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INVITATION  to join the Asia Pacific Social Forum process

 

Dear friends, comrades, brothers and sisters in the social movements,

An Asia WSF Mobilization process has begun, to re-connect with the global WSF process of exchanges among social movements which emerged from 2001 in Porto Alegre around the slogan- «Another World is Possible!».

This WSF process was conceived as a global dynamic of movements aimed at challenging  the narratives from the dominant power, as seen in the Davos’ World Economic Forum, and seeking alternatives that prioritise social justice and equity.

 

Asian participation in the WSF process in the last decade  was quite limited due to various reasons. However, since 26thJuly 2021, many social movements, civil society and people’s organizations in the region, began a process of coming together, on a monthly basis in a discussion called  “Asia mobilising in WSF » to work towards an Asian social forum process.

 

An inclusive Asia Facilitation Group was thus initiated on 26th September 2021 to prepare a proposal for taking further the implementation of the initiative to present to the broader monthly meeting of Asia Mobilizing  group  which are normally held on the 26 th of every month.

 

October  26th  meeting 2021 decided to convene an online Asia Pacific Social Forum Event from 18 th to 20 th, February 2022. It was felt that it would be a useful first step for Asian movements/networks in the shaping of an Asia Pacific social forum  process

 

The february event consisted of over 40 self organized online “activities”,  prepared by various organisations or sets of organisations. 

After a WSF mexico with no access to visa for asian participants a  next step is now a  in-person meeting in thailand on 10 11 12 th August 

We invite everyone in Asia and the Asia Pacific to participate in the upcoming steps Asia Pacific Social Forum process. The website for this process is currently https://www.asiasocialforum.net/

 

Please let us know your interest through  clicking and filling this «join Asia Pacific Social forum process» ONLINE FORM :

A. Asia Pacific social forum process meeting each 26th of the month

B. «Asia Pacific WSF Mobilisation Group» on Whatsapp and / or through a mailing list

C inclusion in thematic Connections spaces (Whatspp groups), where to  intercommunicate about expectations and intentions, and possibly prepare, with some other organizations met there , joint activities, and or joint initiatives of actions

D Creation of account in the website from  where to make visible the organization, announce  activities ( preferrably with other co preparing organisations) and public actions (with other co initiator organizations) 

 

See   links below  related to this event

Looking forward to your participation

Facilitating  group for this APSF process

1. ALL INDIA DALIT MAHILA ADHIKAR MANCH (Abirami Jyotheeswaran) https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/9558 

2. ASIA DALIT RIGHTS FORUM (N Paul Divakar) https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/9333 

3. ASIAN CULTURAL FORUM ON DEVELOPMENT(ACFOD) (Boonthan Verawongse)  https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/8335 

4. DEMOCRATIC BUDGET MOVEMENT DBM (Aamanur Raman) https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/14567 

5. FORUMCONNECT COLLECTIVE (Mike Davies & Pierre George) https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/3387 

6. GLOBAL FORUM OF COMMUNITIES DISCRIMINATED ON WORK AND DESCENT (N Paul Divakar)  https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/9421 

7. INSPIR ASIA (Bismo Sanyoto) https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/14598 

8. KOTA KITA (Ahmad Rifai) https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/14622 

9. NATIONAL CAMPAIGN ON DALIT HUMAN RIGHTS (Beena Pallical)  - page in site 

10. NATIONAL DALIT MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE(Rahul Singh)  -

11. SOUTH ASIAN DIALOGUES ON ECOLOGICAL DEMOCRACY-SADED-NEPAL (Uddhab Pyakurel) https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/5530 

12. WORKING PEOPLES’ CHARTER NETWORK (Chandan Kumar & Meena Menon) https://join.wsforum.net/organizations/14541

 

SIGNATORIES


(signatures announcements received  in Asia WSF Mobilization group (see the invitation) or by email to fg-asfp@riseup.net)  

MORE INFORMATION

1/  Contact with facilitating group for the Asia Pacific WSF mobilizing process at : fg-asfp@riseup.net  

 

2/ Visit Asia Pacific Social forum  Facebook group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/975150239699104

 

3/ Asia Pacific Social forum event website https://www.asiasocialforum.net/ is up for receiving registration of  organizations, announcement of self organized activities   announcement of public  action dates  throughout 2022  

4/ For more information on recent WSF process, please visit: https://wsf2022.net/  https://wsf2021.net/programa-evento/  and https://wsf2021.net,( WSF virtual 2021)  https://wsf2018.org/en/ ( WSF 2018)  and http://openfsm.net/ ( WSF documentation) – see also WSF principles, to be respected when organizing and participating in an event  

 

5/ You are  also welcome to make your organization visible in the larger WSF process on https://join.wsforum.net/ , and announce there also activities and initiatives of action – see step by step indications  here https://wsf2021.net/make-visible-your-organization-in-join-wsf-en/

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Contact:
Asia Pacific Social Forum
Facilitating group
Email: tomyam@asiasocialforum.net

 

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