The IJR 2019-07-15T11:34:08+02:00

Building fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa.

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation shapes national approaches to transitional justice and reconciliation in Africa.



Creating LGBTQIA+ inclusive workplaces

As a queer person – someone who doesn’t identify with established heterosexual norms as they  relate to gender or sexual identities –, negotiating space is exactly that: a negotiation. Everyday queer persons must negotiate our lives, safety, and our humanity in a world that does not see us or accept us in a world that does not deem our [...]

Aug 15th, 2019|

Story-telling by women through art

Pass the Mic…Let HER Speak! In recognition of the struggles of South African women and in celebration of the numerous ways in which women have shaped and informed community, IJR invites the public to an evening of story-telling by women. Join IJR as we explore the power of story-telling by women in dialogue spaces through various ways, including, but [...]

Aug 15th, 2019|

MEDIA STATEMENT: IJR Condemns the Criminalisation of Poverty in Cape Town

18 July 2019 On this Mandela Day, Madiba’s legacy should once again inspire South Africans to work tirelessly towards ensuring the dignity of all people regarding of race, class, or gender orientation. It also compels us to constantly ask whether our actions as individuals or institutions in a democratic South Africa continues to measure up against this ideal. If [...]

Jul 18th, 2019|

Visitors from outer space – or military aircraft made on Earth ?

The United States Navy will develop guidelines for pilots to report unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) — previously called unidentified flying objects (UFOs) — which enter into military-controlled air space, according to revelations from media company Politico, and The New York Times and The Washington Post. In a statement issued to Politico, the navy acknowledged that “there have been enough strange aerial sightings [...]

Jun 24th, 2019|

Sudan at a crossroads: The leadership of the African Union needs to be stepped up

When General Awad Ibn Auf from the Sudanese army announced the toppling of president Omar al-Bashir’s regime in April 2019, there was some sense of relief among the protesters who, for six consecutive days, had decided to remain in front of the military headquarters to witness the removal of one of the longest serving presidents on the continent. Subsequently, [...]

Jun 19th, 2019|

Crystal Meth in Vryburg

During Youth Month IJR visited its young ambassadors in Vryburg, North West. One of the participants Thabang Gornolemo wrote a poem reflecting on how the use of drugs has affected youngsters living in Vryburg. Read the poem below: We all have bad habits; we all have that one thing. We seek comfort in people, seek comfort and happiness in [...]

Jun 14th, 2019|

The cost of information

“Information may be power, but do you have the money to access this knowledge?” Whilst trying to educate myself on the recent controversy surrounding the public protector and her report on Pravin Gordhan, I came across an article in my Google search that seemed as if would explain the intricacies of the situation clearly to me. However, to my [...]

Jun 11th, 2019|

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