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“African Voices On African Land”

August 7th, 2013 by Posted in English

Oxfam in partnership with ActionAid, PLAAS (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies) and FAC (Future Agricultures Consortium) will convene the first ever land hearing at Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg on the 15th August 2013.

The Pan African Land hearing looks to recognise and profile the struggles of ordinary people. It will give those affected by land grabs the opportunity to share their experiences and to explore with a high level panel what can be done to defend their rights and receive justice where they have been violated.

Specific Objectives
• To provide a forum where communities can share their stories and experiences related to large land deals in their respective countries.
• To provide the public with information about the communities’ stories and struggles related to land.
• To properly document the different experiences of the countries and to use these to strengthen calls to stop land grabbing, better regulate private sector land-based and agricultural investments, and strengthen the land rights of the majority of African citizens living in poverty, especially women.

Date:

15 August 2013, 9am-4:30pm

Venue:

Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Johannesburg, 2000

Panelists:

• Professor Olokushi Adebayo: Director of the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP)

• Kumi Naidoo: Greenpeace International Executive Director

• Hon. Sisa Njikelana: Committee of Agriculture of the Pan African Parliament

• Eric Wainaina: Musician from Kenya and,

• Maya Wegerif: Young Activist from South Africa.

To RSVP please contact:

Priyal Pillay |Regional Media & Communications Officer|Southern Africa
Email: ppillay@oxfam.org.uk
Office: 012 423 9966
Mobile: +27 (0)73 354 2813

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