Meet Thurlo Cicero, a digital specialist who works in International Development and serves as the Director of LUNGE, a digital consultancy based in Rwanda. Thurlo's career in ICT4Development has primarily focused on empowering women and supporting gender minorities who have been historically excluded from the digital world. Beyond his professional work, Thurlo is an advocate for marginalised communities and has interrogated positions of power within his community. Currently, Thurlo is completing a master's degree in development at SOAS, University of London, while working and residing in Kigali, Rwanda.
Be a fan
The Left Out Project: The case for an online gender-based violence framework inclusive of transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse experiences
This piece articulates the need for a deeper understanding of online violence to ensure that experiences of TNBGD people can be included and addressed. The research also nudges digital feminist activists, researchers, and advocates to intentionally design the work inclusive of LGBTQIA+ communities, and extend the idea of online violence to understand what happens within the LGBTQIA+ community…
Despite pushback from the LGBTQIA+ communities and human rights bodies around the world, Uganda has passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that puts the safety of LGBTQIA+ folks' at risk in the country by institutionalising discrimination against them. In this piece, the writers comment on this draconian law and its impact on those already living on the margins.
Where the LGBTQIA+ communities face discrimination across the spectrum, transgender, non-binary and gender diverse folks are discriminated against within the LGBTQIA+ spaces. Researchers Nyx McLean and Thurlo Cicero interrogate how TNBGD people experience this violence in four African countries.