RLS in Geneva
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s (RLS) Geneva office has been strengthening the Stiftung’s work at international level since 2019. International solidarity is the key to a socio-ecological transformation and to the implementation of social rights on a global scale. A revitalised UN could play a decisive role in this transformation. Against this background, the RLS office in Geneva serves as a liaison office between the United Nations in Geneva as well as other Geneva-based international organisations and RLS partners from the global South who are fighting for their rights.
The current focus of our work is on three topics, which are also dealt with in international Geneva: social rights (Human Rights Council OHCHR, UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, International Labour Organisation ILO, World Health Organisation WHO, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development UNRISD), socio-ecological transformation (Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change IPCC, World Meteorological Organization WMO) and the international organisation of workers (international trade union confederations, International Labour Organisation ILO). Together with our international partners, we organise conferences, seminars, workshops and side events at UN conferences, but also research projects with the aim of accompanying processes and supporting partners in the articulation of their interests at the international level. We involve non-state actors (NGO activists, trade unionists, academics) as well as staff of international organisations based in Geneva. The activities are supplemented by publications, studies or reports and other media formats.
Jan is the Director of RLS Geneva. He studied history and political sciences with a special focus on Africa in Hanover, Germany and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Before coming to Geneva, he was the regional director of the RLS office for Southern Africa since 2015. He has a background in politics and social activism.
Project Manager Social Rights
A graduate in political science and an activist in the anti-globalisation movement, Jeanne has worked for various organisations, including Attac France, an association where she was responsible for expertise and publications. In the RLS team in Geneva, she supervises projects on the question of social rights.
Project Manager Trade Unions
Vsevolod has a PhD in International History from the Graduate Institute of Geneva, having worked in various academic institutions, the NGO sector, ILO and the UN. Prior to joining the RLS in 2021, he completed a postdoctoral research project on the history of international communism in the interwar period at the University of Amsterdam.
Project Manager Global Health
Veronica joined RLS in 2021. She holds degrees in Economics, International Management, and Migration Policies and Integration. She worked with NGOs and UN agencies in health and development programmes on Middle Eastern, South American and African countries. She is actively collaborating with social movements in Italy and in France.
Prior to joining the RLS Geneva team in 2020 as finance manager, Barbara Mukherjee-Vuagniaux, holding a business management degree from Geneva University, has been working in Switzerland and South Asia with development organizations in their finance teams since 2002 after a stint in the private sector.
Emilia joined RLS in 2020, bringing along the expertise in administration, office and event management she gained within several organizations active in Geneva on an international level in public health, migration, humanitarian demining and international solidarity. Over the course of her career, she also collaborated with modern/contemporary art galleries and auction houses.
Communication and Media Manager
Yann holds degrees in English and Arabic literature, and in Digital Publishing. After completing his studies, he worked at the ILO as a publishing and communication officer and he regularly volunteers within different activism organizations in Geneva. He joined the RLS Geneva team in 2021 and is in charge of the office’s communication strategy and media relations.
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) is an internationally active, progressive non-profit organisation for political education. Since its establishment in 1990, the foundation has been engaged in the analysis of social processes and developments. Through its teams in 27 regional and country offices, the Stiftung works with hundreds of partner organisations, political actors and individuals in over 80 countries. The aim of RLS’s work is to strengthen emancipatory political forces. In this way, the Stiftung contributes to the development of democratic-socialist alternatives to society worldwide. Our idea of a future society is based on the full implementation of democratic and social rights for all people, on a socially just and ecologically sustainable economic world order, on gender equality and on feminism, international solidarity and peace. A prerequisite for this is the overcoming of the capitalist mode of production. Since 2013 the RLS has enjoyed consultative status within the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung sees itself as part of the basic intellectual current of democratic socialism. In 1992, the Stiftung was recognised by the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) – today DIE LINKE – as a party-affiliated foundation operating nationwide. As of autumn 2020, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung exists for 30 years, initially as an association for critical social analysis and political education, and since 1999 under this main name. The RLS began receiving public funding in 1999, and the Archives for Democratic Socialism (ADS) began its work.
Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919), name giver to the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, is probably the best-known socialist in the German-speaking world. Rosa Luxemburg was, along with Karl Liebknecht, the most important representative of the left-wing socialist, anti-militarist and internationalist positions in the Social Democratic Party of Germany before 1918, and tried with all her strength to prevent the First World War. From this criticism, she drew the strength for revolutionary action.
Rosa Luxemburg was a Polish Jew and a participant in the Russian Revolution of 1905. She co-founded the Social Democratic Party in the common kingdom of Poland and Lithuania. Rosa Luxemburg was a passionate and convincing critic of capitalism and anti-democratic and dictatorial tendencies within the Bolsheviks. She confronted the compelling logic of economic laws and political strategies with the utopia of a new world. In Luxembourg’s view, this new world had to be created despite the widespread despair, disenfranchisement, cowardice and corruption of power.
Rosa Luxemburg impressively combined political commitment, scientific analysis and the quest for empowerment as a woman. She fought both on the scientific and political fronts, her daily life being the essential basis for this. Rosa Luxemburg fascinates as an emancipated and versatile woman who lived and worked in a time which is still important for the political left today. For the political left of today, her approaches are extremely stimulating.
Learn more on Rosa Luxemburg:
Literature on Rosa Luxemburg in English:
- Georg Adler, Peter Hudis and Annelies Laschitza (eds.), The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso, 2011)
- Sally Campbell, A Rebel’s Guide to Rosa Luxemburg (Bookmarks, 2011)
- Kate Evans, Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso, 2015)
- Peter Hudis and Kevin B. Anderson (eds.), The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (Monthly Review Press, 2004)
- Mathilde Jacob, Rosa Luxemburg: An Intimate Portrait (Lawrence & Wishart, 2000)
- Mark Jones, Founding Weimar: Violence and the German Revolution of 1918-19 (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
- Robert Looker (ed.), Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Political Writings (Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1972)
- J. P. Nettl, Rosa Luxemburg (Oxford Paperbacks, 1969)
- Jacqueline Rose, Women in Dark Times (Bloomsbury, 2014), especially chapter 1 ‘Woman on the verge of revolution: Rosa Luxemburg’
- Helmut Trotnow, Karl Liebknecht, 1871-1919: A Political Biography (Archon Books, 1984)
- K. Weinhauer, A. McElligott and K. Heinsohn (eds.), Germany 1916-23: A Revolution in Context (Transcript-Verlag, 2015), especially ‘Incapable of Securing Order? The Prussian Police and the German Revolution 1918/19’ by Nadine Rossol
- Benjamin Ziemann, War Experiences in Rural Germany 1914-1923 (Berg Publishers, 2006)