Around the world, too many people are still excluded from some or more aspects of life. They are kept out of society because of who they are or who they love; because of what they do, have or don’t have; or because of where or how they live their lives. Civil society organisations around the world, however, are making great efforts to ensure people are not being left behind; that everyone is included and can take part in all aspects of life without having to overcome major barriers. To celebrate these organisations and draw inspiration from their actions, The Spindle, as the innovation platform of Partos, joined forces with The Broker once more, resulting in their third collaborative publication on civic activism. Last Friday, the moment was finally there: At the Partos Innovation Festival, we proudly launched Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças, Civil society action for inclusion.
Two years ago, The Spindle in collaboration with The Broker, initiated a series of publications about creative, inspiring and innovative civil society activities around the world. Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças is a follow-up to the 2018 publication Joining forces, sharing power: civil society collaborations for the future and the 2017 publication Activism, Artivism and Beyond: inspiring initiatives of civic power.
Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças Launched at the Partos Innovation Festival
On October 11, Partos and the Spindle organised the Partos Innovation Festival. With a programme that was jam-packed with sessions and workshops, we dived into this year’s theme: inclusion. With more than 400 participants we explored innovative and transformative ways to strive for a more inclusive world. For The Spindle and The Broker, the perfect moment to launch this colourful book! Yannicke Goris, one of the authors, handed the first copy to keynote speaker Yetnebersh Nigussie, whom she had interviewed for this book. A festive and proud moment for all parties involved: The Spindle, Partos, The Broker, Civicus and Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind.
Yannicke Goris (The Broker) hands over the first copy of the publication to Yetnbersh Nigussie.
Inclusion is both a process and a goal, where everyone, regardless of gender, religion or disability, or any other status, can contribute and benefit from existing opportunities, on an equal basis with others. – Yetnbersh Nigussie
Open up spaces to those who are now on the outside and to help build a world where everyone can join in
Around the world, too many people are still excluded from some or more aspects of life because of who they are or who they love; because of what they do, have or don’t have; or because of where or how they live their lives. In Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças the various barriers these people are facing are discussed, as well as the ways in which they themselves and the organizations that support them are working to ensure their inclusion in society. It is impossible to discuss every group that faces exclusion, or every aspect of life that people are excluded from. Rather, what Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças serves to do is foster an awareness of the importance of inclusion and make the readers take a good hard look in the mirror: Are you leaving no one behind? Are you contributing to an equal and inclusive world? Is there anything more you, or your organization could do to make sure everyone is included? We hope that the stories give you new ideas and inspiration and that they help you find new ways to reach those people who face exclusion – to open up spaces to those who are now on the outside and to help build a world where everyone can join in.