Ulster lecturer Dr Khanyisela Moyo and PhD Researcher Aaron Weah were among the 30 delegates who presented their work at the Africa Justice and Transformation Networking meeting hosted by the University of Cape Town from 20-21 April at Ikhaya lodge, Cape Town.

The meeting was attended by 21 senior practitioners and scholars from eight African countries that have either undergone or, are experiencing, transitional justice initiatives. Those attending the meeting included Ms Yasmin Sooka: Chair of the Commission on Human Rights for South Sudan; Ms Kaari Betty Murungi: Transitional Justice Expert, Kenya; Ms Wambui Mwangi, United Nations; Barney Afako: UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan; John Caulker: Fambul Tok, Sierra Leone; Stephen Oola:  Senior Legal and Constitutional Affairs Advisor, South Sudan and Amani Institute, Uganda ; Pravina Makan-Lakha: General Manager of Operations, ACCORD, South Africa; Anna Moyo: Centre for the  Study of Violence and Reconciliation; Cheryl  Hendricks: Executive Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation; Sarah Kihika Kasande: Head of Office, International Centre for Transitional Justice, Uganda; Christine Alai: Transitional Justice Advisor, United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and Dzikamai Bere: National Director at the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights).

Dr Khanyisela Moyo chaired the session on ‘Gender, Conflict Related Sexual Violence, Peace and Security’. She also presented a paper on ‘The African Union Transitional Justice Policy: Limits and Opportunities.’

PhD researcher, Aaron Weah, presented a paper on ‘Denial, Memory Contestation and Access to Archives’.

The meeting was funded by a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networking Grant. The grant holders are Dr Helen Scanlon (University of Cape Town) and Dr Khanyisela Moyo (Ulster University).