5 May. 2022

The second Night of Global Social Rights

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and Civic City

In April 2021, we organized the first Night of Global Social Rights during which 68 speakers from 40 cities came together to address social right issues for a 24-hour event. Due to its success, we are organizing a second edition that will take place on 5-6 May 2022.

Date/Time: From 12 noon on May 5 to 12 noon on May 6 2022 CEST

Location: Live at our studios in Geneva and Mexico City as well as online via Zoom and Facebook.

Geneva: HEAD, Avenue de Châtelaine 5 // May 5 from 12:00 to 20:00 – May 6 from 9:00 to 12:00
Mexico: TBC

The event was be held in English, Spanish and French.

A 24-hour conversation on social rights, modern slavery and neo-colonialism

Although more people are currently enslaved than ever before in history, slavery is mostly understood as a relic from the past. So is colonialism. Today, slavery has been abolished as a legally secured labour system almost everywhere in the world. Colonialism as a concept is most strongly associated with the European colonial period from the 15th century onwards, when some European states established colonial empires. However, this ignores the fact that power structures have not changed since then.

The experiences of the struggles and justifications of indigenous, peasant, black, female, transgender, gender-diverse and minority communities around the world confirm two incontrovertible facts: first, that colonial powers, far from disappearing, continue to expand; and second, that it is imperative to think of alternative ways to address the challenges of modern slavery and neo-colonialism, which not only curtail people’s rights but also continue to destroy cultures and ecosystems.

We want to brand the neo-colonial powers and create forms of struggle and resistance that will make it possible to mobilise all the forces of global diversity to create a “world of many worlds” in which, as the Zapatistas claim, all affirmative forms of life will find their place. The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, dix-milliards-humains and Civic City at this second edition of the 24-Hour Global Social Rights Night will therefore focus on intersectional forms of struggle against capital and patriarchy in a neo-colonial context. Once again, the night is to become one of the places where we make rights violations visible and call for international solidarity.

The event will be fully available online, and some panels will be directly from our studios in both Geneva and Mexico.
Geneva: HEAD, Avenue de Châtelaine 5 // May 5 from 12:00 to 20:00 – May 6 from 9:00 to 12:00
Mexico: TBC