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Stripped Down Podcast

Stripped Down Podcast

By Amnesty International Kenya
Stripped Down is Amnesty International Kenya’s podcast that aims to demystify human rights issues by having simple but powerful conversations.

The title, Stripped Down, has a double meaning. When human rights violations occur, victims are stripped of their dignity. The term Stripped Down also means dissecting an issue and reduce it to the essentials.
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Episode 4 || Ile ya Health, Leadership, Youth and Vying as an Independent Candidate (With Njambi Koikai)

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Episode 5 || Ile Ya Mental Health (with Mathew Mutiso)
Did you know that the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month? We sat down with the Mathew Mutiso, the executive director of the Coalition for Preventive Mental Health, to strip down the state of mental health in Kenya, access to mental healthcare and much more.   What are we Jamming to this week? This episode inspired us to listen to "El Shaddai" by H_art the Band. A moving song, the band released as part of their #ItakuwaFine campaign to promote mental health. You can listen to the whole Jam of The Week playlist here! Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
40:17
June 10, 2022
Episode 4 || Ile ya Health, Leadership, Youth and Vying as an Independent Candidate (With Njambi Koikai)
What is it running as a young woman and an independent candidate? We had to get the Fyah Mummah herself, Njambi Koikai, in the studio with our Stripped Down Podcast host, Joseph Styles, to discuss this, health, and so much more. Not trying to brag but it is a must-listen.  What are we Jamming to this week? After listening to this episode, we immediately had to put on "Power" by Muthoni Drummer Queen. We have another repeat offender on the playlist, but as we think about leadership, youth and the upcoming elections, let's remember the power that our vote and voices have. You can listen to the whole Jam of The Week playlist here! Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
27:38
April 28, 2022
Episode 3 || Ile Ya Amnesty In 2022 (With our ED Irũngũ Houghton)
In 2021 we took #AmnestyKwaGround as part of our new strategic framework! Our ED, Irũngũ Houghton,  joined Stripped Down podcast host Joseph Styles to talk about the new framework, #AmnestyKwaGround and Amnesty Kenya’s plans as the country heads into the general election. What are we Jamming to this week? We thought you’d never ask! We are listening to “Tujiangalie” by Sauti Sol and Nyashinski. Yes, we know it’s a repeat offender on the playlist, but as we head into the elections, we need to reflect on the power of our vote and the type of leaders we want to see elected. You can listen to the whole Jam of The Week playlist here! Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
18:48
March 11, 2022
Episode 2 || Ile Ya Extrajudicial Executions Part 2 ( With Lucy Wanjiru, James Mbogo, and Lucy Wambui)
Extrajudicial executions and police brutality affect the lives of the victims and that of their families and communities. In episode 2 of the Stripped Down Podcast, we sat down with  Lucy Wambui from Mathare Social Justice Centre and Lucy Wanjiru and James Mbogo from Kiamaiko Social Justice Centre from Mathare Social Justice Centre to discuss police excesses and extrajudicial executions and their impact on their lives and activism. Our jam of the week is Tena by King Kaka, featuring Jadi. The harrowing song paints the gruesome picture of police brutality in Kenya and its impact on young lives, families, and society. Released in partnership with Article 19, the music video asks, "when did protect and serve become comply or die?" Listen to the track and the Jams of the Week playlist here. Real quick, before you go. Click here to join the Amnesty movement! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
35:24
October 08, 2021
Episode 2 || Ile Ya Extrajudicial Executions Part 1 (With Lucy Wanjiru, James Mbogo, and Lucy Wambui)
Extrajudicial executions and police brutality affect the lives of the victims and that of their families and communities. In episode 2 of the Stripped Down Podcast, we sat down with  Lucy Wambui from Mathare Social Justice Centre and Lucy Wanjiru and James Mbogo from Kiamaiko Social Justice Centre from Mathare Social Justice Centre to discuss police excesses and extrajudicial executions and their impact on their lives and activism. Our jam of the week is Tena by King Kaka, featuring Jadi. The harrowing song paints the gruesome picture of police brutality in Kenya and its impact on young lives, families, and society. Released in partnership with Article 19, the music video asks, "when did protect and serve become comply or die?" Listen to the track and the Jams of the Week playlist here. Real quick, before you go. Click here to join the Amnesty movement! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
27:09
October 01, 2021
Episode 1 || Ile Ya Freedom of Expression Part 2 (With Mutemi wa Kiama)
In April 2021, activist and community organizer Edwin Mutemi Wa Kiama was arrested for posters he published. According to the report filed, he was detained for allegedly breaking Section 22 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act of 2018. Our Communications and Membership Manager, Mathias Kinyoda, sat down with Mutemi Wa Kiama to learn more about the incident and his activism. What are we Jamming to this week? We’re glad you asked because we are jamming to a whole bunch of songs! This week we are listening to our Dialogue & Dissent Playlist inspired by our July Book Club Pick, Dialogue & Dissent. You can check it out here. Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
28:42
August 05, 2021
Episode 1 || Ile Ya Freedom of Expression Part 1 (With Mutemi wa Kiama)
In April 2021, activist and community organizer Edwin Mutemi Wa Kiama was arrested for posters he published. According to the report filed, he was detained for allegedly breaking Section 22 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act of 2018. Our Communications and Membership Manager, Mathias Kinyoda, sat down with Mutemi Wa Kiama to learn more about the incident and his activism. What are we Jamming to this week? We’re glad you asked because we are jamming to a whole bunch of songs! This week we are listening to our Dialogue & Dissent Playlist inspired by our July Book Club Pick, Dialogue & Dissent. You can check it out here. Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok and YouTube.  Welcome to the movement!
22:18
August 05, 2021
Episode 6 || Ile Ya Human Rights Day (With Li Fung)
Could we have a Human Rights podcast without including an episode on Human Rights? It didn't seem right to us either. For Human Rights Day, we talk to Li Fung, the Senior Human Rights Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya, about Human Rights in a pandemic and the importance of commemorating Human Rights Day.  What are we Jamming to this week? We’re glad you asked! This week we love Redemption Song by Bob Marley & The Wailers. "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.  None but ourselves can free our minds. " Those lyrics ring true today as they did in 1980 when this song was released. Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
35:12
December 10, 2020
Episode 5 || Ile Ya Privilege (With Bev and Dam)
Five minutes to listen to Bev and Dam didn't seem right to us, so this week they strip down their privilege and how it impacts their work in the Human Rights Movement.  What are we Jamming to this week? We’re glad you asked!  This week we're listening to Tujiangalie by Sauti Sol feat. Nyashinski. When two Kenyan greats come together, this magnificence is the outcome. This song just forces you to introspect. Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a Member using this link! https://members.amnestykenya.org/register You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Welcome to the movement!
40:31
December 09, 2020
Episode 4 || Ile Ya Boss (With Irungu Houghton) - #AmnestyIsYou
Why should you be an Amnesty Member? Our Executive Director Irũngũ Houghton, is here to break it down for you. This was recorded as our first episode, but we had to hold on to it for our #AmnestyIsYou Campaign! What are we Jamming to this week? We’re glad you asked! This week we are jamming to one of our fave artists, India Arie! This jam completely hits the spot. In the song, India asks, "What if Martin didn't stand up?  What if Rosa didn’t sit down?  What if Malcolm didn't man up?  Where would we be now?  What if Marley didn't get up, stand up?  What if Du Bois didn’t come to advance us?  And Mandela didn't come to teach us?  Where would we be now?" It’s a song with poignant lyrics that not only spurs thought but spurs us to action as well. Check it out on youtube if you haven’t. You will love it! Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
20:08
October 12, 2020
Episode 3 || Ile Ya Artivism (With Javan The Poet) - Bonus Episode
Art + Activism = Artivism In this enlightening bonus episode, we sat down with Javan Ofula aka Javan The Poet from Dandora on his experience of mixing his art with his work as a human rights defender. Javan wears many hats as an activist,  artist, community leader, active member of the Dandora Community Justice Centre and representative of Embakasi North in the Youth Council. Don't forget to check out Javan's work on YouTube here! What are we Jamming to this week? We’re glad you asked! This week we're throwing it back to Angalia Saa by Ukoo Flani. Do you guys remember this jam? It's a complete throwback by Ukoo Flani Mau Mau. Other than the amazing falsetto, the 12 year old song is dedicated to all the shujaas who fought for us during the first liberation. The 5 minute video that is mostly in black and white is almost like a snapshot of such critical moments and themes in our history. If you're Gen Z and you are listening to us wondering what, who?... Well, head over to youtube and check it out! Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
46:00
September 30, 2020
Episode 2 || Ile Ya Modern Day Mekatililis (With Rachael Mwikali and Wanjiru Wanjira)
What is it like being a woman working in the human rights field? This week, Amnesty Board Member and Convener of the Coalition of Grassroots Human Rights Defenders, Rachael Mwikali and Wanjiru Wanjira, co-founder of the Mathare Social Justice Centre, strip-down being young women HRD’s. What are we Jamming to this week? We’re glad you asked! This week we're loving Power by Muthoni Drummer Queen. “Wale wanafikiria sindiria ni weakness, you keep telling us it’s not the right time .” In her characteristic eccentric fashion, Muthoni Drummer Queen kills it in this jam.  Muthoni Drummer Queen dedicates this song to the many women who organize and resist oppression, break moulds and defy stereotypes, forge paths and occupy spaces. She says we will not let them erase you. If you’re all about girl power, this is one to head bob to for sure-check it out on youtube. Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
46:58
September 28, 2020
Episode 1: Ile Ya Mayouth (With Stevo, Toure and ZamaZama)
What is it like being a young human rights defender?  For our first episode we hear from Stevo from Mathare Social Justice Center, Toure from Mukuru Community Justice Center, and ZamaZama from Kiambiu Justice and Information Network on being young HRD's in Kenya. For more of the work they do at the social justice centres, you can follow them on Twitter @MathareSJustice, @mukuru_cjc, @KiambiuJustice and @UhaiWetu. What are we Jamming to this week? We’re glad you asked!  This week we are twisting our waists and bobbing our heads to this absolute African classic, A Luta Continua by Miriam Makeba. A luta continua –Portuguese for the struggle continues was the rallying cry of the FRELIMO movement during Mozambique’s war for independence. Popularized by Miriam Makeba, better known as Mama Africa, a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. The song was written for her by her daughter Bongi Makeba following a trip to Mozambique. Real quick, before you go. You can join Amnesty as a member here! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Welcome to the movement!
51:02
September 14, 2020
Stripped Down Podcast Trailer
It's official! Amnesty International Kenya is launching a podcast.  Learn more about our show and why we chose the name Stripped Down? Produced by SemaBox at Baraza Media Lab
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September 04, 2020