Save the date: Opportunities in the Inclusion Space for September & beyond

Hello all,

Happy September! We love to not only share articles that touch on equality and social inclusion, but to also highlight opportunities (webinars, online courses, events etc) that you dare not miss and which touch on various aspects of inclusion.

1. The Healing Solidarity: Re-imagining International Development                     –online conference (September 17-23).

This will be a discussion on challenging and addressing complex issues and dilemmas in development practice. Can we ‘do’ development differently and what would this look like? Issues like racism, neo-colonialism, sexual harassment and inequity as they manifest in the sector will be raised, as well as  experiences in our organisations and our own practice. To register for the conference, go to this link

2. The Mental Health and Well Being of Development Workers: 

Workers are routinely exposed to traumatic events linked to the cause of mental health issues including depression, burnout and anxiety. Increasingly, work stress including extremely heavy workloads, long hours and limited time for self-care are being highlighted as major challenges. We share recordings of discussions on the importance of action on mental health care and the self care for all workers, and why we should speak more and take action on mental health care in our professional and social spaces.

  • Breaking the Silence: Promoting action on aid worker mental health by OCI available here
  • Humanitarian effectiveness and staff wellness by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) available here.

3. The Make Change Happen free online course which covers elements including understanding power dynamics, collaboration, opportunity and action that can tackle injustice and bring positive change.  Details on the course are available here.

4. Diversity Award by Bond: And last but not least, a call by Bond for organisations that are championing inclusion and equality by actively seeking to redress gender, race, sexuality, age and disability imbalances through employing and developing a diverse, inclusive workforce. These are organisations that are putting strategies and initiatives in place that champion diversity and equality, and hence promoting inclusive employment. If this is you or if you know of such an organisation , then submit the entry for the Diversity Award by 5pm on Friday 28 September 2018.

For more background on this issue, please read the powerful article “We must Celebrate Diversity in our Sector to drive Inclusion.”



Disability Inclusion: Now is The Time

The Global Disability Summit was hosted by DFID, the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) on 23 and 24 July 2018, in London, UK.  The ‘Charter for Change’ is the official Summit legacy document and is intended to ensure global consensus to address inclusion, and support the rights of persons with disabilities around the world. All organisations and governments are called to sign up to the Charter by emailing ‘yes’ to

Among the key speeches in the event was one by H.E. Mr. Lenin Moreno Garcés, President of Ecuador who is the first person that uses a wheelchair to be elected as a head of state in Latin America, and an influential figure who has improved rights for people with disabilities on an international and national level.  Among other positions, he was formerly UN Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility from 2013-16.

Rachel Aston CBM shared the below highlights within current global narratives around disability and development in her article ‘Global Disability Summit: 4 actions to further inclusion’:

  1. Efforts should be led by people with disabilities, and their representative organisations, in development processes that impact them.
  2. Recognise diversity and intersectionality (‘multiple discriminations’) of people with disabilities
  3. Implement international agreements and standards like the CRPD and SDGs.
  4. Commit money and resources to inclusion within global financing processes and national budgets. This should factor the universal design principles (whereby no one is excluded from facilities or services because of an impairment).

We are also honored to share a profile on Mr Harrison Kariuki, a 28 year old who is currently a volunteer teacher at the Kapsabet School for the Deaf in Kenya, and who is also deaf himself.

“I am now a volunteer at the Kapsabet School for the Deaf, because I understand the challenges that deaf people face. I know what the pupils here are going through and I want to act as a role model so they see that deaf people can have a positive future. I love teaching my pupils sign language because it helps me to help them advocate for their rights. You need to be able to communicate with others in order to advocate for your rights, so by teaching sign language, I empower my pupils’.  You can read more about Harrison’s work here.



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:



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:


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:

  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:

#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?