The Danger of a Single Story

By Chimamanda Adichie (Nigeria)

‘Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity… I would like to end with this thought: That when we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise’.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Have you been guilty of this?


16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

Greetings everyone.  This year’s 16 Days of Activism started on November 25th and will run until December 10th.  The theme this year is “Together we can end GBV in Education”.  For more about the campaign and to download the action toolkit, please click here

For information on UN Women activities, please click here

For background information about the 16 Days Campaign, please click here

As we celebrate 16 days of activism against GBV, did you know that Women and Girls with disabilities experience double discrimination, which places them at higher risk of gender-based violence, sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation. The global literacy rate in some places can be as low as one per cent for women with disabilities, according to a UNDP study. The World Bank reports that every minute more than 30 women are seriously injured or disabled during labour and that those 15-50 million women generally go unnoticed…

Please use the following hashtags to get involved with the campaign:







Upcoming events in Kenya, Tanzania & online

There are several interesting events coming up in the next few weeks that we’d like to share with you all:

On now until Saturday 11th November

East African Student Film Festival at Daystar University, Nairobi

Featuring the stunning short film called Giza (Darkness) where Isack Abel, a young man from Tanzania, expresses his feelings about the fight against killings of people with albinism.            You can watch the film on you tube here

For more information about the Film Festival, please click here


Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November

Fourth UDADA Women’s International Women’s Film Festival at Kenya National Theatre

More information here


Friday, November 10th (6pm) to Friday November 17th

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), Kenya, invites you to its first art exhibit, ’27,’ opening .

At Shift Eye Studios, Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi (near Yaya Centre) click here for google maps link


Tuesday 14 November – Thursday 16 November

INTRAC is hosting a FREE online event in partnership with ICD Uruguay, Peace Direct and Y Care International as part of International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2017.

Join us to share experiences and build momentum to rethink partnership, strengthen capacity for sustainability, and ensure a responsible approach to planning for aid exit.

For details and to register, please click on this link


Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th November

Africa Facilitation Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, organized by Tamasha and IAF (International Association of Facilitators)

Click here for more details


Weds 29th November  6.30-8.30pm

Film screening of “Thank You for the Rain” (film on Climate Change set in Kitui County) at Alliance Francaise, Nairobi

Click here for more details

Racism in Australia and UK

Our latest posts focus on racism in Australia and UK.

The first, by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, is entitled “I Tried to Fight Racism by being a “model minority” and then it backfired” talks of painful and powerful experiences in Australia and can be read here

The second features Rapper Akala (aka Kingslee James Daley) talking about racism in UK in 2015.  Please have a listen through the link here

The #Me Too# Campaign on Sexual Harrassment

In support of the #me too# campaign:

  1. Lupita Nyong’o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein by Lupita Nyongo

‘I hope we can form a community where a woman can speak up about abuse and not suffer another abuse by not being believed and instead being ridiculed. That’s why we don’t speak up — for fear of suffering twice, and for fear of being labeled and characterized by our moment of powerlessness’. Lupita Nyogo


2.       Our story of rape and reconciliation by Thordis Elva (TED Talk)

I was raised in a world where girls are taught that they get raped for a reason. Their skirt was too short, their smile was too wide, their breath smelled of alcohol. And I was guilty of all of those things, so the shame had to be mine. It took me years to realize that only one thing could have stopped me from being raped that night, and it wasn’t my skirt, it wasn’t my smile, it wasn’t my childish trust. The only thing that could’ve stopped me from being raped that night is the man who raped me — had he stopped himself’. Thordis Elva


3.     Violence against women — it’s a men’s issue by Jackson Katz (TED Talk)

‘But there’s so many men who care deeply about these issues, but caring deeply is not enough. We need more men with the guts, with the courage, with the strength, with the moral integrity to break our complicit silence and challenge each other and stand with women and not against them’. Jackson Katz


4.     Street Harassment by BBC

Harassment in public spaces is something that most women have experienced or will experience’