The Africa Faith and Justice Network advocates for justice both within the US and in Africa. AFJN’s work includes educating and tackling the different forms of injustice. Read about the different ways we are empowering women to fight injustice in the communities through the Women’s Empowerment Project. AFJN also has delved deeper into systemic injustice within the US and abroad and the new movement sparked by George Floyd’s death. AFJN advocated for release of prisoners with minor offenses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to uphold the Constitution.
Women’s Empowerment Project
AFJN’s Women’s Empowerment Project continues to be making strides in Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Ghana. In 2021, AFJN expanded the program to include workshops in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Africa, religious sisters have taken to the airwaves talking about child labor, domestic and gender based violence, human trafficking, youth empowerment and other issues relevant to their communities. To learn more, click here.
AFJN continues in the fight against corruption by educating and advocating for increased transparency and accountability. Members of the community are being emboldened to stop paying bribes and demand integrity in their schools, businesses, communities, and governments.
The Coalition for Africa’s Liberation and Restoration (CALAR), initiated by the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), was launched on Africa’s Liberation Day on May 25, 2020 to mobilize Africans on the continent and in the diaspora in order to claim their rights and dignity and protect their heritage and resources against those whose actions continue to exploit Africa, and subjects Africans at home and abroad to all forms of indignities. Sign the Declaration, Pray for African Renewal, and watch the kickoff event video here.
- US-Africa Leaders Summit: Pre-summit Civil Society Forum 1 Dec, 2022 - The Advocacy Network for Africa with Africans Rising For Unity, Justice, Peace & Dignity, Africa Faith and Justice Network, American Friends Service Committee, Interconnected Justice, Jubilee USA Network and the US/Africa Bridge Building Project are organizing two days of events on December 9th and 12th.
- Heightening Awareness of Agro-Colonialism and Promoting Responsible Investment in Ghana 30 Nov, 2022 - Since 2014, Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) has been educating Ghanaians about the dangers of agro-colonialism, a new form of colonization by foreign multinationals and agents of non-African countries who are taking over Africa’s agriculture sector. For Ghana, this simply means a sinister takeover of Ghana’s food production system in order to ensure that Ghanaians remain food dependent.
- Sr. Eucharia Madueke’s Reflections on the Kenya Hilton Convening 30 Nov, 2022 - The Africa Faith and Justice Network’s Sr. Eucharia Madueke, SNDdeN spoke on a panel about her advocacy training work coordinating the AFJN Women Empowerment Project in Africa. The multi-day event, which took place from October 26-28, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya, brought hundreds of Catholic sisters from around the globe together to share and reflect on their experiences, challenges, and triumphs. The event was sponsored by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation who funded over 250 organizations.
- Ghana: A Chinese Fish Farm Project Turned Into a Nightmare 30 Nov, 2022 - A fish farm project has turned into a nightmare for the people of Gbabgavuinu and Torgodo. Huawei Agriculture Development Center (HADC), a Chinese agriculture company registered in Asutuare in Eastern Region/Ghana, used heavy-duty equipment to build a T-shaped water wall to bank the water of a lagoon, which includes a small lake called Aklakpa. This created a fish farming pond that soon after flooded nearby farmland, destroying crops. The more it rains, the more it floods, threatening livelihoods and homes.When the community demanded compensation for what had been lost, HADC packed up and abandoned the project. Naturally, water from the lagoon drained into a stream that is an affluent of the Volta River.
- Industrial Farming Threatens Access to Water in Ghana 30 Nov, 2022 - Who Polluted Kelor and Kolor Water Streams? The people of Kelorkpo (in North Tongu in Battor) are facing an even more devastating challenge: pollution of their water streams: Kelor and Kolor. The two streams important to their livelihoods are allegedly contaminated by runoff water from a corn farm belonging to a company called Kop Farms. Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) learned this information on August 31, 2022 during the town hall meeting in Kelorkpo to promote awareness on land grabbing and responsible investments.
- Africa’s Intensifying Emergencies: To What Fresh Assistance will the US Commit? 23 Nov, 2022 - Join Africa Faith and Justice Network, the Advocacy Network for Africa, Africans Rising, and American Friends Service Committee for a webinar on Friday, December 9th. Ahead of the US-Africa Leaders Summit, a sterling collection of deeply-experienced Africa experts will unpack the issues of Climate Injustice, Looming Famine, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Raging Wars. Individually and collectively, these emergencies are snuffing out African lives and inflicting serious pain and suffering.
- Reforming the UN Security Council: Why it must be on the US-Africa Leaders Summit Agenda 16 Nov, 2022 - The Africa Faith and Justice Network invites you to a discussion, “Reforming the UN Security Council: Why it must be on the US-Africa Leaders Summit Agenda '' Naledi Pandor, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa said that “It is unacceptable that 77 years after its establishment 5 nations wield disproportionate decision making power in the United Nations system as a whole.”
- Hustler vs Dynasty: The Elections in Kenya and Nigeria and their Implications for Africa 6 Sep, 2022 - The Africa Faith and Justice Network invites you to a discussion, “Hustler vs Dynasty: The Elections in Kenya and Nigeria and their implications for Africa '' on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 11:00 am-12:30 pm ET (US and Canada). The recent election in Kenya stunned Africa when Vice-President William Ruto won against his own sitting President and the country’s largest opposition party. Looking ahead to February 2023, Nigeria’s elections have garnered international attention with a third party candidate Peter Obi garnering support from the youth and the African diaspora against the two major parties. What do these elections mean for the future of Africa? Join AFJN as we invite prominent African experts from the continent to discuss these trends and their implications for the future of the continent.
- End it Now: Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo Crisis 22 Aug, 2022 - The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) is hosting an online event on the ongoing Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Crisis. The event "End it : Rwanda-DR Congo Crisis" on August 25, 2022 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET will feature voices from the DRC who will provide updates and analysis. The panelists will also examine the role of the international community in the more than two decades long crisis. The event will also feature Q&A from the audience where audience members may speak and submit their comments on Zoom. This online event is free and open to the public.
- EVENT: August 18th Join AFJN for a Virtual Call to Action on World Humanitarian Day 17 Aug, 2022 - The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) and a coalition of organizations are calling on President Biden to be a humanitarian. On August 18, 2022, the eve of World Humanitarian Day, at 8pm (ET US and Canada) organizations are holding a virtual call to action on Zoom where people across the country will be taking immediate action by messaging the President and Members of Congress. The event "Call on President Biden to be a Humanitarian on World Humanitarian Day" is cosponsored by AFJN, CODEPINK, Action Corps, Demand Progress, PeaceAction, American Friends Service Committee, and Partnerships for Trauma Recovery.