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The Night of Global Social Rights | International conversation on social rights and international solidarity 


Friday, April 16, 2021

NLS faculty member and Director of the Centre for Labour Studies, Prof Babu Mathew will be speaking at ‘The Night of Global Social Rights’ –  a 24 hour conversation around the world on social rights and international solidarity.

The event is being organised by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Geneva Office) and the Civic City association in partnership with dix–milliards–humains and the School for advanced studies in art and design of Geneva (HEAD-Genève).

The ‘Night of Social Rights,’ on 16th and 17th April will be conceived around a series of interviews and conversations with social leaders, trade unionists, members of associations and political organizations with an active presence and developing militant activities in the global south and the “peripheries” of post-industrial societies.

Prof Babu Mathew will be speaking in the 11.30 am slot (IST).

Join the full event on Facebook Live here.
Friday, 16 April from 2 pm (Central European Time), 5.30 pm (IST)
Saturday, 17 April 2 pm (Central European Time), 5.30 pm (IST)

About the event

The most part of discussions around Human Rights in general and Social Rights in particular have always been traversed by an ethnocentric point of view that, by enunciating a list of universal rights and making it vertically enforceable, leave out and dismiss the innumerable manifestations of cultural diversity, and the plurality of struggles and demands that exist beyond the Euro-Atlantic world. It is in this sense that, from a Global perspective, the contemporary struggles for Social Rights need to acknowledge the different ways of defining and appropriating them and to overcome the barrier of their ethnocentric understanding, by privileging the construction of a discourse that recognizes the concerns and struggles of field actors, social organizations, trade unions and cooperative associations in the global south and the “peripheries” of post-industrial societies.

This dialogical collective and Global effort for defining Social Rights will be the aim of this event that will be held in Geneva, Switzerland and worldwide on the social media between April 12 and 17, 2021. The Night on Social Rights is a part of this larger event.

The full schedule of the event is available here.