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Burma Workshop: Protect the Rohingya

A plea for one of the most persecuted groups in the world  On Thursday 12th June, Cosatu House in partnership with the Protect Rohingya organisation hosted a workshop on the persecution of the Rohingya people.  The workshop was facilitated by Advocate Shabnam Mayet and David P Karmes who have both been very influential in raising awareness about the plight of the world’s most persecuted ethnic minority, alongside the Free Burma Campaign, South Africa who have been building solidarity for ...

Farewell Anisa and Suzanne

ACTION enjoyed having Anisa and Suzanne from the University of Edinburgh with us for 2 months. They slotted into the team well and were active in contributing to many of the various projects that ACTION is involved in, as well as performing research for their studies.  Anisa also assisted in the ASC work with SASOWNET. As a diaspora Somali with a fluent grasp of the language, she helped build relationships with both old and new members of SASOWNET, and acted as a liaison for the organization ...

Israel and Gaza: A call to Action

As violence escalates with devastating impacts on the people of Gaza, concerned citizens all over the world are involving themselves in responding to the intensifying crisis. Small actions such as sharing articles on Facebook are adding weight to those taking to the streets in protest, joining BDS movements and heightening the pressure on the Israeli government and its defense force. In many places civil society is working alongside governments who are putting pressure on Israeli diplomats and ...

Technology, Engaged Citizens and early Warning-Response Systems

The ACTION Support Centre is conducting one of four research projects that were selected in the first call for proposals by the Making All Voices Count initiative (MAVC), making it one of 29 projects selected from over 540 proposals. The research project, “From Early Warning to Response in Preventing Violence: Transforming Conflict Through Citizen Engagement”, draws on the broad contextual knowledge of three ASC partners: the Zanzibar Interfaith Centre, People’s Voice for Peace (G...

War Resisters International Conference

The Continuum of Non-violence ASC played a supporting role at the WRI Conference in Cape Town from the 4th -8th of July, which drew practitioners from all over the world to engage on key issues around the theme of ‘The continuum of non-violence’. The core focus of the conference was on discussing non-violent means to tackle oppression and destructive conflicts and on building strategies and partnerships.  The conference opened to dancing and signing, and a welcome by Archbishop Desmond ...

Gender and Militarism Consultation

Analyzing the links to Strategize for Peace “To omit gender from any explanation of how militarization occurs, is not only to risk a flawed political analysis; it is to risk, too, a perpetually unsuccessful campaign to roll back that militarism” – Cynthia Enloe From the 2nd to the 4th of July members of ASC attended the global consultation on gender and militarism in Cape Town, hosted by the Women’s Peacemaker Program (WPP). At the conference there were activists, journalists, academics ...

The African Solidarity Caravan attracts interest at the WRI Conference

Tapping into the opportunity presented by a gathering of more than 300 conflict transformation practitioners and solidarity activists for the War Resistors International Conference, the ACTION Support Centre organised an evening Caravan information sharing and planning session.  The African Solidarity Caravan planning meeting at the WRI conference sought to mobilise support for the Caravan throughout the continent. This process involved sharing information on the Caravan, ideas around some ...

Pan African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network Consolidated

Between the 1st and 4th of July 2014 in Cape Town, peacemakers from more than 25 countries in Africa met to share experiences, identify gaps, and make some recommendations for the Pan African Nonviolence and Peacebuilding Network that was establishment in 2012. The delegates from over 20 organizations pledged to intensify coordinated nonviolent resistance on the African continent and the world at large. As participants reflected on the network, the peacemakers met to share experiences and ...

CTION to open an office in Cape Town

The ACTION Support Centre is in the process of finalising arrangements to open a satellite office in Cape Town. With our newly appointed Inter-religious Research and Relations Facilitator, Steven Leach, and with Steering Committee Chair Fatima Swartz both based in Cape Town, as well as a lot of interest in the ASC catalysed through our engagement at the WRI conference, it makes strategic sense to have a physical space in the City. It will serve as a central focal point for ACTION members, ...

Mapping Infrastructures for Peace in Africa

he ACTION Support Centre has recently conducted a research project with the funding support of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa and the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The research project was aimed at carrying out a mapping exercise to identify the existing Infrastructures for Peace (IfP), Insider Mediators and local capacities for peace. It also involved carrying out a light technical assessment of their institutional and operational capacities.  The mapping exercise was carried ...