The 7th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy, a highly diverse and growing movement of activists, practitioners, scholars, donors forging the bonds of democratic solidarity around the world, took place in Lima between the 14th and 17th of October 2012.The theme of this year’s Assembly was “Democracy for All: Ensuring Political, Social and Economic Inclusion”.
The Club de Madrid was there and we had the opportunity to link with many of the more than 500 participants at the Movement, all of them working on Democracy related issues, with very interesting and diverse backgrounds.
We were amazed by the impressive and courageous work some of them are doing to promote democracy in their countries, such as Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Laureate from Yemen; Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Director of Kazhakstan International Bureau of Human Rights and Rule of Law; and Glanis Changachirere, Director of the Institute for Young Women Development in Zimbabwe. All of them spoke at the opening session alongside Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell -chair of the Steering Committee of the WMD and Club de Madrid Member.
We were able to share and discuss with participants about many of the Shared Societies materials, such as the books of the 10 Commitments and Approaches to build Shared Societies and the books on the Economics of Shared Societies in the Democracy Fair that was installed in the Forum.
During the Session “A Conversation on Democracy for all: ensuring political, social and economic inclusion”, Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell held an interesting debate with Beatriz Merino, former Prime Minister and Ombudsman of Peru Beatriz Merino, and also a member of the NetPLUSS (Network of Political Leaders United for Shared societies) of the Club de Madrid on inclusive policy frameworks, to which they both brought good practices on social inclusion from different perspectives.
From the Founding Statement of the World Movement for Democracy:
…the time has come for democrats thorough the world to develop new forms of cooperation to promote the development of democracy. Such cooperation is needed to strengthen democracy where it is weak, to reform and invigorate democracy even where it is longstanding, and to bolster pro-democracy groups in countries that have not yet entered into a process of democratic transition.
The different workshop panels focusing on the challenges to achieving full inclusion for women, youth , ethnic and religious groups, indigenous populations, sexual minorities, and other excluded groups in all societies were dynamic and produced plenty of constructive ideas for people working on Democracy issues.
We congratulate the World Movement for Democracy for convening such interesting forum!