16 Days of Slacktivism: Government initiatives for (not) tackling violence

By Selogadi Mampane/@RadicalFemSM During these 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Womyn and Children[1], I could begin this discussion by quoting statistics and acutely describing all the gruesome narratives, in which the mauled bodies of womyn, queer and trans*gender people, have been left for dead. These stories are not unfamiliar, we know them […]
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Getting It Right: LGBT women and HIV/AIDS

By Tatenda Muranda Post-colonial Africa has become an exciting space for LGBT activism because of the vast possibilities for change. Within the African regional human rights system there is no explicit recognition of the right to non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but this has not stopped African LGBT movements from making headway in […]
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What is a lesbian?

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By Kagure Mugo/@tiffmugo ‘What is lesbian now?’ With this phrase you feel the need to begin explaining to your grandmother about ‘queer theory’ and the diffusion of human rights and international instruments that hold states accountable to macro obligations. Problem is these terms and phrases mean nothing to her. You try to tell her about […]
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Love??

By Flaverinas I am 31 years old and it has been difficult for me as a transgender woman to find true love in family, with my friends and within my community. Wherever I’m going I fell obsessed about love! I wonder sometimes, “Is it because of who I am?” No! It seems like everyone is […]
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Being a sex worker means we are at war.

By B What does being a sex worker mean in Zimbabwe? It means you are always in trouble with the police, you always have to run away when you see them. This is very painful because the police are meant to be protecting us , but they call us names , sometimes names which are not nice like ‘ uriwure’ or sifebe. Being a […]
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Life of a Transgender Sex worker

By Anon At over six-foot tall, with heels, and a body to rival any Hollywood starlet, Leigh cuts an impressive figure. Her jet-black hair and thick eyeliner give her an almost brooding and feline quality. She looks directly at you with a friendly smile and moves with finesse.  Leigh is a trans* woman, meaning she was […]
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Hidden Love

By Priscilla   My name is Priscilla. I grew up in a small town called Elliotdale. In Elliotdale people lived off farming and the cultivation of livestock. Everybody had their own way of making sure that they got the best mielies, pumpkins, peas, onions and other vegetables. The people there would prepare samp (isingqusho) and […]
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The Price of Love

by Ayanda If love was money how would you spend it? If love was a jewel which one would it be? If love was fashion how would you design it? If love was a gender what identity would we give it? If love was a beverage which one would quench one’s thirst? If love was […]
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