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The Prospects for Social Cohesion, Healing and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe: Putting the NPRC to task

Abstract Forty years after independence from Britain, Zimbabwe is burdened by a history of violence and trauma whose effects continue to impede on efforts to build a socially cohesive and reconciled developmental state. A number of national attempts through policies and processes to promote peace and national reconciliation have, for various reasons, not succeeded to bridge the racial, tribal, [...]

Sep 16th, 2019|

Mental healthcare must back peace efforts

Early this morning my phone beeps. The message is from my friend Rose in Juba, South Sudan. She is a devoted women’s rights activist.With the few resources at her disposal, she works day in, day out to contribute to building a better South Sudan for her children. Rose’s message reads: “My friend, now that you are dealing with mental [...]

Sep 16th, 2019|

IJR Media Statement: The Passing Away of Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Former President of Zimbabwe

Attention Media Houses: For Immediate Release                                                                                                           [...]

Sep 6th, 2019|

The Death of Uyinene Mrwetyana and Sexual and Gender Based Violence in South Africa

At IJR, we condemn the gruesome rape and murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana as a deplorable act. As an organisation that employs and regularly works with marginalised gender identities, we are hyper-cognizant of the deep trauma and pain that so often marks these identities in South Africa. In accordance with our values and vision, we hope that the judicial process [...]

Sep 5th, 2019|

Looking into Social Cohesion 25 Years into our Democracy

Looking into Social Cohesion 25 Years into our Democracy   Despite the steps taken to dismantle apartheid one of its lasting legacies has been a fractured and divided society. Race and class remain defining faultlines and South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world. The question remains: How do we build an inclusive, equal and [...]

Sep 3rd, 2019|

Poem: The scream

The other day, I let out a scream in broad daylight, mid morning in fact It was the scream I did not scream that night on the isar river, as I knelt on the pebbles waiting to be drowned almost 7 years ago   The other day i let out a scream so shrill and so high so violent, [...]

Sep 2nd, 2019|

Upcoming events

Research and Policy From 23-27 September, IJR’s Research and Policy HOD, Jan Hofmeyr will be in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to provide ongoing assistance to GIZ’s “Strengthening Reconciliation Processes in Sri Lanka Project” in the development of a measurement instrument for reconciliation in that country. On the 29th of October, IJR’s Jan Hofmeyr will be participating in a panel discussion [...]

Aug 30th, 2019|

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