The year 2016 has been declared by the African Union as the “African Year of Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women”. It affords African governments the opportunity to review and assess the human rights situation in Africa as well as entrench a culture of rights protection and respect for the rule of law in their countries. It is also a time to commemorate the achievements and progress made in the implementation of human rights standards on the continent. Most importantly, the African Union recognises that Africans should be given the chance to tell their story as a means of raising awareness about the realities and successes in their communities but also to inspire future generations (See AU’s Concept paper on Declaration of 2016 as African Year of Human Rights: http://bit.ly/1SofISI)
Consequently, SOTU (State of the Union Coalition) is committed to raising voices, perspectives and interests of Africans to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of what human rights means in their communities and providing a platform to collate the information, ignite public debate and mobilise citizens for social action.
SOTU welcomes contributions from a wide range of disciplines including alternative narratives. In addition to original research articles, we also invite well-informed and grounded commentaries, essays, short notes, true stories, poetry, and any other writings and art works including pictorials that illustrate and illuminate human rights issues and situations from an African citizen’s perspective.
Formats of Contributions1.Articles should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words (9,000 words max for contributions in French), including footnotes and should present original findings, analysis and arguments. 2.Essays and Short Notes should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words (5,000 max for contributions in French) including all footnotes. 3.Commentaries should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words (2,500 words max for contributions in French) and offer a more reflective and opinionated piece. 4.Poetry/Creative non-fiction (true stories) 80 lines max for poems and 2,000 words max (or 2,500 max for contributions in French) for true stories which reflect life in Africa and/or the theme of human rights.
Honorarium is also available for accepted pieces that meet the requirements.
How to ApplyInterested contributors or authors should submit abstracts first. For more information and details ofhow to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/1QD28ecDeadline for submission of abstracts: 4 March 2016