Three New Members Join Landscapes of Hope Network

Three civil society organizations from South Africa, India, and Zimbabwe joined Landscapes of Hope network. in 2021!

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC), South Africa, is a democratic, mass-based social movement that campaigns for the advancement of the constitutional rights to life, dignity, equality, freedom, and safety for all people, but especially those living in informal settlements across South Africa. Their campaigns are based on research, education, and advocacy and divided across two focus areas. The Local Government focus area leads their organizing for the rights of informal settlement residents to dignity, equality, and justice. The Policing and Criminal Justice focus area leads their campaigns to ensure all people have access to a democratic, dignified, and effective police and criminal justice system.

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), India. DEF has been working to empower people at the edge of information by enabling them with training and access to the internet. Focusing on marginalised communities that are digitally excluded and underserved, DEF uses action, advocacy and capacity building tools to provide digital rights, fight information poverty and create agency to access rights and entitlements.

Magamba Network , Zimbabwe. Magamba has been a pioneer in Zimbabwean youth culture. The network launched the first-ever satire show in the country, Zambezi News, which has gone on to inspire a whole new generation of young satirists and online content creators who use humour to deal with Zimbabwe’s complex political situation. The network has opened up space for free expression online through supporting and incubating a myriad of young bloggers and new media startups that speak truth to power.

The three new members join a network of 22 organizations from 16 countries working together to explore ways to scale up and consolidate efforts among diverse civil society sectors to address some of the difficult problems currently challenging our world in areas such as freedom of expression, social and economic marginalization, forced displacement and migration, and gender inequality.

Full list of the 22 civil society organizations and their profiles can be found on our Community page.