On Thursday 13th April 2023, the African Activits for Climate Justice (AACJ) digital platform “Power to Voices” was launched online by Oxfam. This event marked a major milestone for the global movement for climate justice and progressive social change. The platform is designed to be a safe space for movements building, youth networks, organizations, and individuals who are committed to promoting climate justice and progressive social change around the world. https://www.powertovoices.org/home-public
The launch event was a momentous occasion, with speakers and attendees from around the globe joining together to celebrate the unveiling of this new platform. The event began with a keynote address from a prominent climate activist, who emphasized the importance of providing a platform for marginalized voices to be heard in the fight for a more just and sustainable future.
Following the keynote address, a panel of activists from various fields, including climate science, social justice, and activism, discussed the role that digital platforms can play in advancing the cause of climate justice. They spoke about the importance of creating a space where people from all walks of life can come together to share their experiences, learn from one another, and build meaningful connections that can help them work together more effectively towards common goals.
Throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to explore the “Power to Voices” platform itself, which features a range of tools and resources designed to support activism and advocacy around climate justice and social change. These include forums for discussion and debate, resources for organizing and mobilizing, and a library of educational materials on topics ranging from climate science to social justice.
During the launch of the “Power to Voices” digital platform, a special announcement was made, unveiling the top three artists who had been selected to receive a prize of €1500 each. These artists had been chosen from a pool of talented individuals who had submitted their work to a special competition, which had been organized as part of the launch event. Rushabiro Ian Franck from Uganda, Liza Albag from Iraq, Seif charles Muhiga were the winners.
Discover their pieces : https://twitter.com/Power2Voices/status/1646497734004727810?s=20
The competition had called for artists from around the world to submit works of art that reflected the themes of climate justice and social change. Artists were invited to use their creativity and imagination to produce pieces that would inspire and engage others in the fight for a more sustainable and just future.
The launch of “Power to Voices” represents a significant step forward in the global movement for climate justice and social change. By providing a safe space for marginalized voices to be heard, the platform has the potential to amplify the voices of those who are often silenced, and to help build a more inclusive and equitable movement for a sustainable future.
As the event drew to a close, attendees expressed their enthusiasm for the platform, with many commenting on the potential it holds for empowering individuals and communities to make meaningful change in the world. With “Power to Voices” now live and accessible to people around the globe, the possibilities for positive change are truly limitless.