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No to war, no to economic sanctions - the only solution is dialogue

Voices from the South, November 2017

In this edition of Voices from the South, we share the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative’s call for dialogue and peace in response to the tensions and conflict that followed the Referendum of the Kurdistan Region in September. The call intends to offer a means to advance dialogue and is not meant to endorse or oppose any side of the current conflict in the region and can be read in full below. The Karibu Foundation supports the call, and encourage other civil society groups, organizations or trade unions to add their name to it.
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Creating change through women's cooperatives

Voices from the South, October 2017
In this month’s Voices from the south, we meet the South African organization Ecumenical Service for Social-Economic Transformation (Esset). Esset is an independent ecumenical organization working for gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a special focus on socio-economic challenges. They promote the formation of economic and social cooperatives for women. These cooperatives can help create spaces for investments and income generation for women in marginalized communities, and challenge the structures in society that oppress women.

In 2016 Esset published the booklet, “Situation the role of patriarchy in sexual violence – the stories of black women”, as a way of creating a platform for black working class women where they can tell their own stories of violence. The booklet, start with a powerful poem by the late Fezeka Kuzwayo who in 2006 made headlines when she accused then deputy president, and former comrade of her father, Jacob Zuma of rape. The poem is a powerful call for justice and equality for women in South Africa, and can highlight why the work of Esset and others are so important. You can read the poem at the end of the newsletter.

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A call from Christians in Palestine

Voices from the South, August 2017

In this month’s edition of “Voices from the South”, we share with you a contribution from the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP). The NCCOP is formed as a national coordination network between a variety of Christian institutions and organizations in Palestine (see the list of partners on pg. 3).

In June 2017 the NCCOP issued an open letter to the World Council of Churches (WCC) urging them, the global ecumenical movement and churches to not forget the Palestinian struggle. In the letter they call for the global ecumenical community to recognize Israel as an apartheid state; to support the global non-violent BDS-movement; and for church leaders and pilgrims to visit Palestine as solidarity witnesses for justice and peace. The letter is published in full, below.

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Migration in Africa in the context of climate change and terrorism

Voices from the South - June/July
In May 2017, participants from eight African countries gathered at a regional Churches Witnessing with Migrants (CWWM) consultation held in Nairobi, Kenya.   The consultation was arranged by the National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda-NAWOU and Council for Anglican Provinces in Africa-CAPA, and aimed to paint a factual picture of migration trends on the African continent.  Although Africans were popularly portrayed desperately fleeing the continent in droves, and dying in deserts and at sea trying to get to Europe, the actual fact is that there is more migration within the continent than out of it.  There are already regional solutions occurring to address the root causes of migration.    

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we hear from Monica Emiru Enyou, Executive Director of NAWOU, about some of the solutions and alternatives that are already occurring on the African continent, and their plans for a platform for a coordinated response on migration and trafficking in the region.

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Rojava: An experiment for a future democratic and peaceful Syria?

Voices from the South, March/April 2017
Since their declaration of their autonomy in 2014, the inhabitants of Rojava in Northern Syria (primarily Kurds, along with Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians and Yezidis living in the area) are in the process of building a society based on gender equality, economic cooperation, and grassroots based direct democracy.  In this month’s “Voices from the South”, Ms. Sinam Mohammed, Foreign Representative for the Democratic Self-Rule Administration of Rojava, details this democratic society movement that is unfolding in northern Syria - a movement that consists of 50% female and 50% male leadership.

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Different but same-same?

Movement building in times of right-wing populism
Tetet Nera-Lauron of IBON International in the Philippines reflects on the question of how social movements and peoples’ organizations can build power in times of a wave of far-right populism, a populism that is marked with protectionist governments and rhetoric, blatant xenophobia, sexism and discrimination, and power remaining in the hands of the wealthy elite and corporations.  Tetet explores the question of whether this wave of populism is new at all, or if it is the same tendencies of power and distribution the world has seen for decades with a different packaging.   She also explores the question of how we confront these challenges whilst holding onto our vision of long term systemic economic and political change. Tetet will speak on this theme at the upcoming conference of the EDGE Funders Alliance, “Reorganizing Power for System Change”, which will be held in Barcelona in April 2017.



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