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WSF 2011 Axes

segunda-feira 10 de janeiro de 2011, por , Rita Freire

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With Adinkra simbols (ancient writing system of West Africa)

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"No one should bite the other"
symbol of peace and harmony
This symbol cautions against provocation and strife. The image is based on two fish biting each other tails.

Axis 1: Dignity, diversity ... For a human society founded on common principles and values of dignity, diversity, justice, equality between all human beings, regardless of gender, cultures, age, disabilities, religious beliefs, health status, and for the elimination of all forms of oppression and discrimination based on racism, xenophobia, caste system, sexual orientation and others.

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"the Earth has weight"
symbol of providence and the divinity of Mother Earth
This symbol represents the importance of the Earth in sustaining life.

Axis 2: Environmental Justice ... For an environmental justice, for a universal and sustainable access of humanity to common goods, for the preservation of the planet as source of life, and especially of land, water, seeds, forests, renewable energy sources and biodiversity, guaranteeing the rights of Indigenous, original, traditional, autochthonous, native, stateless, quilombola and riverain peoples and the rights on their territories, resources, languages, cultures, identities and knowledge.

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"the leg of a hen"
symbol of nurturing and discipline
The full name of this symbol translates to "The hen treads on her chicks, but she does not kill them." This represents the ideal nature of parents, being both protective and corrective. An exhortation to nurture children, but a warning not to pamper them.

Axis 3: All the human rights ... For the applicability and effectivity of human rights – economic, social, cultural, environmental, civil and political rights, including children’s rights – particularly the rights to land, food sovereignty, food, social protection, health, education, housing, employment, decent work, communication, cultural and political expression.

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"Help me and let me help you"
symbol of cooperation and interdependence
Source: "Cloth As Metaphor" by G.F. Kojo Arthur

Axis 4: Traditional peoples, migrants, minorities ...
For the freedom of movement and establishment of all, especially migrants and asylum-seekers, trafficked people, refugees, Indigenous, original, autochthonous, traditional and native peoples, minorities, for the respect of their civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.

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"He who does not know can know from learning"
symbol of knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge
Source: Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur

"Axis 5: Right to knowledge and media..."
For the inalienable right of people to the cultural patrimony of humanity, for the democratization of knowledge, cultures, communication and technologies, valuing common goods in order to make subjugated knowledge visible, for the ending of private and hegemonic knowledge, and for a fundamental changes of the system of intellectual property rights.

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"sew in readiness"
symbol of readiness, steadfastness, hardiness
According to the The Adinkra Dictionary, the design of this symbol resembles the links of a chain, and implies strength through unity as well as the importance of being prepared.

Axis 6: Free World ...
For a world freed from the principles and structures of capitalism, of patriarchal oppression, of all forms of domination from financial powers, transnational corporations and unequal systems of trade, neocolonial and debt domination.

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"sack of cola nuts"
symbol of affluence, power, abundance, plenty, togetherness and unity
The cola nut played an important role in the economic life of Ghana. A widely-used cash crop, it is closely associated with affluence and abundance. This symbol also represents the role of agriculture and trade in bringing peoples together.

Axis 7: Economic Justice...
For the construction of a social, solidarity and emancipatory economy, with sustainable modes of production and consumption and with a system of fair trade that puts an end to productivism and putting at the heart of its priorities the balance of all living beings, the fundamental needs of peoples and the respect for nature, ensuring systems of global redistribution with global taxes and with no tax havens, and for a mode of food production and consumption based on food sovereignty that resists the industrial model, the monopolization of land and the destruction of peasant seeds and local food markets.

Axis 8:

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"If your hands are in the dish"
symbol of participatory government, democracy and pluralism
From the aphorism, "Wo nsa da mu a, wonni nnya wo" — "If your hands are in the dish, people do not eat everything and leave you nothing."
Source: "Cloth As Metaphor" by G.F. Kojo Arthur

Axis 8: Democracy and participation...
For the construction and expansion of democratic, political and economic structures and institutions, at a local, national and international level, with the participation of the peoples in decision-making and in the control of public affairs and resources, respecting peoples’ diversity and dignity.

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symbol of independence, freedom, emancipation
"From the expression: Fawodhodie ene obre na enam.
Literal translation: "Independence comes with its responsibilities."
- from Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur

Axis 9: Peace and sel-determination... -
For the construction of a global order based on peace, justice and human security, the rule of law, ethics and sovereignty, condemning economic sanctions and for the self-determination of peoples, specially peoples under occupation and those in situation of war and conflict.

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"return and get it"
symbol of importance of learning from the past

Axis 10:: Africa and Diáspora ...
.For the valuing of the skills, histories and struggles of Africa and the Diaspora and their contribution to humanity, and for the recognition of the violence of colonialism and neocolonialism.

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"when you climb a good tree"
symbol of support, cooperation and encouragement
From the expression "Woforo dua pa a, na yepia wo" meaning "When you climb a good tree, you are given a push". More metaphorically, it means that when you work for a good cause, you will get support.
Source: Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur

Axis 11: Thinking another possible world...
.For a collective reflection on social movements, on the World Social Forum process and on the perspectives and strategies for the future, guaranteeing their contribution to the effective achievement of another possible and urgent World for all.

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"spider’s web"
symbol of wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life
Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales.

Axis 12: Shared World For the inter-learning of alternative paradigms for the crisis of hegemonic civilization of modernity / Eurocentric coloniality, through decoloniality and socialization of power, especially in the relations between State-Market-Society; the collective rights of peoples, the decommodification of life and “development”; the emergence of alternative subjectivities and epistemologies for racism, Eurocentrism, patriarchy and anthropocentrism.