Newsletter November 2016
Greetings Theresa – Kia ora koutou
We are getting a lot of questions about the worldwomen17 conference so we’d like to use this newsletter to give you some more information and updates.
1) Why are you doing this and who are you?
We are a diverse group of women and we want to show that feminism is liberating, diverse, challenging, controversial, relevant and inclusive. With the conference we hope to offer inspiration for further involvement. That is what our speakers and the workshops at the conference will present.
As we go through this journey together, we want to become clearer and stronger in our knowing that we really cannot fix dysfunctional systems in our world, but we have to come up with something else. We believe that at this point in history that women have a major role to play.
We have what we need to participate in a process that will evolve into what is necessary for all of us. If we don’t change now we will be dealing with the same issues over and over again. The state of the world is man-made and the systems have a lot of blind spots for those who created them.
Recovery is possible for those who want it – and we believe women want it now.
What we need to do is not just about women or women’s so-called key issues, it is about everything and everyone. We, as women, are in a key position to lead a new paradigm of living for the human race and the planet – because we care.
2) Why did you choose these topics and can there be suggestions for other topics?
Using our personal fields of experience, we have three main topics at worldwomen17: Business, Education and Health. At another time there will be other topics. But for now our conference topics are what we, the organisers, have explored through our careers. This is where our keynote speakers offer creative changes to the system. They eradicate some blind spots. As a growing movement, in the future we hope to be engaged in a diversity of other topics for conferences, meetings, group work.
3) What outcome do you expect from the conference?
Our speakers offer new perspectives to the existing dysfunctional system that open pathways for further exploration. The conference might be a starting point to create working groups, power circles and mentoring groups. We trust that there are as many possibilities as there are participants. worldwomen17 will be a platform for you to connect with likeminded women to create support networks.
4) Your website gives the impression that you are mainly corporate women – how do you attract a diversity of women?
We are evolving! The worldwomen website is new and as time goes by we will add more photos and articles appropriate to us that show that we are open to different opinions. We believe that there are several solutions to a problem and we enjoy controversial conversations because they open us to new perspectives. We welcome all, young and old, corporate and entrepreneurial.
Come along to worldwomen17 and see for yourself. Earlybird registrations are available at a discount up until 30 November.
Help us spread the word!
Share and spread the word throughout your own networks – women and men alike.
We do hope to see you at worldwomen17 in March 2017.
All the best - Nā mātou
Theresa Gattung, Barbara Gabler, Chris Woodwiss, Lindy Nelson
Post date: 07 November, 2016