We know the world doesn’t work the way most of us want it to. We watch a bunch of badly-fitted suits stuffed with self-satisfied swagger frogmarch our nations down the road to economic calamity and climate destruction, and we try to tell ourselves that we chose this, that we have some sort of control, that there is a thing called democracy that is working more or less as it was designed to.… Read More The Consent of the (Un)governed
Women need to take the lead. It all starts by questioning systems, institutions, culture, religions and every other thing that takes away your freedom as a woman, and then defining your own terms of womanhood. Be the woman you want to be regardless of society standards, claim who you are at any cost. Freedom always has a price and living out of the box is also expensive.… Read More Irakoze, on why women need to unlearn every patriarchal lie…
In an article published in the Star newspaper, UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee argues that while Kenya’s health financing is progressing gradually, only about 4% of the national budget is going towards healthcare.
In April 2001, heads of state of African Union countries met and pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the health sector, which became a component of the Abuja Declaration of 2001.… Read More How Much Of Kenya’s Budget Is Going Towards The Health Sector?
The poems of these women have helped shape a global African poetic that creates a sense of unity without subjugation, a celebration of the words of Bob Marley when he sang, “How good and how pleasant it would be, before God and [wo]man, to see the unification of all Africans.”… Read More African women poetry changing the craft
Not enough women are taken seriously in arts yet,’ concludes Lungiswa.
To defeat this masculine monotone and create more individual voices, Marlene believes in ‘continuing to investigate difficult themes such as objectification and motherhood and challenge gender norms.’
Their work is important, necessary and thought-provoking.
‘Of course, there is a lot that has been achieved and many battles won,’ … Read More Not enough women taken seriously in arts yet
The Instagram poet Yrsa Daley-Ward has had a difficult life – an unsettled childhood, the loss of her mother and struggles with depression. But it’s these things, she says, that have made her the person she is and added an extra dimension to her first, recently published collection, Bone.
It was an episode of Coronation Street that prompted Yrsa Daley-Ward’s mother to make a confession. The soap’s storyline revealed that one character long supposed to have been another’s father, was in fact her stepfather.
I believe that every experience is positive and I wouldn’t have a book of poetry if I hadn’t gone through challenging times. Yrsa Daley-Ward, Poet… Read More Yrsa Daley-Ward: The model who turned her pain into poetry
Given Kenya’s generally violent politics, next week’s election has raised considerable anxiety inside the country and throughout East Africa. A lot depends on whether the electoral body will deliver a free, fair and credible poll. Or Kenyans will be well advised to store up some Ugali – the national staple food – in case the… Read More Regional stakes in Kenya’s 2017 elections
The torture and murder of Chris Musando, the Kenyan election official, clearly signals the risk of a violent election. If Kenyans keep rolling their eyes at the barrage of fake news, though, we might just be alright.… Read More Texts, Lies, and Videotape
Political punditry in Kenya has always been fixated on the ethnic question, but this time around, it’s not going to be that simple… Read More Kenya’s 2017 elections like none before. Here’s why.
“Still I rise”… Read More Maya Angelou; Still I Rise
The genesis of doctors’ strike and state of the Kenya health sector as explained by Dr Korir.… Read More THE STATUS OF HEALTH SECTOR IN KENYA
For the last 50 days, the Kenyan public health system has been at a standstill. This is the anatomy of a health crisis, as told by the doctors in the trenches. Republished with permission from Courage Stories. In 2013, the government and doctors signed an agreement to repair the health system. The century-old system had… Read More ANATOMY OF A HEALTH CRISIS: A PHOTO ESSAY
Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was named as the new face of Boots No7 beauty range, further securing her position as one of the most influential African women in the world. The move is more than a meaningless celebrity endorsement. Adichie’s love of makeup is no secret: “I love make-up and its wonderful possibilities for… Read More Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Most Influential Woman In Africa
Why did you join the World Economic Forum? I joined the World Economic Forum because I was drawn to the mission, “improving the state of the world”, and the opportunity to work with Global Shapers, young change makers who are true to the vision of being and living the change they want to see in… Read More Chidiogo Akunyili, Shaping The African Narrative
“Where did you come from, my daughter. How were you born?” She asked. Interrupting her tirade, and she could say no more. “Msshh, I will call you back, I am attending to your father right now. You know how he gets. I am alone in the village and trying to get his tea ready, he… Read More The Culture of #Abuse; Silence is the #Woman.
“To think of South Sudan as a failed state is to overlook the simple fact that the very political foundation for the existence of a state—administrative, technical, and legal infrastructure or a political compact as its foundation and direction—has yet to be forged, either within the elite or between the communities that comprise South Sudan.… Read More #SouthSudan; A failed Transition, Not State.
September 3, 2016, Juba, South Sudan; AS DELIVERED: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power and Minister Martin Elia Lomoro at a Joint Press Availability Following a UN Security Council Meeting with the Cabinet of the Transitional Government of National Unity
… Read More Loromo And Power On Peacekeepers Deployed To #SouthSudan
The average price of oil in the world market has been below US$50 per barrel for several months now. Assuming our oil can be sold at this limiting price, we can optimistically predict that it will raise about US$100,000 per day (US$50 x 2,000) (about Sh10m)… Read More WORLD OF FIGURES: Oil exports? Why we should not celebrate
Clashes in Wau, Juba. At least 43 people died in the fighting between militia factions, and more than70,000 civilians have been forced to seek shelter in churches, the UN compound and surrounding villages.… Read More People In South Sudan Are Wounded In Spirit
Few things bring disgruntled Kenyans together like hate trading. From whence did Kenyans learn how to hate one another?… Read More #HateSpeech: Kenya discourse of rivalry since colonialism ruled by hate
What is holding back the agency of women? Can we name the forces erasing or hampering women’s full participation in public life? However complex or varied the issues at hand may be, there is an urgency to reclaim spaces, and open up dimensions. We asked 11 phenomenal women – intrepid academics, artists, writers, and curators… Read More What Is The Role Of #Women In The Production Of #Information And #Knowledge?
Face of Culture Africa, Miss Jennifer Okechukwu says she is embarking on campaigns to sensitise Nigerian children on proper values to enable them grow up to become responsible adults. This is contained in a statement issued by the beauty queen in Abuja on Wednesday. According to the statement, the campaign tagged “Our Children, Our Future”… Read More Africa beauty queen to sensitise childern on values
Sudan and South Sudan have been under fire for decades from the perils of civil war, famine, poverty, corruption, Islamic jihad and other crisis that affect the countries politically, socially and economically as well as culturally. Omnia Shawkat and Salma Amin Saad decided to build a contemporary platform to voice independent opinions of the diverse, intelligent, and… Read More Connecting The Sudans Using Culture And Technology
I wish there is something more I could do to ensure that South Sudan’s tomorrow is brighter than its present. Of course, I am doing the best I can as a filmmaker but it feels like a drop in an ocean, to be honest.’ Sam Lukudu is a filmmaker and journalist. The best he can… Read More The Trial; South Sudan’s 2013 Coup
The search for gender equality in political leadership and decision making in Kenya, has been a long and winding journey. While trends from 2003 to date indicate a significant increase of women in the public service and in politics, the proportion of women to men in all the positions analysed still remains very low. Representation… Read More Two-thirds gender rule is a gain for society
Conditions for IDPs within the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites can be crowded and harsh, but the sites represent one of the only sources of safety for civilians as they continue to bear the brunt of the conflict.… Read More PoCs a safety heaven for South Sudan IDPs
10 interesting quotes from the World Economic Forum on Africa… Read More 10 interesting quotes from the World Economic Forum on Africa
They keep me up from miles away,
They keep me up and how I wish they could stay,
Salt water encases them,
The only form of comfort that they will know henceforth,
When did it become okay to make the sea our graveyard?
My so-called religion is now a curse yet i am but one of many pleas,
Refugees.… Read More ‘Screams’ By Jaaziyah Shiraz