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Kenya ESCR Net Economic & Women's Rights Meeting - March 2008

Event Date: 
March 26, 2008 - 01:00 - March 30, 2008 - 00:59

ESCR-Net and Kenyan ESCR Coalition: International Strategy Meeting on

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and ESCR-Net General Assembly

Source: ESCR-Net

[Please note: The information below has been adapted from the source.]

March 26 - 29, 2008

Nairobi, Kenya

This important global gathering of key human rights, social justice and

grassroots' activists from around the world working to secure economic,

social and cultural rights (ESCR) is being organized by ESCR-Net in

partnership with the Kenyan ESCR Coalition, formed by leading local human

rights and community-based organizations.

Advancing collective work for ESCR and supporting Kenyan groups

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 gathering 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, as well as those in other areas of work, 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 unparallel opportunity to support and

learn from ongoing mobilizing efforts of local organizations and

communities affected by 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 abuse in Africa


Strengthening ESCR-Net's capacity

The meeting 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 activities.

Participation and Funding

The organizers hope to ensure far-reaching participation in this meeting,

especially amongst grassroots groups and social movements. As such, strong

fundraising efforts have been initiated to attempt at guaranteeing that

everyone who would like to participate is able to attend. However, the

organizers anticipate at this time that they will not be able to provide

financial support to all interested partners.

Thus, all of you are strongly encouraged to begin exploring funding

possibilities through your own organization's donors and other sources. In

order to share efforts to provide the space for collective action,

participants will be asked to cover, within their possibilities, at least a

portion of the cost of their participation.

They organizers also want to encourage organizations with a strong funding

base to consider assisting other organizations in need. If you believe you

can be of assistance in this way, feel free to contact them shortly to

discuss this possibility. By joining the fundraising efforts, the

organizers will be able to allow for participation of those who may not

otherwise be able to attend, thereby broadening the reach and impact of

this global event.

For communications regarding this event, please contact Liz Ligon at

For further information, please visit

Nairobi, Kenya

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