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The 8th Pan-African Conference (PAC) on Illicit Financial Flows and Taxation, which took place virtually from 9 to 13 November 2020, was quite successful and mutually beneficial to both the Participants and organisers. The theme of this edition was: ‘’The Africa we want after COVID-19: Optimising the Mobilization of the Internal Resources of the Extractive Sector for the Transformation of Africa’’
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition was held in form of physical events (in countries where this was possible) and virtual sessions, on the margins of the meeting and plenary sessions. To make this conference a success, various committees were set up. Among them was the Communications Committee, which was in charge of reporting the event and ensuring its visibility across the African continent with the support of the media. This press-book is a reflection of the extent and quality of the media coverage.
TrustAfrica has launched a project over the past two years to address gender-based violence as a persistent obstacle, among others, to Francophone women empowerment in West Africa, particularly in three priority countries, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Mali. The Foundation has invested in this through the transformation of social norms, research, technical assistance, and capacity building.
With the global pandemic COVID-19, the main risk factors and acts of violence against women and girls have been exacerbated, especially with the closure of schools and universities and the lockdown. Besides physical and verbal abuse, many girls have had to drop out of school. TrustAfrica, together with its partners, was able to respond immediately to the crisis by establishing a rapid response mechanism to support initiatives that address these issues in this new context.
Using the “International 16 days of activism campaign against gender-based violence (GBV)” as a pretext, TrustAfrica organizes a panel discussion to support the current initiatives, mobilize actors and share knowledge with the various stakeholders.
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery - 2 December 2020
TrustAfrica, Amnesty International and the African Network Against Discrimination on the Basis of Work, Ancestry, Slavery and Social Beliefs are jointly hosting a virtual roundtable to commemorate the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Although slavery has been abolished in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger, some individuals and communities because of their birth or descent or ancestry continue to be discriminated as slaves. The aim of this virtual roundtable is to convene women representatives belonging to antislavery organizations to share their lived experiences in times of COVID-19 pandemic.
Opening remarks and Moderator: Prof. Penda Mbow, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, former Minister of Culture, and Founder of ‘Mouvement citoyens’
Community Immunity global initiative’s second LiveStream4Africa concert on Saturday, 17 October 2020 at 6:pm GMT was a very successful one. Renowned award-winning artists Baaba Maal, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Berita were amazing. The two comperes, DJ Boubs and Sainabou Jagne did a wonderful job to ensure that both English-speaking and French-speaking audiences were able to follow the concert and enjoy the performances.
Learning to live with COVID-19 while fighting its spread was part of the decisions made by TrustAfrica. One of the strategies was to organize or participate in debates and exchange of ideas through webinars.
On Monday, September 7, 2020 TrustAfrica, in partnership with Southern Africa Trust and African Philanthropy Network and under the umbrella of Community Immunity successfully organized a roundtable discussion under the topic Pursuing Co-Operative Purpose in the Time of COVID-19 in Africa. The purpose of this webinar was to present and unpack the vision, themes and activities of the Community immunity initiative. The panelists at the webinar were Dr Ebrima Sall, Executive Director of TrustAfrica, Masego Madzwamuse, the CEO of Southern Africa Trust, and Stigmata Tenga, Executive Director of African Philanthropy Network. The webinar was moderated by our colleague, Briggs Bomba. To watch it again, click here.