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A call for better collaboration: multilateral interventions

ACTION’s attendance of the dialogue hosted by the Southern African Liasion’s Office (SALO), and respective partners on August 06, 2015, provided an opportunity for all present to engage on the topic of ‘Building Regional and International Consensus: Burundi, Lesotho, Madagascar and Zimbabwe’. The panelists that were made up of various practitioners, academics and researchers in the field of peace and security, interrogated the current causes of conflict in the Southern African Develop...

Reclaiming SADC for People’ s Development

Displaying that indeed they have the power in their hands to influence regional policies by offering alternatives to those that negatively affect their livelihoods, an impassioned group of both the young and old ascended to Gaborone, Botswana for two days, from the 15th to 16th of August, for the SADC people’s summit held close to the 35th SADC Summit which was held on August 17 and 18, 2015. The people’s summit intended to draft a communiqué/declaration that would include concerns and ...

Pan African Women’s Month event

“Sisters, it’s our time. Please occupy the space” More than 200 women dressed in traditional clothing from all over Africa coloured the hall of Braamfontein Recreation Centre in Johannesburg. This event was organised in celebration of women’s month, and intended to inspire a spirit of sisterhood, equipping women to be able to organise themselves to take action on women’s issues. The opening speaker reminded the group that this begins at home, in our families, our communities and ...

Women strive for Unity

Moving past the stereotypical notion of women only being fit to serve as housewives, women of all cultures and national identities gathered at the Inter-cultural women’s month event hosted by the ACTION Support Centre, in partnership with the South African Somali Women’s Network (SASOWNET) and the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO). The event was a dynamic interaction, featuring activities ranging from speeches and group work, to a documentary film screening, cultural dances and ...

Engaging Youth on Managing international Migration

“Young people told us that they want a hand up and not a hand out. They told us that they do not want to be passive recipients of government interventions. But rather, they are ready to be active partners in youth development. They are not looking for special favours from government. But instead, they want government to create that enabling environment which creates opportunity for them to grab and take hold of as they steer themselves down the development trajectory.” Deputy Minister in ...

In search of the refugee woman’s voice

No matter our ethnicity, religion or background, we can always find things in common with others who we share this planet with. During the month of August, which is internationally celebrated as women’s month, there are men and women everywhere who are willing to leave their differences aside in pursuit of a common goal: the validation of women’s equality and empowerment. The month of August pays tribute to and celebrates the struggles women have had over decades by realizing their non-se...

August Highlights

August was international Women’s Month, which is a time to delve into a deeper understanding of women’s issues, and intensify efforts to promote gender equality. This newsletter also comes at a time that the Syrian refugee crisis is in the spotlight, drawing attention to the insufficiency of the global system to look after refugees. The pressure has been stepped up to change policies, to recognise that refugees are our fellow human beings, and to allow them safe passage to a better life. ...