On October 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. EST until 9:00 p.m. EST, the Women’s Freedom Conference, an all-digital, 100% online event, 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 and whose womanhood is shaped and defined along those intersections. The Conference will usher in a new era of conferencing that provides more access to quality content to more people around the world.
Last year, three close friends were having a conversation about the need to empower women, and one raised the idea of hosting an action that would bring together women of color from around the world together in one space. She asked the other two women if they would be interested in working to make it happen and they enthusiastically agreed. Initially conceived as a “freedom march” that would convene thousands of women in one American city, the women later decided that the platform would be more widely accessible to more people if it was a digital conference that could be accessed from anywhere in the world.
The mission of the conference is to center Women of Color– our success, our concerns, our work, our activism, and our existence as vital contributors to making the world a better place. We want to make sure that women of color from around the world have a space to speak out and be heard, to teach others and to learn from each other, and to inform people of the work that they are doing in their respective communities.
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. We want to make this information available to as many people as possible and we believe that utilizing modern technology is the best way to do so. Participants will engage in conversations, seminars, and direct actions focused on the empowerment of women of color by building solidarity and promoting sisterhood.
The Women’s Freedom Conference is open to all who wish to engage in the conversations and access the content, however, we are limiting the lead organizing, presentations, and speeches to women of color. We ask that people respect the need for this space and support us, amplify us, and encourage us as we work to accomplish our goals.
WFC2015 Leadership Team