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Africa One Voice Movement

This project aims to build a vibrant critical mass of a ‘strong pipeline’ of diverse leaders, role models and agents for the change we need.

Africans are at the bottom of Society; in the context of equalities Africans occupy the bottom rung in each and every pile of rubble hence the need to unapologetically tackle  Afro-phobia  head on.

While there is an official policy of silence, Africans in complicit in the UK, pan European Network for Action against Racism (ENAR) is getting to grips with this scourge and some European countries have since acknowledged its prevalence.

Afrophobia refers

‘ to the specific form of racism that affect people of African descent and covers structural discrimination correlated to historically repressive structures of colonialism.

Discrimination and inequalities faced by people of African descent can take many different forms: dislike, personal antipathy, bias, bigotry, prejudice, oppression, racism, structural and institutional discrimination, racial and ethnic profiling, enslavement, xenophobia, societal marginalisation and exclusion, systematic violence, hate speech and hate crime.’   http://www.enar-eu.org/Launch-of-ENAR-s-2014-15-Shadow-Report-on-Afrophobia-in-the-European-Union

BUOYED  by massive evidence and support at grassroots level for a case for Afrophobia in the UK, Tapepuka is building solid and strategic partnerships with trusted allies in a bid to stop  this pandemic from completely eroding gains that were accruing towards a relatively peaceful and tolerant diverse UK society prior to 2010 parliamentary elections.

Since then Afro-phobic immigration laws and policies have been reformulated and enacted with a disproportionate affect on how black Africans experience life in the areas of work, health, education, leisure, housing and policing.

This continues to escalate post Brexit, hence Africa One Voice is the rallying space for highlighting , raising awareness and challenging afro-phobia.

For what we do to forestall inadvertent afro-phobia by practitioners, decision and policymakers  read 1Call for Country of Origin Consultants here.

Are you a potential COC Representative or Mobiliser? Read more here  COCs-Mobilisers & Representatives.

To express an interest get in touch by email  at info@tapepuka.org,  give the office a ring on 01924 882433.

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Regional meeting for Europe, Central Asia and North America (Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 23-24 November 2017)

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently initiated five regional meetings as part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade for people of African descent. The meetings seek to focus on trends, priorities and challenges at the national and regional levels to effectively implement the Decade’s Programme of Activities as well as exchange of good practices.

A second regional meeting was held on 23-24 November 2017 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. It “provided an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that governments from Europe, Central Asia and North America in partnership with equality bodies, national human rights institutions, civil society, development agencies and regional organizations, may pursue to integrate the provisions of the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent”.

In attendance were Member States, United Nations specialized agencies and bodies, regional organizations, national human rights institutions, equality bodies and civil society representatives, particularly people of African descent from the region. Tapepuka were among the civil society organisations from the UK invited as participants.

In her statement to both Recognition and Justice sections of the meeting,  Chawapiwa Faith Muverengwi; founder and Executive Director of Tapepuka highlighted her organisation’s frontline experiences of systemic, structural and institutional Afri-phobic racism, discrimination and exclusion among other forms of intolerance. She also spoke about the lack of main stream media coverage of cases where government agencies through poor practices and outcomes fail to accord equality in dignity and rights for (Africans) people of African descent.

She therefore sent out a call to statutory bodies in the northern region of England and the rest of UK to integrate the provisions of the IDPAD framework –specifically the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent.

 

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The Decade of African Descents

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently initiated five regional meetings as part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade for people of African descent. The meetings seek to focus on trends, priorities and challenges at the national and regional levels to effectively implement the Decade’s Programme of Activities as well as exchange of good practices.

A second regional meeting was held on 23-24 November 2017 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. It “provided an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that governments from Europe, Central Asia and North America in partnership with equality bodies, national human rights institutions, civil society, development agencies and regional organizations, may pursue to integrate the provisions of the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent”.

In attendance were Member States, United Nations specialized agencies and bodies, regional organizations, national human rights institutions, equality bodies and civil society representatives, particularly people of African descent from the region. Tapepuka were among the civil society organisations from the UK invited as participants.

In her statement to both Recognition and Justice sections of the meeting,  Chawapiwa Faith Muverengwi; founder and Executive Director of Tapepuka highlighted her organisation’s frontline experiences of systemic, structural and institutional Afri-phobic racism, discrimination and exclusion among other forms of intolerance. She also spoke about the lack of main stream media coverage of cases where government agencies through poor practices and outcomes fail to accord equality in dignity and rights for (Africans) people of African descent.

She therefore sent out a call to statutory bodies in the northern region of England and the rest of UK to integrate the provisions of the IDPAD framework –specifically the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent.

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SUPPORTING 100 MORE!!!

Our goal of reaching more peers does not seem far-fetched after all, thanks to a recent Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant announced in May.

The first cohort of four level 1 (OISC Accreditation) Immigration Advice has received training run by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Cohort 1 of Tapepuka of level Immigration Adviser trainees

Tapepuka – 1st Cohort of level  1  Immigration Adviser trainees

They are now revising and practising to gain confidence in order to put themselves forward for assessment by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner within the year.

We are still seeking more potential trainees and applications are encouraged from the Gambian, Ghanaian, Nigerian, Namibian, Malawian, Rwandese, Kenyan, South African, Zambian and Congolese backgrounds.

Opportunities for generalist advisor training. exist in line with Tapepuka  aim to provide resident first aid in the areas of immigration, debt, housing,  ‘me’ health and any other urgent issues.

Already, two  volunteers  have since received benefits training through Turn 2 Us.    Two more are receiving bookkeeping training from West Yorkshire Community Accounting Services (WYCAS).

The intention is to ensure that all African nationalities are given an equal opportunity  to access support,  but also included at all operational levels of the project to be a resource.

Hence,   Tapepuka  community mobiliser model through country chapter representation means  the organisation will get to a point where there are 54 plus more delegates for actions that seek to change our status in British society.

The first steps have been taken, thanks to Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant.