History / Mission

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Africa Faith and Justice Network, inspired by the Gospel and informed by Catholic Social Teaching, seeks to educate and advocate for just relations with Africa and to work in partnership with African peoples as they engage in the struggle for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

 

Brief History

Moved to action by their personal experiences in Africa, three Catholic missionary congregations namely the Missionaries of Africa, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritains), and the Society of African Missions, founded the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) in 1983 to transform United States policy towards Africa and her people. Since that time, membership has grown and remains committed in faith to advocate in Washington, DC for U.S. relations with Africa that foster justice and peace, and to educate the public across the United States on the truth about Africa. AFJN reflects on policy from a faith perspective, in a spirit of solidarity and justice with the people of Africa who have touched us by their lives and courage.

The Africa Faith and Justice Network acts as a voice to inform and motivate people to take action in their local communities and internationally. We work closely with many constituents on the ground all over Africa as well as with individuals and congregations in the US. We have three levels of organizing that you can get involved in:

Africa Faith & Justice Network—Nigeria was founded in collaboration with Africa Faith & Justice Network in Washington, DC. In May 2016, 67 Nigerian Catholic Reverend Sisters from various congregations across the country, representing diverse ministries, met in Abuja. The sisters reflected on the state of the nation and were moved by the systemic injustice that has perpetuated the poverty situation in Nigeria. Chosen to break the silence in the face of injustice, the sisters formed a network of Catholic women religious who would actively engage issues of human rights violations, especially those pertaining to women and children and the integrity of creation