What have I been busy with? I have worked with some amazing women to research, write and bring this amazing podcast to you! I’m excited that African Women in Dialogue approached me to host conversations with a range of African feminists from all across the continent. I’m honoured to have a part to play in documenting some of the powerful thinkers and leaders for future generations to know and be inspired.
Join us in conversation with renowned powerhouse, Gertrude Mongella. Affectionately known as ‘Mama Beijing’ from her work at the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, she gives us insight into the many hats she has worn in her longstanding career and personal life such as being president of the Pan-African Parliament, a women’s rights defender, a grandmother, an African who has progressive wishes for the future of our continent and a lover of life. We unpack this and more through her warm giggles and nuggets of wisdom.
Join us in conversation with the iconic Dr Beverly Ditsie who made history as the first openly lesbian African to address the United Nations about LGBTQ+ rights at the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing. Growing up in Soweto in the 1980s, Beverly was immersed in the struggle against Apartheid but knew racism was not the only oppression and became one of the leading organisers of the first Pride March in Africa. Not only renowned for advocating for the human rights of LGBTQ+ people, Beverly also has a longstanding career in film and media. We get to know the person behind these achievements.
“Have we forgotten the women of Western Sahara?” This question lingers as we get into conversation with Saharawi human rights activist, Sultana Khaya, who has been under house arrest for over a year for advocating for for the independence of Western Sahara. With over a year of being forcefully detained in her home where she and her family are subjected to constant attacks and violence, one can’t help but wonder what the fate of many other Saharawi women has been. We get insight into what life has been for her every day as she remains resilient and unyielding in her activism.
Join us in conversation with remarkable activist, Editar Ochieng, who is passionate about the rights of women and girls. She is an unapologetic feminist who attributes her drive to her personal experiences growing up in her hometown, Kibera, where she has gone on to establish the Feminist for Peace, Rights and Justice Centre. She aims to build leadership among young women by providing a multi-generational advocacy and networking platform. She encourages women to share their stories, raising awareness and support by publicizing the commonality of these experiences. It also serves as a support space for vulnerable women, entrepreneurs and children. We get to hear all about what has moulded her into the committed change-maker that she is today.
Join us in conversation with remarkable Ghanaian feminist writer and blogger, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah. We get to know the journey of a UK born-Ghana raised girl whose passion for reading was the start of her being a writer of note. Nana co-founded the award-winning blog, ‘Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women’, and has recently released the book book, The Sex Lives of African Women. She shares insight about her commitment to providing platforms where African women can openly discuss sex and sexuality as part of her feminist political beliefs.
Thank you for this opportunity, ZMDT!