In July 2019 IJR’s Senior Project Leader Dr. Webster Zambara was in Uganda to facilitate Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution programmes at the Uganda Senior Police Command and Staff College at Bwebajja, outside the capital Kampala. Dr. Zambara introduced these overarching key concepts to a group of 37 senior police officers who form a new cohort embarking on further studies in Peace and Security with the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) Africa Programme.
By Webster Zambara The recent election in Cameroon in which the long-serving octogenarian Paul Biya retained the presidency to extend his 36-year reign (by another 7 years) were marred by allegations of massive fraud, intimidation and low voter turnout. Nationally, only 54% of registered voters turned up. And in the volatile Anglophone region a paltry 10% [...]
By Jonathan Cannard In November 2016 the Colombian government of President Juan Manuel Santos signed an agreement with the largest Colombian left-wing guerrilla organisation, ending a fifty-four year civil conflict. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army, known by its Spanish acronym FARC-EP, had waged the longest guerrilla struggle in the Western Hemisphere. The conflict killed [...]
White guilt doesn’t help anyone. It’s an unproductive endeavour that simply centres whiteness and is violent to Black and Brown people
By Ayesha Fakie Working in social justice especially in antiracism to form collective efforts to dismantle white oppression requires, many times, that we educate on the origins of white supremacy. While many know, especially in South Africa, a land infamous for Apartheid, that racism is a problem, the collective conscious, in our view, doesn’t really understand [...]
2018 has been an epic year and in many respects. South Africa had to contend with a number of issues from the rise of Cyril Ramamphosa as the State President, to the discourses on land expropriation without compensation and the devastating reality of corruption, particularly through state capture.
White people’s implicit racist attitude towards black people - that we’re less human and therefore deserving to be treated as things, mere objects to be disdained - did not end in 1994.
Unpacking Male Supremacy, the Entitlement of Young White Men and Overt Links to the Intersectionality of Structural Oppression
When I was young, maybe about 12 or 13, I wondered why women have it so much harder. Actually, I had wondered about it for a while; only at that age could I begin formulating it into an actual question.
With the conclusion of women’s month, it is a good time to look back on the #TotalShutDdown movement, which appeared for the first time this year.
South Africa’s election to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has once again bestowed upon it, an onerous responsibility of articulating a cogent voice of reason in a world morally adrift.
Throughout the month of June, we saw several youth ‘celebrations’ pertaining to one of the most significant turning points in our history - June 16. We need only to commemorate it as a way to remind ourselves that the struggles which the 1976 youth stood up for, persist today.