Independent structures

So that the Network may function efficiently, UNESCO encourages the women philosophers themselves to set up independent structures, in the form of national and regional committees within the different countries and regions.

In this way, each committee will be able to set its own organizational and internal structural rules. A self-run, flexible, open way of functioning within each country and region will thus facilitate the exchange and interaction of women philosophers among themselves, but also with members of the scientific and intellectual community as a whole. For instance, the committee could be set-up as a non-profit association.

Committees established on the national level could, in turn, organize together on the regional level, so as to foster the regional bridge-making necessary to create an exchange dynamic on an international scale. See below the draft organizational chart as an example.

The National Committees to be set up will particularly bear in mind the following objectives:

  • Fostering opportunities for exchange among women philosophers, especially through joint initiatives, which could be organized within the framework of the range of activities proposed by UNESCO’s Intersectoral Strategy on Philosophy (Pillar 1: Philosophy facing world problems; Pillar 2: Teaching philosophy in the world; Pillar 3: Promotion of philosophical thought and research).
  • Encouraging the tutoring of young women philosophers preparing doctorates. An extensive initiative to this effect is to be launched via the Network itself.
  • Contributing to increasing the visibility of women philosophers by encouraging their involvement on the airwaves of the national media, by promoting their presence throughout written and audiovisual means of communication, such as TV or radio programmes, as well as the press.

The role of the Regional Committees to be set up will particularly bear in mind the following objectives:

  • Promoting North-South and South-South inter-university cooperation, aiming at creating and strengthening bonds and solidarity among women philosophers from several regions within the university and academic framework.
  • Promoting interregional exchange among philosophical communities, particularly within the framework of UNESCO’s activity “Interregional Philosophical Dialogue”.
  • Coordinating a series of activities on a regional scale to disseminate the work done by women philosophers of the region, particularly within the framework of UNESCO’s priority themes, namely dialogue between civilizations, education for all, bioethics, knowledge society, culture of peace, cultural diversity, environmental ethics, poverty, sustainable development, etc…

Several opportunities for partnership and support exist through the different support systems set up by UNESCO. In this respect, cooperation with the National Commissions for UNESCO could, to the degree this is possible, help the National Committees through UNESCO’s Fellowships Programme, the UNESCO Participation Programme, or UNESCO's various competitions and prizes.

Organizational chart


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