SGBV - A Virus For Which There No Vaccine by Oby Obyerodhyambo

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
A most virulent pathogen than the recent Coronavirus, and worse than HIV has been wreaking havoc, causing mass mortality among women for years, but surprisingly one does not hear of any efforts to develop a vaccine to protect against it, or even a cure for it. There are no Public…
Everything that Mildred Kaguhia Makaya had planned was derailed once the first coronavirus case was identified in Kenya. So, the irony is not lost on her that she has benefitted from some really amazing opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic period and feels that her career is already taking shape although…

Back To The Future – The Plague And COVID by Neera Kapur-Dromsom

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
THE PLAGUE PANDEMIC - Nairobi, Early 1900s Hardei was well into another pregnancy. Some women, not much older, had already given birth to seven or eight children. By the time they were forty or so, they had had as many as twelve or even fourteen children, some of who died…
In his speech on receiving the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, ‘One day Dostoevsky threw out the enigmatic remark: “Beauty will save the world”. What sort of a statement is that? For a long time, I considered it mere words. How could that be possible? When…

Women And The Pandemic In The Sacrifice Zones by Firoze Manji

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
Over the last year I have been conducting interviews with activists around the world about their experiences of organising in the time of COVID-19. Here, I‘d like to share some of what I have learned from women activists in Nairobi[1] — although it is striking how similar their stories have…
In Kenya, as in many countries around the world, women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis. They have borne the brunt of the social and economic fall out of the pandemic. Women make up the bulk of frontline health workers and thus are most susceptible to health risks.…
On 13 March 2020, the Government announced that it had recorded its first case of Covid-19 in Kenya. This was after a 27 year-old woman tested positive for the virus on 12 March in Nairobi, a week after returning from the United States via London. The government proceeded to announce…
You don’t need to have met Asha to picture her sitting at her kitchen counter in Dubai first thing in the morning before her family awakens and her home becomes a hive of activity. She has a cup of tea near her left elbow, and her right index finger is…
In an effort to shed light on the vital but undervalued labour of predominantly female health professionals, the World Health Organisation named 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. It is an irony and sickening reality that 2020 turned out to be the year when nurses and other…

LGBTQ+ Persons in The Era of COVID-19 by Lorna Dias

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
Under ‘ordinary’ circumstances, the year 2020 would have been a very progressive year for the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK). The Secretariat had overcome severe broad-ranging constraints of the previous year and now, keenly anticipated forging ahead with exciting plans – predominantly involving extensive in-person interactions and in-country…

A Potent COVID-19 Vaccine: Socialism

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
How KK Shailaja and her ‘Covid brigade’ won a victory against the virus www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/dec/22/how-kk-shailaja-and-her-covid-brigade-won-a-victory-against-the-virus Fewer coronavirus patients have died in the state of Kerala than anywhere else in India. No wonder Vogue India named its health minister ‘leader of the year’ Success story: KK Shailaja. Laura Spinney Tue 22 Dec…

Chelagat Mutai: The Lioness of Nandi By Maureen Kasuku

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
She was brazen, beholden to no one, firm in her resolve and an outlier. Firebrand politician and activist Philomena Chelagat Mutai was ‘trouble’ from the start. Good trouble. Standing up for herself got her expelled from Highland Girls High School, what is now known as Moi Girls Eldoret, for instigating…

Lord Buddha’s Wife – A Feminist! By Neera Kapur-Dromson

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
Siddhartha Gautama, from an aristocratic family, who would be known as the Buddha, the ‘enlightened one’, was born in Northern India (now Nepal) some 2500 years ago. At his birth, it was predicted that the child would rule as a famous monarch, or he would renounce the world and live…

Eleanor Marx: A Fighter for the Oppressed by Karim F Hirji

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
Eleanor Marx, the youngest daughter of Karl Marx, was born in 1855. Her formal schooling was limited; school costs drained family finances and, in any case, she disliked school. But she was hardly averse to learning. The Marx residence was cramped and raggedly furnished. Shortages of food, clothing and medicine…

Palestine Collective

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
In the interest of advancing a truly intersectional and decolonial feminist vision for the United States, Palestine and our world, we hereby pledge to: Embraceand advocate for Palestinian liberation as a critical feminist issue; Support Palestinian rights to free speech and political organizingeverywhere; Reject the conflationof anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, in…

Socialism, Feminism and Patriarchy by Zarina Patel

Volume 18, Issue 1 | Published 27/03/2021  
The #END Sars Movement and especially the horrendous massacre at the Lekoi Toll Gate and the continuing suffering in Nigeria has had me thinking……… Though I gather the protest was not organised or led by any particular socialist or left group per se, many of the protesters were affiliated to…