ForumCiv and Wajibu Wetu Programme partners PAWA254, Siasa Place, Buni Media, and African Uncensored, will jointly commemorate the Democracy week with a series of week-long activities on Monday 14th September to Friday 18th with both virtual and live events at the Mageuzi Theatre at PAWA 254.

The events will focus on the crucial question of people’s role in democracy, amid widespread evidence of public disillusionment with the political class and governments of the day. 

The event brings together a vibrant mix of civil society practitioners, young and emerging activists, as well as influential policy practitioners.  The interactive format allows participants to exchange views on this important issue and reflecting people, power, and change.

The programme is in East Africa Time (UTC +3).

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #DefendingDemocracy!

Defending democracy

14th September

Power of Dynamic partnerships in defending democracy


10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Brief interview with ForumCiv's Secretary-General Anna Stenvinkel on the place of civil society in the 21st Century drive for democracy. Followed by a panel discussion. 

Catherine Khamali

George Gachara, HEVA Fund
Caren Wakoli, Emerging Leaders Foundation
Ognjen Radonjic, ForumCiv
Bishop John Mambo, Zambia

15th September

Democracy in the times of Covid-19: Challenges, Gains and Opportunities


02.00pm – 04.00 pm

Nerima Wako, Siasa Place

Hussein Khalid, Haki Africa - Kenya
Hon. Hodan Mohamud Osman, Senator - Somalia
Flavia Kalule Nabagabe, Women Wing Leader, National Unity Platform (NUP) Uganda
Ambassador. Mrs Caroline Vicini, Embassy of Sweden - Nairobi
Ms. Rana Taha, UN

16th September

One on one with Stella Nyanzi

10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Dr Stella Nyanzi is a medical anthropologist and a political activist who campaigns for women and girls rights, as well as the rights of LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and queer) people. She is most known for her outspoken criticism of Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has led a dictatorship for more than 30 years. This led to her subsequent imprisonment in 2017 and has brought issues of freedom of speech and political oppression to the surface in Uganda.

Njoki Ngumi and Racheal Mwikali

Women and Politics of labelling: How do we change the narrative?

2.00pm – 4.00 pm

Danish Odongo

Millie Odhiambo, MP Kenya
Dr. Stella Nyanzi, Activist Uganda
Dr. Olunga Owuor, Academia – Kenya
Hon. Patricia Mutheu,  MCA Kenya

17th September

Empowering youth stories in pursuit of democracy

09.30 am – 12.00 pm


Njoki Gachanja


Rachael Mwikali, Feminist and human rights activist - Nairobi

Boniface Ogutu Akach, Human Rights Activist

Javan the Poet, Artivist and Youth Leader

Halima Kahiya – Wajir Kenya

 Power of poetry in shaping democracy and rights narratives in Africa

02.00 pm – 04.00 pm

With Stella Nyanzi and poets, artivists and activists.

18th September

Speaking Truth to Power: Media & Democracy in Covid-19 times 

10.00 am – 12.00 pm

A panel discussion together with representatives from the media and civil society.

Kiama Mutemi

Njoki Gachanja, Githurai Social Justice Centre
Gado, Buni Media
Nerima Wako, Siasa Place
George Kegoro, Kenya Human Rights Commission

25th September

The Invisible Line

09.30 am – 12.00 pm

Screening of documentary on police brutality. Commentary by John Allan Namu.


Danish Odongo


Demas Kiprono, Amnesty International

Hussein Khalid, Haki Africa

Asha Jaffar Harun, Community Activist

Perpetua Kariuki, Kayole Community Justice Centre

Faith Kasina, Kayole Community Justice Centre