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[posted: Wednesday 19 October 2005 @ 4.28pm GMT]
Tuesday 14 December
Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng in Lusaka
The Stop EPAs campaign was launched at Lusaka today with a ringing and militant call on African people to mobilise themselves to provide their governments with the moral authority to reject the Economic Partnership Agreements being negotiated between the ACP countries and the European Union. Defining the terms of the discussion, Kathleen Boohene of the Third World Network Africa, described EPAs as a looming monster that would devour all our progress. She said adopting EPA would worsen and entrench the endless poverty in Africa. She also reinforced her point by demonstrating...more [posted: Tuesday 14 December 2004 @ 3.28pm GMT]
Monday 13 December
Brenda Zulu in Lusaka
The Africa Social forum conducted an African Court of Women’s lives and livelihoods, which offered through testimony, expert analysis, poetic visuals, dance and drum, the situation of women in this violent globalised world.
Rabia Abedelkrim from FAMES/ENDA, Senegal explained that the role of the judiciary was not to mimic the courts but to articulate new concepts in dispensing justice. “Testifiers were going to speak with their bodies,” she said.
It was argued that existing concepts of development, security, human right, have become insufficient when it comes to dealing with the violence of our time.
The Court of women invited everyone to create a new alternative space and infuse these spaces with a new political vision that will challenge the truth in...more [posted: Tuesday 14 December 2004 @ 3.38pm GMT]
Sunday 12 December
Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng in Lusaka
Emerging consensus at a meeting on peace and conflict in Africa has pointed accusing fingers at “external influences” as the main motor of conflict making in Africa. The meeting is one of several thematic meetings taking place at the 2004 African Social Forum in Lusaka, Zambia from December 10-14. In his contribution to the discussion, the veteran South African rights and anti-apartheid campaigner and writer, Dennis Brutus said that conflicts in Africa are mostly about Africa’s resources, which are the main attraction for those who instigate conflict and those who intervene. He cited the situation where African countries are being asked by...more... [posted: Monday 13 December 2004 @ 2.09pm GMT]
Saturday 11 December
The Africa Trade Network, which brings together Africa’s trade policy civil society organizations, is organizing three meetings during the Lusaka ASF. The first of these meetings on December 11 is described as a mini teach-in, which will focus on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) by explaining the issues, the negotiating process and politics as well as on the nature of the stop-EPA campaign. This meeting would be useful and attractive to groups involved with / interested in trade and development issues, and...more... [posted: Monday 13 December 2004 @ 2.22pm GMT]
Our resistance as women, according to Corinne Kumar, speaking at the Africa Court of Women, must be “a discourse of dissent, a new imaginary, one which cannot be tied to that which is dominant. The dominant must be decentred, disrupted, even interrupted.”
On the second morning of the Africa Social Forum, I planned to attend a session on land and the agrarian question, but I arrived to find not a single woman in the room...more... [posted: Monday 13 December 2004 @ 2.35pm GMT]
Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng in Lusaka
Karin Nkhumbula and Wamafe Wamafe are two of the hundreds of participants at the third African Social Forum currently going on in Lusaka. In a role reversal, they asked to interview me and persisted even when I explained that as a journalist I felt it was my duty to interview them. In the face of such persistence, I gave in and sat across from my interlocutors. After initial introductions, they fired their first question:...more... [posted: Monday 13 December 2004 @ 1.45pm GMT]
Friday 10 December
by Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, TWN-Africa
The 2004 Africa Social Forum (ASF) got off to a rousing start with inspirational speeches, poetry, music and dance at the opening ceremony at the Mulungushi International Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The current Forum is the third of these meetings that bring together activists and civil society organizations concerned with human rights, gender, environment, children, trade and investment and their many sub-themes. This morning’s presentations reflected the theme “Another Africa is Possible”, with their bold statements... more...[posted: Saturday 11 December 2004 @ 2.44pm GMT]
Wednesday 8 December
ACCRA, Ghana-8 Dec,2004—Third World Network-Africa, the Accra-based advocacy organisation, has created a dedicated page on its website www.twnafrica.org to report the forthcoming African Social Forum (ASF) which starts in Lusaka, Zambia on December 10, 2004.
The four-day event will bring together hundreds of activists and organisations campaigning on human rights, gender, race, the environment, trade, and many other issues.
During the Lusaka Forum, the African Trade Network (ATN), whose secretariat is hosted at TWN-Af, will launch a continent-wide campaign against the “Economic Partnership Agreements” or EPAs. The StopEPA is civil society initiative targetted at stopping African countries from entering into free-trade agreements with the European Union. Civil society groups fear that the EPAs, which are mandated under the Cotonou Agreement will lock African economies into a multilateral framework under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which is the same position African countries are resisting at the WTO.
The website will present regular news and features from the African Social Forum, and will also welcome contributions and reactions.
For more information, please contact Emmanuel.k.Bensah at firstname.lastname@example.org, or +233.21.511.189.
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