Asian Women's Resource Centre

Womenet

Womenet means women’s network and solidarity. The “net” symbolises fishing, so common for Asian villages by the sea. It reminds us of rural and grassroots people, especially women, who mainstream society tends to overlook, neglect, ignore and even abuse. The “net” is also part of the image of “fishing” people which Jesus the Christ commissioned his disciples and followers to do.

AWRC publishes womenet twice yearly.

Materials on womenet may be quoted and copied provided that womenet is acknowledged as source. Printed copies of womenet are available on request from the AWRC Office.

Womenet FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION ONLY.

Office:

Asian Women’s Resource Centre in India (AWRC),

No.74 (Old no.94), 1st Floor, 4th Street, Abhiramapuram,

Chennai – 600018. Tamil Nadu, India.

Phone: (Landline):+91-044-24992645.

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Call For Papers

IGI Call For Papers on the theme “Social Movements”

The term social movement may refer to different phenomena like democratization campaigns, labour movements, agrarian movements, environmental movements, political revolutions for independence & national self-determination, civil rights movements, movements for the rights of indigenous people and protest movements in general.  In recent years, thanks to social media, we are more aware of ongoing protest movements for example the Arab Spring in 2010, the Umbrella movement in 2014, the “Occupy” movements in 2011 and “Black Lives Matter” movements 2013.

In Asia, women’s movements have usually emerged and grown in response to particular domestic or neighbourhood challenges, such as the efforts by the State to undermine human dignity, democratic rights and practices, environmental balance and/or against the hegemony of regional or international global capital. In most countries in Asia the women’s movement and women involved in social movements have played a critical role in placing women at the forefront of the political agenda.

In this backdrop of the global visibility of protest movements and the fact that women in Asia have been involved in social movements and women’s movements simultaneously, we feel the theme “Social Movements” is timely for IGI to tackle.

We hope that articles for this theme could cover the following:

  1. Articles documenting lesser known movements or local activism in pockets of Asia that will benefit the wider discussion on movement building in Asia
  2. Profiles of significant personalities/leaders of movements and how they impacted certain movements in Asia
  3. Critical Analyses of some social movements in Asia – past and current
  4. Articles focusing on how solidarity and networking is built within each movement and between movements one to another
  5. Articles highlighting the role of existing social organizations such as trade unions, churches, self-help groups, women’s wings of political parties etc that rally people around a common cause that then become a larger movement.
  6. Critical Analysis of some women’s movements in Asia in terms of aspects needing more attention
  7. The relationships between women and men in social movements that mobilize women and whether these movements address issues concerning women in Asia
  8. Articles highlighting systemic differences between women involved in social movements and the necessity for acknowledging these systemic differences among women like caste, race, religion, sexuality and economics.
  9. Articles reflecting on the various discussions around both ideological and descriptive terms used within and about social movements (-For example terms like “grass-root movements”, “arm-chair activism”, “academic activism” and the tensions between these terms)
  10. Reflections on one’s personal participation in social movements
  11. Reflections on church related or ecumenical social movements and the feminist theology movement in Asia
  12. Unique features, if any, of some local movements in our respective countries
  13. Significant alternate leadership models in different social movements that have been instrumental in the success of those movements
  14. The role of art/ graphics / banners/ ad campaigns in social movements

As always IGI includes all forms of reflections like essays, poems, art work, photographs, liturgies, and any form that is publishable in print. Book reviews of books related to this theme are also welcome.

Recommended word limit for each article: 1000 to 4000 words

Send articles to: igi@awrc4ct.org AND coordinator@awrc4ct.org

Submission date: 30 May 2017

Editorial decision on publishing articles submitted will be conveyed by: 30 June 2017

Coordinator, AWRC

On Behalf of EAC of IGI

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Call for Papers – June 2017; Theme: Disability

 As a feminist theological journal in Asia, IGI would like to acknowledge that the issue of disability has not received enough attention as a subject for critical feminist reflection either in the feminist movement or in feminist theology. It is a fact that often, as feminists, we too are indifferent to the experiences of wo/men with disabilities and are responsible for their invisibility in much of our feminist theorizing, theologising, strategizing and movement-building.

As Elly Elshout says,

“Women with disabilities experience exclusion in both the policies of disability rights and in the feminist movement. In the latter instance, various feminist strategies contradict the needs and interests of women with disabilities. … Feminists who criticize the traditional sex roles of wife and mother are not sensitive to the fact that women with disabilities are taught from a very early age that they are not fit to be lover or wife, let alone mother. Women with disabilities are taught that they are asexual. Surely this is oppressive heterosexism. The feminist movement is also not sufficiently conscious of its own “ableism.” The feminist movement enables, empowers, and strengthens women. Thus many “fit women” will not easily admit that women with disabilities embody all that they don’t want to be. As a result the patriarchal way of judging a person on how good-looking, healthy or productive he or she is, is perpetuated by feminists. Women in this way, continue to victimize each other. This victimization is insidious. Before we can work together to overcome it, we must first understand how patriarchy defines and excludes the disabled person.” [“Women with Disabilities  A Challenge to Feminist Theology”, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Vol. 10, No. 2 (Fall, 1994), p.100. Indiana University Press. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25002234]

 Keeping this in view, and recognising the need to create a space for hearing the persons with disabilities, the June 2017 issue of IGI will focus on the experience/stories of those with disabilities, their struggles as persons with disabilities and how they reflect on this for themselves.

The issue will not be confined to women with disabilities but is also open to other genders with disabilities who may wish to write as well. Our use of the term “Persons with Disabilities” also includes all those with serious and/or chronic, though not necessarily visible health problems”.

This issue could include articles covering the following (this is not an exhaustive list and other related topics on disability could also be included):

  • Reflections of people with disabilities about God, our “neighbour” and what is Church from their perspective
  • Articles about disability from a “human rights” perspective
  • Reflections on how persons with disabilities reflect on certain biblical themes like the Miracle stories or Healing Stories (that promise immediate healing which may not be the reality in the lives of most persons with disabilities).
  • Critical essays that acknowledge and analyse the differences in “power” which exist among women with and without disabilities.
  • Debates by people with disabilities who challenge those who speak about the right to health instead of the right to health care.
  • Articles that can provide a new and critical perspective in issues of health care, reproductive technology and the dilemmas of caregiving and career that people with disabilities face.
  • Critical analysis of how caste, class, race, poverty and religion also determine how ‘disability’ is experienced by the one with the disability.
  • Articles outlining the challenges of living with disabilities

We hope to have articles from the perspective of all types of disability and not just few types of disability, [for example, more articles by those who have disability as a result of polio and nothing from those with hearing disabilities], so that we can widen our horizons about all types of disabilities, their experiences and reflections.

As always IGI includes all forms of reflections like essays, poems, art work, photographs, liturgies, and any other form that is publishable in print. Reports of any significant event related to this theme which the organisers are willing to share with IGI are also welcome. Book reviews of books related to this theme are also welcome.

Recommended word limit for each article: 1000 to 4000 words

Send articles to: igi@awrc4ct.org AND coordinator@awrc4ct.org

Submission date: 28 February 2017

Editorial decision on publishing articles submitted will be conveyed by: 20 March 2017.

Coordinator – AWRC

On Behalf of Editorial Advisory Committee (EAC)

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Call for Papers: December 2016

[Please note that this Call for Papers is for Indian authors/ authors in India ONLY as this is a India Country Issue]

An Invitation to contribute to the December 2016 Issue of “n God’s image” on the theme, “A World for All: Towards Just and Inclusive Spaces”:

A woman’s search for a just and inclusive world is endless as she struggles to survive in a kyriarchal world. In India where gender insensitivity and violence are unfortunately part and parcel of everyday life, women have developed tremendous capacity to withstand the trauma that they are forced into. Women’s psyche constantly wears out due to the surpassing amount of fears and tears that the societal gender norms dictate. These oppressive gender norms intertwine with their sexualities, by which their yearning for emancipation often gets trapped in distorted perceptions of sexualised bodies through heterosexual normativity. To this we can add the economic paradigmIndia has opted for and pursues with relentless speed, that very intentionally excludes millions of women and others on the periphery of society, literally struggling to survive through each day. Further, the strong forms of cultural nationalism that are being imposed on the people by the dominant Hindutva minority, who pursue their agenda of exclusion of religious minorities with indifferent backing by the ruling party and government.

Scriptures, traditions, histories have forgotten to remember the surmounting contributions of women in the past. Their identities have been submerged in their ongoing longing to emerge anew as empowered entities amidst the vicious cycle of male chauvinism. Family, church and other religious spaces, society and world at large have raised borders and boundaries, which keep women in rigid compartments of narrow identities. In India, especially in the context of deep rooted nexus among caste, class, gender, age and sexuality, women’s aspirations to discover new avenues to find fullness of life have faced enormous obstacles both within family and society.

However, women’s subjectivity plays a significant role in determining what they desire to achieve, and in channeling their positive energy and potential to aim for fuller affirmation of dignity and worth.   Women have worked in solidarity with other women (and men)with similar understandings of liberation and have thus achieved a greater sense of empowerment. It is not utopian any longer for re-imagi/ni/ng an egalitarian world – a just and inclusive space – since a great amount of conscientizing efforts are in place.

To the positive responses of women, particularly in resisting violence and exclusion can be added the powerful new theological voices of women in India particularly Dalit and Adivasi younger women. They explore with conviction theological meaning for the context in which they find themselves discovering liberating images from India’s past and often hidden histories and contexts. Eco-theological explorations, particularly from Indigenous women are signs of hope!

It is against this backdrop that the December issue of in God’s image (IGI) is planned to draw together the life experiences, creative narratives, and critical theological reflections of Indian women, (and men) that would propose the possibility for a world for all embracing just and inclusive spaces.   Thetheme of quadrennial assembly of the National Council of Churches in India for 2016-2020 is “Towards just and inclusive communities”, through which the member churches are invited to strive towards creating new ways of finding justice and inclusivity within human communities and with nature.

The editors of the December 2016 issue of IGI invite Indian women and men to contribute articles on the theme “A World for all: Towards Just and Inclusive Spaces”. These could be in any literary (or artistic form) such as life stories, poems, essays, articles, creative narratives, plays or critical writings. Word limit of contributions may vary, but should not exceed 3000 words.

Dates to remember:

Submission of title and abstract (250 words)        : 30th June 2016

Submission of contributions                                        :15th August 2016

Publication of IGI                                                         : 1st December 2016

Please send your articles to the Guest editors email ids:

agnanadason@gmail.com

And to

ljayachitra@gmail.com

Hurry the deadlines are upon us soon!!

Warmly,

Aruna Gnanadason and Jayachitra Lalitha, Guest Editors (India issue)

(May 2016)

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Call for Papers: June 2015 Issue

To:

Subscribers & readers of IGI,

Members of AWRC,

Interested Writers

Greetings from the AWRC Office in Chennai!

The Editorial Advisory Committee (EAC) for IGI, is pleased to Call for articles for the June 2015 issue of IGI which will be a “mixed” or “Open issue”.

The EAC that met in 2013 decided that while IGI’s tradition of issues on specific themes and national issues will continue, there will also be a “mixed issue” each alternate year. This is to give space to essays, bible studies, reflections, poems, liturgies etc., that may not fit any of the forthcoming editions with assigned themes.

AWRC is therefore inviting you to contribute essays and other articles (including poems) on any theme related to the reality and liberation of Asian women in general. We welcome narrative and analytical essays, biblical exegesis and interpretation or sermons, reflections and poems that critiques and analyzes oppressive reality, deconstructs dominant theological and ideological beliefs and points towards transformation.

IGI also encourages students’ attempts at feminist theologizing so those studying theology, religions or women’s studies please feel free to send us your articles.

We request you to also send art work appropriate to your articles along with the permission to use those (if they are not original work that you have created or have permission to use).

If you are an artist, IGI will also feature art pieces, e.g. photos, paintings, drawings, sketches, etc. that portray themes of justice, women’s issues and oppressive realities in your contexts.

Attached is a flier outlining “Guidelines for Writers of IGI”. For the June 2015 issue due date for submissions is 30 March 2015.

You may send inquiries or submission by email to: igi@awrc4ct.org and awrcindia@gmail.com

As a gesture of appreciation and thanks AWRC will send you two copies of IGI whenever your paper or art piece is published.

We look forward to your participation in the work of IGI and AWRC through your contributions.

Warmly,

The Editorial Advisory Committee (2015), IGI

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08 October 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS for “in God’s image” (IGI), June 2014

Dear AWRC Members, Readers and Subscribers of IGI:

Greetings from AWRC!

The Editorial Advisory Committee (EAC) for IGI is calling for papers on the topic, Biblical
Interpretation or Hermeneutics for the June 2014 issue of IGI.

We are therefore inviting you to contribute by sending your critical feminist biblical exegesis and interpretations, sermons, or any literary creation that critiques and analyzes oppressive reality, deconstructs dominant theological and ideological beliefs and teachings including traditional or patri-kyriarchal biblical interpretations, and points towards transformation, e.g. women’s efforts for change and liberation.

Contributors are encouraged to explain how or what tools are being used, and to acknowledge one’s social location in doing an interpretation. Texts and narratives suggested for exploration are the widow’s mite, Mary and Martha, Anointing Women in the New Testament; the rape of Tamar, the rape of Dinah, Vashti and Jezebel in the Old Testament. You may also want to do one on other least known women in the Bible.

If you are teaching theology especially feminist theology in your seminaries, please encourage your students, women and men alike, to share their papers on Biblical Interpretation. If you are an artist and have art pieces, e.g. photos, paintings, drawings, sketches, etc. related to the topic, please share them, too.

As a gesture of appreciation and thanks, AWRC will send you two copies of IGI whenever your paper or art piece is published.

Due date for submissions is 30 January 2014. You may send inquiries or submission by email to: igi@awrc4ct.org; enquiries@awrc4ct.org

Thank you very much.

The Editorial Advisory Committee, IGI:

Hisako Kinukawa, Hyunju Bae, Yong Ting Jin, and Jessica Richard

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2010 – Call for Papers

We would like to issue this call for papers for our feminist theological journal in Asia, in God’s image, for the year 2010.  The Editorial Advisory Committee of IGI has suggested the following themes for the four editions in 2010:

March – Asian Feminist Leadership & Ecclesia
June – national issue: Hong Kong
September – Mixed or open issue
December – Holy Spirit & Mariology

(1) March 2010 is on Asian Feminist Leadership & Ecclesia.  This edition can include articles on issues of power and sacraments, liturgy and ministry, and various topics that have to do with leadership in the church – including whether women’s leadership is recognized and encouraged in the church or suppressed and devalued.  Write-ups on women’s leadership in family, NGOs, and the wider society are also very welcome.  Please send contributions to AWRC at igi@awrc4ct.org oramarsiana@awrc4ct.org and hope@piapi.net latest by 31 December 2009.

(2) June 2010 will be a national issue on and by our sisters in Hong Kong. Our sisters in Hong Kong will decide on their guest editor and editorial committee as well as on their theme. Final date for receiving all manuscripts will be 31 March 2010 atigi@awrc4ct.org or amarsiana@awrc4ct.org and hope@piapi.net

(3) September 2010 will be a mixed and open issue. This is to give space for essays, Bible studies, reflections, poems, etc. that are already available but may not fit the other editions with assigned themes. Please send your contributions to AWRC atigi@awrc4ct.org , amarsiana@awrc4ct.org and hope@piapi.net by 30 June 2010

(4) December 2010 will be on the theme, Holy Spirit & Mariology, a very fitting title especially in view of December and the related events of Advent and Christmas. Possible questions related to this topic are: (a) What are some of our articulations of an Asian feminist theology of the Holy Spirit? (b) What are some of our theological reflections on Mary and her role in the salvific acts of God? (c) How does Mary inspire women’s empowerment and feminist engagement in works for transformation?

Please send your contributions for the December edition to AWRC at igi@awrc4ct.org , amarsiana@awrc4ct.org andhope@piapi.net by September 30, 2010.

Please send along a photo or graphic/visual design with some credit to your source (and permission from the source for us to use the photo or graphic).

We welcome articles from AWRC members and other Asian women as well as men who are in solidarity with women in their struggle for genuine partnership and social transformation.

AWRC is not a profit-making organization so we do not have a policy of giving honoraria to contributors. We give two copies of the edition in which your article is published. in God’s image is subscribed to by a number of theological libraries and feminist theologians in various parts of Asia and beyond.

 

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Special Info

Despite rising production and postage costs and despite the abolition of the “Sea Mail” category that postal services had earlier, we have tried to keep the Subscription rates the same since 2013. We hope this will show you that we are more interested in having IGI read widely and we hope our IGI subscribers will continue subscribing to IGI.

The following are our current Subscription rates since 2015:

 

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