“The manner the AU and AUMS are structured make the masses the best force capable of challenging the status quo. The mobilisation of the masses and the release of our collective ‘combative potential’ is a necessity for effecting change at both the national and regional level.”
Chafi Bakari – Human Rights Activist
We Campaign For Change
We work all over Africa to help all of us work our way out of poverty andattain 2063. To change lives for good, we need to fight the root causes that keep some of Africa’s most vulnerable out of poverty.Activism is part of how we get the AU and its Members moving. We campaign and mobilize people and organizations in Africa and around the world for change in Africa. Together with activists in 55 countries, we’re changing the policies of the AU and AUMS, whether that’s the behaviour of our state managers, companies, the laws that fail to protect human rights or the corruption that is holding all of us back.
We act in unity with other groups and organizations in Africa and around the world to fight corruption, poor governance, injustice, inequality and human rights violations inAfrica. Our strategy is what we to refer to as the “mobilization of the masses” – a kind of ‘voxpopuli!’
The manner the AU and AUMS are structured make the masses the best force capable of challenging the status quo. The mobilisation of the masses and the release of our collective ‘combative potential’ is a necessity for effecting change at both the national and regional level.
Using events, outreach, advocacy, media and communications strategies our sections lobby the AU and its Members and lead campaigns on a number of burning issues that is affecting the African people.
We may complain all day long and blame the political class for our misfortunes, but we are also co-authors of our misfortunes. In many instances and for too long, we have given our political class a blank cheque to rule – or misrule. We’ve cowered, shrugged our shoulders and looked up to the heavens for salvation which is yet to arrive, and accepted our fate as the will of God. A lot of us, for whatever reason, have been complicit in the crimes of our political class by our silence or inaction. So, together we can effect changes! We can take action! So, we the peoples of Africa are sending a clear message to the AU and AUMS that we are determined to have an ALMIGHTY say in the manner in which we are being governed and the way the AU and AUMS conduct business, because it is no longer business as usual. We need to our tell stories. We are sure you also have a story to tell – and we keep those stories in the consciousness of Africa. Our political class for too long have acted as our spokes-people. You will probably agree that they they’ve done a bad job at it. We are taking over the mic, speakers and printed pages and presenting our stories ourselves. They are stories of our struggles, but also of our history, culture, music, language and everything about us. Our message is simple: we the peoples of Africa are tired of the way the AU and AUMS run Africa – and are therefore taking matters into our own hands, determined to have a proper say in the manner in which we are being governed. AU Watch is determined to bring all of us into that conversation! That for us is the “mobilisation of the masses”- “voxpopuli!”
Become a Campaigner For Us!
Our Campaigners are part of a regional network of passionate volunteers that spans more than 50 countries. Together they have fun, help shape our strategy, and make real, positive change to the lives of all of us.
Help take our campaigns to the next level
AU Watch Campaigners work together to help take us to the Africa of 2063. Together we lead on, design and take part in exciting campaigning activities – from engaging the public in AU Watch campaigns at AU events, to attending marches, writing blogs, or speaking at events. We’re all different, so we support campaigns in different ways. But we all go the extra mile to help all of us achieve the Africa we all want to see.
Want to join the network? Take a look at the Community Campaigner role description, and sign up below.
• Come up with ideas for campaign activities and put them into action
• Learn about human rights in Africa and AU leadership
• Be part of a network united by a passion to end corruption in Africa
• Develop campaigning, communications and organising skills
• Use your own strength and passions. We’ll support you to use your existing skills to campaign for change.
• Fit in your community campaign activities around your life. We don’t ask for a huge or rigid time commitment, but you should actively take part into opportunities whenever you can.
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