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LOUD WHISPERS: Shameful Harvests

LOUD WHISPERS: Shameful Harvests

One evening in 2003, I had a long telephone conversation with an American friend of mine. When I got off the phone, I was in such distress that I could not hold back my tears. I was shocked and angry at what I had heard during our discussion. I had known this friend (who I […]

Men We Have a Problem!

E yin daddy wa a ti ni problem o (Our daddy’s we have a problem), before you say I reject it in Jesus/Allah or Obatala’s name, let me conclude. Remember one of my articles where I mentioned a research I carried out, asking around 5000 adolescents about whom they want to die first between their […]

Protesters Call Chief Jane Ansah To Step Down

Protesters Call Chief Jane Ansah To Step Down

Nearly 15,000 opposition supporters brought business to a standstill in the capital Lilongwe as they marched to the Capitol Hill, the seat of government offices. They wanted to present a petition, demanding the resignation of election commission chief Jane Ansah.  However, government representatives stayed in their offices. Human Rights Defenders Forum deputy chairperson Gift Trapence […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven For Little Girls

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven For Little Girls

I told mummy That daddy was hurting me She said, ‘Shhhhhhhhhhh Hush girl Don’t let anyone hear you How dare you?’ She called me a liar She called me a prostitute She called me an evil spirit I was sick for a long time Then all of a sudden, I did not hurt anymore I […]

Hurdles Of A Single Lady – The ‘Perfect’ Wife Material

Hurdles Of A Single Lady – The ‘Perfect’ Wife Material

As a young woman, it is very disturbing that your worth sometimes is not seen until you do some kinda jobs. This dating scene is hard and it is getting harder because of this unnecessary wife material cage. I am going to be speaking on behalf of those women who haven’t found the man of […]

The Ultimate Backlash: A Feminist Perspective on Sex Dolls

The Ultimate Backlash: A Feminist Perspective on Sex Dolls

Last year, I watched a short in-flight documentary about a young man in Japan whose sole companion is a life-sized doll. He was shown having meals with the doll, watching TV and lying in bed with it. Up to that point, I found his behavior eccentric and not necessarily creepy, until his mother showed up […]

Rising To the Challenges In The Humanitarian Sector

Rising To the Challenges In The Humanitarian Sector

What is the future of humanitarian action? We live in times of unprecedented humanitarian need. Globally, aid agencies estimate that 100 million people worldwide need some form of humanitarian help, at a cost of USD 22 billion. If you are anything like us, you are probably sick and tired of humanitarian pieces that begin with […]

Promote Full Participation Of Women In Society – Gender Commission

Promote Full Participation Of Women In Society – Gender Commission

Section 17 of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission act calls on the state to promote the full participation of women in all spheres of the Zimbabwean Society on the basis of equality with men, Zimbabwe Gender Commission chairperson, Margaret Mukahana Sangarwe has said. Speaking at a breakfast meeting on women in leadership in the private and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Over Dinner

LOUD WHISPERS:  Over Dinner

Pat: I am so glad we could do this at last Jemike: It seems there are never enough hours in the day Pat: How was General’s funeral? Jemike: It went very well. It was as grand as we all knew it would be. Security was very tight. My Aunt and I drove up to the […]

Egyptian Women With HIV Hide From Social Stigma In Silence

Egyptian Women With HIV Hide From Social Stigma In Silence

Nearly five years ago, when Safaa* was 26 and a mother of two, she discovered that she had HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) – a disease which destroys the immune system of its host. To her, this was worse than a death sentence – it would force her to keep her medical history secret from even […]

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