Francine Mestrum

I believe that social justice is intimately linked to environmental justice, peace and democracy. My aim with DiEM25 and Be European Spring is to bring these topics into the European political debate. I obtained my PhD with a thesis on global poverty discourses and have since been doing research on social policies. As a global activist [...]

I believe that social justice is intimately linked to environmental justice, peace and democracy. My aim with DiEM25 and Be European Spring is to bring these topics into the European political debate.

I obtained my PhD with a thesis on global poverty discourses and have since been doing research on social policies. As a global activist I am part of the International Council of the World Social Forum, the Executive Committee of the Social Forum on Health and Social Protection, and the Organising Committee of the Asia Europe People’s Forum. I founded the global network of Global Social Justice. In our view social protection is not a corrective mechanism for a failed economic system but should be geared towards social justice and be considered a social common, a starting point for system change. Since the Treaty of Maastricht beginning of the 1990s, I have played an active role in several ‘resistance’ groups working on alternatives to current EU framework. It started with ‘Agenor’ and the organisation of our conferences on ‘European alternatives’, than the Belgian group of ‘Charta 91’ and our conference on racism and citizenship at the European level, later the European Social Forum and the AlterSummit groupings.