Breaking silences

Amanda Mutamba Muhunde’s poem is dedicated to raising awareness of survivors of rape in conflict zones in parts of Africa and breaking the silence.

Amanda pulls no punches in raising your conscious a notch or two as she lyrically details a woman’s account of her own rape, and her unfulfilled wish to no longer breath after the incident. Amanda skillfully walks you through the victim’s realization that even at the worst of it, there is purpose in the victim still having a voice and daring anyone who will listen to spread her story of pain, struggle and survival.


HT: Project Diaspora

Also breaking the silence on violence against women are a group of Congolese women who are demanding their voices be heard in ending the conflict in the DRC.

Western based think tanks, humanitarian institutions and policy makers often argue that they have tried everything to bring an end to the conflict. However, a cursory look at the policies that have been prescribed or implemented reveals that almost every policy option tried has avoided core grassroots women’s recommendations. Policies implemented by the international community are marked by a reluctance to pressure U.S. and British allies Rwanda, led by Paul Kagame, and Uganda, headed by Yoweri Museveni. Also, in spite of the myriad United Nations studies, there has been deadly silence around the role of Western mining interests in the perpetuation of the conflict. …….Continue reading

I just returned from a technology conference in Berlin organised by re:publica.de and shared the stage with some of the high profile tech gurus and idea wizards all evangelising – mostly uncritically – the wonders of new social media and technology. When they weren’t on stage or chatting endless techie talk they were fiddling around with iPhones, iPads and other gadgetry. One of the points I made in my own presentation was the lack of awareness or interest around the origins of some of the components of the technologies they so enthusiastically proclaimed as the solution to one problem or the other. No one cares to think back down the line to the thousands who work the mines in slave conditions in highly contested militarised zones. We cannot turn the clock back but what we can do is expose the horrific working environment and break the silence on those who are involved at all stages of the process from extraction to production. I dont have all the ideas on how this can be done but I do believe it can be done but it would take a lead and commitment from those who claim to be part of the movement of technology for social change.

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