Beginning in 2015, dozens of seemingly distinct movements and grassroots groups from all regions of the world—members of ESCR-Net- (The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) began to analyze the common global conditions facing their and allied communities around the world, examining the history of our economic system as well as histories of struggle, and articulated emerging points of unity. This ultimately led to the Common Charter for Collective Struggle, approved by ESCR-Net members—both movements and NGOs—across 75 countries at a Global Strategy Meeting in November 2016. Why was this process important to the movements involved? What is its significance today? How is this analysis being deepened and expanded? How is it facilitating solidarity, as well as collective action towards systemic change, between movements and allied organizations? If our current economic and political systems are failing to realize human rights, where do we look for alternatives?
S’bu Zikode, Abahlali baseMjondolo, (South Africa)
Binota Moy Dhamai, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (Thailand)
Shailly Barnes, Poor People’s Campaign/Kairos Center (US)
Maha Abdallah, Al Haq (Palestine), moderating
S’bu Zikode is founder and President of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement in South Africa, which has more than 50,000 dues-paying members. In December 2009 Bishop Rubin Phillip conferred the Order of the Holy Nativity on him. He was the first non-Anglican to be honored in this way. In 2013, 2014 and … Read More ›
Binota Moy Dhamai has more than 15 years of experience in the Indigenous Peoples rights movement, network building, campaign and advocacy, in the national, Asia regional and international forum. He is a member of the Jumma-Tripura, one of the indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, where he was a … Read More ›