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Africa WG

Webinar: The Patriarchal War Against Women and Others

This webinar discussed meanings of concepts including Patriarchy, Security, War, Peace, Nonviolence, Gender, Sexualities, Consciousness and Intersectionalities, and motivated for nonviolent action to ensure compassion and justice for all.

It was led by Bernedette Muthien (see bio here).

This webinar was the third in a series of webinars by and for the African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network. It took place on the 28 April, 2014.

This series is open to all, and leading up to the July 2014 international conference: Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence, taking place in Cape Town.

Webinar: African Groundings: War Resisters International’s African Engagement

In this webinar Matt Meyer explores the rich history of peace and pacifist encounters in Africa over the past century. Understanding that solidarity and social change are dialectical two-way streets, the presentation does not only review the work of those from Global North reaching out to Southern colleagues but equally examines the deep roots of indigenous African initiatives of unarmed civil resistence.

Declaración de la Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra ante el asesinato en Nigeria de Nwosu Chidi

Nosotr@s, l@s miembr@s de la Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra (IRG), expresamos nuestro profundo horror... y la tristeza profunda por la tortura y el asesinato del pacifista de Nigeria, Chidi Nwosu, fundador y presidente de los Derechos Humanos, Justicia y Paz de la Fundación, miembro afiliado de la IRG. Nwosu, un activista de por vida de los derechos humanos y promotor del cambio social no violento, fue brutalmente asesinado en su casa el 29 de diciembre de 2010.

Zimbabwe: GALZ activists bailed; 'persecution' not 'legitimate prosecution' says Human Rights Forum

Related peace activists: 

GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe) staff Ellen Chadamena and Ignatius Muhambia were bailed on Thursday, 27 May, and will have a "remand" hearing on 10 June, before appearing in the high court on 18 June. They face charges of ‘insulting the office of the President’ and allegedly possessing ‘pornographic material’. Their lawyer told press that they would be medically examined "so that we can pursue an action against the people who were responsible for the beatings and torture.”

Police raid the house of director of WRI affiliate GALZ in Zimbabwe

Related peace activists: 

Subsequent to the arrest of Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Muhambi, employees of the WRI's affiliate Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) on charges of “possessing dangerous drugs and pornographic material” on the 21st May 2010, the police have gone further to search the house of Chesterfield Samba, former WRI Council member and the Director of GALZ. The raid took place this morning (26 May 2010) at 0600hrs.

Zimbabue: la Policía allana la oficina de Gays y Lesbianas de Zimbabue, organización afiliada a la IRG

Related peace activists: 

El lunes 24 de mayo de 2010 la policía de Zimbabue interpuso nuevos cargos contra una trabajadora y un trabajador de Gays y Lesbianas de Zimbabue (GALZ por sus siglas en inglés), que fueron detenidos la semana pasada después de que la policía allanara sus oficinas en Harare.

La policía presentó el lunes cargos contra Ellen Chademana, que asistió a la conferencia de la IRG en India el pasado mes de enero, y a Ignatius Muhambi por contravenir la Sección 33 de la Ley Criminal (Codificación y Reforma) por supuestamente socavar la autoridad del Presidente Robert Mugabe.

Black Sash leader Sheena Duncan dies

Sheena Duncan - for many years the president of the Black Sash, a nonviolent women's organisation in South Africa - has died at the age of 78.

Sheena is honoured in the first sentence of WRI's recent published anthology Women Conscientious Objectors:

Workshops

About 40 workshops were held during the five days of the open conference. A full list of workshops and their convenors is available in the WRI archives.

WRI Africa Working Group

Workshop and working group report
Conveners: Jan Van Criekinge, Belgium and Matt Meyer, U.S.A.

present: Shelley Anderson (IFOR), Bindi Borg (Australia, BiH), Konrad Borst (Germany), Casha Davis (Germany), Kai-Uwe Dosch (DFG-VK, Germany), Farid Esack (South Africa), Bart Horeman (VD, Netherlands), Jorgen Johansen (WRI Chair, Sweden), Koussetogue Koude (Association Jeunesse Anti-Clivage, Chad), Michel Monod (Suisse Sans Armee, Switzerland), Greg Payton (WRL, U.S.A.), Amy Tinto (Balkan Peace Team, Croatia)

Proposals

Proposal for a series of consultations with armed struggle movements

The proposal is to hold a series of consultations with movements engaged ii' armed struggle or who have recently quit armed struggle. These consultations would he held in different countries, and would be documented afterwards. They would happen over a period of time, say a three-year period, to build up the trust necessary for a real dialogue.

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