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Strengthening women’s movements through Feminist Participatory Action Research

Organiser(s): RDI Network Topics Ethical research and evaluation | Research and evaluation methods
2018-06-29 09:30:00 2018-06-29 15:00:00 Australia/Sydney Strengthening women’s movements through Feminist Participatory Action Research Join this practical workshop to learn Feminist Participatory Action Research methodology and its application in international development contexts. Oxfam Australia 132 Leicester Street Carlton VIC 3053 RDI Network Calendar

Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) is a methodology that supports marginalised women to demand their rights and bring about structural change. FPAR combines research, gender justice and activism through a cyclical process of planning, acting, observing and reflecting that is led by community members affected by a social problem. Feminist movements can engage with FPAR to generate knowledge and action to strengthen their movement, challenge power structures, increase their impact, and demand transformational change.

This one-day workshop is an introduction to FPAR as a methodology for social change. Attendees will be introduced to:

  • Concepts, principles and ethical considerations of FPAR
  • FPAR and feminist movements
  • Examples of FPAR programming in the Asia Pacific region
  • The practicalities of integrating FPAR into programming

The program will feature participatory and engaging workshop activities, exploring FPAR in a safe and inclusive environment.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Naomi Godden, an FPAR specialist and Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University. The RDI Network has been supporting Dr Godden’s recent work with the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD). Feminist practitioners from APWLD will join the workshop via webinar for an interactive discussion with workshop participants about FPAR in practice in the region.

The workshop is targeted at:

  • Development practitioners interested in strengthening feminist social movements
  • Feminist community organisers (Australia and international)
  • Evaluators interested in participatory and gender just approaches to MEL
  • Researchers and academics interested in innovative feminist research methodologies for social change.
  • Students studying international development, community development, social work and other related fields.

Registration and fees:

This workshop is at capacity and registration is now CLOSED. If you would like to join a waiting list, please contact us.

Registration fees are below, and participants will be invoiced by ACFID.

Non-ACFID Members $130 +GST
ACFID Members $110 +GST

About the facilitator:
Dr Naomi Godden is a community worker, social justice and environmental activist, and feminist participatory action researcher from Margaret River, Western Australia. She has 15 years of community development and social research experience in Australia and internationally in areas such as gender justice, Aboriginal family violence prevention, youth development, education advocacy, poverty alleviation, homelessness and affordable housing, environmental activism, and the gendered impacts of climate change. Naomi has produced numerous publications on feminist participatory action research as a methodology for social change. She is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash University, a Councillor at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, and she is involved in numerous social and environmental justice activist movements including Just Home Margaret River and the Women’s Climate Justice Collective. Naomi currently works as an independent consultant specialising in FPAR.

We acknowledge the generous support of Oxfam Australia in hosting this workshop.