JULIET Victor Mukasa is a lesbian and an activist for gay rights and prefers to be direct about her beliefs.
As we the set up the time for the interview she said: “I would appreciate it if you just spoke directly about the subject.”
The Third International Feminist Dialogues was held on January 17-19 at a Nairobi hotel, bringing women from all over the world to deliberate on matters affecting them and coming up with common positions for the World Social Forum 2007.
Even though gender inequality is a new dimension in society that only came up with colonialism and neo-colonialism, the fact that women’s voices have not been part of the Africa’s struggle is seen as a social injustice.
THE spirit of the World Social Forum 2007 rose up in defiance of the logistical hitches as a result of the sheer numbers of delegates converging on Nairobi from every continent in the world.
The irony expressed by Nairobians, many of them residents of the informal settlements that ring the WSF venue in Kasarani — because they cannot afford the Sh500 registration fee — is that another world is indeed possible.
Joined by an international panel of presenters and an inspired audience, the old men and women of African struggle brought a symbolism to the enduring human spirit that rejects all forms of oppression, one that defines what it means to be human.
A small group of veteran freedom fighters for Kenya’s independence were given a standing ovation at the start of the World Social Forum as they relived the memories of their struggles against the British colonial government which stole their youth, livelihoods and families.
A recent review of the Sexual Offences Act by women’s rights organizations has found that while the Act is long overdue piece of legislation in the fight against gender violence, there are potential minefields within the Act that could dampen the expectations it has raised.
These are the words of *Maria, a woman who was subjected to unspeakable violence by her husband, who later killed their only child last year out of rage after she made the decision to leave him.