#AfricansRising

Africans Rising is a Pan-African movement of people and formations, working for peace, justice and dignity.

We are determined to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the Future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.

A brief history

The process that started out as the Africa Civil Society Centre (October 2015), widened into the Africa Civil Society Initiative (May 2016 ) and since 24th August 2016 is known as Africans Rising is the result of a bottom-up series of on and offline consultations and dialogues between and amongst social movements, NGOs, peoples and popular social justice movements, intellectuals, artists, sports people, cultural activists and others, across the continent including the African Diaspora.

People who have given input to the consultation process agree that African unity reflected by greater social, political and economic integration is critical for Africa and its peoples – and a united civil society should be the force of a movement for justice, peace and dignity.

After much work with a small launch team and volunteers, the Africans Rising conference took place on 23rd and 24th August 2016 at the MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (TCDC), in Arusha, Tanzania. 272 people attended the conference from 40 countries on the African continent, (and representatives from two in the Diaspora), with 51% of delegates being women and 60% being under the age of 35.

These sentiments are reflected in the founding charter of Africans Rising, the Kilimanjaro Declaration.

What is this movement about?

Progressive Africans, civil society leaders, and social movements engaged in various struggles are welcome to convene, collaborate and share knowledge.

Who is involved and welcome?

You are! The movement is all about gathering activists, regional and local networks, artists, trade unions, faith-based groups, social movements, cultural activists, intellectuals, sports people, NGOs, INGOs, people – people are especially welcome.

Why do this now?

Africans, and indeed civil society in Africa is under assault on many fronts. We are experiencing many restrictions on political space, the erosion of women’s rights, rampant corruption that aids illicit financial outflows, natural resource devastation, and increasing threats to peace and security. We should be living in a peaceful, prosperous and healthy Africa - but instead - we have become focused on mere survival. Unity, political and economic freedom and prosperity is critical for Africa and its people to progress and thrive.

How are you going to do this?

Together, we will build an inclusive Africa-wide civil society movement for justice, peace and dignity. Together, we will learn from and with other social movements so we can build collective power and bring about changes on issues we all agree need changed. Together, we will protect existing civic space and defend against the closing of civic space, locally, regionally and globally.

How will Africans Rising work with other movements?

African Rising wants to work with and alongside other social movements. Together, we are stronger and can continue to make sure people’s struggles for justice are successful and powerful.

We will continue celebrating the multiplicity of voices and building consensus at each step – no one will be left behind. The organisational structure for the Movement and its ways of working will reflect the lean and agile nature of the movement itself.

What thematic focus will you have?
  • Expanding space for civic and political action
  • Fighting for women’s rights and freedoms across society
  • Focusing our struggles on the right to equity and dignity
  • Demanding good governance as we fight corruption and impunity
  • Demanding climate and environmental justice
What’s the next step?

Step one: Sign and share the Kilimanjaro Declaration as the key rallying point with as many people as possible,

Step two: We will each carry the message of Africans Rising to our local communities and constituencies, across the continent and, into the Diaspora;

Step three: Recruit people to this movement for justice, peace, jobs and dignity and, Commit to prepare for the #25May2017 day of mass mobilisation.