The first Global Feminist LBQ Women*s Conference will take place from 6-9 July 2019 in South Africa.

The first Global Feminist LBQ Women*s Conference will take place from 6-9 July 2019 in South Africa. Apply here by 1 September

The conference is being organized by a collective working group of 22 LBQ women* activists from across all regions of the world. It aims to create a space for activists & advocates to come together, share knowledge, exchange strategies, strengthen connections, mobilize resources, and take the lead in building a global LBQ women*s movement with the capacity to influence the world agenda on human rights, health and development. We hope to bring together 500 participants from around the world.

We will be launching the conference website soon. If you have any questions, please email the organizing team at: We will do our best to respond as soon as possible.


28 – 30 October 2013: Challenging Patriarchy: A virtual conference


Challenging Patriarchy: New Spaces and Strategies for Advancing Gender Equality in Africa?

28 – 30 October 2013

The background

In many other parts of the world, movements for democracy opened opportunities for equality advocates to advance their claims for full representation of women in political systems. For the past three years the HBF offices in Nairobi, Cape Town and Abuja, have jointly provided gender advocates the space to share, question and discuss their experiences and strategies to promote gender equality in Africa. From these discussions it has become evident that despite the enormous gains made by African women – gender equality remains an elusive goal. Efforts are frustrated by interpretations of societal norms and values rooted deeply in patriarchal structures and mindsets.

The method

The conference will be hosted virtually. Interactive sessions will be running from October 28-30 on the special conference website: after which the dialogue will continue on the website and through the Twitter hashtag #endpatriarchy.

For those in Cape Town, HBF’s conference room will be open for the duration of the conference for those who would like to participate from our offices.

The themes

The Conference aims to provoke new thinking and ideas on strategies for advancing gender equality. Aside from discussing how to strengthen state led interventions such as gender machineries and political measures such as quotas, panels will also look at challenging patriarchy in the economic and public spheres.
28 October: Opening panel & keynote address; 11.00 – 13.30 (SA time)

  • 29 October: Morning panel – Challenging patriarchy through state interventions and gender machineries; 11.00 – 13.30 (SA time)
  • 29 October: Afternoon panel – Challenging patriarchy in the economic sphere; 14.25 – 17.00 (SA time)
  • 30 October: Morning panel – Challenging patriarchy in the formal political sphere; 11.00 – 13.30 (SA time)
  • 30 October: Afternoon panel – Challenging patriarchy in the public sphere; 14.25 – 17.00 (SA time)

A full programme will be sent shortly.

In case of any questions / queries please do not hesitate to contact our colleague Claudia at claudia.lopes AT Kindly RSVP if you intend to participate from HBF’s offices.


Women’s Movement Groups Spread the Equality Message in East Africa

By Danielle M

Women around the globe continue to fight for equality and a more productive, rewarding quality of life. It’s in this light that CREA, a feminist human rights group from New Delhi, India has joined forces with GROOTS Kenya, a feminist grassroots organization with similar goals and Akili Dada, an organization dedicated to providing education and mentoring for young women on a worldwide, non-profit basis. Together these three groups are presenting CREA’s Fourth Feminist Leadership and Movement Building Institute East Africa Nov. 5-9, 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Conference Objective

The intent of the five-day course is to take the collective knowledge garnered by the various participants and strategize how that knowledge can advance the women’s rights movement in Africa. Topics to be discussed include theories on the social movement and methods of gaining power, how to improve leadership to better organize groups and their movements and discussion of the challenges facing those advocating women’s movement issues in Africa. Conflict resolution, political participation and the methods for achieving women’s movement goals, as well as the tools for doing so, will also be discussed. The conference will use a combination of classroom instruction, case studies, films and group work using role play.

Conference Speakers

Noted activists and academics participating in the course include Srilatha Batliwala, based in India. As a Scholar Associate with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, or AWID, Batliwala is currently working on helping to strengthen and advance women’s organizations, especially those at the grassroots level. Hope Chigudu, director of HopeAfrica and co-founder of the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network, Fahima Abdel Hafiz Hashim, the director of the Salmmah Women’s Resource Centre and skilled team developer, and Esther Mwaura-Muiru, one of the founders of GROOTS Kenya–or Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood–round out the noted conference speakers.

Participant and Travel Logistics

Participants must be female, between the ages of 25 and 45 and live and/or work in the East African countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Somaliland, Somalia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti or Burundi. Conference attendees should also have at least a three-year history of volunteering or being employed in efforts to advance women’s rights and/or some sort of youth activism. Participants must demonstrate how attending the conference will enhance the work they’re currently doing in this field and how it will help in future endeavors. A working knowledge of the English language is essential.

Travel expenses to and from the conference, including visa fees and the suggested purchase of one of the available mission trip insurance policies are the responsibility of the attendee. CREA will provide the required visa letters as well as a letter of invitation to the conference to speed up the process. Passports must be current. The organizers of the conference cover the tuition, accommodation–which is twin-shared–and all meals. The registration fee is $50. The deadline to register is September 10, 2012.

If you don’t happen to live in Africa, you can still become involved in the conference. Keep track of the group’s progress on Facebook or Twitter. Read up on CREA and see how they champion women’s rights on various levels by educating the public and advocating those rights. You may not make the journey to Nairobi, but there’s nothing stopping you from getting involved in a movement that could very well change the world for the better.


Danielle is an internet geek with a shameful love for acronyms and memes. She’s passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle, electronic dance music and educating young women about their rights.

Follow her on twitter @cherio_05


Are you the leader we’ve been waiting for?

26 March

Press release

On 16 and 17 May 2012, QualityLife Company will host the 7th Annual Women’s Leadership “We are the Leaders we’ve been Waiting for” conference in Johannesburg, a two-day gathering of women which has been described as the most dynamic event on the women’s leadership calendar.

The conference aims to show you how to fast-track your career from good manager to great leader and how to step confidently into your own leadership potential.

QualityLife Company is delighted that for the second year running the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation) and SAfm are throwing their weight behind this initiative.

Debby Edelstein, women’s leadership consultant and co-founder of Quality-Life company, initiated the conference – now in its 7th year – which has become well known for boasting a slew of accomplished women leaders on its panels within a warm, informal enviroment.

Some of the confirmed speakers for 2012 include Phylicia Oppelt, editor of The Times newspaper; Phuti Malabie, CEO Shanduka Group; Lauren Siebrits, former CEO of PepsiCo; Heidi Brauer, marketing director of; and Internationally acclaimed author and speaker Lynne Franks who wrote The Seed Handbook: The femine way to create business who will join the conference via video link-in from London.

Previous speakers have included Ferial Haffajee, Editor in Chief of City Press; Lulu Gwagwa, CEO of Lereko Investments; Yvonne Johnston, Expert in Nation-Branding; Kay Vittee, CEO of Quest Flexible Staffing; PregsGovender, Deputy Chair of SAHRC and many other household names and unsung heroes in SA society.

A powerful combination of presentations, panel discussions, group dialogue processes and informal networking sessions provide the context for women to discover their own leadership potential and make sure that they can reap the rewards in their personal lives and within their organisations.

Testimonies from delegates from previous years attest to the value of the skills learned and relationships built at the conference. Ellen Mahlangu of Eskom, a past delegate comments that

The beauty of the conference is that the skills that we learned can be applied anywhere, at home at work and in the community. The content was practical and relevant to the current issues faced by women.”

IvankaAcquisto Headmistress of St Stithians Girls College, another past delegate, says,

“I loved this conference. Fabulous panels. Clever interaction. Brilliant facilitator. Relevant topics. It built me up.”

This is an opportunity for you to spend time with other inspiring women, and to develop the confidence to celebrate your leadership qualities.

Registration is now open, and group discounts and special rates for NGOs and entrepreneurs are available. To find out more information, call Lizzy Mafalo on (011) 880 – 9749 or email with the subject line ‘WLC’ with your query.

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