Trailblazers

It is difficult for me as a journalist to see important stories go untold. But perhaps more important, as a woman of color, I am pained when the powerful stories of incredible women and minorities are not brought to light’. Amisha Padnani

The International Womens day 2018 saw a number of phenomenal women being featured in news articles. It is a privilege to come behind the trailblazers who fought battles as pioneers that many of us will not have to. We celebrate all trailblazers, whether listed here or not. We begin from a local (Kenyan) perspective to the global arena.

We would love to know – who is your phenomenal inclusion trailblazer?

Please share with us through:  socialinclusion4all@gmail.com

  1. Our very own Kenyan trailblazers

You can click here to read on these phenomenal women

2. The Women of Africa BBC series

‘If your dreams do not scare you, they are probably not big enough’ HE Ellen Sirleaf Johnson

To access these videos , click here 

3. Overlooked‘ Series on the NYTimes

Obituary writing is more about life than death: the last word, a testament to a human contribution. Yet who gets remembered — and how — inherently involves judgment. To look back at the obituary archives can, therefore, be a stark lesson in how society valued various achievements and achievers…Now we are adding stories of remarkable women’.  Amisha Padnani and Jessica Bennett. March 8 2018.

 

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#Press for Progress

Happy International Womens Day!

Comrades, there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women. May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half the people are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm and feel the fury of their revolt.”  Thomas Sankara, former President of Burkina Faso.

Its been quite a year in the gender equality and inclusion space…with the me too movement against sexual harassment,  ongoing equal pay campaigns in many countries and  the Black Panther movie  among others. We share two recent videos with learnings on gender equality, intersectionality and on power issues and the ‘rebel alliance’ below.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Press for Progress and you can read more about the Day here.

We would love to know what has shaped your understanding and thinking on gender equality this year?

Please share with us through:  socialinclusion4all@gmail.com

#Press for Progress 1# We share a video that was featured by KIT Royal Tropical Institute and UN Women who hosted a public lecture by Prof. Naila Kabeer with the title Locked out and left behind? Gender, intersecting inequalities and the SDGs.”

 

#Press for Progress 2# On the eve of this years  International Womens Day we share a second discussion by the Center of Global Development with the theme Practicing what we preach: How can development organizations do better on women’s equality in the workplace? that is inward looking – how can organisations ‘remove the log in their own eyes’ before or as they champion gender equality in the messaging, activities and programs. This raises a question: are we moving beyond awareness of social inclusion into practice of social inclusion in our spheres of influence?

 

 

Inclusive Initiatives and Events

There are several exciting initiatives and events  in the Inclusion space that we’d like to share with you all:

The Levers in Heels Website that was founded by Larisa Bowen-Dodoo (Ghana) highlights rising African women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and showcases their achievements.This is a great platform to enhance the visibility and networking opportunities for women in STEM- and can be a wonderful tool for mentoring young women and men in Africa and beyond.

You can send in your STEM contacts to the Levers in Heels email address

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The Inclusive Leadership 2018 online Global Conference (16-20 April 2018)

Register for here for this Free Online Event

 

This is an initiative by Thais Compoint, an internationally acclaimed specialist in inclusive leadership. Thais is a speaker, facilitator, consultant, the author of the book “Succeed as an inclusive leader”, the creator of the Inclusive Leadership Global Conference  and of the Inclusiveship Academy, and host of the YouTube show and podcast “The Inclusiveship Show”.


  The World Inequality Report 2018 developed by the World Inequality Lab

The report measures income and wealth inequality in a systematic and transparent manner.  The report shows ‘that income inequality has increased in nearly all world regions in recent decades, but at different speeds. The fact that inequality levels are so different among countries, even when countries share similar levels of development, highlights the important roles that national policies and institutions play in shaping inequality’ and hence importance of inclusive development. The World Inequality Lab seeks to fill a democratic gap and to equip various actors of society with the necessary facts to engage in informed public debates on inequality.

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I am not Your Inspiration, Thank you Very Much!

by Stella Young (TED Talk)

”I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve been approached by strangers wanting to tell me that they think I’m brave or inspirational, and this was long before my work had any kind of public profile. They were just kind of congratulating me for managing to get up in the morning and remember my own name.  And it is objectifying. These images, those images objectify disabled people for the benefit of non disabled people. They are there so that you can look at them and think that things aren’t so bad for you, to put your worries into perspective”. Stella Young (April 2014).

You can watch the video here or by clicking on the picture below:

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”

 This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxSydney (Australia), an independent event.

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?

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

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/opinion/lupita-nyongo-harvey-weinstein.html

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

Source:https://www.ted.com/talks/thordis_elva_tom_stranger_our_story_of_rape_and_reconciliation/discussion?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=global-social%20issues#t-199673

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

Source:https://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_katz_violence_against_women_it_s_a_men_s_issue

4.     Street Harassment by BBC

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

Source:https://www.facebook.com/BBC100women/videos/vb.948946275170651/1545931298805476/?type=2&theater