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Published: 4 months ago

Why We Should #Repeal162

by Elizabeth Kabari You may have seen the hashtag #Repeal162 on your social media feeds recently. Some of you are sure that it concerns you; others are sure that it doesn’t. However, it should concern everyone because it is a human rights issue, and …

Published: 2 years ago

Creating Others: A Two Story Dialogue

This essay was taken from Brainstorm’s third e-book, Ha!Kuna Matata, which is on security in Kenya and is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. Ed: Today we are running two essays. Both of these essays are from the same book and …

Published: 2 years ago

Of Men In Checked Shirts and Little Children

  This essay was taken from Brainstorm’s third e-book, Ha!Kuna Matata, which is on security in Kenya and is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. by Murugi Kagotho I met him the other day, this man. He was dressed in …

Published: 2 years ago

What About The Girl Child?

Two weeks ago in Bungoma County, twenty girls from Chelebei Secondary Schoolgirls in Mt Elgon were confirmed pregnant after a routine check by the school when they returned from the December holidays. Their deputy principal, David Emachar, blamed the girls’ parents for not closely …

Published: 3 years ago

Loud Man With An Opinion

This essay is taken from Brainstorm’s first e-book, #WhenWomenSpeak – (Re)Defining Kenyan Feminisms, which is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. by Muthoni Maingi Sometimes we can speak, and when and where we can we must. I went on a …

Published: 3 years ago

The Presence of a Woman is Not Consent

by Aisha Ali A man asks a woman out on a dinner date. She says yes. They meet up and have a pleasant enough evening. The man is a foreigner, in Nairobi for work and they meet at their office building. The evening ends, …

Published: 3 years ago

Evidence of F*cking: A Case for Better Discourse Around Sex

by Wanjeri Gakuru I must have been seven when I first handled a condom. I’d found the packet in a drawer at home. I didn’t know what it was, but it felt dangerous and important and likely to impress my friends. Instead, it inspired …

Published: 3 years ago

Jail? That’s a Feminist Issue Too

by Orem Ochiel In the fifty years following Kenya’s independence, successive governments have managed to entrench what is both a continuation and a perfection of the colonial penal system: The varieties of colonial incarceration – labour camps, torture camps, detention centres, prisons – seem …

Published: 3 years ago

Not Your Meat

by Marziya Mohammedali   In October 2006, Taj El-Din Hilaly, the Imam (spiritual leader) of the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, made the following statement in his Ramadan sermon: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the …

Published: 3 years ago

Mollis and the Troubling Attitude Towards Sex in Kenya

Two weeks ago, an audio surfaced on WhatsApp, and later on Soundcloud/Twitter/Facebook of a man named Morris (pronounced Mollis by the woman in the clip due to the influence of mother tongue) having sex with a woman despite her repeated pleas for him to …

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