3 days into Cape Town and I really have nothing much to say – no exploring – don’t want to be negative but this place just doesn’t grab me in the same way as Joburg. Still waiting for my luggage which was supposed to have arrived yesterday but didn’t. Haven’t done anything of interest except try and sort myself out personally and focus on what I will be doing at the World Social Forum where I will be part of the Fahamu Team that produces Pambazuka News. Trying to figure out what to attend in Nairobi is impossible. Everyone I speak with is confused with the sheer numbers of people, events and activities. Kameelah has written a a critical piece on the WSF which is worth reading. Criticism of the forum flows into three specific areas: firstly that there is a lack of an agenda and lack of action; secondly that it is dominated by NGOs and Civil Society organizations neither of whom do very much for the people they claim to represent; and thirdly that the forum is neither progressive nor transformative but merely following a liberal agenda of “humanizing capitalism. This is my first attendance so will have to wait and observe for myself before coming to any conclusions.
The only events I am clear on are the ones being organised by the African LGBT community (and of course Fahamu) :
Gender and Sexuality;
The right to be different: Plurality in Diversities Proposal (LGBT South South Dialogue);
Sexuality and Social Justice;
Book launch: “Defending sexual rights in fundamentalist contexts”;
Reclaiming Our Sexualities;
Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Ideology: A dialogue between activist from the Global South;
IV Social Forum on Sexual Diversity;
Sex, Law and Human Rights;
There is also the “Q-Spot” which is a safe area for the LGBT community and which will show films and host poetry and drama by anyone who wants to perform.