2020 was a year notable for its recurrent activism. This year, the magazine is themed “Protest.” This was most evident with the George Floyd – BLM protests, but also with ‘End SARs,’ the Climate Strikes, #اعدام ـ نکنید [‘#Don’t Execute’ movement in Iran] and International Women’s Day demonstrations (amongst many more.)
Here are some of the issues covered;
· Benjamin Salvo offers an analysis of the underlying reasons for various African countries protesting, with Arun Denton providing a historical overview of the strong tradition of protest on the African continent.
· Marietta Kosma skilfully explains why the BLM protests resonated so powerfully to Nigerians, before Amy Leung discusses police brutality in the same country, as well as the DRC and South Africa.
· Robyn McQueen draws on her own experience of teaching in South African schools to underline the stark disparities in educational experience there, and what might be needed going forward.
· Maya Szaniecki makes the case for legalised abortion in Namibia and Kenya, whilst demonstrating that a growing demand for change has also been marked by significant counter-protests.
· Samuel Manford closes the edition with a poem, both a poignant call for reflection and for continuing to demand change.