Each year, the IJR recognises persons or organisations that do exceptional reconciliation work. For this year’s reconciliation award, the theme is Achieving Gender Justice & Reconciliation. Parallel to the main award, the IJR would like to recognise 10 young activists who are doing exceptional work in the Gender Justice Field in Africa
Public Seminar – Elite Resistance to Economic Reforms in South Africa and Australia: The Persistence of Settler Coloniality
There is a growing consensus that reconciliation without economic justice is no reconciliation at all. Indeed, reconciliation and economic transformation are deeply interdependent. Continuing economic inequality is a persistent source of conflict likely to impede reconciliation efforts unless there is political space available through which to contest these inequities. This may involve the redistribution of [...]
It is clear that advancing gender equality in South Africa needs to go beyond consciousness-raising to transform the institutions that produce and reproduce unequal relations of power (and the extreme marginalisation of poor black women who have borne the brunt of colonialism, and now bear the brunt of neoliberal economic policies). How do we, as South Africans, envision a gender-just society, and who takes the primary responsibility for ensuring the realisation of this vision?
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation pledges solidarity with the people of Kenya ahead of the forthcoming August 2017 elections
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) pledges solidarity with the people of Kenya ahead of the elections on 8th August 2017. Since 2012, IJR has been working with key governmental and civil society actors in Kenya to promote and support peace-building and reconciliation initiatives
IJR CALLS ON SA SPECIAL ENVOY TO SOUTH SUDAN, DEPUTY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, TO EXPLAIN THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SUDAN PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT IN OPPOSITION (SPLM-IO) LEADER RIEK MACHAR’S LONG-TERM STAY AND STATUS IN SOUTH AFRICA. AND TO OPENLY COMMUNICATE SOUTH AFRICA’S PLAN TO REACTIVATE THE STALLED PEACE PROCESS IN SOUTH SUDAN The Institute for [...]
Intergroup marriages are considered an important measure of the dissolution of social and cultural barriers, therefore of social and cultural integration. Despite coming from different backgrounds, partners in intergroup (here interracial) marriages are likely to share some common values and aspirations. These elements are seen to be enabling of social cohesion in multicultural societies. Elnari Potgieter, Project Leader for the South Africa Reconciliation Barometer at IJR, further notes that attitudes towards interracial marriages are of importance when considering intergroup marriages as a measure of integration.
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has added a Safeguarding Policy document to its policies and procedures manuals to ensure that vulnerable groups and individuals engaging with the IJR and its work will continue to be protected and special attention is given to the potential risks posed and the potential needs of vulnerable groups. Watch [...]
It has been over 100 years since Du Bois first described the effects of white domination and supremacy on the black mind. He reflected on how it affects a “double consciousness” as a peculiar sensation. The sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity (Du Bois 1989). Ashanti Kunene, intern for the Sustained Dialogue Programme shares her thoughts on the intersections of oppression.
As practitioners, it is important that we are committed to doing the emotional heavy lifting required in doing the challenging work of authentic engagement with issues of race, power, identity and the past. Eleanor du Plooy, Project Leader for the Ashley Kriel Youth Desk and Project Leader for Gender, Justice & Reconciliation at IJR, highlights the importance of cultivating a self-reflective practice in doing social justice work.
Toxic masculinity is embedded in South African culture, as evidenced by the spurt of gender-based violence highlighted by the media since January 2017, and manifests itself in a myriad of overt and covert ways. Danielle Hoffmeester, a Gender Justice and Reconciliation Project Assistant at IJR, shares her thoughts on how the importance of inviting men into spaces that interrogates toxic masculinity is fundamental to subverting misogyny, dismantling patriarchy, and by extension, ending gendered violence.