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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 the Kenyan story; it was indeed a great moment for…

Wild Woman Dance

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 04/07/2018  
Hold me close ancient guardians Woman breathe Woman relax Woman love Ancient females lift me up Rise, woman Fierce woman Gentle woman

Just Not Sorry

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 04/07/2018  
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 expert but…’ ‘Does that make sense?’ I sometimes wish I…

Me too: speaking out for the first time in Gaza

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 04/07/2018  
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 thoughts and beliefs, and also likes writing short stories and…

Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM)

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 04/07/2018  
1. Women are multidimensional and dynamic, and in this sense, who is Phyllis Wakaiga and what keeps you going in 2018? Phyllis is a mother of three children, a wife, the CEO of the Kenya Manufactures Association – she’s passionate about the development of our country. What keeps me going…

Zarika’s journey: Fists of hope

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 04/07/2018  
THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY NATION ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 2012 TO WHICH ATTRIBUTION IS MADE. This is Fatuma Zarika’s professional record: 30 fights. Twenty-two won, one drawn, seven lost. This is where the record was chalked up: Denmark (twice), Germany (twice), Australia (once), Czech Republic (once)…

Spotlight on Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LBTQ) Women

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 04/07/2018  
Kenya’s women’s rights movement has been one of the most vibrant, well organised, and impactful in Africa. However, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women continue to face marginalisation from the mainstream women’s movement as well as forms of violence and discrimination that may not necessarily be experienced by women who…

The Need to Belong, When Faith Turn to Harm

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 04/07/2018  
I have a hairy chin. Being a woman, this is not something I am supposed to admit out loud. Many women do. We just don’t publicly acknowledge it, and hold great shame in possessing body hair because the image breaks with social norms that a hairless woman is considered more…

Let A Thousand Flowers Blossom

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
As a response to the wind of change that was blowing in the 80’s heralding a new era for Tanzanian women, TAMWA was born to the delight of many women and men journalists, who were keen to see bold and articulate women stand up for the marginalized in our society…

Learning To Be A Woman

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
I was thirteen years old when I learned shoulders are threatening body parts. Over two decades later, I still remember the precise moment I walked into the living room in a spaghetti strap top and my late grandmother called me to her side. This was not unusual; I was used…

The campaign to end the silence

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
How best do you speak about the same thing over and over again? What method can you use to show people the gravity of the matter? In 2017, Equality Now celebrated 25 years of advocating for women and girls’ rights and advancing them across the world. In Africa laws have…

It Is Still Not Too Late. Speak Up!

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
By Wanjeri #AmKenyan Today I had an official meeting with a known sex pest. I made sure I wore the longest, baggiest, 'granny' looking outfit in my wardrobe in case something happened and people asked me 'WHAT WERE YOU WEARING?' Isn't it sad that as women, we leave our homes…

Engaging Norms that Undermine Gender and Human Rights in Kenya

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
In the year 2000, during a protest by Muslim women against the equality bill, Mariam Muhammad uttered the following statement: ‘The place of the woman in the Qur’an is not negotiable, it is very clear that the woman must submit to the man and we cannot change that’. The following…

Was It Always So …?

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
The notion of women as secondary beings with clearly defined roles as mothers and carers is so globally widespread, and has existed for so long, that it is not surprising to hear both women and men state that ‘it has always been so …’. But has it always been so?…

Drawing Strength from our Ancestors

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
Bertha Cáceres was only 25 years old when her mother, Berta, a world-renowned environmental activist who had led community struggles against the construction of the Agua Zarca dam, was assassinated in 2016. Bertha has taken up her mother’s mantle, to continue the struggle against extractivist projects on indigenous land and…

Louise Bryant in 1919

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
By Jan Nielsen John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World is the best known eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution, but he was accompanied on his visit in 1918. Jan Nielsen tells the story of Louise Bryant, American bohemian, talented journalist and commentator on life in revolutionary Russia. Louise…

The Un-Women

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 10/07/2018  
Women deemed "not real women" in many times and places: Black women. Colonized African, Asian, Indigenous women. Unmarried women. Trans women. Women who haven't given birth. Women who give birth in captivity. Women who give birth and have their children stolen. Women who read and write. Women who do mathematics…

#52 - Bigger Than a Hashtag

Volume 15, Issue 1 | Published 13/07/2018  
Not too long ago, online campaigns got a bad rap for being, well, online. There was a sense that ‘real’ campaigns happen on the streets - with placards, and slogans within the vicinity of a news camera. But times are changing. Considering the influence garnered by viral campaigns such as…