14th Annual Ashley Kriel Memorial Lecture

By | October 6th, 2017|Categories: Events, News|

  The 14th annual Ashley Kriel Memorial Lecture, under the theme of Centering Gender: Stories, Struggles and Intergenerational Solidarity aims to celebrate the contribution of women to uplifting communities. Women in South Africa have been primary catalysts for protests against, and challengers of, the apartheid regime. Even today, women continue to be a source of courage within many [...]

Don’t put my heritage over the Coals

By | September 1st, 2017|Categories: News, Newsletter|

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 [...]

Imbizo on the scourge of Gender-based Violence in South Africa

By | August 29th, 2017|Categories: Events, News, Uncategorised|

  On Thursday 24th August 2017, the IJR, in collaboration with Activate! South Africa and Africa Unite, held an Imbizo on the scourge of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in South Africa, and Africa at large. The Imbizo hosted civil society representatives from across the Western Cape, as well as other parts of the African continent. The discussion was [...]

Open Call for Nominations – Young Gender Justice Activists

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: News|

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

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: News|

  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 [...]

IJR statement on Women’s Day 2017

By | August 8th, 2017|Categories: News, Press Releases|

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

By | August 1st, 2017|Categories: News, Press Releases|

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 Spends 67 Minutes Caring For 67 Girls at a Juvenile Centre in the Western Cape

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: News, Press Releases|

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 [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: IJR CALLS ON SA TO REACTIVATE THE STALLED PEACE PROCESS IN SOUTH SUDAN

By | July 19th, 2017|Categories: News, Press Releases|

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 [...]

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