years of feminism in Latin America and the Caribbea. XII Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting / Bogota, November 23-26, 2011
NEWSLETTER NO. 4
We have decided to write this letter to communicate openly and transparently a series of political considerations that we feelare crucial to the process of organizing the XII Feminist Meeting, commemorating 30 years of feminist meetings and feminism in the Region. By addressing these considerations, we hope to take a real look at the problems, rhetoric, limitations and issues that have been and are being debated around the organization of these meetings, to cut ourselves loose from themand then reconnect with the discussionof these issues, discovering or inventing ways of organizing that allow us to move forward.
* The Feminist Meeting belongs to all feminist women in the Region and in this particular case, we welcome the participation of all Colombian feminists in its organization. The Meeting is not the property of a particular group or ideology nor of any one collective or trend. The Meeting is an expression of our greatest treasure: diversity. Those of us who have taken up this standard have done so by personal choice as autonomous feminists.
* All feminists are welcome at the Feminist Meeting: mestiza, Afro-descendant, indigenous, displaced, migrant, young, transsexual, lesbian, heterosexual, bisexual, workers, members of organizations and networks, independent feminists, all feminists.
* We reaffirm autonomy as a political value and a constituent element of the feminist subject and we struggle to uphold it in all its forms.
* We have chosen to sign our communications and in all possible contexts to make visible the names of those of us who act and make decisions. We do this so everyone can identify those of us who have assumed the political task of organizing the Meeting and because we believe that giving our names places value on female authority and validates the historical record.
* The Meeting is an open space where all feminists are welcome. We are not "establishing quotas "for feminists by group affiliation, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any other category.
* We are preparing a Meeting that will welcome up to 1,200 women from across the region, including Colombian women. And in light of this number, we are raising the resources needed to complement the contribution paid in solidarity by each of the feminists who registers to attend the Meeting.
* As organizers we have, among other things, assumed the difficult task of raising funds to make the Meeting possible, and we have decided to distribute all of the resources gathered among all feminists registered to attend the Meeting in Bogotá. Instead of individual grants, we have chosen to lower the cost for all those who wish to participate. What has been described as a “collective grant” will be reflected in the cost of food and lodging, meeting venue, materials, communications, cultural activities, the November 25th commemoration and Meeting reports.
* We believe that establishing individual grants and identifying those who should receive them is a process that can only be undertaken in at the national level.
With this approach, we hope to reconnect with…
*Horizontal distribution of resources
*Commitment to diversity and intersections
*The collective spirit of the Meeting and its organization
Strategic Coordination Commission: Ana Cristina González, Beatriz Quintero, Cecilia Barraza, Cris Suaza, Florance Thomas, Mónica Bernal, Paola Salgado, Sandra Montealegre – XII Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting
XII Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting