Our grandmother’s miniskirt

May 7, 2019

Call for Photographs of Kenyan Women Dressed In the Fashion of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s

Do you have photographs of your mother or grandmother who were fortunate enough to wear miniskirts, short dresses hot-pants, drain pipes, peddle-pushers, bell-bottoms, platform shoes, afro-hair, and styles in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s?  Would you like use these photos to tell their stories and reinforce women’s right to bodily integrity? Do you disagree with the statement that women who wear short dresses are asking to be sexually harassed?

If you answered YES, to any of the questions above, then it is you we are looking for.

‘Sexual harassment’ is any form of unwelcome sexual behavior that’s offensive, humiliating or intimidating. This unwelcome behavior can take place in a workplace or other professional or social situation.

Hivos East Africa through Voice and the @Work programs wishes to support bold individuals through this call for photographs to champion conversations around anti- sexual harassment in selected counties.

What are we looking for?

Photographs taken in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s of women in miniskirts, short dresses hot-pants, drain pipes, peddle-pushers, bell-bottoms, platform shoes, afro-hair styles. The photos do not have to be in perfect quality; torn, crumbled, in grayscale, black and white, in whichever size, all are welcome. They should be accompanied with information about the people in the photographs; their names, how they are related to you, where the photo was taken, when and why.

Who do we wish to award?

Hivos East Africa through the @Work program will on May 29, 2019 launch an Anti-Sexual Harassment Lab. The launch will bring together stakeholders for a joint discussion to come up with strategies to prevent and deal with sexual harassment in Kenyan workplaces.

After the launch of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Lab, Hivos East Africa, together with  Voice will use crowd-sourced photographs to hold an exhibition entitled: OUR GRANDMOTHER’S MINISKIRT in 6 counties.These exhibitions will invite conversations on the politics of dress codes, challenge victim blaming, whilst contributing to the larger conversation on safeguarding women at the county level.

The public attending the photo exhibition will vote for the best three photos that will elicit bold conversations around anti-sexual harassment.  The three (3) individuals, per county, whose pictures will be selected, will receive a small grant amount of € 6,000 to be spent collectively in creating awareness around sexual harassment at county level.


What do you get out of this?

You get your relatives, friends or yourself recognized as part of history.  You get to tell a story of African women in a new and exciting way. And really you get to pass on memories and histories to future generations.

Who knew Cucu (grandmother in English) wore a miniskirt!

How do you submit your photograph?

To submit your photographs, you will be required to download, complete and sign the online application form and Release form.

Once completed, the signed release form, including the scanned photographs needs to be uploaded through this online application system. Please note that the maximum file size of uploaded documents is 10.0 MB.

If you encounter any difficulties in sending your photographs through the system, please get in touch with us through the email addresses listed below.

Deadline for submission 31 May 2019 @ 11PM EAT

When you enter your photographs for the exhibition, you will still retain copyright of the photographs. The photographs will be used for several purposes including the exhibition series, online digitized photograph exhibition and presented in a book to be published. The exhibitions will be held in Nairobi, Kisumu, Naivasha, Nanyuki, Mombasa, Bungoma in June and July 2019.

Please send any questions you may have about this call to the following email addresses: Kenya@voice.global or sakinyi@hivos.org