EU’s ”frihandel” er også skidt for Afrika

Morten NielsenDer tales en del om EU’s negative indflydelse på danske arbejdsforhold og love i optakten til valget til Europaparlamentet i maj, men ikke ret meget om EU’s indflydelse uden for unionens grænser, hvor man blandt andet forsøger at diktere frihandel for de afrikanske lande.

”Det er vigtigt at EU’s udbytning af de afrikanske lande modarbejdes”, fortalte Morten Nielsen fra solidaritetsorganisationen Afrika Kontakt tilhørerne til Folkebevægelsen Mod EU’s valgtræf for EU-modstandere, der blev afholdt lørdag på Østerbro i København. ”De afrikanske lande har ret til at forsvare deres markeder imod dumping af billige, subsidierede varer fra EU”. Read more of this post

LGBT-demonstranter til Uganda: lad os være dem vi er

Fredag den 7. marts demonstrerede omkring syvhundrede mennesker i København, for at protestere imod Ugandas nye anti-homolov, hvor homoseksuelle blandt andet risikerer en livstidsdom, blot for at røre en person af samme køn, med den hensigt at have sex med vedkommende, og hvor alle Ugandere kan straffes for ikke at angive homoseksuelle til myndighederne.

Demonstranterne, heriblandt flere Ugandere bosiddende i Danmark og Sverige, marcherede og dansede fra Hellerup Station til Ugandas ambassade til lyden af bl.a. LGBT-musik fra Uganda og Ugandas nationalsang. Read more of this post

Protestér imod anti-homo lov i Uganda

Basic RGBAlle rettænkende mennesker bør tage afstand fra og protestere imod Ugandas nye “Anti-Homosexual Act”. Dem der dømmes efter loven risikerer en livstidsdom, blot for at røre en person af samme køn, med den hensigt at have sex med vedkommende, og dem som enten forsøger at hjælpe eller støtte homoseksuelle risikerer at få op til 7 års fængsel.

Ugandas præsident Museveni udtalte at ”emnet homoseksualitet synes at være provokeret af arrogante og skødesløse Vestlige grupper, som gerne kommer på vores skoler, og rekrutterer børn til homoseksualitet, ligesom de på samme dumdristige vis håndterer andre emner der vedrører Afrika”, da han underskrev loven den 24. februar 2014. Read more of this post

Hjælper vores ”hånd til Afrika”?

Vi har set det alle sammen, ofte uden at stille spørgsmålstegn ved årsagerne til det. Billeder af sultende, krigsramte, og passive afrikanere der ikke ville kunne klare sig uden hjælp fra vestlige velgørenhedsorganisationer.  Vi ser det i medierne, og vi ser det i kampagner lavet af udviklings-NGO’er.

”Det bliver bedre dag for dag, hvis vi gi’r en hånd til Afrika”, sang Nanna for eksempel i forbindelse med en kampagne til støtte for sultramte i Etiopien i 1984, selvom hun senere indrømmede, at hun hellere ville have sunget ” I fuckhoveder. I har taget Afrika i røven i så mange år, og det er vores ansvar, at Afrika ser ud, som det gør”. Read more of this post

Africa Contact Partnership Seminar 2013: Fundraising

 “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination,” Oscar Wilde once said.  Ensuring organisational financial security through more imaginative ways of fundraising was one of the important subjects that was discussed at Africa Contact’s Partnership Seminar, held in Johannesburg in April 2013.

”When we become too dependent on one source of income we become dependent on the donor and loose our freedom,” as Africa Contact’s Marie Villumsen put it. ”This goes for Africa Contact as well as for our partners. All development aid is political.”

In his presentation on funding through the EU-system, Africa Contact’s Bo Karlsen presented one such potential alternative source of income – funding through the EU system. Read more of this post

Africa Contact partnership seminar 2013: Civic Education

One of the important themes that were debated at Africa Contact’s partnership seminar, held in Johannesburg in April 2013, was Civic Education.

Civic Education is one of the cornerstones of the fight for democracy in many Southern African countries, especially in the rural areas where rights-based consciousness is often lacking. The civic educators – who are often recruited to teach in their own communities – are harassed by local chiefs and meetings are prone to police surveillance, not least because educators link the rights of those they educate with democratization and poverty eradication. Read more of this post

Africa Contact partnership seminar 2013: Working together in and for the future

An important forward-looking issue debated at Africa Contact’s partnership seminar, held in Johannesburg in April 2013, was how the partnership between Africa Contact and its partners should evolve.

Mcebisi Kraai from Masifundise (South Africa) and Africa Contact’s Marie Villumsen gave presentations on Africa Contact’s partnership approach, advocacy and networking.

Kraai argued that shared ideals and networking were vital for a successful partnership Read more of this post

Africa Contact and partners show the way forward at partnership seminar

There was an atmosphere of partnership, solidarity and common purpose at Africa Contact and partners’ 3rd Partnership Seminar, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, between the 4th and 7th of April 2013. An atmosphere that fully lived up to Africa Contact’s slogan “active solidarity with active people.”

“We are the carriers of the dream of a better world,” as Africa Contact’s Head of Secretariat, Morten Nielsen put it at the seminar. ”But we must connect the dreams of today with the struggles of tomorrow and make people see that we all have a common dream of a world where the system works in favour of people. And we mustn’t depoliticise our work when challenging the status quo.” Read more of this post

Homophobia in Africa is ”escalating”

“The abuse is escalating. Recent cases of criminalization of same-sex relationships have worsened a situation already characterized by harassment, humiliation, extortion, arbitrary arrests, judicial violence, imprisonment, torture, hate crimes and honour killings on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity all over Africa,” says a new report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

“Over the past ten years, the focus on equal rights, law reforms, community cohesion, diversity, families and migrations for lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) Africans has gone from bad to worse.” Read more of this post

Danmarks Indsamling: Send flere penge, det er os der kan gøre en forskel

Da jeg, som hundredetusinder af danskere, sad foran skærmen for at se Danmarks Indsamlings tv-show i går, hørte jeg gentagne gange budskabet om at det er vores velgørenhed, og størrelsen af pengebeløbet, der betyder noget for de ”stakkels” afrikanske børn på flugt som indsamlingen forsøger at hjælpe. ”Tusinde tak for donationerne. Lad dem flyde ind. Og vi taler jo bare på vegne af børnene i Afrika”, sagde programvært Louise Wolff, “der er kun en ægte vinder, og det er børnene i Afrika”. ”Danmark, det er os der kan gøre en forskel her”, sagde sangeren Wafonde. Read more of this post

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