‘When it is Too Hot, it Will Rain’: Responding to Sexual Violence Through Slam Poetry

In international activism there is considerable attention for genital cutting, as organisations seek to combat female genital mutilation (FGM), the prevailing term in activist discourse. Slam poet and pluri-disciplinary artist Amee (Aminata Bamba) from Ivory Coast is partly immersed in this activist environment, performing at times during NGO events and campaigns. She and ASCL PhD candidate Loes Oudenhuijsen wrote a blog about responding to sexual violence through Slam Poetry.

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This blog was posted in Debating Ideas, a new section run separately from the main African Arguments site. It aims to reflect the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing engaged, often radical, scholarship, original and activist writing from within the African continent and beyond.

Author(s) / editor(s)

Amee (Aminata Bamba) and Loes Oudenhuijsen

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Amee (Aminata Bamba) is a pluri-disciplinary artist from Ivory Coast. Trained in law, she works mainly in slam poetry.

Loes Oudenhuijsen is a PhD candidate at the ASCL. She researches historical transformations and continuations in gender norms in Senegal, through a focus on the positioning of sexually dissident women in society.

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