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International Albinism Awareness Day: “shining our light to the world”
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African identities International Albinism Awareness Day: “shining our light to the world”

Today we celebrate International Albinism Awareness Day with the global theme “shining our light to the world”. People with albinism continue to face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. “The battle continues, but we are gaining ground,” UN expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism Ikponwosa Ero said.

Black conservativism and the everyday pleasure aesthetic
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African identities Black conservativism and the everyday pleasure aesthetic

Black women across gender lines are pushing back against the gaze of patriarchy, policing and respectability by owning their bodies and exploring pleasure on their own terms. Ntombizikhona Valela explores how women are defining for themselves a pleasure aesthetic that centres on their humanity and reclaiming ownership of their bodies.

The limits of imagining pleasure: Writing the history of African sex
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African identities The limits of imagining pleasure: Writing the history of African sex

Is kissing unAfrican? Is foreplay unAfrican? These questions speak to ideas which view certain aspects of pleasure and sexuality as foreign. Through fiction, Rafeeat Aliyu says African writers can challenge stereotypes and assumptions of the place of both romance and pleasure in history by creating stories that push at imposed boundaries.