ESCR-Net, in partnership with the Kenyan ESCR Coalition, will hold a four-day International Strategy Meeting of its Working Groups, Members and active participants on March 26th to 29th, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya. This landmark gathering intends to bring together approximately 200 key human rights, social justice and grassroots’ activists from around the world.
Building on the collective achievements of ESCR-Net and its Members since its Inaugural Conference in Thailand in 2003, as well as the strong trajectory and experience of local Kenyan organizations over the past decade, this meeting is envisioned as a significant occasion to create new, substantial and more systematic pathways for greater global action for social and economic justice through human rights. Participants in ESCR-Net’s Working Groups and Initiatives will benefit significantly from meeting together—in one location with interpretation and preparation—to network, strategize and advance their collective agendas as well as to explore the intersections of their work.
Moreover, this meeting will be an unparalleled opportunity to support and learn from ongoing mobilizing efforts of local organizations and communities affected by economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) violations in Kenya and the African region and will allow for the advancement of collective actions and tools in response to the conditions of poverty, inequality and human rights abuses in Africa today.
The gathering is also foreseen as a crucial step forward in strengthening ESCR-Net’s institutional capacity to influence decision-making processes regarding state and non-state accountability for the implementation of socio-economic rights. At the meeting, Members will set ESCR-Net’s priorities for the coming three years, elect a new Board, and establish consistent procedures and criteria to launch campaigns and solidarity actions, among other institutional decisions.