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LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

I used to be on the board of an organisation based in the United States which had board members from around the world. We once had a session at one of our board meetings about privilege, and as part of the preparation for the session, we were asked to do some online exercises on the […]

The Breaker Of Shackles: Oluwaseyi Gabrielle Ojo (1979-2019)

The Breaker Of Shackles:  Oluwaseyi Gabrielle Ojo (1979-2019)

  I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. These words from the late Audre Lourde, African-American poet and activist, have served not only as a passionate statement from an individual feminist activist, over the years, they have become a warning and reality check […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Nigeria Women Want

LOUD WHISPERS: The Nigeria Women Want

‘I want a Nigeria safe for all women and girls. A country that nurtures the girl child to a meaningful future’. ‘A Nigeria where the voice of girls and women are heard. Where women and girls are seen as part of the development and growth of the nation. Where women are given leadership roles and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Room

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Room

Amele: This is unbelievable! How did this happen? When will these lawmakers stop treating us like second-class citizens? Making us beg for rights that should rightfully be ours? How come they can’t make a connection between the low status of women and the inability of our country to meet any of its development goals? How […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shaping The Future: Strategizing To Win

LOUD WHISPERS: Shaping The Future: Strategizing To Win

I am particularly pleased to be speaking to the theme of this year’s conference: Shaping the Future: Strategising to Win’. I have just returned from Addis Ababa, where I went to attend the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Africa Union Regional Preparatory Conference for Beijing plus 25, which will review global progress at the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Statement from Nigerian Governors Wives Forum on Sexual Violence

LOUD WHISPERS: Statement from Nigerian Governors Wives Forum on Sexual Violence

A few days ago, with the support of HE Dr Aisha Buhari the First Lady of Nigeria, Wives of Nigerian Governors took the unprecedented step of issuing a joint statement against the escalating levels of sexual violence against women and children in the country. All of us should be concerned. We all have a role […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Zips and Knees

LOUD WHISPERS: Zips and Knees

Simbo: I like this statement. Listen (reads from her phone) ‘Pregnant school girls should be allowed to stay in school. Sending them away while allowing boys who impregnate them to stay is discriminatory’. Jerry: This is true, it is not right to stop the education of girls when they get pregnant. Afterall, they did not […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

I saw a video a few days ago, it was shown to me by one of the female lawyers who helps me deal with cases of gender based violence. It was a recording of a young woman, stark naked, bleeding and pleading, I will call her Mary. There was blood all over the bed Mary […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

In 2016, I wrote an article, ‘When will ‘Servants of God’ stop preying on women and children? Five Lessons from the ‘Reverend’ Kingsley Ezeugo Saga’. Almost on a daily basis, there are reports about religious leaders abusing members of their congregation. This problem is a global one, and has been around for a long time, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Remembering Tajudeen Abdulraheem

LOUD WHISPERS: Remembering Tajudeen Abdulraheem

On May 25th 2009, Dr Tajudeen Abdulraheem, one of the greatest thinkers, activists, Pan-African leaders and scholars of our generation died in a car accident in Nairobi, Kenya. Taju was a dear brother and friend. One of his most enduring legacies was his deep commitment to the Pan-African vision. As we celebrate May 25th, Africa […]