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Unconscious Gender Bias: We Are All Guilty

Unconscious Gender Bias: We Are All Guilty

“Don’t be such a drama queen.” “Would you man up?” “In this office, it’s every man for himself.” All pretty innocent expressions, wouldn’t you think?  In fact, I can probably bet that each and every one of us has used these words and phrases at some point—as well as others—both in our professional and personal […]

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 […]

How Many Girls Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

How Many Girls Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

  Now, I thought I’d seen it all. Being at high school and having a boy tell me he couldn’t finish his exam because my legs were too distracting, I was pretty sure that you couldn’t get much worse than that. But I was wrong. Because I hadn’t met the women who sided with the […]

Meet The Artists Making Women Of Colour Truly Seen

Meet The Artists Making Women Of Colour Truly Seen

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali poet and photographer, living just outside London. She is 20 and a politics student at SOAS, University of London. Like many people her age, she spends a lot of time in her bedroom, listening to pop music and browsing YouTube. While she does all that, though, she is quietly […]

Feminism Is Breaking Through The Rigid Patriarchy In Pakistan

Feminism Is Breaking Through The Rigid Patriarchy In Pakistan

Even for a society brutalised by years of mass violence, the murder of social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was shocking. Perhaps it was the public nature of her life and the apparent social sanctioning of her death by the misogynist trolls who threatened her on Facebook. Perhaps it was the unapologetic manner in which she […]

My Very Simple Guide To Gender Equality And Feminism As A Nigerian Woman

In my last article I shared two of my life truths, (read here if you missed it) and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of messages I received from other women cheering me on and sharing their own experiences with me. Thank you everyone! Today, I will share with you my journey to feminism […]

Women Plan Africa’s Tomorrow At Paris Unesco Meet

Women Plan Africa’s Tomorrow At Paris Unesco Meet

Business-friendly feminism was the dominant doctrine at the African Women Leaders conference at the UN’s cultural arm, Unesco, in Paris this week. Arguing that women’s vision can help shape the future – Africa’s in particular – a panel of successful women shared their experiences in the fields of politics, business and fashion, to teach others […]

Women, Face It: Marriage Can Never Be Feminist – Video

Women, Face It: Marriage Can Never Be Feminist – Video

The institution of marriage has curtailed women’s freedom for centuries, says Julie Bindel. So why are so many feminists trying to reclaim the tradition as a subversive act? If you want to get married, she says, just get on with it – but please don’t pretend that being a feminist changes its meaning

We All Pay #TheFemaleTax Just for Being Women

We All Pay #TheFemaleTax Just for Being Women

We pay a price for being a woman in the world. Earlier this week, on Equal Pay Day, many of us noted the financial burden we carry because of gendered business practices and policies. But the price we pay for being women is more than just financial: it’s emotional, physical, and intellectual. As we at […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Patrick, Patricia, Frederica And Frederick

LOUD WHISPERS: Patrick, Patricia, Frederica And Frederick

I was in Harare, Zimbabwe for the African Feminist Forum (AFF) which took place April 9th-13th. It was the 4th AFF and it brought together approximately 160 African Feminists from 30 African countries.  On the first day, a representative from the Zimbabwe Feminist Forum (ZFF), our Zimbabwean hosts, told us how, when they were conceptualising […]

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