[Brussels, 16 August 2018] In less than two weeks we are welcoming 40 young feminists to the 4th edition of AGORA, our yearly young feminist summer camp!
The participants, aged 19 to 30, all live in Europe and are a mix of over 30 nationalities from all over the world. This diverse group of feminists with many different backgrounds and experiences (as activists, students, campaigners, youth workers, NGOs workers, academics, artists, lawyers, urbanists, bloggers, ...) will come together in Brussels for 5 days to reconnect and reinforce young women’s activism.
During the 5 days, we set up an inclusive space for participants to exchange, to inspire and to reinforce skills through workshops, skills and expertise sharing, facilitated by EWL and partners. The programme uses innovative participatory methodologies based on a transformative learning process, which is both about learning on a personal, individual level, as well as on an organisational/societal and systems level. With this summer camp, we as the European Women’s Lobby aim to understand better the interests, needs and activities of young feminists in Europe and bring these more into the centre of our future strategy and actions.
There is also of course time to relax and socialise over dinners, lunches and drinks throughout the programme. We already look forward to introducing the AGORA participants to the Brussels feminist scene of Le Poisson sans Bicyclette and Le Space.
You can follow the event on our social media channels via #AGORA2018.
Get inspired by quotes from 2017 participants:
"We came from different places, with different backgrounds, but met in the similar experiences that brought us to the identity of feminists. It has been a very unique experience to live the space that was so full of solidarity, power, emotions and safety."
"Honestly life changing. I came back not only inspired, but with a new found sense of personal confidence, conviction in my feminist beliefs and self-belief itself in what I had to say and what I had to bring the world. I felt an enormous sense of solidarity too from the friends I made."
"Truly moving, inspiring, reinforcing and empowering experience that reminds us of our choices, our values and our feminist struggle and which leads to feminist solidarity. I will never forget this experience..."
"The summer school was an experience for life! It was so great to meet all the activists and get a deeper understanding about the oppression we are facing and how it takes different approaches depending on country/context. Great experience where I gained insight into other women’s/feminists’ problem in their everyday life."