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Sexuality & Social Justice @ WSF

Sexuality and Social Justice Interviews at the WSF Nairobi, January 2007 – All portraits by Gabrielle Le Roux & interviews by Sokari Ekine

Sexuality and Social Justice is an exhibition of 10 portraits with audio and text based interviews from the World Social Forum in January 2007.

The exhibition pays tribute to activists who are doing brave work with sexuality and social justice in diverse ways. It was created during the days of the WSF.

Gabrielle Le Roux approached people who were making strong connections between sexual rights issues and other social rights issues. The intention was to provide a sample or organisations internationally that are getting away from the ghettoisation of issues and connecting sexuality to issues of class, race, gender, labour and environment and building cross-sectoral alliances.

The portraits and interviews were done in the tents and under the trees of the sports stadium where the event was held. The exhibition is by no means a “Who’s Who?” of sexuality issues, but a tribute to some of the people who are putting their life on the line around sexuality issues in Africa, Latin America and India.

This was an unfunded project and the original drawings have yet to be exhibited. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition please contact livingancestors at gmail dot com

Gabrielle Le Roux is a feminist cultural activist with a particular interest in the intersection of sexuality and social justice. She is also an artist who does portraits from life as a way of paying tribute to people who are doing brave and exciting work that is not sufficiently recognised. She originated the idea of doing projects of portraits and stories to raise awareness about different social issues in 2001 and has been creating travelling exhibitions with this concept since then. Her work is shown at international conferences on human rights, museums, universities, cultural centres and non-traditional art spaces.

Sokari Ekine is a human rights activist. She writes an award winning blog, Black Looks which focuses on those issues generally ignored by the mainstream media and other African bloggers. From the perspective of an African woman she writes about LGBTI experiences and activism in Africa, HIV/AIDS and other human rights issues. She is also the editor of Pambazuka News and contributes to a number of other blogs.

Fikile Vilakazi -South Africa. Director of the Coalition of African Lesbians [CAL]

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Bishop Christopher Senyonjo – Uganda. Integrity

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Victor Mukasa – Uganda. Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda [SMUG] and IGLHRC Program Associate, (the Horn, East, and Central Africa)

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Phumi Mtetwa – South Africa/Ecuador. Fundación de Acción, Estudios y Participación Social (FEDAEPS)
Coordinator of The International Network LGBT South-South Dialogue and Represent of the SSD in the International Council of the World Social Forum. Now Director Equality Project, South Africa

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Ayaan Ali Hirsi – Kenya/Somalia. Human Rights Activist – Somalia Girls Human Empowerment

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Elavarthi Manohar
– India. Director of Sangama Campaigns, Bangalor

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Fadzai Muparutsa – Zimbabwe. Programme Manager, Gays and Lesbians Zimbabwe [GALZ]

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Unfortunately due to time constraints we were unable to interview the following three activists from Nigeria, India and Mali. Where possible we have linked to internet sites that document some of their activism in the area of sexuality and social justice.

Dorothy Aken’Ova – Nigeria. International Center for Reproductive & Health Rights [INCRESE] Links: BBC; International Women’s Health Coalition; Speech to UN on Alternative Families.

Chandini – India. Chandini is from the hijara tradition of transgender sexworkers in India. She is a sex worker activist from Banglalore and a member of Sangama.

Mrs Djikne Hatouma Gokou – Mali. Presidente Union Malienne des Association et Comites de Femmes Handicapees.

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