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Continent Arises with Maiden ‘African Liberation Week,’ From May 2022

The maiden ‘African Liberation Week’ is being observed for the first time this year, afterwards, the seven-day occasion will become an annual event.

Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity has just announced that the week from the 23rd to 29th May, has now been declared as African Liberation Week.

African Rising is a Pan-African Movement of People and Organizations working for Justice, Peace and Dignity.

The week reflects the need for renewed unity amongst Africans all over the world to own, control and manage their own affairs

This year’s mobilization will run under the theme “Africa for Africans” and reflects the need for renewed unity amongst Africans all over the world to own, control and manage their own affairs.

Each year, African Liberation Day is observed on May 25, to promote unity and solidarity among African people and states.

The commemoration is an opportunity to sensitize all Africans from grassroots organizations, trade unions, community groups, women’s organizations, faith groups, youth groups, local associations, the media and individuals, to take action on specific themes or issues relevant to the local as well as continental contexts.

ANN LORNA – Media Outreach Consultant at Africans Rising

Africans Rising utilizes the whole week of May 25th to ensure that Africans across the globe can take part in this commemoration, and to explore a breadth of issues facing African communities.

Along with the ‘Africa for Africans,’ theme of this year, the special week also recognizes other topics such as

  • Decolonization – capturing the unfinished business of decolonization
  • Gender justice – ensuring gender equality in carving the Africa We Want
  • Health – equitable access to quality healthcare amid COVID-19
  • Climate and Environmental Justice – advancing the push for climate and environmental justice towards the ‘Africa We Want!’

History of Africans Rising’s African Liberation Day Mobilizations

On May 25, 2017, 2000 volunteers, partners, supporters and friends organized a total of 300 actions and events in 42 countries on the African continent and the Diaspora to march the launch of Africans Rising.

A year later on May 25, 2018, the mobilization was even more massive as hundreds of individual actions and events were carried out in 54 countries including 6 in the African Diaspora.

In 2019, activities spanned from film Screenings, media engagements, public symposia, to panel discussions and several other activities on modern day slavery.

In 2020 and 2021, Africans Rising focused on the health and wellbeing of Africans and African communities, given the COVID-19 pandemic and its disastrous consequences across all aspects of life, through the ‘Rise 4 Our Lives,’ campaign.

Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity is a Pan-African social movement working to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the peoples of Africa

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