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Open Call for Nominations – Young Gender Justice Activists

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

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

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. [...]

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

IJR statement on Women’s Day 2017

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?

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Attitudes towards interracial marriages in South Africa

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.

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Internalised Racism – thoughts on the intersections of oppression

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.

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Cultivating a self-reflective practice in doing social justice work

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.

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |
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