Hakima Abbas


‘Here you are, brother: Caught in the wheels of history, part of processes that transform the world and part of systems that destroy it.’


Long before people took to the streets of Tunis and the squares of Cairo, two important acts of mass civil resistance tipped the balance of power and forced concessions for democratization in Guinea (2007) and Madagascar (2009), with women maintaining visible leadership within the top tiers of the mobilizations.


If aid is not in the interests of African peoples’, why would aid conditionality be a tool for African social justice?


Access to flexible funds, solidarity, nurturing and safe environments, and a willingness to engage for the long term are some of the key needs of movements for change, writes Hakima Abbas.


Fahamu is pleased to announce the appointment of Hakima Abbas as its new executive director (ED). Hakima began with Fahamu as the coordinator of the AU Monitor initiative and subsequently served as deputy director over the last two years. The founding director, Firoze Manji, stepped down as ED in January 2010 to enable him to lead on Pambazuka News and Pambazuka Press, a position he will continue with. Hakima takes up the post as executive director of Fahamu in November 2010. Here she maps ou...read more

http://www.pambazuka.org/images/articles/500/10_500.gifIn a speech given to the Africa–Canada Forum, Hakima Abbas discusses the contemporary challenges for Africa’s self-determination and the centrality of the continent’s social movements in ‘entrenching democratic principles’.

In Preparation for the AU Summit

In response to the overwhelming inquiries from our subscribers for more information on the themes, potential advocacy avenues and logistical details for the upcoming AU summit in Addis Ababa, the AU Monitor has put together a short summary with relevant information.

This week’s AU Monitor brings you news from the African Union where a meeting of the Ministerial Committee on the Union Government is taking place in Addis Ababa between the 27th and 28th of November. According to the Accra declaration adopted in June 2007, the committee is set up for the: “identification of the contents of the Union Government concept and its relations with national governments; identification of domains of competence and the impact of the establishment of the Union Governm...read more

http://www.pambazuka.org/images/articles/328/fahamu_aubook_cover_200.jpg... setting the scene with an account of how and why Africa has developed its own system for protecting human and peoples' rights, Hakima Abbas concludes that the success of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, in spite of 'the seeming lack of political will on the part o...read more

On the heels of the High Level Panel’s invitation for e-submissions, the AU Monitor urged African civil society and citizens to contribute to the process of a “Peoples’ Audit of the AU”. This week, the AU Monitor brings you the perspective of Charles Mutasa, AFRODAD Executive Director and Deputy Presiding Officer of ECOSOCC, which provides critique and analysis of ECOSOCC, along with a policy brief from AfriMap that provides recommendations for open, democratic and transparent AU policies an...read more