Country wide protests against a notorious police unit have mushroomed in Nigeria. On October 20, the security forces opened the fire on peaceful protesters in Lagos and left many people dead or injured. Under #endSARS Nigerian youth demand not only the ban of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) but the end of impunity and a broader security sector reform.
While African countries are less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic itself, its population is hardly hit by secondary effects like the downturn of the (informal) economy, the growing poverty and inequality, and the misuse of lockdowns to consolidate the authoritarian rule. Despite shrinking political spaces, activists throughout the continent continue to campaign for justice, dignity and equality. Social groups and networks support marginalised communities, organize solidarity kitchens for the urban poor, pressure public institutions to take care of the health needs of their people, and exercise solidarity with stranded migrations and refugees. Feminist solidarity networks focus on fighting existing and increasing domestic violence.
The Pan African network Africans Raising for Justice, Peace and Dignity and VIDC will open selected windows to the struggles in different African regions to discuss the following questions: How will the pandemic reshape the power structures within their communities and within their societies? What motivates the activists to risk their lives and fight for a better world? What are their daily experiences within the different context? What means Pan African and international solidarity for activists?
is a chartered accountant, award winning business leader, wife, mother, pastor and citizen activist. She holds a B.Com (Honors) Accounting Degree and a Masters in Business Administration. She is a Raisina Young Fellow and Asia Forum on Global Governance Fellow, 2018. She is currently an independent business consultant. Duduzile Nyirongo is passionate about community development, empowering women and youth, promoting civic participation in Zimbabwe, agriculture, mining and waste management. She is cofounder of Citizens ZW and founding team member of Citizens Manifesto. She is also a member of the Africans Rising Coordinating Collective.
Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan
is movement coordinator of Africa Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, an Pan African grassroots movement of the people and organisations working to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity. He is an award winning Pan African Advocate of the year 2018 and was named as 100 most influential young people leaders in Africa in 2019. As a human rights activist he organised widespread protests to get long Gambia dictator Yaya Jammeh to step down. He is an activist, a trainer, mentor, coach, development programmer and a passionate Pan Africanist to the core. He leads and coordinates campaigns against gender-based violence, women’s rights, youth rights, rights to food and women’s land rights across the African continent.
is a community organizer and a social justice activist who has been involved in handling pertinent issues around class and economic oppression within her community in the low income areas in Kenya with a rich track record in defending vulnerable women and youth. As a founder of Bunge La Wamama Mashinani, a grassroots movement amplifying the voices of grassroots women and marginalized groups living in low income areas. In 2018, her passion in emancipating women led her into a pioneering campaign against femicide amplifying it into a national issue that attracted attention from the national government. Her activism and advocacy has garnered her international recognition in the field of human rights advocacy. Ruth is also the convenor of Grassroots Women Initiative Network.
is a knowledge management expert, thinker, writer and civil rights activist. He has over 13 years’ experience of working in the public and private sectors in Nigeria. He has led several “social change” initiatives and currently advocating for electoral reforms in Nigeria. He is a senior partner at the Eagle-Badger Consulting, co-convener of the Center For Liberty and executive director of Adopt A Goal for Development Initiative. He belongs to notable coalitions and is a member of pro-democracy movements, including being the Convener of Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution.
is a moderator and communication expert. In 2016, she founded Aphropean Partners, a specialised communication agency to provide decision-makers, NGOs and government agencies a natural extension of marketing to streamline the process of change management for the future of work, cultural and gender diversity management in the workplace and society. Previously, she has worked for various UN agencies, marketing agencies and investment banks, including in West Africa. Rita Isiba graduated from Hertfordshire University with a degree in Business and European Studies and Masters of Business Administration at the Heriot-Watt University (both in the UK). She obtained a certification in business consultancy by Oxford College.