THE WORKSHOPS

DESCRIPTION OF WORKSHOPS:

FIRST SESSION OF WORKSHOPS - BEFORE LUNCH

Facilitators have not yet been found for all the workshops. We work on it.
 
1. Dispossession of land, solidarity with people living under occupation, and minorities living inside or outside occupied territories.
Facilitated by:
Naziha El Khalidi from the Occuppied Territories of Western Sahara
Irene Clausen, Boykot Israel
Malthe Lauritsen, Frit Vestsahara
Jens Brun Madsen, Afrika Kontakt

Both Western Sahara and Palestine range amongst the least free countries or territories of the world in Freedom House’s 2019 Freedom in the World Report. With respective scores of 4 and 11 out of 100 point on a rating that considers factors like civil and political rights, it underlines the dire need to address the violations towards these occupied territories. Both Palestinian and Sahrawi people’s have been violated, tortured, oppressed and killed under horrendous circumstances, both inside and outside the occupied territories.
In this workshop we wish to foster a discussion on the extremely challenging question of how we can work towards positive changes for peoples living under occupation, and minorities living inside- or outside the occupied territories.
 
2. The shrinking space of civil society globally. What does it mean to be an activist in very repressive environments? How do we push back, while staying safe?
Facilitated by:
Judy Pasimio from LILAK, Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights
Daniel Ribeiro, JA!, Mozambique
Sabrah Møller, Afrika Kontakt

The number of violations against civil rights is ever on the rise, and abuses are extending to all types of activists, resisters, journalists and anyone else challenging and speaking truth to power. At the same time legislation is changing in many countries to further restrict the rights to freedom of association, assembly and expression. Governments are pushing back citizen engagement, and creating a space for the legalisation of massive abuses, both in terms of violence and oppression. As a result, it is becoming increasingly dangerous to be an activist in many parts of the world. In this workshop we will discuss what it means to be an activist in repressive governments and environments, and try to create solutions on how to keep the resistance alive while staying safe.
 
3. The fight against transnational corporations. Focus on resistance, alternatives and better utilisation of natural resources.
Facilitated by:
Mariana Gomez from Yes To Life, No To Mining Latin America
Lærke Uhrenholt, Afrika Kontakt's R2SN group

Transnational Corporations (TNCs) exert a great deal of power in the globalized world economy. Many corporations are richer and more powerful than the states that seek to regulate them. In this workshop, we will explore how TNC’s dominate the global economy and exert their influence over national and international policy making, and discuss Denmark’s role in - and influence on this. We will also discuss the perspectives that arise with the UN Binding Treaty to stop corporate impunity. The workshop will be held by Mariana from “Yes To Life – No To Mining”, an association that takes action against the devastating impact of the extractives industries, and members of the “Right2SayNo” working group from Afrika Kontakt.

4. The role of NGO’s in relation to marine resources, in Denmark and globally: Should the martine resources be privatized, or should it be conservation? Is there other alternatives?
Facilitated by:
Ashok Subron from CARES Mauritius
Jonathan Nielsen, Afrika Kontakt’s Ocean Grabbing Group
Mads Barbesgaard, Afrika Kontakt

Fishing quotas is a topic that has its ups and downs in public and political debate. The issue of the privatisation of fish is often forgotten or ignored in public view, yet Denmark, Europe and the rest of the world are fighting over fishing quotas and rights to resources while simultaneously overfishing and depleting the oceans. Decision-makers, maritime professionals, the public and NGO’s seem to disagree on many topics and levels, but the central question remains: Should maritime resources be privatised? And how do we secure a sustainable industry around these resources? The purpose of this workshop is to address these questions, to discuss the pros and cons of privatisation and to come up with alternatives - and how to involve and mobilise people in this work.

5. When your education becomes privatized
Facilitated by:
Alexandria Hotz, #FeesMustFall, Southafrica
Caroline Bjerglund Andersen, Københavns Universitets Studentertråd
Jens Philip Puriya Yazdani, Danske Studerendes Fællesråd / National Union of Students in Denmark

In Denmark, education is free - but there are strong political forces who want a showdown with this. At the same time, in the long run Denmark will be forced to open the educational institutions and the free competition for foreign educational collaborators.
In South Africa, education costs money - a lot of money. In 2015, increases in the cost of going to university made students go protesting in the streets. But demand for free education for everyone, and during the #FeesMustFall campaign became the birth of one of the biggest protest actions in recent South African history.
What is the experience of South Africa and what can we learn from them? How do we get education policy on the political agenda in Denmark? An agenda where exams, tests and measurements are not at the centre. 
 
6. Building a genuine climate-labor alliance

Facilitated by:
Morten Nielsen, Afrika Kontakt
Andreas Engholm, Klimastrejke

Climate and environmental concerns are often framed as antagonistic to those of workers - particularly those employed in extractive industries. So far, the climate- and environmental justice movement has been inadequate at building ties with labour movements globally as well as in Denmark, while the labour movement historically has not been at the forefront on issues of climate and environment. Yet, inspiring attempts at forming alliances between the two show that it doesn’t have to be this way and that both sides will only become stronger, if united. In the workshop, we want to explore where these two movements have commonalities, which differences exist and how labor unions and climate activist groups can effectively cooperate to stand up against the dictatorship of corporate power. With this workshop we will try to take preliminary steps towards a network between trade unions and the climate movement and groups.

7. International organisations working with trade unions and workers' rights. How can unions be used in progressive forms of activism worldwide?
Facilitated by:
Ann Langwadt, Afrika Kontakt's South Africa Group
Helle Severinsen, Afrika Kontakt

As a consequence of corporate impunity and increasingly greater inequality across the globe, violations toward workers are growing increasingly dire. There exists an already carved out space for activism on protecting human and labor rights in many countries, but is there a link to a greater solidarity movement? This workshop will look into how unions can be used in progressive ways of activism, and be used to create connections and networks in Denmark and globally. We will discuss how international organisations that work with trade unions can work together to strengthen the resistance and secure fair rights, wages and working conditions.

8. Industrialized agriculture destroys people, the environment and the climate. Where is the alternative?
Facilitated by:
Nanna Clifforth, NOAH
Birgitte Ringgaard Diget, Afrika Kontakts Madsuverænitetsgruppe

How does our diet impact our environment? Have you considered, where the groceries you buy in the supermarket come from and what the impacts of the production of those have on humans and the environment? In this workshop, we want to get a closer look on the production chain of industrialized agriculture. We will use two cases to highlight examples of the different ways that the food industry takes away food sovereignty from the people: Industrialized pig farms and the rights to seeds. These are just two examples that will create the basis for a discussion of the many different issues within industrialized agriculture.
 
9. Resisting and opposing free trade - and how to set another agenda.

Facilitated by:
Solidarisk Handelsnetværk:
Magnus Jensen, Afrika Kontakt's Trade group
Julie Stokholm Daugaard, Afrika Kontakt's Trade group 
Helena Birkholm, NOAH
 
The current trade regime is a foundational part of neoliberal globalisation and the global inequality that it leads to. In the past years, the EU has amped up its trade strategy with a stream of new agreements being negotiated or in the process of ratification. While impressive campaigns have been mounted against some of these, swaying public opinion on them - particularly TTIP - so-called ‘free’ trade is still seen by most, especially in Denmark, as a good. Critique and opposition is often portrayed as a regressive nationalist position and increasingly associated with the likes of Trump. How do we address the myths attached to any opposition to free trade? In the workshop, we want to discuss the impacts of international trade and investment deals like CETA and TTIP and what an alternative trade policy might look like.
 
10. Art, culture and resistance. How can this be used as activism to influence, garner support and create awareness and consolidate movements?
Facilitated by:
Samir Eskanda, Musician and part of the Boykott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement
 
Art and culture has been used to resist oppressive forces for centuries. It has been used to protest, to give a voice to those who are consequently silenced, or to highlight the atrocities conducted against peoples which have been forgotten or swept under the rug by the perpetrators. The resistance in art takes a thousand forms and often reaches far and wide beyond what any other activist outlet can do. Therefore, we want to create a space to discuss how art and culture can be used as a force of activism to influence, garner support, create awareness and consolidate movements.
 
SECOND SESSION OF WORKSHOPS - AFTER LUNCH

 
11. Western Sahara - how do we influence resource grabbing and garner political support?
Facilitated by:
Naziha El Khalidi from the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara
Jens Brun Madsen, Afrika Kontakt's Western Sahara Group

Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco since 1975 - it is the last colony of Africa, yet the dispossession of the Sahrawi people and plunder of their resources is not a widely discussed subject in public debate. The Moroccan government has built a concrete wall across the occupied country, to repress the Sahrawis and facilitate a plunder of their resources. Meanwhile the European Union has entered a number of fishery trade deals concerning the waters outside the Western Saharan coast.
While the EU Court has ruled it a violation for Morocco to trade off resources from the occupied Western Sahara, there seems to be no political backing to enforce this ruling. How do we end the plunder of the Sahrawi resources, in a political climate where rulings of the EU supreme court is overlooked, and very few countries - including Denmark - seem to care?
 
12. The Palestinian struggle - how to mobilize and resists worldwide, making activism effective “far from home”, due diligence.
Facilitated by:
Samir Eskanda from the Boykott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement
Irene Clausen, Boykot Israel
Marie Hagensen, Afrika Kontakt
 
The Palestinian people are one of the most repressed in the world. Suffering from dispossession, occupation and numerable violations, killings and human rights abuses, the Palestinian struggle is as dire as ever. As a consequence of the sub-human living standards and treatment of the Palestinian people in their home country, migration has lead them all across the globe. But moving does not mean abandoning the struggle. This workshop will focus on how to mobilize in support of a struggle that is not going on in the residing country of the resistors. This is an issue not unique to Palestinian activists - it is an issue that is increasingly being faced by activists fighting for a cause that is deemed irrelevant because of it taking place far away. How to mobilize and organize in that context?
 
13. Women’s role in activism and resistance. Identifying vulnerabilities and strengthening participation and visibility.
Facilitated by:
Judy Pasimio from LILAK, Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights
Sabrah Møller, Afrika Kontakt's Health rights group
Natasja Vestmø, Afrika Kontakt's Zimbabwe Group and Feminism Network 

Women’s activism has throughout centuries taken and continues to take many different forms. Any number of social and political struggles across the globe affects women, who are more often than not marginalized, underrepresented, unheard, and deprived of rights. Look to any subject of development, and women are considered a vulnerable group: In health work, women are subject to many more health risks and fare less competent care for gender related issues; In politics women are underrepresented, subject to discrimination and violence; in terms of rights to education, rights to own land, and many other basic human rights, women are continually deprived.
Despite this, there is still a strong movement of women’s activism across the globe, who fight against these inequalities. In the workshop we will identify vulnerabilities for women activists and discuss solutions on how to strengthen the women's participation and visibility in resistance locally and globally.
 
14. Sustainable alternatives to extractivism. What are the possible alternatives, how do we make a just transition to sustainable development, degrowth.
Facilitated by:
Mariana Gomez from Yes To Life, No To Mining Latin America, Colombia
Daniel Ribeiro, JA!, Mozambique
David Escudero, Afrika Kontakt's Climate group
 
In the name of development and prosperity, transnational corporations in the extractive industries are exploiting people and plundering the planet. The winning argument of this neoliberal development seems to be that increased production will help everyone, from the poorest to the richest of society. Yet we consistently see the opposite happening: Extractive industries create greater division and inequality, through unsustainable endeavours that leave local communities dependent on exploiting corporations, while destroying their environment and ways of living.
The workshop will be co-facilitated by Mariana from Colombia who is active/from in the movement/campaign Yes To Life No To Mining, who have been successful in finding alternative solutions, creating development for the people while saying no to mining. Co-facilitator XX from Ende Gelände will highlight the case of how activism on sustainable alternatives have been carried out in the Global North. Together we will explore how to resist extractivism and find alternatives to the exploiting trends of developing industry.
 
15. The finance sector and their bad ethics - tax evasion, tax havens, financialisation. How can be fight back, locally and globally?
Facilitated by:

Ashok Subron from CARES Mauritius
Magnus Jensen, Afrika Kontakt's Trade group
 
Every year transnational corporations transfer 5000 billion dollars out of the Global South through tax havens. Tax evasion is undermining socio-economic development in the countries the corporations operate in, making inequality greater and concentrating profits in fewer and fewer hands. This workshop will be hosted by Ashok from CARES /(Center for Alternative Research and Studies on Economic, Social and Environmental Issue), who is based in Mauritius - a key regional and global tax haven. The workshop will examine how we can fight back, locally and globally, against the tax-dodging transnational corporations.

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18. Radicalism on the rise worldwide. Common traits and differences in the fight against fascism and right-wing populism.
Facilitated by:
Mikael Melsted fra Afrika Kontakts Sydafrika Gruppe
TBA

There is no denying that several western countries are currently witnessing a populist moment. Neoliberalism’s austerity and and privatisation has created serious grievances for working people - particularly in the US and in a number of European countries. But so far this has mainly been exploited by the right-wing. Even though right-forces are on the rise, the opportunity is there to tap into and mobilise peoples’ grievances toward progressive aims. In this workshop, we will explore the similarities and differences between right-wing movements worldwide and how we can counteract these developments together.
The workshop will be facilitated by DEMOS and the Antifascistisk Netværk. DEMOS is a declared anti-racist and anti-sexist association, which fights any form of right-wing racism and sexism in Danish society.
The Antifascistisk Netværk has been started by former political prisoners from the KZ camps in Germany and their relatives.
 
19. Clothing production in the Global South: Ensuring due diligence
Facilitated by:
Helle Severinsen, Afrika Kontakt
Tibbe Smith, Afrika Kontakt's Labour Action Group
Helena Birkholm, NOAH

The abundance of cheap, fashionable clothes in our closets and in the shops are not without sacrifice. The clothing production has a huge impact on the environment and is known for having employees working under horrible conditions in the manufacturing of cheap commodities. The corporations are responsible for countless violations of human rights and an unfair distribution of the profit through the extraction of value from their supply chain. How can we create an alternative to this production, which is both socially and environmentally sustainable? In the workshop we will explore what role we have in the Global North and how we can mobilize the global community and push for structural change in the industry and in consumers.

 

 

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