The IMAXI Cooperative forges tools to maximize empowerment — it’s a mash-up against marginalization, from the bottom-up. Founded and driven by poor people living with life-threatening diseases and disabilities, we’re guided by a human rights-based approach to life.
In communities around the world there is an increasing awareness that economic and social inequalities are growing, so that more and more people are just barely surviving, minimized on the margins of their societies. In spite of the international recognition of Universal Human Rights, and the associated obligations of governments to uphold them, more than half of the world’s population struggle every day for adequate food, water, sanitation, housing and health care — some of the rights that everyone, everywhere, should enjoy. Few in these marginalized communities have the time or resources to demand their rights. Even less know how or where to begin.
We are a group of people from around the world that have come together in common cause — the empowerment of people from marginalized communities so that they can attain their fundamental human rights, and help others to do the same. The IMAXI Cooperative, a voluntary association (NGO), was established in 2010 by a few folks without any resources, but with a shared experience of having to struggle for their human rights that they were due. So that others might not also be denied their rights, IMAXI develops tools to help people empower themselves and their communities. See what tools are now being forged.
We are inviting new members into the collective. We call upon our peers – people with disabilities or those living with chronic or life-threatening diseases, human rights activists and progressive people with diverse skills to join this ‘mash-up’ against marginalization.
In the beginning…
Celina Menezes and Case Gordon drove their little 25 year-old car 500km to Geneva for WHO’s World Health Assembly, in May 2010. It was the IMAXI Cooperative’s first (DIY tool-making) initiative, but not the first time we slept in the little car parked at WHO. Activism on the cheap. The aim of the ‘mission’ was to connect, using new social media, our peers in different communities with this important annual global health meeting, allowing all of us to learn more about how participation could be advanced. Offering a series of ‘Speak-Up Sessions’ on topics related to the WHA Agenda, we called the event the World (Open) Health Assembly or WOHA. Six years later, the lack of participation of affected communities in the decision making process of the WHO is still a major concern for us, and the initiative is now called #WHO4ALL, which is growing into GAMPAR. Visit the Forge for further information.