Colonialism is a fact of history. It changed the colonized countries, for better and for worse. And colonialism continues today in a different form. The colonizers have been rewarded for whatever good they did by the wealth they have taken from their colonies. Today's challenge to the colonizing nations is to repair the damage they have done.
Is this possible? What is my role?
Join us for a panel discussion aimed at better equipping all who want to be part of the repair.
Wednesday, 16 December
This webinar will offer insights into this challenging task, and examples of creative action towards healing the historical wounds of colonialism.
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Meet the Panel
Dr. Scherto Gill is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex, UK where she teaches both Masters’ and Doctoral programmes. Since 2018, she has been leading a UNESCO Research Project on Mapping Approaches to Healing the Wounds of History. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace.
Farai is devoted to improving the governance of natural resources in Zimbabwe and has received international awards for his courage in this work. In 2012 he founded the Centre for Natural Resource Governance, which researches and documents human rights abuse and seeks to halt illicit trade in minerals.
Letlapa was a freedom fighter who became an elected official in the new South Africa. His country astonished the world with its Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but it remains deeply divided by race, economic class and corruption.
Zandra Yeaman is a human rights activist and is currently seconded from the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights to the Hunterian at Glasgow University. Zandra is the Curator of Discomfort and her work includes challenging culture, power, privilege, practises and attitudes within museum and heritage. Curating Discomfort looks to establish new models and narratives around public health, social and economic inequality, gender equalities and colonial histories.
For eight years John was the Secretary of Australia’s National Sorry Day Committee, which enlisted nearly a million Australians in an apology to Aboriginal Australians for cruel and misguided policies, and in initiatives to overcome the harm caused. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.