A Tribute to Two Great Souls

In the last few days, the world has lost two great and visionary leaders, who both contributed enormously to world peace, equal rights and social inclusion in their different ways.  Embrace Everyone pays tribute to Aretha Franklin and Kofi Annan, and encourages everyone to be inspired by their great legacies.

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Aretha Franklin’s obituary in the Guardian can be read here and another one from BBC featuring some beautiful photos can be read here as well as a great piece describing the political and cultural impact of Respect, one of her greatest songs.  She was a strong feminist and played a big part in the Civil Rights movement.

Aretha’s songs are to be found everywhere and many of them are featured in another article by the Guardian, “from the church to the dancefloor.”  Many more can be found on you tube.  Aretha Franklin passed on August 16th 2018 at the age of 76.

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Ghana has declared a Week of National Mourning for one of its’ greatest sons, Kofi Annan.  He was the first Black African UN Secretary-General from 1997-2006 and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2001.  Please read his obituary in the Daily Graphic here and the Guardian here

Kofi’s legacy will continue in many ways; through the great work of the Kofi Annan Foundation, through the work of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where he was the founding chair, and through the work of The Elders, where he was Chair and an active member until his final days.  Kofi Annan passed on August 18th 2018 at the age of 80.

May their souls rest in perfect peace and may their powerful legacies continue to inspire us for many years to come.

 

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Tackling Spit and Hatred

The title of this post is borrowed from a BBC news article marking the 25th Anniversary of the campaign (and, later, organisation) called ‘Kick it Out’ aimed at tackling racism and other forms of discrimination in football.  You can read the story here

The key driver of Kick it Out has been Lord Herman Ouseley who, at the time, headed Britain’s Commission for Racial Equality (CRE).  The CRE merged with two other commissions in 2007 to form the Equality and Human Rights Commission that is aimed at tackling all forms of Discrimination and promoting the 2010 Equality Act in UK.  You can read about the work of the Commission and watch a short video about their work here

To find out more about Kick it Out, please check their website here and please check out another innovative British organisation using football called Show Racism the Red Card

In Kenya, football has been a powerful catalyst in several areas for promoting Gender Equality and Peace amongst young people in their communities.  In Kilifi County, in the Coastal region, Moving the Goalposts (MTG) has been doing innovative work with young women and their communities for over 15 years.   Please read about one young woman’s moving experiences in life and with MTG in an article called “Who are Your Role Models?”

In Marsabit County, the largest county in Kenya in the North of the country, the Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI) has been using football and sport to promote cohesion, girls & women’s rights and build peace since 2003.  You can see a series of their reports and short videos here and some of their inspiring Stories of Change are also here

Social Inclusion has at its heart the belief that, in order to create equitable societies then all forms of discrimination and oppression need to be tackled.  So, we applaud the efforts of MTG, HODI, Kick It Out and many others in their efforts to ensure that sport acts as a vehicle for positive social change and social inclusion.

Challenging Rape, Sexual Violence and Misogyny

In this post, we explore some of the ever-increasing cases of rape, sexual violence and misogyny…

The first article remembers Khensani Maseko who fought campus rape in South Africa and tragically ended up taking her own life last week.  Please read the article here

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Three articles by Jessica Eaton from Victim Focus explore these themes further.  Firstly, in “Why Education will never Stop Rape”, she calls for massive individual, collective and societal change and ends with a clear message to professionals and organisations working in this field to get their own houses in order and to think way beyond education.

The second piece looks at the impact of misogynistic and sexually violent language in music.  You can read “The Way we talk about Sex with Women” here

The third piece explores how victim blaming has been sanitised and re-framed into seeming concern for the individuals behaviour and how we need to be sensitive to this. You can read more on ‘7 lessons from a year of fighting victim blaming in sexual violence’ here.

The fourth piece shares some findings from a recent inquiry on ‘Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector’ that presents learning for all sectors on how culture, power issues and poor leadership can foster sexual harassment at the workplace.

Finally, we end with a positive example of a school in Nottingham, UK, helping pupils to understand and challenge the use of misogynistic and sexist language, which you can read about 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:

 

 

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.

 

Quote for the week – Margaret Ogola

“Unless we recognise that each individual is irrepeatable and valuable by virtue of simply being conceived human, we cannot begin to talk about human rights. This includes the right to be born, as all of us have enjoyed. True justice should be for each human being, visible and invisible, young and old, disabled and able, to enjoy fully their right to life. The accidental attributes that we acquire such as colour, sex intelligence, economic circumstances, physical or mental disability should not be used as an excuse to deprive a person of life.”

Taken from a speech made in Beijing in 1995 called “On the Dignity of the African Woman”, which can be viewed here.  Margaret Ogola has inspired many readers in Kenya and beyond with her novels, which often give a particular focus to the status of women in society.  She died of cancer in 2011, you can read more about her in this newspaper article here and a warm, powerful tribute here which also discusses issues of Gender and Sexuality in depth.