Categorie: Eunice Mwaura
Tomorrow, on the 28th of October, Vice Versa Global, will participate in a critical virtual summit on the AfCFTA and its implications to climate change. The event will be live-streamed on Zoom and televised on television. To provide a detailed perspective on the summit, Vice Versa Global reporter Eunice Mwaura spoke with Miss Jane Kasumba, the program’s main coordinator.
Access to land rights for women in sub-Saharan countries has, for decades, faced a myriad of institutional, policy and traditional barriers. It is within this context that organisations and women rights activists like Susan Owiti, one of the co-founders of Kenya Peasants League, were borne. They are at the front lobbying for inclusion and equity in contestation to customary laws and practises that have perpetually impeded women’s access and ownership of land.
Over the years the media has continuously been scrutinised, with trust in it appearing to plummet as audiences question its credibility. The trend in traditional journalism has been premised on the top down approach which has engendered community journalism. Agneta Asitwa, a 27 year old trained film journalist, talks about the role local ownership of news has played and the gaps it has bridged within her community.
On the second part of our three part series on Rusinga Island Vice Versa Global talks to Tom Mboya, the programs director at Victoria Friendly Montessori. Having dropped out of school due to a myriad of issues, he sought to make things better for future generations. His dream of providing quality education to the less privileged children on the island has had a spiralling effect, touching on many other aspects.
New in the Youth Canvas by Eunice Mwaura. 15 acre of mangroves vegetation was cleared to facilitate the construction of the Dongo Kundu bypass meant to decongest Mombasa City by providing an alternative route to the south coast. Kishoka Youth Foundation, led by a young Marine conservationist by the name of Maulid Mshamame has been working to counter the effects of deforestation by planting more mangroves along the coastline.
How you tell a story can build or destroy the world. Eunice Mwaura, coordinator of Vice Versa Global talks about the power of a positive narrative, three months after the establishment of this platform. Through it, great untold stories have been brought to the fore. Positive remarkable stories that have invoked social change.
At only 15, Rahmina Paulette is proving to be quite the rare gem. Her initiatives that are geared towards environmental conservation have earned her accolades internationally. Vice Versa Global caught up with the next Wangari Maathai as she lets us in on what inspired her to start her organization, the challenges she’s faced so far and what the future holds.
On the second part of our interview with Prof. PLO Lumumba, he gets to talk to us about how best we can cash in on Africa’s young demographic as a dividend and how she can realize transformative leadership. He also has a message for the youth on how they can overcome the cultural barriers and tells us if he feels if there is still hope for Africa’s young demographic.
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has been received with a wave of optimism not only in Africa but globally. It has been hailed as a beacon of hope believed to hold the potential of alleviating more than 30 million out of poverty while employing millions more. Vice Versa Global talks to one of the biggest intellectuals on the continent, an anti-corruption crusader and a staunch Pan-Africanist, Prof. PLO Lumumba on this great milestone for the African continent.
She dreams big, inspires women and men and is not afraid of sacred houses – such as the balance of power in the world of human rights. A meeting in Nairobi with Rachael Mwikali, feminist and activist. It starts at home: “In global forums, our president says he supports gender equality, but our own parties are not inclusive, and women cannot walk the streets safely at night or are even murdered.”
“It is important to uphold and observe ethics in mapping, data collection and packaging. This has proved to be quite a challenge. Approximately, only 30% of researchers and academia come back to the community to verify and share their collected data.” To get to grips with this issue and how to handle it, we talked to Nicera Wanjiru, a young activist driving change in her community and fighting for her community’s right to data and information.