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Lesbians celebrate life through creativity

Lesbians celebrate life through creativity

Lesbians celebrate life through creativity

The Women’s Leadership Centre will be hosting the Namibian Lesbian Festival 2018 at the Warehouse Theatre on 8 November from 19:00 to 21:00. The festival will focus on Spoken Word poetry, stories and music, written and performed by young lesbian women from 7 regions in the country.

Participants have come together in Windhoek to hone their performance skills, facilitated by renowned artists Mel Mwevi and H, who are responsible for directing the show.

Through this creative work the Women’s Leadership Centre is promoting the voice, visibility, pride, courage and creativity of young lesbians as a means of healing from the trauma of social exclusion, dehumanisation and demonization many have experienced and is creating safe spaces for building sisterhood and solidarity. The entrance to the show is free and everyone is welcome.

LGBT people have faced discrimination, harassment and violence in the country and lesbians are occasionally the victims of so called corrective rape, where male rapist purport to raping the lesbian victim with the intent of curing her of her sexual orientation.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has called upon Namibia to adopt hate crime legislation punishing homophobic and transphobic violence and vigorously enforce it.


 

About The Author

Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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