Activities in 2005
by John STEWART
Remarks and Suggestions on the National context
This 2005 has been a very difficult and problematic year for Zimbabwe, and for my organization and its work (NOVASC). In many ways the ‘responsibility’ concept and the energy and foundation that it provided has underpinned all my work this year; it has been generative, unifying, giving purpose and meaning in often very difficult and tense situations. The ACPD team working on the community book, Calming the Storm, noted that it was an incredibly appropriate theme and issue to deal with in the particular and immediate context of Zimbabwe, with its irresponsible and corrupt, violent, hypocritical, authoritarian (etc.) regime and governing process.
Activities focusing debates and diffusion
1. Participation in the Charter Workshop, Chile, January 2005.
2. Participation in Charter presentations and Charter team participation at WSF 2005, Porto Alegre.
3. Completion of research work, writers workshops, artists workshops, testing workshops, collective editing and final editing of Community views on responsibility Book, given the title Calming the storm.
4. Presentation of the Charter Concept and pre-text at:
meetings and training in various sectors including: women’s movement in Zimbabwe, Trade Union movement, Human rights sector AGM, rural workers union, student movement, victims of violence organization;
preparatory meetings for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (Southern Africa meetings February, May 2005, global conference July 2005);
regional meetings on governance and preconditions for free elections – covering Angola, Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe (April, September 2005).
5. Sessions on the Charter of Human Responsibility at Peoples Summit Forum (Zimbabwe), September 2005; Southern Africa Social Forum, October 2005; African Social Forum Guinea, December 2005.
6. Presentations and reflections on the Charter during the Building Bridges and Dialogues trip across the USA in November 2005 – which included Siddhartha (member of the regional Charter Committee for South Asia, India), Pinky (coordinator of the regional Charter Committee for South Asia, Philippines) and other members of the Alliance and enabled a first meeting with Nina Gregg (coordinator of the regional Charter Committee for the USA).