CHN and the Global African Agenda
Africa and her Diaspora are rising, and through a series of interventions that can only be described as Divine and Ancestral, Community Healing Network is very much a part of that rising.
Thanks to all of you, CHN is now in a position to share its distinctive perspective on the urgent need for freedom from the lie of White superiority and Black inferiority with the United Nations Permanent Forum of People for African Descent (PFPAD), by virtue of its membership in the International Working Group.
PFPAD was created by the UN in 2021 to, among other things, “contribute to the full political, economic and social inclusion of people of African descent in the societies in which they live as equal citizens without discrimination of any kind and contribute to ensuring equal enjoyment of all human rights.”
The International Working Group, which consists of organizations and individuals across Global Africa, is working to ensure that PFPAD reflects the will and vision of people of African descent. CHN has been working diligently to ensure that PFPAD’s agenda reflects the fact that the lie of White superiority and Black inferiority is the root cause of the challenges Black people face across the world. Complete freedom from the lie is indispensable to the full political, economic, and social inclusion of people of African descent.
CHN’s determination to put this issue at the very top of the global African agenda is the reason why we are looking forward to our participation in PFPAD’s first historic session in Geneva, Switzerland, from December 5-8, 2022.
On November 15, 2022, PFPAD held a meeting to solicit civil society views on the agenda for its first session. CHN shared a Position Statement lifting up and advocating for the Working Group’s Agenda, and highlighting the importance of focusing on emotional reparations—reparations for the emotional damage caused by the lie of White superiority and Black inferiority. To read CHN’s Position Statement, click here.
At the December meeting in Geneva, the Working Group will sponsor a number of “side events” leading up to and following the PFPAD session. These side events will help raise the PFPAD’s, and global, awareness of key issues facing people of African descent.
I am delighted to report that I will be participating in one of the side-event panels on November 30, at 11 a.m. EST. My presentation will call Global Africa’s attention to the pressing need to free ourselves from the lie of White superiority and Black inferiority as an essential foundation for Black healing, wellness, and empowerment. (We will send along streaming information as soon as it’s available.)
CHN is working to make 2021 to 2030 the Decade to Defy the Lie of Black Inferiority and Embrace the Truth of Black Humanity. We are grateful for the opportunity to advance this goal through our participation in the Working Group, and we thank Prophet N. Anyanwu Cox, Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Working Group and a Certified Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator, for her assistance in helping us become a part of this crucial conversation. We look forward to working aggressively on this global stage in the months and years to come, advancing the cause of Black people by fighting for the complete abolition of the lie.
By Enola G. Aird, CHN Founder and President