This feminist event is for all women who denounce the escalating
violence and oppression that mark the 21st Century, who rage against
the continued exclusion and silencing of women throughout the world,
and who are convinced that a strong feminist response is essential
for the creation of a fairer future.
than a Women's Conference. More than a Feminist Conference. This
is an International Feminist Summit! Why have we chosen to call
this event a Summit? Because “summit” is the word often
used by political or business leaders to denote top-level talks
about serious issues. At this feminist summit, we will be engaged
in top-level talks about VERY serious issues.
the theme suggests, this event will be a celebration of feminist
thought and activism. “New Era” has a double meaning
- the new, deplorable era of escalating violence, war, terrorism
and greed, foisted on us by the patriarchal power elite; and the
new, exciting era we feminists continue to work at creating.
The Coalition for a Feminist Agenda came into being after the Townsville
International Women's Conference held 3-7 July 2002. The
theme of that conference was "Poverty, Violence and Women's
Rights.... Setting a Global Agenda". Attended by 410 participants
from 22 countries, it was an experience which enabled all of us
to view the situation of women from a global perspective and renewed
our determination to continue the fight for justice for women and
next big event, the Winter Institute for Women
held 11-18 July 2004, offered participants the opportunity to delve
more deeply into some of the topics touched on at the Conference.
An intensive week-long study program, the six courses on offer aimed
at exploring the intersection between radical feminism and other
International Feminist Summit 17-20 July 2007, which promises
to be just as stimulating and exciting as the previous two events,
will nevertheless be vastly different in style andprocess. A unique
The Summit will be held at the Southbank
Palmer Street, Townsville. A modern, well-equipped,
very attractive venue, the Convention Centre is in an excellent
location in the city centre. There is a wide range of accommodation
options available (from five-star luxury hotels to comfortable budget
backpackers’ establishments) within easy walking distance
[See Travel and Accommodation].
It is close to many local attractions, and the city loop bus stops
right outside the venue.
It will be a great pleasure to welcome you to Townsville. This tropical
city is the gateway to some stunning natural wonders such as the
Great Barrier Reef, North Queensland rainforests and the World Heritage
listed Magnetic Island. It also provides easy access to the historic
inland goldfield towns of Charters Towers and Ravenswood. The city
itself offers a range of cultural and entertainment activities,
including the Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef
Aquarium (Reef HQ), the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural
Centre and the Perc Tucker Art Gallery.
Space will be available during the Summit for the display and/or
sale of information products, books, artwork, handcrafts, etc. If
you wish to reserve space, please advise us of your requirements.
The Summit will begin with a Civic Reception on the evening of Tuesday
17 July (6-8pm) at the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Cultural Centre, Reef HQ Complex, 68 Flinders Street East. Deputy
Mayor Jenny Hill will welcome visitors to the city and members of
the Organising Collective will give a warm welcome to all summit
participants. Finger food and entertainment will be provided.
A dinner is planned for Thursday 19 July at 7pm at the Southbank
Convention Centre (the Summit venue) for a cost of $45. Prior notification
of attendance is necessary. After dinner, cartoonist Judy Horacek
will give her presentation on 21st Century Activism.
The official language of the summit is English. We regret that,
as the summit is self-funded, we will not have the capacity to provide
interpreters for other languages.
Summit organisers have been careful in our planning to make sure
that the venue is wheelchair accessible. Participants with a disability
are asked to indicate same in the space provided on your Registration
Form, so that we can respond appropriately. Please do not hesitate
to contact us in the lead-up to the summit about any of your needs.
Child care will be the participant’s own responsibility. Please
contact us if you require information about child care options available
The summit is, at this time, almost entirely self-funded but we
are hopeful of being able to generate limited funding to help with
a small number of subsidies. In anticipation of our being successful,
we invite women who may be suffering financial hardship to apply
for assistance by completing the relevant section on the registration
form and submitting the form by 1 April 2007.
who are successful in their application for subsidies are asked
to bring, as a gift to the summit, an artefact, craft piece or similar
item which represents their land/country. We will then sell or raffle
these gifts during the summit to assist us with expenses.
Donations are invited from agencies, businesses or individual women
to assist with the cost of subsidising the participation of women
who are unable to finance their own travel, in particular Indigenous
Australian and refugee women and those from Asian and Pacific Island
Participants are asked to note that the organising collective assumes
no responsibility for accidents, injuries, theft, loss, damage or
delays at the summit, or loss of monies by participants in the case
of industrial disruption or other circumstances outside the control
of the organisers. It is recommended that participants take out
their own travel and medical insurance prior to the summit.