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From 26th to 30th March, international civil society is meeting in Tunis for the 12th World Social Forum.
Two years since the Tunisian revolution, several Oxfam affiliates and our partners have mobilized for this WSF 2013 based on the theme of "dignity". On the program are exchanges of experience, democratic debate and agreement on the assertion that "another world is possible."
Background to the World Social Forum process
Civil societies from the southern hemisphere come together at the World Social Forum (WSF) to make their alternative voices heard at the time of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The first WSF was held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2001.
Since its inception, it has provided a space for people to challenge the liberal economic order, along the lines of protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, in 1999, and the G8 in Genoa, in 2002. The annual or biannual event provides a forum for meetings, discussions and debates in which concrete alternative solutions are formulated for fair, inclusive and sustainable development.
Mobilization of international civil society
Over 4,500 organizations have so far registered to take part in the activities of the WSF, in addition to the 30,000 delegates from 127 countries in all five continents. The WSF is taking place over five days and includes 1,000 workshops, 70 musical performances, 100 films and 50 exhibitions. European mobilization is strong for this forum, with the French and Italian delegations being the largest.
The WSF allows a large number of stakeholders to come together (non-governmental organizations, associations, trade unions, farmer movements, academics...) and get involved in building a "global civil society."
Oxfam affiliates and partners mobilized
Follow the Oxfam team at the #WSF2013 in Tunis:
- Alhassan Adam (Campaign Manager - Essential Services, Oxfam Great Britain): @spahassan
- Charlotte Soulary (Health Advocacy Officer, Oxfam France): @lotcharlot
- Lucille Thiébot (Campaign & Public Mobilization Officer, Oxfam France): @thiebotlucille
- Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (Oxfam Australia): @OIYP & on Facebook
- Oxfam-Magasins du Monde (Belgium): @Oxfam_mdm
World Social Forum 2013 wesbite: www.fsm2013.org
News website on the #WSF2013: Flamme d’Afrique (in English, French & Arabic)