On 10 July 2017, the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa hosted a book launch and a panel discussion with Jill Filipovic, author of ‘The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness’ along with other guests – columnist Valentine Njoroge, Dr Njoki Ngumi of the Nest, and researcher and public intellectual Dr Garnette Oluoch-Olunya – moderated by Zoe Flood, chair of the FCAEA.
The well-attended event at Nairobi’s Alchemist Bar started with Jill giving some initial remarks about what prompted her to write the book and to share some discoveries that she made in writing it. The panel opened up into a deeper discussion about the book and more critically, into a discussion about the Kenyan context and how Jill’s book with its’ key focus on women’s happiness fits into this context. The panel discussed a wide range of issues, many of which are well researched and unpacked in Jill’s book including motherhood, sexual freedom, marriage, women and work. The Kenyan constitution and various government policies and their impact on women were also discussed.
Each of the panellists commented on the diversity of women interviewed in the book – coming from different education levels, races and socio-economic groups. The three guests deepened the discussions begun in the book by contributing insight and feedback from their own relevant and wide-ranging experiences, particularly about the Kenyan context.
The panel responded to questions from the audience towards the close of the panel discussion, and Jill also did a book signing.
For brief summary of Jill’s book: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jill-filipovic/the-h-spot/9781568585482/
Post by Asha Jaffar and Mutheu Mbondo; photographs by Harriet Constable. Video filmed by Joe Van Eeckhout, edited by Asha Jaffar.