This session aims to start a conversation about legal status and the rights of vulnerable groups in the Caribbean and South and Southeast Asia in order to inspire strategies for countering narratives of ‘othering’. This discussion will be centered around the practical ways of putting cross-regional solidarity into practice, towards paving the way for more enduring strategic partnerships across these regions. Topics for discussion include the following:

• How do we address anti-refugee sentiments, narratives of ‘othering’ and language of dehumanization which use migrants and refugees as targets for political scapegoating, stigmatizing and stereotyping in the social imaginary and folklore?
• How can we shed light and effectively challenge discriminatory narratives of xenophobia that are embedded in societal practices, laws, and policies and that disproportionately impact select groups? What are the tools, avenues and solutions that we can find within the human rights framework and movement (or beyond)? What role can cross-regional solidarity play in this?
• Would it be useful to advance cross-regional dialogues between South Asia and the Caribbean? How can we better prompt constructive exchanges by finding common challenges and exchanging transferrable practices?




Topic: Us vs. Them: Challenging Practices of ‘Othering’ Through Solidarity and South South Alliances
Hosted By: Daniel Bald
Start: September 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Current Timezone: Asia/Bangkok

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