Caucuses and Pro-Caucuses

Each year the NOWSA conference includes a range of caucuses for women who identify with marginalised or oppressed groups in order to network, share experiences and solidarity, and build practical ways to push for change on issues faced by individuals of these groups.

Attendees are encouraged to go to any caucus they identify with. Those attendees who do not identify with identity of the caucus running at any particular time are required to attend the pro-caucus.

For the purpose of NOWSA, these definitions are as follows:

Caucus:
A group of individuals who share the same marginalised or oppressed identity*

Pro-Caucus: 
A group of individuals who do NOT identify with a particular marginalised or oppressed minority. In NOWSA 2017, the pro-caucus will run as a skill building exercise for those who do not identify with the caucus group, in order for attendees to learn valuable ways to examine prejudices and privilege, and ways to be more open to experiences different to their own.

The caucuses we will be running at NOWSA 2017 include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People who have experienced sexual assault
  • People with disabilities
  • Queer – including, but certainly not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and others
  • Trans-women, non-binary, and gender diverse
  • Women of Colour (WOC)

* NOWSA notes that not all those who identify with a certain group share the same experiences, histories, or oppressions as each other, but that the identities selected for caucuses have some shared issues and similar struggles, and have therefore been selected as an acknowledgment of the difficulties many people with these identities still face today.

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