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The feminist DJs in Uganda taking back the night

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

"At a party in a private home in central Kampala, there was a moment early in the evening when the rose-lit room felt like a feminist utopia -- a rarity in Uganda.

Women drank hibiscus cocktails and danced happily with each other as a female DJ played a set.

'We're telling women that this space is for you, kind of turning the idea of ladies night on its head,' Kampire Bahana (DJ Kampire), known for her all-African, bass heavy music, told CNN.

She's among a handful of female DJs working to create safe spaces for women and the LGBTQ+ community in Uganda, where violence against women continues to be rife. Half of women have experienced physical violence in the country, while 22% have experienced sexual violence, according to a 2018 report from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics.

Kampire, who organized the evening with other women, including Rachael Kungu (DJ Rachael), says their aim is to eliminate sexual harassment and demand accountability."

Read the full article here.