On Feminism, Fiction and the Illusion of Democracy – Dr. Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt)

Greetings.  In this post , we share several interviews with Dr. Nawal El Saadawi from Egypt.

Dr. Saadawi is a formidable medical doctor, author, campaigner and activist  and a leading Egyptian, Arab and Global feminist voice. She was born in 1931, in the village of Kafr Tahla, just north of Cairo, the second of nine children. She graduated from the University of Cairo in 1955, specialising in psychiatry, and returned to Kafr Tahla to work as a doctor, over the years becoming increasingly prominent.  She has written more than 50 books in Arabic and many of these have been translated to over 30 different languages.

Click here to read a powerful interview with her in the Guardian newspaper entitled: “Do you feel you are Liberated? I feel I am not.”

Dr. Saadawi is the subject of the film She Spoke the Unspeakable, directed by Jill Nicholls, broadcast in February 2017 in the BBC One television series Imagine.

 

 

 

Below is another interview she had with BBC Hard talk:

 

 

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International Albinism Awareness Day

For this post, we are celebrating International Albinism Awareness Day, 13th June.

People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous attitudes, beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalisation and social exclusion. This leads to various forms and practices of stigma and discrimination, and endanger the security and lives of persons with albinism who are at constant risk. These beliefs and myths are centuries old and are present in cultural attitudes and practices around the world.

On 18 December 2014, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming, with effect from 2015, 13th June as International Albinism Awareness Day.

Please find below a few resources that shed more light on why this day is important for all of us.

  • GIZA (Darkness) is a beautiful short film made by Isack Abel from Tanzania who has albinism and in which he expresses his feelings about the Fight Against Albino Killings. Please watch this and share widely for awareness and action.
  • A BBC documentary on ‘living differently‘ that features Leo, a young man whose brother and sister also have albinism. Although he struggled to accept the condition as a child, Leo grew to be proud of his unique looks and has become a model. Leo’s high profile modelling career is a source of inspiration to other young people with albinism.
  • Salif Keita Global Foundation – Salif Keita is a world renowned musician from Mali. He is the first African to receive a Grammy nomination for his album “AMEN” and has been cited as “one of the greatest talents Africa has ever produced”.  Mr. Keita has raised awareness about the plight of albinos in Africa around the world to millions of people with the help of campaigns, albums, interviews, books, social media, and mainstream media. His foundation is the leading organisation in raising global awareness for the cause of albinism in Africa.
  • Under The Same Sun (UTTS) is an organisation that works support people with albinism become fully contributing members of an inclusive and equitable society.
  • UN resources on albinism. More resources about the UN Day are available here.

The “call to action” here is for all of us to learn, unlearn and challenge ourselves, our attitudes and behaviour. More on how you can be involved here

Happy International Albinism Awareness Day

Gender – Based Analysis Plus online course

Hello all,

It has been quite a while! This has been because of competing demands based on work exigencies and family commitment. We hope you are thriving!

We welcome you to undertake this Gender- Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) e course that has been developed by Status of Women Canada and which has been adopted by the Government of Canada.

GBA+ is an analytical tool used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and gender-diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that GBA goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences. We all have multiple identity factors that intersect to make us who we are; GBA+ also considers many other identity factors, like race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.

You can access the course on the below link:

http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/gba-acs/course-cours-2017/eng/mod00/mod00_01_01.html

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.

 

#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.