Inspiring stories from Kibera
On the first day of the Dialogue, the morning session concluded with some powerful images by Brian Otieno Ochieng, a young Kenyan photographer from Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Nairobi. The pictures “Women of Kibera” were taken as part of the EU-funded #RightbyHer campaign, which works across Africa to make women’s rights a reality. Brian said that he had grown up in Kibera, but had become increasingly ‘annoyed and frustrated by images I was seeing of the slum’, so he started taking pictures on his phone, before becoming a professional photographer two years ago. He said he hoped his photographs and stories of women from Kibera (including an HIV-positive community worker, single mother, activists working on gender violence and teachers working with young girls) would inspire and challenge stereotypes and social norms around women’s rights and gender equality.