Black Looks was created to speak out in the blogosphere against the taboos and stereotypes concerning African women and LGBT issues. Why aren't the news covering the important role of women in fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe? What are the problems of a "dating agency" arranging for HIV+ people to meet each other with the aim of reducing the spread of HIV? Do we really need to ask for justifiability of mob justice against perpetrators of violent physical and sexual crimes against women? The blog also includes an interesting selection of podcasts and many links to relevant websites (such as Thembi's AIDS diary), press releases, poems/literature and music.
This blog is one of the powerful voices that are helping shape an international consensus placing women at the center of a sustainable future. As Sokari reports, "Including women in any decision making process is about improving the lives of everyone--women are not at war, women are not killing and destroying life. On the contrary it is women who are the ones calling for peace, growing food, maintaining the homes we grow in, the majority of displaced, of refugees and victims of violence." While it focuses on gender and sexuality issues, Black Looks also sheds light and calls for action on a wide range of other topics including poverty, health, conflict areas, racism, social movements, in Africa, the US, the UK and elsewhere.