Freedom of association, expression, and movement are all under attack by autocratic leaders across Africa. As Africans become more weary of their safety and constitutionally protected rights, the state is creating more excuses to reduce personal freedoms. In this edition of the African Liberty webinar, we hope to examine the precipitating factors and potential policy-driven solutions.

Professor Martin Gill is the Director of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International and a Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester, UK. He is a published author of 13 books and over 100 articles, notable among his books is The Handbook of Security. He is listed as one of the most influential people in security in 2022 by Security Magazine.

Bintu Zahara Sakor is a renowned researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo with extensive experience managing projects in the fields of public policy, sustainable development, access to clean energy, and international humanitarian programs. She is also a successful business leader with demonstrated expertise in creating startups that support and advertise Africa’s transition to renewable energy and women-led enterprises’ accessibility to long-term financing across the Nordic region. Her research interests include political and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa, demography, youth bulges, security challenges (West Africa & Sahel), gender empowerment, security, and peace.