Yvonne Vera (September 19, 1964 - April 7, 2005) was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are firmly rooted in Zimbabwe’s difficult past. For these reasons, she has been widely studied and appreciated by those studying postcolonial African literature.
In 2005, Vera passed away from AIDS-related meningitis, in Toronto, Canada.
Women from Madagascar balance baskets full of fruits and foodstuffs on their heads.
For the 1st time ever! Women from Africa will be celebrated in London, at the first ever Women for Africa awards 2012.
Women for Africa, is open to those who want to join us as we celebrate some of Africa’s unsung heroines.
Nominations are now open for UK-based women of African origin to be nominated in one of the twenty-one categories with two categories opened up to non UK-based African women. It will seek to honour and celebrate a number of women who deserve to be recognised and celebrated.
Check out the 21 categories, start nominating now!!
THE RAPE OF THE SAMBURU WOMEN
For more than fifty years, England has maintained military training facilities in the Samburu region of its former colony, Kenya.
During this period, women in the area have faced an epidemic of rape. Women from the Samburu, Massai, Rendile and Turkana indigenous communities have filed more than 600 official rape claims against British soldiers.
Yet, despite documentation of their claims, a three-year internal investigation by the Royal Military Police (RMP) cleared all soldiers of wrongdoing.Meanwhile, the victims have been shamed and outcast in their communities, many to the point of exile.
In the mid-1990s, Beatrice Chili responded to this situation by establishing the village of Senchen, a self-sufficient community run entirely by women. There, women build homes, weave textiles, gather and grow food, and raise children. This short film visits the brave women of Senchen, who speak candidly about their suffering and talk passionately about their demands for justice.
Watch the film to hear their stories and to find out how you can offer your support.