From 21 to 25 July 2018, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) and Abahlali baseMjondolo co-hosted an international meeting of social movement activists and human rights defenders in Durban. The meeting, which brought together over 35 human rights defenders from 17 different countries, sought to develop strategies on how social movements from across the globe can collectively confront challenges and advance transformative alternatives to improve and strengthen socio-economic rights.

The meeting was initiated by ESCR-Net - the largest global network of organisations, social movements and advocates devoted to achieving economic, social and environmental justice through human rights. The network consists of over 280 organisational and individual members in more than 75 countries. SERI and Abahlali baseMjondolo have been long-standing members of the network and have actively contributes to its work. 

SERI's Stuart Wilson, Tiffany Ebrahim and Nkosinathi Sithole participated in the meeting.

ESCR Net meeting