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Exploitation minière, sexes et militarisme en Afrique

Samantha Hargreaves de WoMin – alliance africaine abordant les sujets des sexes et de l’exploitation minière – parle avec Andrew Dey de WRI sur le lien entre les sexes, l’industrie minière et le militarisme en Afrique, et du travail de ce nouveau réseau pour y faire face.

Expliquez-nous votre travail – qu’est-ce que WoMin, quand cette alliance a-t-elle été formée, et qui fait partie de votre réseau? Quels sont les enjeux critiques sur lesquels vous travaillez?

Samantha: WoMin a été lancée en octobre 2013. Nous travaillons avec environ 50 organisations dans quatorze pays en Afrique du Sud, Afrique Orientale et Afrique Occidentale. La plupart de nos partenaires travaillent sur des problèmes relatifs à la terre, aux ressources naturelles, à l’industrie minière, à la justice écologique et climatique et aux droits des femmes. Notre travail avec les organisations pour les droits des femmes est généralement plus difficile puisqu’elles se focalisent davantage sur les problèmes de sexe « traditionnels » tels que la violence contre les femmes, l’éducation et la santé des femmes et des filles. Seul un faible nombre se concentre sur l’environnement, la terre et d’autres questions de justice économique.

WoMin Southern African women and coal exchange. Photo: Heidi AugestadWoMin Southern African women and coal exchange. Photo: Heidi Augestad

Spain as spearhead for military interventions in Africa

During the NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2015 the alliance will practice military interventions in North Africa

Marines from the US train in la Sierra del Retin, BarbateMarines from the US train in la Sierra del Retin, BarbateThe NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will take place during October 2015 and until early November in Italy, Portugal, and the State of Spain. According to a variety of sources, this will be the “largest exercise of NATO since the end of the Cold War1, “largest exercise conducted by the Alliance since 2002” (…) and “the Alliance’s most important exercise in 20152, or “the largest deployment of the Alliance in the last decade3. The exercise consists of two clearly distinguished phases, a command post exercise (CPX, 3-16 October) and a phase of real action (Live Exercise, LIVEX, 21 October-6 November).

The Kwerekwere are stealing our jobs! Instead, stop the wars…

Terry Crawford-Browne

Terry Crawford-Browne is a former international banker who became a peace activist during the 1980s. He lives in Cape Town.

Renewed xenophobic violence in South Africa has appalled the world. The violence is directed at black African refugees, not white beneficiaries of the past apartheid era, yet reminiscent of the apartheid era, the response of a bewildered government is to send the army into affected townships, rather than address the root causes of massive migrations in Africa.

The Guardian newspaper reported in England “with every outbreak of xenophobic violence, the refrain is the same: ‘the kwerekwere (foreigners) are stealing our jobs. Shops are torched. Streets are barricaded... Mobs hound Somalis, Mozambicans, Zimbabweans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis from their homes and businesses.”i

Ebola is both preventable and controllable: Statement of the Pan African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network

World Leaders Take Action Now

Save precious lives, give peace a chance!

 

October 2014

We are a Pan-African Network of Peacemakers from over 30 countries across the African continent and represent more than 20 organisations. Our 20-member Steering Committee has representatives from West, East, Central Africa, southern Africa and the islands. Some of our members are also from the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, with strong African connections. We work at the grassroots level, training in Nonviolence and mobilising communities for Peacebuilding.

Webinar: Militarisation of youth and child soldiers

Dereje Wordofa presents the trend of "militarisation of youth and child soldiers" in Africa, despite the international instruments for human rights.

Dereje Wordofa is Regional Director for Africa at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). He is committed to lasting peace, sustainable development and social justice.

This webinar is part of the series of webinars by and for the African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network.

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.

Israeli War Profiteering in Africa - following the money

Terry Crawford-Browne

Introduction:

One is familiar with the “criminal underworld” of thieves, gangs, drug lords, the Italian Mafia, and other manifestations of organised crime.

More serious is the “criminal overworld” of corrupt politicians, corrupt bankers, corrupt lawyers -- in other words the world’s elites. Historically, this is not a new phenomenon. In recent years however, it has become more pervasive and blatant in which privileged members of society fleece the public, evade taxation and lobby vigorously for even greater benefits.

Se rejoindre au Cap

Le fusil brisé 98

Petites actions, grands mouvements : le Continuum de la nonviolence

Nous sommes très emballés par la prochaine Conférence internationale de l’IRG – la première en Afrique – qui se tiendra au Cap (Afrique du Sud) du 4 au 8 juillet 2014, accueillie par la campagne Cessez-le-feu The Ceasefire Campaign.

Parmi les intervenants confirmés pour l’ouverture de la plénière, il y a Desmond Tutu et Jenni Williams de l’association pour l’émancipation des Femmes du Zimbabwe. Au cours des quatre jours pleins de la Conférence, des groupes à thème – qui ont très souvent dessiné le travail de l’IRG au fil des ans – seront centrés sur un éventail de questions, dont la résistance civile et les mouvements populaires d’émancipation : sous des régimes divers, contrer la militarisation de la jeunesse, la violence quotidienne (domestique, crimes passionnels, insécurité urbaine, etc.), la violence économique, les crises de pauvreté et le militarisme

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.

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