SOCIAL MOVEMENTS


How can we best engage with each other to collaboratively dismantle political and institutional oppression?
Demonstrations, boycotts, stay aways, townhall meetings, Facebook live, Twitter, trending hashtags etc are methods Africans on the continent and in the diaspora have used to engage with these social, political, and legal issues. This panel serves as a platform to share activism stories and why they have worked. It also serves as a knowledge sharing opportunity on how to build coalitions and movements for social justice in all our communities.


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FADZAYI MAHERE

Advocate of the High Court and Supreme Court of Zimbabwe, Political Activist

@AdvocateMahere

Fadzayi Mahere practices as an advocate/barrister at the Harare Bar. Her main fields of practice include constitutional law, human rights law and administrative law. She also takes on appellate criminal work and specialised crime. She holds a Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Zimbabwe. Prior to reading law at Cambridge, Fadzayi worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague and for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was also awarded a Pegasus Fellowship from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London, which enabled her to work in various Chambers in London, including Essex Court Chambers and Doughty Street Chambers. She has marshalled with Judge Paget QC at the Old Bailey, London’s Oldest Criminal Court in 2010. In addition to her practise as an advocate, Fadzayi lectures Administrative Law and Property Law at the University of Zimbabwe.


MUTASIM ALI

African Refugee Development CenterBoard Member

@MutasimAli3

Mutasim Ali is originally from Sudan and is now living in Israel as a refugee since 2009. He is a former Executive director and the current board member of the African refugee development center, ARDC. He is currently a candidate to law degree at Academic College of Law and Business – Ramat Gan. He is known as an advocate and has been vocal about Darfur, refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. Here are some of media highlights: 1) The Only Sudanese to be Granted Asylum in Israel  2) His Story


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CHIPO DENDERE

Gettysburg College: Assistant Professor of Political Science

@DrDendere

Dr. Chipo Dendere is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She researches and writes about African politics. Dr. Dendere’s work on the relationship between authoritarian and migration is influenced by her experience of emigrating from Zimbabwe along with millions of Zimbabweans at the height of the country’s economic crisis. While Zimbabwe has gone through worst economic crisis in modern history with inflation hitting a staggering 79,600,000,000% monthly rate ZANU PF managed to stay in power. Her research finds that the forced emigration of millions of young educated urbanites helped ZANU PF consolidate power and weakened the opposition. This work also highlights the ways in which ruling parties manipulate remittances to keep themselves in power at the expense of their citizens.

Dr. Dendere is also working on research on the growth of social movements in developing countries and the impact of technology on their activities. Beyond the Arab Spring there have been at least eight citizen movements across the African continent. Each of these movements relied social media tools to organize citizens around a common message.