The swing to the right throughout the Southern Cone presents the plural Left with a challenge: in order to emerge as an effective social force, it will have to overcome its internal differences and be willing to learn from past experiences and mistakes. Faced with increasing state repression, it is not just social rights and environmental standards that are at stake, but political and human rights as well. The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung supports these processes by strengthening the organizational capacities of left-wing actors across the region and by contributing to the development of alternatives to the hegemonic economic model.
Democratisation and social rights
As one of the actors supporting the resurgent protests against neoliberal labour market reforms in the region, trade unions play an important role due to their social presence and organizational capacities. However, they are often bureaucratic and hierarchical institutions dominated by men in traditional labour relations, whereas women and precarious workers are hardly represented. Together with its partner organizations, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s regional office in Buenos Aires therefore offers training sessions, facilitates networking and promotes exchange between trade unions, organized precarious workers and self-managed businesses. These activities help to make trade unions aware of the working conditions faced by women and the precariously employed, and promote trade union democratisation.
Gender equity and feminism
Beyond mobilisations against neoliberal structural adjustment policies, feminist movements have also proven themselves capable of forging broad alliances that are able to bridge socio-economic and political divides: under the rallying cry “Ni una menos”, thousands have demanded an end to sexualized violence and the murders of women and members of the LGBTIQ* community due to their gender, sexual identity or orientation. Moreover, feminist organizations have become increasingly successful in making their central cause – the fight against patriarchal power structures – a cross-sectoral issue. The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung promotes these developments by providing activists with training sessions and networking opportunities in order to strengthen their capacity to address and combat violence against women and LGBTIQ* people along with patriarchal power structures. In addition, its events and publications help to examine the ways in which capitalism, patriarchy and extractivism intersect.
Socio-ecological justice and alternatives to the dominant development model
Our activities revolving around socio-ecological justice and alternative development models focus on transforming the energy sector, which is currently built around fossil-fuel-based models of development and subject to increasing privatization. Both in environmental and socio-economic terms, it plays a central role in the development of alternative models to export-driven capitalism in the region. Together with its partner organizations, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung uses publications, studies and other means to address the negative impacts caused by the dominant model of energy production. In addition, it also helps affected communities and local groups to call for and implement renewable energy projects that are subject to democratic control.