But that didn't stop them. "Every setback has been an opportunity for us to grow." Their need to amplify the voices of black marginalised women and rebuild their community meant the trio landed on Foundation.fm, an online station with a zero-tolerance policy on racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.
"Resilience is feeling the fear and doing it anyway," says Babirye, and the new station has spurred them on to speak up even louder — creating safe sex workshops, self-empowerment classes and even a documentary.
Sistren are in no way near finished.