Within Prout conferences and conventions, disproportionately more men than women have participated as plenary speakers, as workshop conductors or as panellists. This, we believe, is the outcome of widespread and generally unintended bias. It is unfair, it hinders development of all aspects of Prout activity, including internal and external education, research, community development, social and economic projects and it is discouraging to those new to Prout having a desire to actively participate in promoting Prout. It also diminishes our credibility with other progressive movements. Overcoming such bias involves not just awareness but positive action.
Background of experience – If we look at the past conventions (prior to 2017), all have been organized and managed almost exclusively by men. Although there have always been women contributing to the organizing, the dominant roles have been men and the women’s roles have been subordinated.
Current context – This is 2017 and the program planning committee needed to reflect the current events, which followed the millions participating in women’s marches around the world. This year’s committee is balanced with three men and three women. This need became very apparent in contentious discussions leading up to selecting the program planning committee. The need for a clear and published gender policy for future Prout conventions became evident.
The 2017 convention has been organised in line with the Gender-equity Policy that has been drafted, and we wish to put it forward for adoption by the 2017 Prout Convention as a policy for future conventions and as inspiration for other proutist events and movements.
You can access and download the (DRAFT) Prout Convention Gender-equity Policy here.
As a policy that is to be adopted by the Prout Convention community, the current draft is open for your feedback and comments for improvement. You may provide your feedback until 21 July 2017 via this online form (https://goo.gl/forms/JOV1DejflDKgrFFk2)
A working group at the convention will then incorporate relevant feedback and produce a final version to be put forward for adoption at the Closing Circle of the convention on 23 July, 2017.