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. ...

Africa Rising? Talking to the narrative

The ACTION Support Centre as part of its Applied Conflict Transformation Course collaborates with the SARChI Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg, to participate in discussions on the African narrative. This year the ACT course deliberated and explored the narrative of Africa Rising. The debate saw over eighty diverse participants, academics from the University of Johannesburg, groups of women and men from various townships in Johannesburg who are ...

Applied Conflict Transformation Course

Slowly, Slowly the Egg will walk The renewed sense of conviction towards making this world a better place for the human race shared by most participants of the Applied Conflict Transformation remains the essence of how inspirational the course was. The global Applied Conflict Transformation Course conducted by the ACTION Support Centre brought together participants from the Middle East as well as West, Central, East and Southern Africa. These were a mix of Anglophone, Lusophone, Francophone ...

Towards a participatory foreign policy

“South Africa cannot escape its African destiny. If we do not devote our energies to this continent, we too could fall victim to the forces that have brought ruin to its various parts”   These words of Nelson Mandela writing in the Foreign Affairs Journal in 1993 are still a key influence driving South Africa’s engagement with the rest of the continent. Shifts and changes in South Africa’s foreign policy since 1993 have included a move from ‘foreign affairs’ to ‘international ...

Mandela Day: 67 Minutes to a better world

ACTION’s joyous experience in serving others The ACTION Support Centre team honored the life’s work and legacy of Madiba on the 17th of July 2015. By taking action to engage in making a change for the betterment of all humankind, we served 67 minutes of keeping it clean for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) at the Malamulele Onward that is based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The ACTION team was esteemed to being a part of an inspirational cause that even if in a small way, impacted ...