Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Ending Gender-Based Violence: Art, Activism, Research January 28, 2021 1 Comment

The Human Rights Institute and the Mailman School of Public Health’s Global Health Justice and Governance Program host an interdisciplinary conversation between researchers, artists, and activists about approaches to ending gender-based violence (GBV), and the increase in GBV during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduction to Covid Stories from East Africa and Beyond January 15, 2021 No Comments

Coronavirus happened and is still with us. Its impact has been far reaching, and many lives have been deeply disrupted, even lost. Africans have sought to cope with it in various ways, including giving it names of derision, names of defiance, and names that point to a determination to overcome it. In one of Kenya’s [...]

Parenting Across Cultures, Continents, and Generations No Comments

When I was asked to write on feminist parenting, I checked in with my adult children using social media and asked if I’m a feminist parent. With their resounding assurances – which I share later – I felt comfortable writing this essay. I begin by recounting how our children were born with feminist touches and [...]

Langaa Voicing African Voices December 4, 2020 No Comments

AiW note: To celebrate the past thirty years of independent publishing at African Books Collective (ABC), we are running a series highlighting the wonderful work of those who make up ABC. We will be talking to some of the publishers from the collective, gathering their Words on the Times, an AiW Q&A series that invites [...]

Chadian Sister Engages Kansas City Youth about Peace and Justice August 17, 2020 No Comments

A woman meets young people from various backgrounds – at a U. S. university. She is African, from Chad. The students, eager to learn about her life, ask probing questions. She tells them about the war, her flight, her refugee status, her experiences in West Africa and Algeria. In turn, she discovers that they are still [...]

African American Women in the Suffrage Movement: Then, Now, and Forever July 14, 2020 No Comments

Kansas City, Missouri, July 11, 2020 – Clay County African American Legacy (CCAAL) Inc. and the League of Women Voters of Kansas City/Jackson-Clay-Platte counties co-organized a panel discussion on African American Women in the Suffrage Movement. Originally planned as an in-person event with a brunch in March 2020, due to covid19, it was held on [...]

We read African authors July 5, 2020 No Comments

Quarantine for some is a time for reading. For inspiration, I’d like to share two lists of potential reads – from the Nairobi book club (which I joined in 2018). Since 2013, members have read over 75 books and short stories by African authors (mainly) from over two dozen countries. These works are chronicled in [...]

Why is non-academic writing so important, even for academics? June 26, 2020 No Comments

It was such a pleasure, from Nairobi, to be with the 2019-20 fellows of the African Leadership Centre for a two-hour session on non-academic writing. We gathered via zoom — from Gambia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom. The fellows are impressive and inspiring. Enjoy the PowerPoint [...]

A Sunday in mid-June 2020 June 14, 2020 No Comments

It was spontaneous. Joy sent a text asking if we should get together at a spacious café in Nairobi at 2 pm. The prospect of a face-to-face encounter with women friends was attractive. I responded yes, explaining that I would first need to jumpstart my car and drive it around to charge the battery. It [...]

L’appropriation pédagogique des technologies : un processus socioculturel June 7, 2020 No Comments

Fonlon (2010) décrit la culture comme la transformation continuelle de soi et de son environnement. Au 21e siècle, le renouvellement continu de la culture scolaire ne se fera pas en dehors de la société en générale, ni de la société du savoir et des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) sur lesquelles elle repose et qui sont de plus en plus utilisées dans les écoles.