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A time of unprecedented global crisis calls for deep, structural refiguration of politics and power. A recent UN report concludes that social movements are at the forefront of efforts to foster social engagement, democratic participation and responsive governance. The report recognizes the “invaluable contributions to individual, collective and societal wellbeing” promoted by social movements. It further concludes that Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and governments must embrace and enable social movements as essential partners in ‘building back better’ from the intersecting crisis of today.
Historically, social movements - the diverse, collective assertions of myriad kinds, spontaneous or planned, local or national, virtual or physical - have been instrumental in shifting power, influencing public opinion and creating lasting impact by organising the people affected. And on many occasions, social movements have moved far beyond what has been regarded possible in traditional civil society, some of which CSOs have not seemed able or willing to address. This is even though social movements face immense crackdown from governments that use a wide range of tactics to silence peaceful protesters, as outlined in CIVICUS’ recent report on protest rights. The civic space restrictions on social movements only underline the need for collaboration with strategic partners such as CSOs.
WHY A NETWORK?
For a long time, ActionAid has been involved in understanding and supporting people power strategies and testing ways to support the work of social movement and this year we have launched The Global Social Movement Center together with global movement minded organisations like ‘Beautiful Trouble’, research institutions like ’International Center for Non-violent Conflict’ and local partners in India and Nigeria.
In recent years, Global Focus has focused attention on the rise of protests movement as a global megatrendand the emerging types of popular engagement that are more fluid, informal and locally oriented. As part of the Claim Your Space mechanism that provide and coordinate rapid response to human rights defenders, there is a need for coordinated efforts among civil society actors to push for more flexible and risk willing funding based on identified barriers and best practice examples.
The goal of the network is to bring CSO’s together to share our experiences and challenges, knowledge and practical know-how.
If you want to know how CSO’s can effectively support or collaborate with social movements, then join the kick-off for the network. We will facilitate a series of events in 2023 where we together will dive into how to build an effective social movement eco-system including knowledge about and experience from a diverse portfolio of movement leaders touching upon subjects such as capacity support around organising and movement leadership, counter-surveillance & digital security, creative actions for impact, rapid response to activist under attack and how to support the sustainability of large-scale social movements.
Thursday the 26th of January, 2023 at 13.00-14.30, Register here before 24th of January
ActionAid Denmark, Fælledvej 12, 2200 Kbh N
To RSVP, or for questions, please write to Annette Rohde