Erasing 76 Crimes: Online archive focuses on LGBT Kenyans from 1800s on. “Activist and author Denis Nzioka has launched KumbuKumbu, a new free resource that collects and preserves records documenting Kenya’s sexual and gender diverse cultures from the 1800s to today. Still in its early stages, the growing collection includes newspaper articles, book and film reviews, and research to showcase stories with ‘historical depth and understanding’.”
Christian Science Monitor: ‘Numbers don’t lie’: The team ‘Counting Dead Women’ in Kenya. “For years, whenever Kathomi Gatwiri complained that violence against women in her home country of Kenya was out of control, she got used to hearing the same response: prove it. So at the beginning of 2019, the academic and one of her best friends from college, Audrey Mugeni, decided they would do exactly that. They set up Facebook and Twitter pages called ‘Counting Dead Woman – Kenya’ and dedicated themselves to a grim project: creating an online archive.”
Phys .org: Novel mobile app could help to reduce sexual violence in Kenya. “Working with the Wangu Kanja Foundation (WKF), researchers are piloting ‘MobApp’ across Kenya. The WKF had developed MobApp to help fellow survivors support people through reporting, documenting and tracking new cases of sexual violence.”
Google Blog: Preserving stories of Black History in the UK and beyond. “The theme of the motherland can also be found in another new exhibition on Google Arts & Culture. Everyone in the world can trace their origins back to East Africa, which is sometimes called the cradle of mankind. We’ve collaborated with the National Museums of Kenya in a new online collection that celebrates the heritage and stories of Kenya’s many communities.” I had mentioned this before in RB but only as something that was going to happen, and I didn’t realize it was so close to competition.
Hivisasa: National Museum collections to be digitized. “The government has arrived an agreement with Google to digitize National Museums’ collections. Confirming the move, the National Museums of Kenya Director-General Dr Mzalendo Kibunjia said that this will attract more visitors to the museums.”
The Elephant: Our Grandmother’s Miniskirt: A People’s History Through Photographs and Stories. “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been inviting people to share photos of their mothers, grandmothers and aunties looking stylish in the fashion of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The idea, which we are calling ‘Our Grandmother’s Miniskirt’, is simple enough, crowdsource photographs from Kenyan homes of women dressed in the style of that era; the photographs will be accompanied by reflections, essays, short stories or poems. The aim is to capture a history of ordinary people and to share this history through physical exhibitions, an online archived exhibition, and a coffee table book.”
Xinhua: Kenya launches data bank on pan-African public health facilities. “Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) on Wednesday launched an inventory that captures the geographical distribution of public health facilities in 50 African countries. The inventory contains information on geographical location of 98,745 public health facilities managed by governments, local authorities and charitable organizations.”