100 Mediators for South Africa
Updated: Jul 16
Today, Tony Conn and I would like to call your attention to this highly topical subject – Community Mediators for Africa. Steering Committee: Past District Governor Grant Daly; District Governor Annemarie Mostert; Professores Dries Velthuizen, et al.
According to research at the University of South Africa and by other organizations, there is a need for modifications in the mediation of differences and conflicts in Africa. Currently, not all segments of society are represented during mediation sessions. In particular, young people, women, and other marginalized groups should become key participants, using mediation as an option in the resolution of disputes. The need for African mediators fits the Rotary focus area of peace and conflict resolution. Since Rotary is a politically neutral body, it is trusted by communities.
The plan is to establish mediation teams known as “African Mediators in Africa for Africa” in all Rotary districts of Southern Africa. -- The countries that will benefit are: South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Lesotho, Botswana, eSwatini, and Southern Mozambique.