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.
Date/Time: from 12 noon on 5 May until 12 noon on 6 May 2022 CET
Location: Live at our studios in Geneva and Mexico City as well as online
The event will be held in English, Spanish and French.