In Kenya, the existing criminal sanctions against expression of same gender love inform public attitudes and opinions towards same sex relationships or those who do not conform to gender norms. As in other social issues, this discrimination and violence affects lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans* diverse and gender nonconforming persons differently because of patriarchy and sexism. Because Womxn program is a LBQ trans*diverse and non-binary steered initiative that seeks to fight against discrimination in terms of opportunity and creation of safe spaces in Kenya. Because Womxn addresses a gap within leadership and organizing safe spaces for and by LBQ trans* diverse and non-binary persons. Based on a feminist analysis of power and equality, the program is keen to ensure full representation of non-hetero, non-cis and non-binary and non-male bodies within advocacy and the greater equality movement.
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1. Monthly Forums held in Nairobi to address the unique needs of lesbian, bisexual, queer women and non-binary persons. Our forums increase civic awareness and create a space for discussion and programming around safety and security, health and wellness. -- Over 2017, Because Womxn decentralized to other counties that is Eldoret and Mombasa, and attracted a huge turn out of LBQ GNC and trans*diverse persons.
2. Because Womxn Uzima Camp
Because Womxn Uzima Camp pioneered in 2017, The annual camp brings LBQ trans*diverse / non-binary persons persons from across the country to a central place with the objective of creating networks, building capacity and ensuring that knowledge and programs are tailored to ensure needs of the members are met.
Watch the Because Womxn Uzima Camp trailer here.
Thanks to this programming—and other efforts—we have noted increased reporting of violations within this bracket and an improved understanding of the law with regard to Kenyan queer citizenry.