Subj: Africans Rising Newsletter: Help Support Africans Affected by Cyclone Freddy
Call to Action
Donate to support Africans displaced and devastated by Cyclone Freddy.
Cyclone Freddy has had a catastrophic effect on Malawi and communities in Southern Africa. As reported by the media, almost 600 lives have been lost and over one million people have been displaced. The damage to Malawian infrastructure has also exposed residents to one of the country’s biggest outbreaks of cholera. Africans Rising is responding to the situation by mobilizing resources and raising money to provide relief to those in need and aid them on their road to recovery. We have initiated plans for a global fundraising campaign and the collection of relief items organised by various volunteers in the Southern Africa region. The funds raised will be donated to the affected communities and relief items such as sanitary wear, food, clean clothes, medical aids and blankets will also be collected and donated. Families affected by the disaster urgently need assistance, and we need your support to help them. Find out how you can donate to support the victims of Cyclone Freddy by visiting our website
Claim Your Space - apply for rapid response funding.
ActionAid Denmark is parterning with Africans Rising to help provide funds for activists and human rights defenders in danger. The Claim Your Space mechanism can provide up to EUR 5,000 for a period of up to six months. In this webinar, ActionAid Denmark discusses what the funds can be used for safety alarms, unarmed security personnel, safe houses, medical treatment and other expenses.
Stories from the Movement
Borderless Africa in the News:
- Borderless Africa promoted at the Conference of Ministers.
The Economic Commuission for Africa’s Conference of Ministers is currently taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During one of the sessions, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, an African Union high representative, promoted the Africans Rising’s Borderelss Africa campaign. Before an audience of some of Africa’s most notable leaders, Dr. Chambas made an appeal for more members to sign on to the ratification of the AU protocol on free movement. “We cannot have a continent where our peopel cannot move around and do business with each other,” he said, “it’s important that we put our money where our mouth is.”
- Free movement in Africa is a step towards complete decolonisation
Africans Rising Movement Coordinator Hardi Yakubu wrote a critical piece looking at free movement as an integral step toward a truly liberated Africa. “If one analyses critically, drawing from historical facts, it is apparent that the present injustices and systemic oppression in Africa, and indeed the rest of the so-called Global South are the effects of the continuing domination of systems and structures by neo-colonial ideology.”
- Borderless Africa is non-negotiable
The CitiNewsroom.com, a leading news outlet in Ghana, recently published an article featuring an interview with Africans Rising Movement Coordinator Hardi Yakubu about the Borderless Africa campaign. “What we want is an Africa where all the people are seen as citizens of the landmass and permitted to move, interact and trade with others without the unimaginable diplomatic restriction we currently have,” Yakubu said.
Celebrating Women’s History Month: Farafina, The Black Link Tour
Farafina is an initiative to reclaim and rebuild a grassroots peoples’ solidarity movement linking Africa and the USA. On March 16, as a part of the tour, Howard University’s Center for African Studies and partnering organisations hosted a discussion of U.S.-Africa engagement with perspectives shared by a panel of prominent women leaders including social movement leaders representing the continent and the diaspora. Speakers at the event included: Dana Banks, Former Special Assistant to the President and NSC Special Advisor for the African Leaders Summit, The White House; Coumba Toure, Board Chair, TrustAfrica, Ambassador Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity; and Imani Countess, Executive Director, U.S. Africa Bridge-Building Initiative.
As the Africans Rising movement was being created five years ago, one of the key agreements was that the movement should be self-funded by Africans (individuals and organisations) based on the continent as well as worldwide. The founding members also welcomed any supporters who align with our values, vision and mission to participate.
In 2023, the Africans Rising resource mobilisation unit will be stepping up our efforts to make this mandate a reality. During the 2022 All African Movements Assembly participants demonstrated their support by donating. We shall be sending regular updates on what comes in and how it is being utilised. More details about how you can support below:
One Afro For One Million Campaign
- 29 March – Women and Activism: The stakes and challenges.
13h EAT / 16h GMT – Online
In this Twitter Space conversation, women activists discuss their work as activists and how they became engaged in social change. We’ll be talking with Angela Ngulube Co-Founder, NYALI Zambia @NgulubeNomsa; Patience Mawuto Development Practitioner @MissPatienceM; Irene Asuwa, Social Scientist/Co-convenes Ecological Justice, @irene_asuwa; Kasina Maryanne, Co-Funder of JUST WOMEN AFRIKA, @kasinamaryanne; Minoo Kyaa Team Lead, Social Justice Centres movement, @minookyaa; Azaria Nkosazana Mredlane, founder of Dear Young Queen Foundation, @sunguiness and Mercy Mary Nakawala founder of Girls Safeguarding Girls Movement @MercyMNakawala.