Power Structures in Development
and Human Rights Masterclass
From an African Feminist Perspective
7th, 14th, 21st & 28th September – 20.30 – 22.00 EAT
5th & 12th October – 20.30 – 22.00 EAT
Register by the 31st of August
*Partos members will receive a discount of 100 EUR.
The world has a thriving civil society that: fights against inequality, tackles human rights violations, and fights for gender equality/justice. Everywhere in the world civil society organizations and social movements are faced with opposition from governments and fundamentalist groups, resulting in a shrinking civic space for their work.
At the same time, there is also another problem that requires attention: the unequal balance of power and privilege between civil society organizations in the Global North and the Global South. Southern grassroots organizations and social movements run into structural barriers in obtaining funding and support for their work, especially the ones working on Women’s Rights and Feminism. Even when determining the topics and priorities of the global agenda, the following still applies: who pays; decides. Finally, it is still the Western view of development, knowledge and feminism that is seen as superior within the discourse.
How can we change this and create global solidarity that makes better use of each other’s strength? How can we be equal partners? Looking at things and struggles from an African feminist perspective and intersectionality can help.
In this series of 6 online masterclasses about power structures and privileges in the field of development and human rights, we will work with you to look beyond the surface and do justice to contemporary problems: as well as how to confront them and work towards developing solutions.
She is a grassroots human rights defender, Pan-African feminist, community organizer, gender justice and SRHR-activist. She aims to change patriarchal systems, structures and other societal systems that work against women and girls. She encourages and supports women and girls in informal settlements to take up leadership in the society.
She is a co-founder of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders, a social movement for the grassroots feminists, community organizers and human rights defenders/activists in Kenya.
She is also a board member for Amnesty International Kenya and serves in the Youth Advisory Board for the Embassy of Denmark in Kenya, and the Global Youth Advisory Board for the Minister for Development in Denmark. Moreover, she is a youth committee member that advices the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kenya.
She is a Programs Officer in the Gender Equity and Governance Program at
the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She manages a portfolio of
grants that aim to increase government responsiveness to the needs of
under-served populations, especially women and youth, in selected African
countries and Mexico.
A Senegal and Belgium national, Diakhoumba is a passionate feminist, war resister, and defender of all rights for all. She is a trained lawyer who has spent more than 15 years at the service of international criminal justice, the right to development, women’s and minorities’ rights and gender equality in Africa, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
She relocated from Dakar, Senegal, to the Bay Area in California where the Hewlett Foundation has its offices. She loves to nurture children’s capacity to dream, laugh, and save the planet.
She is a grassroots feminist organizer who is passionate about articulating
and unpacking the experiences of African women and girls. With over 10
years of experience, her advocacy work exists at the intersections of feminist
movement building, reproductive justice, and promoting a feminist society.
She has coordinated young African feminist movements in 15 countries.
She is experienced in research and documenting women's experiences, design thinking, project building, and management; with special expertise in gender justice, program development with national and international non-profit organizations, and adopting disruptive and de-colonial funding mechanisms.
She is passionate about advancing a vision of inter-sectional feminism through teaching, writing, and advocacy at all levels; from interpersonal to global. She is passionately driven by the need to protect human rights for those currently marginalized.