I live in Kampala Uganda and I work for Radio One FM90. I am a reporter, assistant producer for Spectrum Political Talk show. I also currently being trained to host the show, which would make me the first female political talk show host in the country. I am also an artist (painter) and photographer, poet and freelance writer, and have just started making documentaries.
I call myself a feminist because I believe that there is nothing a man can do that a woman cannot do. Also naming myself as a feminist and studying feminist principles has made me reclaim and be proud of my feminine qualities that I had deliberately hidden and rejected because I believed it made me vulnerable to the abuse I had been subjected to at various points in my life.
I believe that feminists in Africa today are struggling with redefining what a woman is, finding a holistic definition that does not play into the patriarchal tools that keep us fragmented and despised.
For the feminist movement to shift, it is important that spaces and avenues are created for self-definition. These need to move away from the victim/whore/bitch/mother discourse. We also need to make concerted efforts to take our principles out into the public sphere and unwaveringly explain what we are about- rather than uttering out sporadic rants and then keeping quiet. These feed into the stereotypes of feminists and do not advance our broader agenda. Furthermore, although this issue crops up over and over again, the importance of helping younger feminists establish themselves career-wise and financially is another strategy that needs to form part of a holistic plan of transforming not only society, but the movement as well. This will lay a solid foundation for engagement, dialogue and ultimate processing to ensure that the baton is passed, and therefore the efforts that have started do not disappear or have to be reinvented again.
We are lucky that we have a more diverse group of feminists (skills, experience) that we can draw on to accelerate our movement. It is important Put in into pictures and song, as well as make a documentary out of it. Keeping it in print limits its dissemination and understanding by the masses.
In my personal life, I have lived out my feminist identity by trying to be myself.. I have tried to balance my male and female characteristics instead of trying to me the quintessential “female’’ or the exceedingly male corporate bully. Being an artistic pirate has also helped me evade socialisation of my nature.
I am inspired by nature, happy people as well as art.