The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) in Partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Open Society Foundation for South Africa will host a dialogue on the ‘Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill’ on Thursday, February 23rd 2017, at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown, Johannesburg. The dialogue seeks to explore whether the Bill will be effective in addressing some of the systematic hate crimes plaguing South Africa.
This workshop takes place in the context of National Disability Rights Awareness Month in South Africa, and following the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to be more inclusive than the former Millennium Developkent Goals (MDGs), “leaving no one behind”.
The dialogue will explore the possible impact of the new SDGs on people with disabilities in Africa, especially migrants, with regards to advocating for greater access to health, education, and economic empowerment.
Within the context of the new SDGs’ vision to ‘leave no one behind’, the dialogue will explore the myriad challenges facing LGBTI migrants who have left their home countries seeking asylum in Sout Africa. It will provide a space for dialogue between LGBTI migrants from across the continent, South African government representatives and members of civil society, within a rights framework.
On the 5th November 2015 MISTRA will convene a roundtable discussion on whiteness titled Whites, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing Post-Apartheid Legacies, Privileges and Burdens.
This roundtable discussion continues MISTRA’s work on nation formation and social cohesion that culminated in a report released in August 2014 titled Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans. The voice of whites was one of the gaps identified in that report, which will be used as a starting point for the roundtable discussion on whiteness.
Democracy Works Foundation is a home-grown African civil society group aiming to counter minimalist assumptions of African democracy, to support and build democratic institutions and leaders, and to help foster democratic cultures in South Africa and across the continent.
From 9-14 August, the Degrowth Summer School will take place in Erkelenz, Germany. Focusing on climate justice, participants will discuss the necessity to change our energy- and resource-intensive way of life, and will think about concrete solutions and alternatives. FES Sustainability is contributing with 2 workshops, see the full Programme here.
This dialogue aims to discuss the role of multilateral institutions such as UN, AU and SADC, as well as Africa’s leading economies such as South Africa and Nigeria, in strengthening peace and security interventions. The unravelling political situation in Lesotho has raised questions about the efficacy of multilateral interventions to resolve domestic conflicts. Zimbabwe and Madagascar, like Lesotho, have come out of SADC-brokered mediation and certain cross-cutting challenges and limitations have been observed thus raising fears about the sustainability of the political settlements upon which current political dispensations in those countries are based.
The process to select the UN Secretary-General is outdated, non-transparent, and dominated by the Permanent Five Members of the Security Council (P5). They use their veto power in secret negotiations, until they can agree on a compromise candidate who is then recommended to the General Assembly for “rubber stamp” approval.
If media consumers, media workers or young journalists can organise themselves as an independent constituency in the same way that students have now done, it is possible that a transformation agenda could be driven outside of the ruling party and against a narrow profit-driven approach to the media.
SWOP Breakfast Seminars Date: 17 October 2014 Time: 07h30 – 09h00 Venue: Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, Braamfontein East Campus, Wits You are warmly invited to the next Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa breakfast seminar, featuring Professor Dunbar Moodie (SWOP Honorary Research Associate) who will be delivering a presentation entitled Manhood, Mining and … Continue reading SWOP: Manhood, Mining and Migrancy