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LOUD WHISPERS: Changing The Story

LOUD WHISPERS: Changing The Story

Mabel is a 42 year old woman. She has a job she loves and is very good at. She is respected by all her colleagues and peers. She has three adorable children, who are all doing well in their respective schools. She is very active in her church, she is a member of two professional […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Thank You Hillary Clinton

LOUD WHISPERS: Thank You Hillary Clinton

I should have known when I went into two wine shops, looking for a half bottle of champagne, with no success. I arrived San Francisco on November 7th, to attend a board meeting at the Global Fund for Women. When the dates were confirmed at our June meeting in New York, I was very pleased […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Endangered Engagements

LOUD WHISPERS: Endangered Engagements

I had a conversation with a young woman in her late twenties recently, let me call her Jenny. She wanted my advice on her situation with her ‘Fiancé’. They have been together for three years, and even though he has not actually popped the question, he refers to her in public as his ‘fiancée’ and […]

Women Are Their Own Worst Enemy: Ten Ways To Prove This Saying Wrong

Women Are Their Own Worst Enemy: Ten Ways To Prove This Saying Wrong

Last week  I was a Guest Speaker at a workshop in  Abuja on Women and Youth in Political Participation. During the discussions that followed, there was a consistent reference to the saying ‘Women are their own worst enemies’, echoed by both male and female participants. From my own experience, I can argue both sides of […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Week The Girls Came Back Home

LOUD WHISPERS: The Week The Girls Came Back Home

It took 912 days Of tears, prayers, vigils, speeches, marches, songs, Waiting, watching, cries both loud and silent 912 days The girls came back home They left many more behind Yet the girls came back home The week the girls came back home There was a day when the whole world celebrated girls everywhere Girls […]

‘And Then The Women Came’ A Tribute To The African Women’s Development Fund

‘And Then The Women Came’ A Tribute To The African Women’s Development Fund

I have just returned from Accra, Ghana, where I went to attend a panel discussion on African Women and Philanthropy, to mark the 15th anniversary of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) the first Africa-wide grant making foundation. I co-founded AWDF in 2000 with Joana Foster (Ghana) and Hilda Tadria (Uganda), and we began operations […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Tray Of Locust Beans

LOUD WHISPERS:  A Tray Of Locust Beans

The person sitting next to Mabel nudged her. Her name was being called. She hadn’t been listening. Her mind was far away. Many years away.  She had been thinking about the pain. She had often wondered how it was possible for any human being to survive that kind of pain. Then her mind wandered even […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Up And Down

LOUD WHISPERS: Up And Down

Last week was a very interesting one for me. I was in a good mood most of the week, starting from the early hours of Tuesday morning when I stayed up all night to watch the US Presidential Debate. I shouted and hooted in support of Hillary Clinton as she took Donald Trump to the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The ‘Jewel Of Inestimable Value’

LOUD WHISPERS: The  ‘Jewel Of Inestimable Value’

Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo passed away on September 19th2015, just a few weeks shy of being 100 years old. The activities that had been planned for her centenary birthday were turned into a celebration of her glorious life. One of the activities was a Women’s Celebration for Mama, which took place on November […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Feminism 101: Ten Myths About Feminists

LOUD WHISPERS: Feminism 101: Ten Myths About Feminists

I gave a talk at a forum organized recently to address women’s rights issues in Nigeria. After my presentation, a woman walked up to me to thank me for my presentation which she said she enjoyed, and then said, ‘Listening to you, one would think that you are a Feminist’. I stared at her in […]