Mediating Tolerance: Journalism and LGBTI+ coverage in sub-Saharan Africa

Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004

Barigye Ambrose, Uganda-based human rights activist and field director and reporter for Kuchu Times Media Group
Martha Mukaiwa, Columnist at The Namibian, based in Windhoek
Eric Robinson, Associate Director for Africa programs, National Endowment for Democracy
Selly Thiam, Founder and Executive Director, None on Record, based in Kenya
Wana Udobang, Nigeria-based journalist, poet, and filmmaker

Brian Pellot, Director of Global Strategy, Religion News Service and Religion News Foundation

Event Description:

In Sub-Saharan Africa, as in much of the world, reporting on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression can be particularly difficult. Cultural taboos, religious convictions, entrenched stereotypes, social hostilities, legal prohibitions, and editorial censorship often distort coverage of these sensitive topics. This discussion bring journalists and activists from four African nations to focus on challenges in covering religion and LGBTI+ issues in their communities. How can they overcome these obstacles in order to contribute to a more tolerant, pluralistic media narrative? The panelists will draw from a recent workshop hosted by the Religion News Foundation (RNF). The RNF initiative aims to amplify the voices of LGBT+ advocates and communities across Sub-Saharan Africa, offering a counter-narrative to extremist voices in the region while raising awareness of the challenges facing these communities and the journalists who try to cover them.

Modern Millennial Pilgrimage: 75 miles of walking and reflection to Gethsemani of Our Lady Abbey

Bardstown, Ky. – Tuesday, March 28
Room in the Inn
“Anybody who snores … go in this room!” The amount of energy the men have at the Room in the Inn interfaith homeless shelter accentuates my lack of any. David and I did 12 miles through some of the most beautiful country this side of Eden today, avoiding any major rainfall, yet I find myself unable to rise to the task of keeping up with the different questions and conversations.

Millennials to take pilgrimage to Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani Abbey; effort will raise funds for Religion News Foundation

COLUMBIA, MO – The Religion News Foundation (RNF) is pleased to announce a collaboration with millennials Will Peterson and David Cable, as the two set out on a “Modern Millennial Pilgrimage” from Saturday, March 25, until Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The journey on foot, involving 75 miles of travel and reflection, will begin at the University of Kentucky Newman Center and culminate at the Gethsemani of Our Lady Abbey, made famous by former Trappist monk Thomas Merton, who died in 1968, and who serves as the inspiration for this pilgrimage.  Each evening Peterson and Cable will stay with a host family. A full itinerary of the pilgrimage can be found here. The pilgrims will also publish a travelog on the Religion News Service website