Embodying Protest: Feminist Organizing in Kenya
Felogene Anumo () and
A chapter in Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa, 2020, pp 201-224 from Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract Protest, whether individual or collective, draws the public’s attention to causes thus making these issues the subject of public debate and policy deliberation. On the flip side, protests also incite backlash, leading to state-sanctioned violence, repression, surveillance or other disciplinary measures. This chapter analyses the political mobilisation, organization and institutionalization of feminist social movements and activism in Kenya. It answers the questions: Who gets to protest? Who does protest leave out? How has new media reconfigured political performance? Which protests are heard and by whom? And as such, which voices are spoken for, over or silenced in the process? What lessons are drawn from different organizing strategies: overt and covert, planned or spontaneous forms of protest.
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