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Canon Collins E-News March 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
London, United Kingdom
Dear Friends

As March is Human Rights Month in South Africa, commemorating 58 years since the Sharpeville Massacre which saw the deaths of around 70 black activists and a revitalisation of anti-Apartheid action, we have been seeking the views of several Human Rights activists from amongst our network of scholars. On Human Rights Day, 21st March, scholars acknowledged the progress made in South Africa and the wider region whilst remaining cautious against complacency, highlighting persisting inequalities in the country. 

Similar sentiments were expressed by some of our female scholars earlier in the month to mark International Women's Day, an annual day of celebrating female empowerment and a call for continued activism and solidarity in the face of oppression. Scholars alluded to the international movements emerging in the wake of sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, which have shone a spotlight on the treatment of women the world over, whilst recognising the need to continue to fight for women's rights locally and champion the hard fought freedoms enshrined in the South African constitution.

A month of important recognition of Human Rights in Southern Africa combined with a busy scholarship selection period for us at Canon Collins, with over 500 applications in total for our UK based Scholarship schemes, including candidates applying for Commonwealth Scholarships and the Kader Asmal Fellowships for Postgraduate Study in Ireland. As ever the standard was incredibly high and we look forward to announcing the selected candidates soon.

We also welcomed our new Learning, Knowledge and Communications Executive, Katie Connan, to the Trust this month, in addition to beginning to plan our Annual Scholar's Conference in Cape Town in June, more details will be announced in due course.

Wishing you a Happy Easter and many thanks for your continued support, 

Hayden Banks
Scholarships and Communications Assistant


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