Tunis: a fearless World Social Forum
The 14th World Social Forum kicks off in Tunis with a march in solidarity with victims of last week’s Bardo Museum terrorist attack.
The 14th World Social Forum- an annual global gathering of advocacy groups, local unions, social workers, and NGOs— was inaugurated in Tunis on Tuesday, less than a week after the terrorist attack against the Bardo Museum.
The first day of the forum began with a solidarity march, despite a steady rain in Tunis.
More than 5,000 people participated in the procession, including Tunisians and foreign nationals, marching from Bab Saadoun Square to the Tunisian Parliament building and the Bardo Museum, where 21 people were killed by terrorists last week. Among them, a woman for whom “disappearance during migration” is a very real problem.
The World Social Forum has met every year since 2001, when its Charter of Principles was approved. It is composed of organizations from civil society and claims an effort to offer an alternative to “hegemonic globalization.”
WSF defines itself as a framework for studying, working and sharing experiences on social justice issues. Its pluralistic nature served as an apt response to the attack against the museum on March 18.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack, forum participants issued a joint communication confirming that they would still hold the annual conference in Tunis, as an expression of solidarity with the Tunisian people. They also intend to produce a “Bardo Charter Against Terrorism.”
Forum participants use social media to share practical information with attendees, like how to travel via metro while in Tunis:
One attendee, under the Twitter handle @IvanGrozny3, posted tweets covering Kurdish rights discussions at the forum.