At the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, we have always found it important to acknowledge fellow activists who work tirelessly towards achieving reconciliation in South Africa. Since the year 2000, the IJR has recognised a number of individuals, communities and/or organisations that contribute towards reconciliation. This year, the theme for the Reconciliation awards was Achieving Gender Justice and Reconciliation. There are countless organisations, social movements and activists working towards achieving gender justice and reconciliation in such a way that its complexities and nuances are represented and critically discussed. Gender Dynamix is one such organisation. Jodi Williams, project officer for the Communications and Advocacy programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, writes on why Gender Dynamix was this year’s award recipient.
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) joins Zimbabweans at home and abroad who are celebrating a largely peaceful change of political leadership, marking the end of Mr. Robert Mugabe’s 37-year reign. Former President Mugabe’s leadership will be remembered for his role in the country’s liberation from colonial rule, and the promising successes the country achieved [...]
Research conducted by the Centre for International Teacher Education(CITE) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) reveals that teachers in South Africa are located and navigate through starkly different contexts with various amounts of resources. Teachers, however, exercise their roles as agents of social justice and cohesion within the particular constraints of their diverse contexts and often need to disrupt inherited patterns of exclusion and injustice....
Challenging the erasure of historical knowledge rendering Queerness as “unAfrican” & highlighting the continued plight of African Queers
According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), 33 African countries have laws that criminalise queerness. Last month, 13 people were arrested in Tanzania and accused of “promoting homosexuality”. In countries like Mauritania..
On the 25th of October, IJR in partnership with the African Film Network hosted a screening of the documentary Winnie which was followed by a dialogue titled; Black Women and the Struggle: Marginalization, Poverty, and Patriarchy. In South Africa, the stories of Winnie Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Charlotte Maxeke, Sibongile Khumalo, Thenjiwe Mtintso, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, to name a few, been left out of the mainstream historical narrative that is taught to young people...
The Genocide of the Rohingya people: Being accustomed to injustice and the urgent need for moral leadership
The UN has referred to the crisis and forced migration of the Rohingya people as “the most urgent refugee emergency in the world” but remains the untransformed global structure, failing to take bold action yet again against another atrocity being committed, is troubling. There is a lack of decisive action on behalf of the international community in this case, which could be regarded as an extension of...
By Gugu Nonjinge Research shows that underprivileged girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year due to lack of access to adequate feminine hygiene. Since the release of these statistics, hundreds of sanitary towel distribution programmes have been initiated to help keep young girls in school during their monthly cycles. As a girl [...]
By Mikhail Petersen On the 24th of September, South Africans will be celebrating Heritage Day. On this day, people across all racial and cultural groups are encouraged to celebrate their cultural diversity within the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people. In 2005, a media campaign sought to re-brand and rename this [...]
By Ashanti Kunene Much has been written about the high levels of gender-based violence (GBV) and the brutally visceral manifestations of patriarchy in South Africa. The statistics indicate what has been referred to as unacknowledged gender civil war. A rape survivor who reports incidents of sexual violence has a mere 8.6% chance of seeing the perpetrator [...]
By Stan Henkeman “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I'll meet you there” - Rumi Reconciliation in South Africa, both as a concept and experience, has become problematic in many respects. Some people still hold it up as the most viable option for the country while others write it off [...]