On the Front Pages

When it comes to news stories involving perceived LGBT individuals, the Ugandan media rarely seeks the facts of a case but instead engages in sensationalism.

Twinamatsiko, Kibuule: Uganda’s cycle of abuse

With their apologies, Ronald Kibuule and Onesmus Twinamatsiko did what every abuser does. And like all other incidents where women have had to accept apologies because we want to believe that they represent some kind of sign that the person understands what abuse is and will do something about it, in our private spaces, we have kept the same optimism.

NTV Men should explore issues of masculinity

NTV Men, a show on NTV Uganda has stirred some conversation on their choice of topic – in my opinion, not enough conversation. In its current state, the show spends too much airtime talking about women and calling on one woman to explain all the ways of women. Great topics devolve as a result.

Next steps to getting Africa’s protocol on women’s rights implemented

I would argue that to fully realise the rights set out in the Maputo Protocol, a separate institution needs to be established to oversee its implementation. An example of how this could work is already in place when it comes to children’s rights. Children are protected by the African Children’s Charter. The African Committee of Experts oversees implementation. Women need similar protection mechanisms.

Waigo: Women’s contribution to arts has predominately been as the subject during creation

Mon pi Mon was very excited to hear about the female visual arts exhibition Aphra Arts Organisation was putting together as part of Uganda’s 54th Independence anniversary. The pop-up exhibition will feature the Future Female Visual Artists (Kampala) collective of female visual artists age 19-24 years old, who are based in Uganda. In celebration of Ugandan Independence Asiimwe Caroline, Guma Ruth, Nalungo Sharifah, Namutosi Martha and Piloya Irene will be showing new works and others in progress at 32º East, Ugandan Arts Trust in Kansanga on Oct 7th.
We sought out Artistic Director and Founder, Yvonne Waigo, and asked her some questions:

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Too many men hold the belief that when a woman says no, what she really means is that she needs to be convinced. On the most basic level, this is an insult to the woman’s intelligence and sense of ownership over her own body. But even more than that, these kinds of encounters underline how much power men assign both to themselves and to other men (however fictional).

Somi offers easy listening and intelligent discourse

Indeed, we are only witnessing the evolution of a musician between two continents, and whose music shades light on the in-between of Africa and America. Her live performance at the historical Village Vanguard in New York, includes a favorite of my Bob Marley songs, ‘Waiting in Vain’. In a stripped-down arrangement with only guitar and voice, it brings the listener to hear Marley’s huge vocal lyricism, and just how intimate his work was. In her own rendition, we recognize the immediacy of Somi’s vocal abilities and her interpretative powers–the mark of a real jazz singer.