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 [...]
In honour of the late statesman, a team of IJR staff members spent time on Friday, 21 July 2017 at a female juvenile centre. The centre named Huis Vredelus is located in ElsiesRiver, Western Cape. The rehabilitation centre houses 67 young girls between the ages 13- 18 who are either awaiting trial or sentenced. Some of [...]
Africa Liberation Day, 25 May 2017 On 25th May 2017, Pan-Africanists across the length and breadth of the continent and in the diaspora celebrate Africa Liberation Day. This day marks the annual anniversary of an event that took place on 25th May 1963, when the leaders of what was then 32 independent African countries met to [...]
Public Dialogue Invitation: ‘Challenging corrupt networks – the long shadow from Apartheid to State Capture’
Join us in a discussion on the root causes of state capture in South Africa and the consequences that this has for ordinary citizens. Our panel of civil society researchers and activists will look at strategies for challenging corrupt networks from both the apartheid period and the present day. We will also discuss the findings of [...]
Recent injustices have, once again, highlighted deeply-entrenched and systemic issues of racism as well as violent masculinities as a result of patriarchy and the normalisation of violence in South Africa. The murder of 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu in the town of Coligny in the North-West Province and the brutal murder of Karabo Mokoena are two such injustices [...]