Some Fellows may remember the interesting and vehement debate with Dr. Juliette Tuakli on the sexual rights of young African girls and women. A while ago, someone introduced me to the blog: Adventures From the Bedrooms of African Women. It's title is self-explanatory. According to the blog's author, Nana Darkoa (who has agreed to grant us an interview for this blog or for the webzine, so please look out for it), the aim of the blog is to break the silence surrounding African women and sex. It is not a political agenda, nor does it preach the virtues of abstinence or the socio-political repression of women's sexual rights.
Instead, it is a space where people can be candid about sex and sexuality (while hiding safely behind pseudonyms if they so wish). The topics range from douching and its avderse effects on women's health, to brazilian waxes, oral sex, African men's kissing abilities and phallic African art. For some this webpage is too hardcore or vulgar. For others it is a much needed ice breaker to get people talking. Men and women meet on this space to challenge one another, agree to disagree, share their fantasies and their concerns.
You can read an interview with the two authors here. Of course MIvoice's interview will be way better.
Upcoming posts on Adventures include an interview with a cross-section of Ghana's prostitutes, and you can also find a review of and comments on The Perfect Picture. Indeed, Adventures From...is an adventurous project, but the blogs authors and many of its subscribers and followers boldly use their names and pictures, preferring to be candid rather than clandestine. (Fellows may recognize one of the co-authors. She was at our graduation ceremony). This is definitely one blog worth reading, whether it is to air your own views or just to see a sample of what a cross-section of Africans think and experience with regards to sex and sexual rights. This blog is indeed many things for many people: cathartic, therapeutic or just a fantastic anthropological case study. Either way, do mosey around, try not to be too startled, and let's have our own exciting debate on sex and sexuality in Africa, right here on MIvoice.
Please comment below adding a question or two that you would like us to include in our interview with Nana Darkoa.
1. FAHAMU, a social justice organisation seeks a coordinator
Please spread among your contacts!
Position: Coordinator - Pan-African Fellowship Program. Base: Nairobi, Kenya office. Contract Period: Two years. Applications deadline: 17 December 2009 Start date: 18th January 2010.
From the local to the continental, the Fahamu Pan-African Fellowship (FPAF) program has a vision of nurturing African social justice leaders - generating contemporary, energetic, visionary and innovative thought and activism. FPAF is a one-year program that seeks to strengthen community based organisations and social movements across Africa by identifying individual community based activists with qualities of leadership and innovation, and providing them with hands-on work experience, training and development opportunities. The program aims to enhance the skills, knowledge and experience of community-based activists while increasing the effectiveness and professionalism of their affiliated organisations and movements.
Fellowship coordinator Fahamu is seeking a coordinator for its Pan-African Fellowship Program. The coordinator will be based in our Nairobi, Kenya office.
Reporting to the Deputy Director, the fellowship coordinator will be responsible for: • Developing curriculum for the Fellowship program and facilitating participatory workshops, seminars and other learning forums using diverse material and tools • Conducting briefing sessions for prospective fellows and developing fellowship application material • Identifying and coordinating the selection of host organisations, projects, fellows and mentors • Providing and coordinating fellows’ induction, monthly forums and seminars, evaluation and wrap-up workshops and seminars • Coordinating and maintaining consistent communication with fellows, host organisations, mentors and Fahamu • Moderating online discussions and forums for fellows for the continuous exchange of information, ideas, experiences, dialogue and resources • Coordinating the production of the book and video of fellows’ experiences • Providing regular updates and reports to multiple audiences on the fellowship program • Preparing financial and narrative reports at regular intervals • Fundraising, proposal writing and donor liaison for the program • Such other duties as may be required from time to time by mutual agreement You must: • Have at least five years experience working with social movements and community based organisations • Have demonstrable experience developing curriculum and training materials • Have demonstrable project leadership skills • Be highly organised and able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines • Have a demonstrable commitment to social justice and human rights in Africa • Have excellent inter-personal skills • Have excellent writing and communications skills • Be fluent in English. Fluency in Kiswahili is also preferred. • Be able to work with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences • Have budget and financial management experience • Be a self-starter, able to take initiative, and work effectively as part of a team • Be proficient in the use of word processing and spreadsheet software • Experience of using multi-media tools for multiple purposes is a plus • Be based in Nairobi with the ability to travel if and when necessary
This position is for an initial two year contract period. Please send your CV, cover letter and names of three referees to: firstname.lastname@example.org Applications close 17th December 2009. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Position start date: 18th January 2010 This is a full time position. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Fahamu is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Fahamu: Fahamu is a pan-African organisation that supports the movement for social justice in Africa. We work with social movements that address the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. Fahamu seeks to nurture these movements to become significant agents for change by enhancing individual, collective and organisational leadership, skills and knowledge, as well as by creating platforms and networks for effective advocacy, enhancing the use of diverse and innovative tactics and strategies for change, and amplifying Africa-centred voices, perspectives and solutions.
Submitted by Kemi Bello
2. Oxfam is taking in applications for OFXAM INTERNATIONAL YOUTH PARTNERSHIP, open to people below the age of 25. Deadline: october 2010. For more details please go to www.oiyp.oxfam.org Submitted by Yvonne Laruni.
Welcome to the MIVOICE blog, a virtual space where MILEAD Fellows and other guest bloggers can explore their freedom of expression. We welcome comments and suggestions and we are excited to join hands in moving Africa forward, one word and one action at a time.
Bienvenue sur le blog MIVOICE, un espace virtuel où les MILEAD Fellows et autres invités peuvent laisser cours libre à leur liberté d'expression et à leur inspiration. Les commentaires et suggestions sont les bienvenues et nous sommes heureuses de pouvoir joindre nos mains pour faire avancer l'afrique, d'un bout à l'autre par le pouvoir des mots et de notre volonté commune.