Cover Story: Feminism

The Constitutional Erosion of the 2/3rds Gender Principle and the Rule of Law

The Constitutional Erosion of the 2/3rds Gender Principle and the Rule of Law

I remember well the pomp and celebration that accompanied the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The 27th of August 2010 marked a day that signified the turning of a new page, a new page to begin to rewrite...

Just Not Sorry

Just Not Sorry

I recently downloaded a browser extension called Just not sorry. It underlines in red, like a spell checker, words and phrases in my emails that are self-demeaning or qualifying. ‘I’m just writing to say…’ ‘I’m sorry…’ ‘I think…’ ‘I’m no...

Me too: speaking out for the first time in Gaza

Me too: speaking out for the first time in Gaza

Omnia, 20, was born and raised in United Arab Emirates and moved to Gaza on 2013. She is a fourth-year student at the Islamic University of Gaza, where she is majoring in English literature. She uses writing to express her...

Regular Columns

Feminine or Feminist?

Feminine or Feminist?

It is purely incidental that the person who inspired this article happened to have been a South Asian woman, encountered via a facebook post, as manifestations of the phenomenon...

Men`s mea culpa!

Men`s mea culpa!

Men Behaving Badly was a highly successful tv sit-com that dominated the light entertainment scene in Britain all through the 1990s.  It was even exported to the US and remade...

Special Feature

Awaaz Magazine

New Book!

New Book

Available in Nairobi at:

- Bookstop, Yaya Centre
- Prestige Book Shop, Mama Ngina Street
- Available online soon: Watch this space!

About Awaaz

Awaaz is a magazine published tri-annually out of Nairobi, Kenya. It aims to provide a broad platform for debate and reflection on issues of both contemporary and historical interest. What started off in 2002 as a focus on the role of the South Asian community in the historical, political and socio-economic spheres of Kenya; has now broadened to cover the larger debates on diversity, democracy, human rights and social justice. The magazine also critically examines the role of minorities both as communities in Kenya and East Africa; as well as a concept of human rights in a society be they ethnic, racial, gender based, sexual or political.

Supported [in part] by a grant

Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa of the Open Society Foundations

Friends of Awaaz

Yash and Jill Ghai, Mohez Karmali, Gijsbert Oonk, Vijoo Rattansi, Victoria Commercial Bank Charitable Trust, I& M Bank, Willy Mutunga, Chandaria Foundation, Asian Foundation

Footsteps

Ken Wafula (1973 - 2018)

Ken Wafula (1973 - 2018)

Ken Wafula first came to be known to many pro-democracy leaders in 1997 at the NCEC Ufun...

Njuguna Mutonya (2017)

Njuguna Mutonya (2017)

On 24 December 2017, Njuguna Mutonya breathed his last and with his death the liberal cl...

Professor Calestous Juma, FAAS, FRS, EBS (1953-2018)

Professor Calestous Juma, FAAS, FRS, EBS (1953-2018)

Calestous Juma was born on 9 June 1953, in Bunyala location, Kenya to Clementina Okhubed...

Gabriel Omollo (1939-2018)

Gabriel Omollo (1939-2018)

‘Lunch time’ hit song maker Gabriel Omollo died on 4 January 2018 at the age of 79 at th...

Ratanshaw (Rati) Rustomji (1928 – 2017)

Ratanshaw (Rati) Rustomji (1928 – 2017)

In 1904, a Parsi watch repairer known as Jehangirji Rustomji travelled from India to Eas...

John Cato Nottigham - The Final Journey of A Good Man

John Cato Nottigham - The Final Journey of A Good Man

For the millions of Kenyans who were living under the sweltering yoke of British Colonia...