Let’s Talk Human Rights

Let’s Talk Human Rights – A podcast investigating the current state of human rights in Africa.

Even in democratic constitutional states, human rights violations occur on a regular basis. However, emerging and developing countries, like most African countries, are particularly affected. 

This podcast series takes us on a journey through sub-Saharan Africa and together, we will meet witnesses from East, West and Southern Africa.

These witnesses will share their current experiences, looking specifically at human rights violations with regards to education, women and children rights, racism, xenophobia, LGBT+ rights and press freedom, to name a few.

A special thank you goes to the Ugandan musician, opposition leader and presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as “Bobi Wine”, who generously made his song "Situka!" available to our podcast, –“Let’s Talk Human Rights”.
Proudly brought to you by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in sub-Saharan Africa.

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S03.E03 - La fille de la RDC : courage, persévérance et espoir

Nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue à notre podcast spécial "Parlons Droits de l'Homme". Aujourd'hui, nous vous emmenons dans un voyage à travers le paysage des Droits de l'Homme en République démocratique du Congo.

Notre collègue, Mme Mascheba Mdaka, se joint à notre invité Mme Rebecca Kabuo. Rebecca représente une nouvelle génération d'activistes de la RD Congo. Elle est affectueusement connue comme "l'une des plus jeunes prisonnières politique au monde".

Née à Goma, en RD Congo, en 1994, Rebecca est titulaire d'un diplôme en psychologie clinique. Elle a grandi dans un contexte de guerre, de pauvreté, d'injustice sociale et de mauvaise gouvernance, qui l'a indignée et l'a poussée à rejoindre la lutte non violente pour le changement connue sous le nom de LUCHA (Lutte pour le changement).

En mars 2017, elle a reçu le prix international "Women of Courage" décerné par le département d'État des États-Unis. En mars 2018, Rebecca a été annoncée comme l'une des 100 femmes les plus influentes de la RD Congo. Aujourd'hui, elle est la coordinatrice de l'organisation à but non lucratif TENDO, qu'elle a créée après son emprisonnement, et qui œuvre pour soutenir les détenus, notamment les femmes et les enfants.

En décembre 2019, elle a obtenu le prix "Young Activisit Summit", décerné à Genève et y est retournée en février 2020 pour participer à la conférence intitulée, "Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy".

Suivez cette émission spéciale, qui est également disponible en français. N'oubliez pas de vous abonner.
Fondation Friedrich Naumann
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S03.E03 - The Girl from Goma, DRC: A Story of Courage, Persistence and Hope

We warmly welcome you to our next “Let’s Talk Human Rights” special podcast feature. Today, we take you on a journey through the human rights landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our host, Masechaba Mdaka is joined by Ms Rebecca Kabuo. Rebecca represents a new generation of activists from the DR Congo. She is affectionately known as “one of the youngest prisoners of conscience”.

Rebecca was born in Goma in the DR Congo in 1994. She holds a degree in clinical psychology. She was raised against a backdrop of war, poverty, social injustice and bad governance, which outraged her and fuelled her to join the non-violent fight for change known as LUCHA (Lutte pour le changement).

In March 2017, she was awarded the “Women of Courage” International Prize by the State Department of the United States. In March 2018, Rebecca was announced as one of the 100 most influential women in the DR Congo. Today, she is the co-ordinator of the non-profit organisation TENDO, which she created after her imprisonment, and which works to support prisoners, especially women and children in prisons.

In December 2019, she obtained the “Young Activisit Summit” prize, awarded in Geneva and returned there in February 2020 to participate in the conference entitled, “Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy”.

Tune in to this special broadcast, which is also available in French. Don't forget to subscribe.
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Africa
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S03.E04 - Alternative Rights of Passage for Girls is NICE.

In the latest episode of Let's Talk Human Rights podcast. Host Masechaba Mdaka is joined by Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, a Kenyan human
rights activist advocating for an alternative right of passage
or ARP for girls in Africa and campaigning to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
According to the February 2022 United Nations Population Fund statistics on FGM, 14 African countries, predominantly in the west, east and
horn of Africa regions still practice FGM.
As part of aspiration six priority 51 of the
African Union Agenda 2063, it aims to eliminate all forms of gender
based violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Political leaders are playing their own critical part. The
African Union has appointed the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, as the champion for the elimination
of FGM and launched the Salima Initiative in 2019.

What has made this practice necessary? Listen in to find out more.
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Africa
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S03.E05 - "Show me the Money" The Real Truth Behind Human Trafficking

"Show me the money, the economy of human life, the real truth behind human trafficking." Today we look at the increasing threat and prevalence of human trafficking.

The International Labour Organisation believes there are almost 21 million victims of trafficking around the world. The UN's most recent
report found almost half of the victims were forced to work typically in factories, restaurants, and building sites. The majority, 53% were exploited in the sex industry. 12 countries reported trafficking for organ removal. The rest of the victims were forced into petty crime or begging, or were children thrown into armed conflict.

To discuss this issue in better detail, our host Masechaba Mdaka is joined by multiple award-winning journalist, currently working for FNF East Africa, Judy Kaberia and by Tershia de Klerk from the Joseph Movement in Cape Town.
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Africa

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