A 17 year old girl disclosed before a crowd at a poetry session I attended in Maseru that she had been sexually violated. Upon running into her attacker that week she decided to confront him and ask him what had motivated his actions. My heart sank, she said his response was: “because you are beautiful”! Was she supposed to have accepted that slap-in-the-face as a compliment, smiled and thanked him for it?
Feminists and women’s rights organizations have expressed disappointment in the outcome of the UN development finance summit held this month in Addis Ababa, arguing that it risks “instrumentalising” women by casting gender equality as a means to economic development, rather than a fundamental right.
A female traditional leader in the southern African nation of Malawi has confronted the practice of child marriage by annulling 300 of these marriages and sending the children to school
In a world where sex seems increasingly easy to get, women still shoulder the burden of making sure the ‘babies stay at bay.’ However, a new male pill is set to hit the shelves in 2017 and change the sex and contraceptive game forever. How ready are we societally for men to shoulder some of the contraceptive burden?
Renowned scientist and biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was last week endorsed by the Mauritian Parliament to be the first female president of the African island
As Rwanda observes the 21st anniversary of the 1994 genocide, we also pay attention to the positive gains the country has made since then. Today’s Woman Crush is Esther Mbabazi, Rwanda’s first female pilot
More and more Somalis living abroad are bringing their daughters to Kenya to have them undergo female genital mutilation despite the illegality of the practice in Kenya and their host nations
As tomorrow marks International Women’s Day, women all over the world are still subjected to the stereotypes imposed on them by a patriarchal system. But a girl can continue to hope that women will learn to identify the stereotypes created for them to puppet to
The viral videos and recent #MyDressMyChoice protest highlighted the problem of men stripping women in public for dressing in ways they disapprove of. Njoki Wamai explains the invisible line that runs through Nairobi regarding “unacceptable” hemlines