Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) is a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN provides a forum for feminist research, analyses and advocacy on global issues (economic, social and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards, rights and development prospects of women, especially poor and marginalized women, in regions of the South. Through research, analyses, advocacy and, more recently, training, DAWN seeks to support women’s mobilization within civil society to challenge inequitable social, economic and political relations at global, regional and national levels, and to advance feminist alternatives.
Since the founding of DAWN in 1984, the network has been recognized as a significant agent in the advancement of south feminist analyses in gender and development and a key participant in the global feminist / women’s movements. A political and ideological ‘south’ location-position remains vitally relevant in the era of globalization, albeit a radically different South standpoint from that taken in relation to the ‘older’ global political economy.
DAWN’s feminism entails countering the material bases for social, economic and political inequalities, injustices and exclusions. DAWN envisions processes of economic and social development that are geared to enabling human rights and freedoms. DAWN draws strength from, and is committed to further empowering, the women’s movement in the South. Its various activities include: