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Presentation for "Intersections between Feminism & Technology" panel at University of San Francisco\'s 10th Annual Global Women\'s Rights Forum. Case Study: Sex Worker Rights Activism in ...

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    • FemTech2.0“Intersections between Feminist Activism & Technology”
      10th Global Women’s Rights Forum
      USF
      March 9th, 2011 Panel Presentation
      By Zawadi Nyong’o
      @zawadin
    • Outline
      Background & Milestones – SW rights organizing in EA
      SW rights organizing in Kenya
      SW rights & tech – opportunities & challenges
      Case Study – Dec17Kenya & Technology
      Recent events
    • SW Rights Organizing in East Africa
      Milestones:
      2000-2005 – Informal groups start organizing (TZ later)
      2008 – 1st African SW rights Conference (SA)
      2009 - ASWA created
      June ‘09 – AMwA AWLI
      Nov ‘09 – Feb ‘10 – EA SW Mapping Initiative
      Feb & March ‘10 – Launch of “When I Dare to be Powerful” in Addis & Nairobi (IWD)
      March ‘10 – OSF Grantees Workshop, Nairobi
      Nov ‘10 – C.E.O. Baraza, Nairobi
      Dec 17, 2010 – Int’l Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Nairobi
    • Vision for East African Sex Worker Rights Movement
      OSF Grantee Workshop – March 2010:
      Repeal discriminatory laws against MARPs
      Build stronger SW & LGBTI rights orgs
      Promote IGA initiatives
      Reduce STIs, HIV and AIDS
      Demand SW rights
      Form umbrella orgs w. country reps
      Celebrate SW rights day in EA
      Decriminalize SW in EA
    • Vision for East African Sex Worker Rights Movement … cont.
      C.E.O (Create, Engage & Own) Baraza – Nov 2010:
      Regional support for sex workers led orgs
      Coalition building through information sharing
      Development of sisterhood networks
      Mentorship and outreach programs to smaller organization
      Exchange programs across East Africa
      Establish regional protocols for sex workers;
      Harmonize regional national and regional strategic plans on HIV/AIDS with sex workers as MARPS
      Discuss legalization vs decriminalization of sex work
      Document human rights violations in East Africa through mechanisms such as the use of cellphone and internet technology
      Find ways to actively and productively involve media
    • Sex Worker Rights Organizing in Kenya
      Most organizing health, rather than rights based
      Most orgs 2-5 years old, except BHESP (10years)
      Stigma, Violence, Discrimination and Criminalization – greatest barriers to organizing
      Double/tripple stigma experienced by MSWs and HIV +ve SWs
      More partnership needed between SW groups
      SW groups using multiple & innovative strategies, including using ICT’s.
      Few mainstream women’s & feminist organizations supporting/engaging SW groups, except CREAW, UAF-Africa, UHAI:EASHRI
      Many great success stories & best practices that should be scaled up
      More technical & financial resources needed to support SW led groups (direct & core funding)
      Challenges many, but there is hope & a vibrant emerging SW rights movement
    • Thika Murder Case
      Sex workers in Thika, Kenya moments they appeared in court to face charges of "submitting false information". BHESP partnered with CREA to ensure the women had proper legal representation.
    • Sex Worker Rights & Technology
      Opportunities:
      SMS – risk management
      Frontline SMS & Crowdsourcing – (BHESP, Infonet, Fahamu) – Rapid response & info-sharing
      Xtranormal.com – type to make videos
      AFRIWiT listserv
      Challenges:
      Access (grassroots/global, urban/rural)
      Class
      Language
      Security – hate speech, VAW, infiltrating movements, threatening activism – e.g. Stop Raila-homophobia
    • Zawadi,
      “Poop poppers and clit lickers as homos are known to us will also get a demo against them on the same day at the same venue. You cant allow a tabia which breeds out of addiction and adds no value to anybody just to look cool. You demo, we demo to support the Raila's call for the rehab of homos.” – Robert Alai
      “Yes it is wrong to discriminate against Minorities… but tell me:
      Do you have a woman to your name whom you have slept with and licked her clitoris? How do you feel "sleeping" with a woman f****king her using a vibrator or what? If you have a daughter or a son today, how would it be like when you hear she or he is "sleeping" with another woman or man? Yourself, are you a product of same sex marriage? of course not! Please desist from misleading innocent souls and if you are practicing it, please keep it in your closet.
      "Prostitutes will remain thus, however much we elevate them to Commercial Sex Workers". Quote me nowhere!!! “ – JectoneNdunya
      “Zawadi are u a product of a gay relationship? Go back to the closet and stop channeling and defiling innocent souls to send them to hell. Homosexuality should be criminalized in Kenya. Raila keep it up. This zawadi means gift but she has become 'wang o tek’…” – LinetteOchieng’
    • Dec17Kenya Organizing:FemTech Success
    • Dec17Kenya … cont…
      How did we do it?
      Core Organizing committee
      Grassroots mobilizing
      Crowdsourcing
      Engaging new actors
      Media strategy
      Safety & Security
      Social media (facebook, twitter, blogs, twitgoo)
      Cross-movement organizing
      Cross-class organizing challenges (Lessons from WNY campaign)
      Creativity, Guts, & a sense of humor
    • Dec17Kenya Web Presence:
      Websites:
      www.swopusa.org/dec17/
      www.gaykenya.com
      www.pambazuka.org
      www.soros.org
      www.westfm.co.ke
      www.sexworkeurope.org
      www.allvoices.com
      www.reuters.com
      www.outfm.org
      www.northern-indymedia.org
      Blogs:
      Joliea.wordpress.com
      Jmaruru.wordpress.com
      Harvesttone.com
      Pricessprojectkenya.com
      Blog.iwhc.org
      Rafiki-kenya.blogspot.com
    • March 3rd, Mombasa“Access to Healthcare”
      Over 300 sex workers marched from Coast General Hospital to Totonoka Hall, to mark Int’l Sex Worker Rights Day.
    • March 3rd, Mombasa
      Fashion show – male, female & trans sex workers at Int’l Sex Worker Rights Day, Mombasa
      Simultaneous marches in 6 other African countries: Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe
    • March 3rd, Cape Town
    • East African Sex Worker Pledge
    • Asante Sana!
      Zawadi Nyong’o
      @zawadin
      www.dec17kenya.org
      @dec17kenya
      www.resurj.org
      @RESURJ
      End!