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LitTalks: Global Politics & Philanthropy

A Regional Discussion Series

HRFN’s “LitTalks” raises the most pressing questions about the global impact of United States politics on human rights today. We’re gathering regional perspectives from activists, funders, political thinkers, artists, and others to:

  • Unpack the state of social justice organizing
  • Analyze human rights philanthropy in times of pandemic
  • Shed light on a shifting world order

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Part 1 – Latin America and the Caribbean:
Debating the Impact of the U.S. Election
Pilot Program – Debuted Wednesday, December 9, 2020

What can Latin America expect from the Biden Administration? What are the central issues to be addressed: Migration? Organized crime? Defense of democracy? What priorities does civil society expect to see in policy and what do human rights activists themselves want to see? What role does philanthropy play?  With examples from the most excluded sectors, such as Afro-Colombians and Indigenous people, and an eye on changing global relations, we explore this moment. What is the role of gender in the region? Will China be the new hegemonic power in LAC? Priorities for philanthropy?

(English Video) (Spanish Video)

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Part 2 – The United States: A New Relationship with the World?
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 10–11:30 AM ET

The hegemonic crisis. The internal fractures (racism, inequality, poverty) and their link to foreign policy. How will a post-imperial United States link up with the world? The Atlantic relationship, the anti-interventionist tendency (of the right and the left). Is the U.S. sharing power or is it trying to lead in the international system? How will the Biden Administration make the transition to a new role? What is the role of U.S. philanthropy domestically and abroad amidst this sea of changes?

(English Video) (Spanish Video)

Livestream in Spanish available in collaboration with EsGlobal.

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Part 3 – A New Middle East After Trump?
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 10–11:30 AM ET

The Trump Administration’s impact on the region. The U.S. withdrawal. Who takes its place? The geopolitical, political, and identity tensions in the region (Iran vs. Saudi Arabia). Supporting social movements in crisis. Internationalized civil wars (Syria, Libya, Yemen). Social protest in Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran. The problem of oppressed communities. The role of women in protests and in militarization. Internal migration.

Find out more about the conversation here.

Livestream in Spanish available in collaboration with EsGlobal.

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Part 4 – Resisting Authoritarianism in Asia
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 8:00am (EST), 12:00pm (UTC), 5:30pm (IST), 8:00pm (CST)

Massive mobilizations for human rights are standing strong across the Asia region: from the months-long farmers’ strike across India to the anti-government, anti-monarchy student movements flooding the streets in Thailand. The resistance movements defying the military coup in Myanmar are the most recent example of the pressing fight for human rights.

At the same time, new challenges are emerging. How are issues of the climate crisis, digital rights and online surveillance, authoritarian rules, economic growth and COVID-19 shaping the landscape for human rights organizing in the region? What role does China play as a growing regional and global power and what will the new United States administration’s agenda look like in this context?

Join us to unpack the interconnected human rights issues shaping — and being shaped by — the Asia region today!

Find out more about the conversation and view English and Spanish recordings of the event here.

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Part 5 – African Futures
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 10-11:30 AM ET

Throughout the African region, self-led and self-determined movements are redefining African futures. Land defenders are fighting  state -sponsored land grabs. LGBTQI communities are  organizing  (and winning!) to overturn colonial-era laws that criminalize same-sex relations. Youth organizers are resisting police violence and government corruption via hashtags and social media. Regional funds are building structures for resourcing their communities using participatory models and supporting on their own agendas.

The reconstruction of the post-Soviet influence. Nationalism on the rise. Authoritarian democracy and corruption. Reinforcement of the military apparatus. Tensions with NATO. Restrictions on civil society: the November 2020 law on “foreign agents.” How can foreign philanthropy operate under the control of civil society? The future of the relationship with the United States, China, and Europe.

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Part 6 – The World Needs Multilateralism (Reformed!)
Date and Time: TBD

Crisis of the multilateral/liberal system formed after World War II. Weaknesses and limitations of this system. The relationship with International Law and protection of rights. Attacks of the global ultra-right. How to improve and defend it. Role of civil society and foundations. A new multilateralism for a multipolar world. What role for Southern countries? How can philanthropy support the multilateral system?

(Register Now – please note the date and time are TBD)

For questions about the series, please contact us at info@hrfn.org.

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Host: Ana María Enríquez

Executive Director, Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN), Ana María leads the network’s efforts to connect activists, intellectuals, artists, and social movement leaders with philanthropy leaders, promoting dialogues and strategies across sectors. Ana María has 20 years of experience working in the USA, Europe, and Latin America. She has worked with global private foundations, multilaterals, and NGOs working to advance human rights including UN Women, where she designed and led the Fund for Gender Equality, a 50 Million Euro Fund to advance women’s rights, the Ford Foundation, where she led an initiative in support of social justice philanthropy in the Global South, and the Global Fund for Women, among others. Fluent in Spanish, French, and English (and conversant in Portuguese), Ana María works from her home country of Colombia and is currently Co-Chair for the Management Board of the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS).

Moderator: Mariano Aguirre

Mariano Aguirre Ernst, our moderator based in Oslo, is a researcher on peace and conflicts; political analyst. He is an associate fellow Chatham House (London); member of the Latin American Network for Inclusive and Sustainable Security, Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Berlín-Bogotá); and Board member of the Human Rights Institute, Deusto University (Bilbao). He is also a member of the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam). He has been Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding at the Office of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Colombia (2017-2019) and Director of the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF) (Oslo) (2009-2016). A Spanish citizen, born in Argentina he has lived in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, the United States, and Colombia. Aguirre is the author, among other books, of Leap into the Void. Crisis and decline of the United States.

Upcoming Events (2)

Oct07
Webinars11AM EST / 5PM CET

Building Back Better Through Civil Society

In the COVID-19 response, civil society organizations are proving their worth now more than ever. Their active participation will be critical in building back better, whether by driving community action, grounding policy responses, or holding power to account. So how can public and private funders be most helpful in supporting civil society organizations?   Join…

Past Events

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Sep16to17
In-Person Gatherings

Cancelled due to COVID-19: Join us in September for HRFN’s 2020 Conference!

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more information about our plan for innovative virtual conversations and gatherings in 2020. We’re excited to announce HRFN’s 2020 Annual Conference!  Following an important year of transition, we’re looking forward to 2020 when we’ll convene our meeting at a new venue, welcome a…

Aug27
Webinars4:00 PM (EST) / 5:00 PM (BRT)

Confidence in women: Philanthropy for Social Justice

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, ELAS Fund is hosting Confidence in women: Philanthropy for Social Justice, a virtual event broadcasted live on the ELAS YouTube channel. Speakers will discuss the importance of trust and flexible funding for women’s organizations. The event will be in Portuguese with English subtitles added later to the video.  Join…

Aug19
Webinars12:00 PM EST / 1:00 PM GMT-3

INTRODUCING LIT TALKS – ON FIRE TO INSPIRE

What creates change? At HRFN, we know that change can be slow and often incremental – That is, unless there’s a force of people creating a movement to be “On Fire to Inspire.” As part of our new global philanthropic advocacy strategy, we’re launching a conversation series called “Lit Talks,” which will help us stand…

Jul23
Webinars10:00 AM EDT/ 15:00 PM BST/ 16:00 PM CEST

Children on the Move in the context of COVID-19

Ensuring appropriate care and protection for children on the move in Northern Central America, Mexico, and the US in the context of COVID-19 Even before the pandemic, children and families from Central America and Mexico have been literally fighting for their lives amidst violence, exploitation, persecution, extreme poverty, a stifling lack of access to education,…

Jun25
Webinars10:00 AM ET/ 4:00 PM CEST/ 5:00 PM EAT

The Global State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements

Report Launch: Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The Global State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements   Hello members, We’re excited to invite you to join Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Mama Cash in a discussion of the findings of their new report “Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements” on Thursday,…

Apr08
Webinars9:00 EST / 14:00 BST / 15:00 CET

How Human Rights and Social Change Funders Can Respond to Mass Statelessness and State-Sponsored Anti-Muslim Violence in India

Ariadne and Human Rights Funders Network invite you to a webinar on the human rights situation in India. Description: India has witnessed mass public protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the last six months. The state in response has escalated repression: The Muslim community in particular has been targeted in shootings, beatings, burnings, and…

Apr03
Webinars9:30 PT / 12:30 ET / 16:30 GMT

Young Professionals Virtual Lunch Meetup: Work & Life in the Age of Coronavirus

Please join young professionals in Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) and Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) for an interactive discussion on how we can manage work and wellness in the age of coronavirus. Bring your lunch and come prepared to share the “life hacks” you’re using and challenges you’re encountering in this uncertain time….

Mar12
In-Person Gatherings1:00-2:30 pm EST

Cancelled: In-Person Town Hall: Draft Human Rights Grantmaking Principles

Cancelled – As circumstances have continued to evolve in relation to the coronavirus, our host has advised us that they are taking the precaution of no longer holding such in-person events. Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN), Ariadne, and Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR) are pleased to invite their members and other human rights funders…

Mar10
Webinars8:00 PT / 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

Demystifying Grants Data: How and Why to Share

Whether you’re an experienced contributor, or new to the Advancing Human Rights research, we’d love to speak with you about the data submission process. We’ll discuss the mechanics of sharing your grants, demonstrate how detailed grant descriptions can help tell your foundation’s story, and explain how funders are using the data. We’ll also go over…