As part of the Civic Explorations theme of its Knowledge Programme, Hivos took the global to the local at the ‘Movements Rethink’ gathering in mid-September, hosting 24 social justice activists from all over the world in Pingjum, a village in the Netherlands’ rural north.
The activists came with distinct experiences, in women’s movements, bloggers, journalism, artists, health practitioners, LGBT activists, scholars and policy advocates, and from different generations, to rethink, reshape and innovate their activisms. At the centre of the dialogue were these questions: What roles are social movements and citizen activism playing in reshaping the world against oppression and towards justice, inclusive of feminist visions? And how do we, as activists in these movements, help ‘rethink’ our strategies, constituencies and politics towards this transformative goal?
Jessica Horn, founding member of the African Feminist Forum and present at the gathering, has written a series of blogs, reflecting the in-depth discussions. The blogs can be read in this publication. You can read more about the various topics discussed on OpenDemocracy: ‘Rethinking social movements’ by Jessica Horn, and ‘Taking a comprehensive view of sexual violence’ by Geetanjali Misra, Co-founder and Executive Director of CREA, and Vrinda Marwah, Programme Coordinator at CREA.