On the 22nd of November, AWEPA Member Gerda Weichsler-Hauer invited - together with the Southern Africa Documentation and Cooperation Centre (SADOCC) - to a presentation on "40 years after the Soweto Youth Uprising - What the anniversary means for South Africa today“ into the Press-Centre in Linz.
The presenter, Carol Dyantyi, participated in the Soweto youth protest march on 16th of June 1976, where the people demonstrated against the repressive educational politics of the Apartheid regime. Some protesters were shot dead and this resulted in further, nationalwide demonstrations and actions. The UN security council issued resolution 392, in which the South African government was harshly critizised for its disproportionate actions against the protesters.
Carol Dyantyi told the story of this historic confrontation and of its political repercussions then and up to today. Why were the youths protesting in 1976? What were their reasons? Which demands were realised? Which ones are still not implemented? How did this extraordinary situation change the situation of South African youth? And what are their perspectives in present day South Africa?
Carol Dyantyi is a protestor of 1976 and founding member of the NGO IKAGENG, which supports AIDS-orphans and vulnerable children in Soweto.
On the 23rd of November Carol Dyantyi, Walter Sauer of SADOCC and PNSD Project-Coordinator Jutta Kepplinger visited a school class, Stiftsgymnasium Wilhering.
The current Newsletter of the NorthSouthDialogue was issued in November 2016 and includes articles on the relationship between Parliament and citizens, as well as a resume of 10 years partnership with the Parliament of Mozambique.
The recent electronic Newsletters of the AWEPA Section in the Austrian Parliament had the following topics (in German only):
>> Menschenhandel (NL No.63/2016)
>> Rechte von LGBTIQ (NL No.62/2016)
>> Presse- und Medienfreiheit (NL No.61/2016)
>> Internationaler Frauentag (NL No.60/2016)
>> Migration und Flucht (NL No.59/2016)
On December 13 a Round Table on the topic "Which education for whom? A controversial assessment of the SDG 4" was organised by the NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments.
From May 18th to 25th representatives of the Committee on Social Affairs, Women's Affairs and Public Communication of the Assembleia da República visited the two partner parliaments in Portugal and Austria.