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'Chalk Back' Sees Kenyan Women Fighting Back Against Street Sexual Harassment

Kenyan women and girls in Kibera are using chalk to literally document their experiences with sexual harassment on the very streets they've been harassed.

Kenyan women and girls living in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlements on the continent, are fed up with being sexually harassed daily on the streets by men.

In a campaign dubbed "Chalk Back", women and young girls are using chalk to document their experiences with sexual harassment on the same streets they've been harassed, according to the BBC.


Twenty-two-year-old Zubeida Yusuf has lived in Kiberia, Nairobi for the majority of her life. According to her, being sexually harassed on the streets by men is commonplace. "Men will say things like: 'You're fat. Is your mother a butcher? Did God use his last piece of clay on you because you have large breasts and a big behind.'" She describes how this daily harassment has not only affected her but other women and young girls saying, "'It's a lot for us to take in and when we walk out here [in the streets]."

Yusuf is now championing the "Chalk Back", an anti-sexual harassment campaign launched by Plan International to enable conversations around the effects of street sexual harassment on both young girls and women. Women and young girls are writing about their own experiences with street sexual harassment as well as targeted messages to men on the same streets that they continue to be harassed.

Plan International carried out a survey of street harassment in five cities. The CEO of Plan International, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, says that, "Our research shows that girls face relentless sexual harassment daily and that even when girls speak out, the authorities fail to respond to their complaints." Albrectsen adds that, "Street harassment and threats of violence affect their ability to access education, to work, to use public transport and lead full lives."

The "Chalk Back" campaign is a part of this year's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.

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It's Official: British Vogue Has Made 2022 The Year of the African Model

The major fashion magazine's February 2022 issue features 9 gloriously Black and African models - and we can't get enough.

Sigh... The Black Woman.

Legendary fashion and lifestyle magazine British Vogue has set the tone and welcomed in a new era with their latest cover, celebrating Black women in all of their glory. In what is arguably their most diverse, Afro-centric issue to date, the February 2022 issue of the popular magazine features 9 glorious (and Black) African models. Their latest issue, which celebrates "The Rise of The African Model", features South Sudanese models Adut Akech, Akon Changkou, and Anok Yai, Ethiopian beauty Akway Amar, Senegalese-Italian Dibaa Maty, Nigeria's Jumbo Janet, Nyaguaa from Sierre Leone, Australian Abény Nhial, and American model Majesty Amare.

Photographer Rafael Pavarotti captured the group's beauty, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful's vision beautifully. On the cover, Enninful says, "I saw all these incredible models from across Africa who were just so vivacious and smart. These girls are redefining what it is to be a fashion model. He went on to speak about the soon-to-be-historic cover on his Instagram, writing, "No longer just one or two dark-skinned girls mingled backstage, but a host of top models took a meaningful, substantial and equal place among the most successful women working in fashion today. It means so much to me to see it."

Echoing Edward's words and highlighting the importance of having diverse models on both sides - the model and the viewer - model Adut told the fashion magazine, "When I first started modeling internationally... I would literally be the only Black, dark-skinned girl in the show. There were no Sudanese models, no African models," the 22-year-old model said, "Now, I go to a show and there are girls from my country, girls from Africa who look like me. So yes, there has been a huge change. It has gone from me being the only one at a show, to 15 or 20 of us. I'm just so happy that we are finally at this place. I was tired of always feeling out of place, and feeling like an outcast."



Social media lost it when the cover dropped, many sharing the emotional impact seeing so many Black models on an international cover has over them.



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