Quwat Al-Mar'aa: 7th Annual Arab Women's Conference
Deadline: January 15th, 2014 at 5:00pm
This year’s Arab Women’s Conference is themed “‘Quwat Al Mar’aa: The Power of Woman’” and highlights Arab women’s work to empower themselves and others, from home lives to social movements. What are the creative ways that Arab women across the Arab world and in diaspora have built our personal and collective power? • How do Arab women’s diverse backgrounds in terms of class, religion and sect, nationality, gender identity and sexuality affect our experiences of power? • What can Arab women do to heal the divides and damage created by different forms of oppression we face and grow our collective power across our differences? This year’s conference aims to highlight Arab women's incredible work to empower their communities and each other and to share tools for the collective empowerment and growth of our beautifully diverse community.
Past Conference speakers and performers have included: Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Randa Jarrar, Warsan Shire, Leila Buck, Dr. Laila Farrah, Elmaz Abinader, and Dr. Suad Amiry, among others. Check out past conferences here and here.
For more information on categories and criteria for submission, see below.
SUBMIT A WORKSHOP
The ACCC is looking for workshop proposals from community members who can provide skills-based workshops that align with this year’s Conference theme of creative means for women’s individual and collective empowerment. Workshop areas include:
- Arts and self-expression. For example: creative writing workshop for mothers and daughters, a music workshop, healing through the arts, introduction to traditional Arab crafts
- Health and Personal & Community wellness. For example: Developing community healing skills for survivors of domestic violence, self care for Arab women, unpacking women’s health stigmas, sexual health awareness, cancer awareness and prevention, body-positivity and self-love
- Other skills-based workshops that help empower Arab women. Examples: Negotiation skills for women, job-readiness, financial literacy
- Other exploration-based workshops that offer group critical thinking exercises and trainings. Examples include: unpacking racism and ethnocentricism in Arab spaces, interrogating internalized sexism and gender-policing by women, etc.
SUBMIT A PRESENTATION
The ACCC is looking for engaging, accessible, story-telling/anecdotally-based presentations that relate to this year's theme. We welcome creative takes on the theme and especially invite presentations that highlight the diversity and complexity of Arab women’s identities and experiences and which highlight Arab women's creative strategies in dealing with challenges.
How have Arab women used their diverse identities and social locations (where they sit in terms of class, religion, sexuality, gender identity, etc.) as assets toward building power and resisting oppression? What are examples of creative strategies Arab women have used to fight oppression in their communities and what are some of the challenges they have faced? We invite presentations about both historical and contemporary Arab women and we look for presentations that connect examples of Arab women's empowerment on an individual level with those on a community level (in neighborhoods, schools, communities, etc.), and those on a macro-level (in social movements and transnationally).
**Unlike other conferences, the Arab Women’s Conference is not an academic space, though academics and activists are welcomed to submit accessible, engaging presentations that can be easily understood by the general public. We encourage women in all fields to submit presentations.**
SUBMIT ARTWORK, FILM, OR PERFORMANCES
Are you an artist with work that relates to the conference theme of Arab women’s empowerment? We would love to feature you and your work at the Conference! We are accepting submissions of visual art, film, poetry, fiction, theater, performance art, and musical performances.