Unveiling the SpiceTalks 2017 Speakers - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

The SpiceTalks 2017 conference theme is “All are Spicy. – What is your Spice?”

The spice in you shape our understanding of the past, how we live in the present, and our vision for the future.

The inner spice is discovered from within not only by people, but also by companies, institutions and movements.

Each of the speakers selected will be unleashing their inner spice for the future of human rights, social acceptance, art, environmental stewardship, education and beyond. The speakers have the passion in spreading their hope and creativity for a more inclusive world.

The 2017 SpiceTalks conference will take place on November 25, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya at the ActionAid Global Platform starting 1:30pm

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Get to know the 2017 Speakers now and purpose to inspired by them http://www.spicetalks.com/spicetalks2017/


Get to know the 2017 Speakers now and purpose to inspired by them http://www.spicetalks.com/spicetalks2017/

Mary Ndiritu | Spice Mentor - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Mary Ndiritu is a feminist and a strong believer of equal rights for both sexes and especially for women who have been marginalized due to social construction. She works to deconstruct and unlearn some of the cultures that continue to undermine the women. She is committed to fighting for a world that recognizes the differences between male and females and recognizes both as equal humans.

Reginald Onduru | Spice Mentor - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Reginald Onduru is an accountant by profession and an entrepreneur, he quit employment to start Café Afrikana, an fast food joint in the shoping malls of Nairobi. He is an introvert of some sort but there lies business wisdom that will change the way you manage your enterprise.

Josiah Adiema Adiema | Spice Mentor - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Josiah Adiema is a former national debate champion when he was a student at Uganda Christian University, Josiah was instrumental in the founding of the Kenyan National Debate Council where he is the CEO. He is a debate trainer. He has designed debate training programs for Global Platform-Nairobi, a youth training hub for ActionAid. The practical and online trainings are focused on empowering young people to engage in policy and politics. He is a speaker and a great communicator.

Leah Karimi | Spice Mentor - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Leah Karimi is a renowned author and mentor on matters Financial literacy and business.She has been hosted in various Kenyan mainstream media TV shows and print. She is passionate about empowering individuals especially women simply looking for financial literacy and business lessons, mentorship and guidance. Despite struggling to accept her writing passion for a long time, Leah Karimi grew to embrace and monetise it after her first major business – Newstart- Wellness Lifestyle Centre at the Nairobi CBD failed, in her early twenties. She finally found the courage to share her costly lessons gained since childhood through her writing passion and ultimately change the world.

Erick Inghatt Matsanza | Spice Mentor - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Erick Matsanza is a social change catalyst who employs disruptive means in challenging the status quo at the backyards. As a brand builder and community catalyst, he is the founder of Spice Without Borders, a movement of social change accelerators who use their inner spice to transform society. Inspired by the struggles of the women in his childhood to impact his life when he was about to miss his secondary education. His mother and sister who despite their meagre resources, stepped in when no man in the family was willing to take up the responsibility. This has stired him to see more women empowered with the necessary skills that will foster creative and critical thinking so that they are able to transform society.

As a social activist and a public speaker, his spicy talks have provoked many mindsets, changing their perceptions on harmful traditional ways of doing things so he created SpiceTalks, a platform for exceptionally spicy ideas from the backyard of society, and a catalytic accelerator for intense social change. The platform is devoted to transforming the society by the creative and critical voice of the people.

Akol Miyen Kuol | Spice Mentor - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Akol Miyen Kuol, commonly known as Akoldit, launched a peace initiative titled ‘Save The Last Train’ in Nairobi in March 2016 at the SpiceTalks by Spice Without Borders as part of the efforts to save South Sudan peace agreement that was signed in August 2015. In 2017 he was nominated by Defy Hate Now as a Guest Speaker on International Peace Day on 21 September 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Akol is an author, poet, journalist, peace advocate, mentor, influencer, optimist and public speaker. The poet left his home region Abyei for Khartoum in 1978 due to the political instability which is still ongoing until the present time. Akol underwent his studies in Khartoum and Al-Jazirah State and deserted Sudan in January 1993 for Egypt and has since lived in exile until the country split into two in July 2011.

As an author he has published three collections of poems entitled, The Sun Will Be Rising, The Last Train, and Intizar (meaning Waiting in Arabic), and two analytical books titled, A Case For the Capacity of South Sudanese to Rule Themselves, and Sudan: Understanding the Oil-Rich Region of Abyei. He also co-authored a booklet for UNICEF entitled, ‘Life Skills Programme for South Sudan, HIV and AIDS, Information and Activity Book for Mentors’, 2001.

As a mentor Akol offers public speeches on various occasions to direct individuals (especially South Sudanese) towards the future with confidence and determination by employing their skills, experiences and knowledge. As a journalist he worked with BBC for ten (10) years until he voluntarily resigned in March 2017 to dedicate his time, efforts and energy to national and peace issues, and writing as well.  He has contributed to various Sudanese, South Sudanese and East African newspapers, as well as the BBC on Sudanese, African and world issues. Being a Peace Activist, Akol advocates for peace nationally and internationally, mainly through his poetry.

Akol visited a number of countries and eventually came to Kenya in 1999 taking it as his base. During those years, he worked with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Akol is married to Christine Nyanakol Gordon Riak with whom he has three children: Mijak, Nyenawut and Kuol (popularly known as Mandela, jr).

Alis Okonji | 2017 - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Alis Okonji, a Red Spice, is keen on teenage issues. Orphaned by HIV at a tender age and loosing their last born to the HIV scourge, she has bared the brunt of stigmatization. She grew up in various homes but owes it to her grand parents who had to shoulder her orphanhood. She quips, “HIV is not a killer disease, stigma is.”

Winie Choni Barawa | 2017 - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Winie Choni Barawa, a Green Spice, is a woman who the word determination befits her well. Having struggled with the english language as a child till in her teenagehood with hardly being able to construct a proper sentence, her academic performance was drastically affected. She did all she could from purchasing translation books to joining the debating club just to be able to hack the English language. Today she is a master of the English language and initiated a community based organization called “Washindi” Africa, swahili for “overcome” and formulated groups in schools where she offers mentorship. So what is her favourite quote, “You were born with wings, don’t forget to flap them.”

Florence Akinyi Uhuru | deffered - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Florence Akinyi Uhuru, a Purple Spice, is an extra-ordinary model, being tall, dark and slim for her came with alt of challenges, she struggled with accepting her body due to the discrimination she faced while growing up as the society kept labeling her. Choosing to believe in herself, she ventured into runaway modeling. Today she is a third year student of Civil and Structural Engineering.

Charles Mulwa Kyenze | 2017 - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

Charles Mulwa Kyenze, a Purple Spice, is a thought provoking poet. Born with an albinism condition has had his fair share of discrimination in the society given the myths and misconceptions behind people with living with albinism. Life to him has been a challenging journey given who he is. His poetry seeks to challenge the status quo and push for diversity and inclusion.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November

One of the most devastating human rights violations

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms, as stated by the UN Secretary-General, in his latest report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Some intolerable facts

Violence against women is the most extreme form of discrimination. According to the aforementioned report, on the basis of data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 per cent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey. In the most extreme cases, such violence can lead to death. In 2012, almost half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to 6 per cent of male victims.

Another extreme case of violence against women is female genital mutilation/cutting. This harmful practice has declined by 24 per cent since around 2000. Nevertheless, prevalence remains high in some of the 30 countries with representative data. In those countries, survey data from around 2015 indicate that more than 1 in 3 girls between 15 and 19 years of age have undergone the procedure compared to nearly 1 in 2 girls around 2000.

Moreover, only just over half (52 per cent) of women between 15 and 49 years of age who are married or in a relationship make their own decisions about consensual sexual relations and use of contraceptives and health services. That statistic is based on available data from around 2012 for 45 countries, 43 of which are in developing regions.

Research also shows that achieving gender equality helps in preventing conflict, and high rates of violence against women correlates with outbreaks of conflict. Despite the evidence, actions for women’s inclusion, leadership and protection remain inadequate. In some areas, there has even been a roll back on progress.


2017 Theme: Leave no one behind

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign spanning from 25 November through 10 December, is taking place this year against the backdrop of an unprecedented global outcry. Millions have rallied behind the hashtag #MeToo and other campaigns, exposing the sheer magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women everywhere suffer, every day. Breaking the silence is the first step to transforming the culture of gender-based violence.

At the heart of this year’s theme, “Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women”, for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and UNiTE Campaign’s observance of the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women (25 November – 10 December), is the imperative to support those who are particularly vulnerable. The UNiTE Campaign is calling on everyone to join the movement to end violence against women, using the colour orange to make your action visible.

One in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime—that is one too many. It happens in every country and every society. It happens at home, in schools, on the streets, at work, on the internet and in refugee camps. It happens during war, and even in the absence of war. Too often, it is normalized and goes unpunished.

No matter where violence against women happens, what form it takes, and whom it impacts, it must be stopped. The promise of the Sustainable Development Goals—to leave no one behind—cannot be fulfilled without ending violence against women.

#SpiceTalks #SIMAx #SIMAKenya #Training4Change #MeToo

Get the facts here http://interactive.unwomen.org/multimedia/infographic/violenceagainstwomen/en/index.html#home-2

All are Spicy. ~ What is your Spice? - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

At Spice Without Borders, we celebrate diversity and support efforts that embrace the strength of diversity and promote tolerance of difference. This what is represented by our flavor. To us chili as a spice is represents a new generation of social change leader from the backyard of society who is passionate about accelerating social change in their backyard through their creative abilities. We have therefore categorized our flavours, each one representing a type of social change accelerator ranging from; social activists, social project architects, social change provokers, social entrepreneurs to artists drawn from the backyard of society. Our diverse participants come in the following spicy flavours; http://www.spicewithoutborders.org/flavours/
Red Spice | Activist:
These are the catalysts who accelerate change by raising awareness through inspirational talks and have the courage to voice out pressing issues in their backyard and seek to urgently stop discrimination and harmful cultural practices at the backyard of society.
Red Spice | Activists
Purple Spice | Creatives:
These are individual artists who use music, the spoken word, film, design and other creative abilities as a tool for accelerating social change.
Purple Spice | Creatives
Orange Spice | Entrepreneurs:
These are social entrepreneurs who create social justice through business with a goal of making profit while accelerating sustainable social change.
Orange Spice | Entreprenuers
Green Spice | Initiators:
These are social change provokers who accelerate social change by coming up with new and innovative ideas to solving urgent social problems at the backyard of society.
Green Spice | Initiator
Yellow Spice | Innovators:
These are social project architects who accelerate change by designing technical inventions for making a social difference. They come up with unconventional inventions that positively impact the living conditions at the backyard of society.
Yello Spice | Innovators