16 Days of Activism Campaign: Unite to end Abuse and Violence

Gender-based violence is unfortunately one of the social ills, which plagues our country, particularly KZN much too frequently. The alarming rate at which abuse of women and children occur in our society is of great concern to Diakonia Council of Churches, as an organisation that focuses on gender justice as part of our work for…
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DIAKONIA LECTURE AND AWARD PRESENTATION

Coral Vinsen a worthy recipient of the 2017 Diakonia Award Diakonia Centre: Friday, 1 September 5pm for 5.30pm Diakonia Council of Churches hosted the twelfth Diakonia Lecture, which included the presentation of the eleventh Diakonia Human Rights Award to veteran human rights activist Coral Vinsen, on Friday, 1 September at the Diakonia Centre. The evening…
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CONVERSATIONS @ DIAKONIA: THE SOUTH AFRICA WE PRAY FOR – REVD DR FRANK CHIKANE

CONVERSATIONS @ DIAKONIA: THE SOUTH AFRICA WE PRAY FOR ADDRESS BY THE REVEREND DR FRANK CHIKANE 25 July 2017 Denis Hurley Hall, Diakonia Centre, Durban The Chairperson of the Diakonia Council of Churches, Revd Ian Booth; The Executive Director, Ms Nomabelu Mvambo-Dandala; The rest of the Leadership of Diakonia; Esteemed Church Leaders; Leaders of the business…
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SAY NO TO ABUSE NOT JUST ON WOMEN’S DAY AND MONTH BUT ALWAYS

The increasing and alarming rate of abuse of women and children in KwaZulu-Natal in particular is of great concern to Diakonia Council of Churches, an organisation that works for social justice, and gender justice is an integral part of our core focus on social justice. Beside getting local churches to reflect on issues of gender…
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A Call to the eThekwini Municipality: Do Not Buy Casspirs

We are outraged at the plan for the City of Durban to purchase militarised vehicles to deal with protests by the people of the Durban. This marks an alarming and unacceptable escalation of the local state's increasingly repressive and intolerant response. The protest actions themselves highlight the deep crises and challenges that we need to…
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Diakonia concerned about eThekwini’s Social Cohesion Conference

Diakonia Council of Churches is deeply concerned about the eleventh hour postponement of eThekwini Municipality’s third Social Cohesion Conference on Monday. As a social justice agency, we fear such a late change to the event is sure to negatively impact the City’s coffers and indeed the ratepayers. Our concern is not only the high costs…
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Diakonia unites politicians and people of faith at Good Friday Service

Diakonia Council of Churches once again celebrated the victory of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on Calvary at their ecumenical Good Friday Service on Friday, 14 April. The annual service is an important day in the South African Christian calendar as well as a highlight event in the Durban Easter holiday cultural line up. This year, despite…
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Good Friday Service 2017 theme: Whom shall I send?

Diakonia Council of Churches, which recently celebrated 40 years of working towards  a just society, presents its annual ecumenical Good Friday service at dawn on Friday 14 April starting at the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) before processing – in silence – through the streets of the city, to the Durban City Hall. The well-established tradition…
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DIAKONIA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO US TRAVEL BAN

Diakonia Council of Churches is appalled by the travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump on citizens from seven majority Muslim countries. The reasons for the travel ban are short-sighted and ill-informed by facts. The Human Rights Watch have issued a table (attached) in which the numbers of Americans killed by other humans is…
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