Women's Freedom Conference

I can’t begin to explain how excited I am about the upcoming Women’s Freedom Conference on October 25, 2015.  I have been sharing information on every social media platform I have access to, but if you’ve missed it here is all the info you’ll need:

On October 25, 2015, the 2015 Women’s Freedom Conference will center and amplify the unique voices and experiences of underrepresented women who have been disenfranchised beyond gender alone– women of color whose identities are intersectional.

Our goals include providing practical, real-world information from a diverse group of women, many of whom are actively working to improve the lives of women of color around the world, and making this information available to as many people as possible. Participants will engage in conversations and actions focused on the liberation of women of color, as this conference is created to promote solidarity, sisterhood, and empowerment.

The ideal WFC2015 speaker:

  • Identifies as a woman (cisgender, transgender) of color, meaning she is a member of a racially and/or ethnically marginalized group (i.e. Aboriginal, Pacific Islander, Afro-Latina, Navajo, etc);
  • Believes that women of color should be centered and heard. She is committed and passionate about the liberation of women around the world and recognizes that women of color are further marginalized because of racial and ethnic identities;
  • Has access to recording devices and is comfortable providing a short film/video to the conference;
  • Is comfortable sharing her work with people around the world;
  • Wants to share her personal experiences, knowledge and expertise, real-world strategies, and current or past work;
  • Is willing to partner with WFC2015 leadership to deliver the best possible experience for the audience;
  • Will commit to spreading the word about the event.

Imagine that you are giving a 5-minute presentation about an issue you think the whole world needs to know. It can be a talk in the style of TEDx or Ignite Talks, a short film, a poetry reading, an artistic performance, anything really. We want you to be creative. The deeper into the niche your proposal goes, the better. We want to amplify the voices the people of the world are not listening to or refuse to hear. We want the world to learn more so everyone can do more to support these efforts to bring about liberation for women of color everywhere.

  • We seek to hear from the woman in Zimbabwe with the passion for entrepreneurship
  • We seek to hear from the college student who is taking a stance against discriminatory immigration laws in the United States.
  • We seek to hear from the dedicated mother in India with resilience in her heart, fighting against sexual assault
  • We seek to hear from a motivational, Black feminist trans woman in Brazil fighting for representation
  • We seek to hear from the inspiring daughter in China taking a stance against ableism

If you’re a woman of color with fire in your heart for the liberation of women, we seek to hear from you. (If you wish to use this platform to raise awareness about an organization that you may not be directly involved in but that you support and want to amplify, that is also encouraged.)

Application Process:

Round One:
You will submit a written proposal explaining what you would like to cover in a “#FREEStyle Chat”. Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should clearly identify the group or groups of women of color to be represented. The Speaker Selection Committee will rank submissions and identify the top 20 written proposals. You will be notified directly if your proposal has made it to the next round.

Round Two:
We will ask semi- finalists to submit a 60-second video of themselves so we can see what they’re like in front of a camera. We will ask them to be as creative as possible and then we will rate their on-screen presence and pair it with the initial rankings. These 60-second videos do not have to be exactly what you plan to do in the final video, but it is helpful if we can get a sense of how your presentation might go.

For example, if you plan to submit a short film that you’ve already produced, sending a 60-second clip for this round would be helpful.

Round Three:
We will then select the top 15 possible presenters and contact each of you about submitting your full-length videos. Of those 15 submitted, we will select the top 10 that will be presented for the conference.

The 10 videos we choose will be made available first on the day of the conference and then ongoing. The objective is to make content accessible to as many people as possible to meet the goal of increasing awareness about these issues and garnering more global support for the work.

Round One submissions are due by: August 31, 2015 11:59pm EST
Interested in submitting a proposal to speak at a the Women’s Freedom Conference? Simply complete the submission form and include the information requested.

As you can see the deadline for the call for submission is fast approaching so if you are interested you must move fast!  This is your opportunity to join women like Kathryn Finney, Majora Carter, Bassey Ikpi and more at a groundbreaking conference. So hustle ladies, hustle!

P.S. This is a 100% DIGITAL Conference so you do not need to be in NY just have access to video whether it be a smartphone, tablet or webcam