The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), inspired by the Gospel and informed by Catholic Social Teaching, seeks to educate and advocate for just relations with Africa and to work in partnership with African peoples as they engage in the struggle for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. AFJN’s recent focus campaigns include: the CALAR Initiative – A Declaration: Africa Remember Who You Are; Women’s Empowerment; Just Governance; Justice; and Land Seed and Water Rights.
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“This training gave me a sense of belonging in this country, speaking out is one of the ways I can give back to society.”– Nigerian Workshop Participant
“This workshop is amazing […] before now, I see cases of rape on television and social media and I feel little concern for the victims, but after this workshop, I feel I have a responsibility to humanity to be part of the movement to end rape and bring about change in society.”– Nigerian Workshop Participant
“We are enlightened, poised, and empowered to be agents of change in our local communities, and the world at large.”– Group from Ghana
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Women’s Empowerment Project
AFJN conducts educational and training workshops for religious sisters and youth on a variety of different issue areas relevant to that location. During the workshops and trainings the participants are first sensitized on the important issue, they learn how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching, and they practice skills in advocacy. Once they are empowered they are encouraged to focus on an issue area and then educate and advocate for change in their communities and among their peers. AFJN’s Women’s Empowerment Project has been successful in the creation of a law against Human Trafficking in Edo State Nigeria, has been crucial in educating communities about the SARS-2 Pandemic and the increase in domestic and sexual violence against Women and Children caused by the lockdowns. Sisters have taken to holding virtual meeting and going on the radio in Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana to address these important issues. Learn about the most recent projects here.
Land Seed and Water Rights
We conducted an advocacy training for about 60 Catholic nuns in Tanzania and 13 representative farmers from these rural communities affected by the issue of land grab by large scale multinational agribusinesses. Using the acquired skills, the nuns conducted town hall meetings in several villages to listen and mobilize the people, including Muwimbi village in Iringa district where water source had been confiscated by a large scale investor for irrigation of a farm which used to belong to the village. National radio and television channels aired the story to educate Tanzanians and put pressure on the official to take action. It worked. The District Commissioner of Iringa called one of the TV stations to stop airing the program because he was working on the issue. The water was released to the community within days. The pressured to review the contract still on.
Land grabbing, the large-scale acquisition of land in developing countries by foreign or local companies or individuals, often without due process, is a serious problem in Africa. Over 50 % of total land grabbed worldwide is in Africa. As a result, communities have been displaced, their source of livelihoods taken away. AFJN organizes workshops and conferences, town hall meetings and radio programs to educate local communities about land grabbing, supports small-scale farmers and responsible investments in Africa’s agricultural sector, and advocates for laws to prevent and stop land grabs.