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The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in the year 2000, in the aftermath of South Africa´s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The aim was to ensure that lessons learnt from South Africa´s transition from apartheid to democracy were taken into account as the nation moved ahead. Today, the Institute helps to build fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa through carefully selected engagements and interventions. >>

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EVENT OUTCOME: Responses and recommendations to countering xenophobia in South Africa : 2015-04-23

On 21 April 2015, in response to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the IJR hosted a public debate. These notes offer responses and recommendations that emerged from this public discussion. 

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FILM SCREENING: Who am I and what makes me African? : 2015-04-23

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2015
Venue: IJR offices, 105 Hatfield Street, Gardens
Time: 17h30

Countering xenophobia, much like any prejudice, requires ongoing dialogue, education about South Africa's history and how it is interlinked with the rest of the continent, as well as the prioritisation of pan-Africanism – an ideology that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. With this in mind, amidst the current spate of violent attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the IJR will host screenings of four of its African Identities documentary films, which shed light on the lived experience of young foreigners living in South Africa.

The African Identities series of documentary films encourage participants, who are the protagonists of their own films, to explore their often deeply entrenched understandings of identity and belonging. The films encourage both the participants and viewers to interrogate their roles and responsibilities as Africans living within South Africa.

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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: Healing communities, transforming society: Exploring the interconnectedness between psycho-social needs, practice, and peace-building : 2015-03-03

Despite the urgent need for peace building as well as mental health and psycho-social support related interventions in post-conflict societies, the nexus and linkage between these two fields remains under-researched and poorly understood. While both fields contribute vital services to affected communities, their work takes place largely in isolation of one another.

As such, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, in partnership with the Netherlands-based War Trauma Foundation will be hosting a three-day conference at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa on 6, 7 and 8 May 2015.

Please click on the arrows below for more information, or visit the conference blog.

For further questions, please email Friederike Bubenzer: fbubenzer@ijr.org.za.


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