DAWN Informs March 2017
Private sector, development agenda and women’s human rights: synergies or contradictions?
Corina Rodríguez Enríquez (Argentina)
A very short time ago, the General Assembly granted Observer Status to the International Chamber of Commerce. This means the institution, which represents the interests of the biggest multinational corporations, will be able to sit in every session and even get the chance to speak, far more opportunities than what the civil society has. .
Phambili African Unity, but only for a Continental Free Trade Agreement on African peoples own terms
by Hibist Kassa (Ethiopia)
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, and persistent multiple and interlinked crises deepening poverty and devastating livelihoods, we are witnessing a seismic shift in global politics. A multipolar world with all its uncertainties is taking shape.
The feminist path in the Social Forum of Resistances: reflections 16 years after the first World Social Forum
by Florencia Partenio (Argentina) & Celita Eccher (Uruguay)
The World Social Forum (WSF) was born in 2001 in Porto Alegre, in opposition to the Davos World Economic Forum. With echoes in local, national, regional and thematic forums, the WSF quickly became a space for articulation and learning, marked by horizontal, self-managed processes to exchange experiences on global militancy and activism.
A Complex Journey: Engaging with Political Restructuring and Social Transformation in Sri Lanka
Kumudini Samuel (Sri Lanka)
An early call for presidential elections in January 2015 served as the impetus to catalyze a wide spectrum of forces, ranging from civil society to cross party political elites, into a coalition that made possible democratic regime change in Sri Lanka.
The Rise of Illiberal Democracy and Implications for Social Mobilization