Les Amis de No-Vox (No-Vox)

Identity card

No-Vox is a network of associations, movements and organisations that fight for concrete social progress on the ground. Created at the European Social Forum in Florence, the network took on an international dimension at the first World Social Forum in Porto Alegre in 2003. No-Vox groups–associations, movements, organisations–are composed of men and women who organise to defend the fundamental human rights defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to gain new rights. These members of civil society, acting completely autonomously, serve as a counterweight to institutions and political authorities.

The No-Vox network facilitates and structures exchanges of practices, analyses and experience in fighting domination and discrimination, be it social, economic, civic, academic, cultural, racial, gender-based or patriarchal, wherever it is found, up to and including the global movement and the network. The No-Vox network fights for self-organised movements of the poorest, most discriminated-against members of society, to give them a full voice at major international, national and regional meetings and allow them to share their experience in the field, demands, analyses and alternative proposals--while respecting their autonomy. The

No-Vox network organises concrete, international actions to support and encourage Have-Nots to fight for their rights and to gain new rights, in an anti-capitalistic perspective and against the repression to which they are subjected.

Objectives

The network strives to create an international solidarity movement connecting all struggles for social rights on all continents.

Objectives:

– construct a permanent space where social movements can exchange information and share experience and practices, to encourage them to converge and engage in concrete acts of solidarity.

– encourage the emergence of a shared ‘Have-nots’ identity by constructing an international movement that results in the creation, on each continent, of local, regional and national focal points shared by the movements,

– help strengthen struggles for access to rights and equal rights,

– participate and take into account the demands and proposals of grassroots movements fighting for the rights of the ‘Have-Nots’, in social forums on the international, national, regional and local levels. This means including them in decision-making instances, guaranteeing their participation in plenary meetings, workshops and all other spaces, and helping them finance their travel to such gatherings.

The goal is to create actions that make the practices and alternatives of the various movements better known, and to encourage convergence and networking.

Modes of action

  • training
  • networking of actors
  • mobilization, rally
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • media actions: pamphlet, opinion paper, campaign

Thematic areas

  • economy
  • agriculture and food
  • environment
  • migration
  • woman & gender