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Generation Revolution review – After The Arab Spring

Generation Revolution review – After The Arab Spring

In the heady days of the 2011 uprising, it seemed as if Egypt’s youth, mobilising on social media and marching on Tahrir Square, had finally come into their own. When President Mubarak stepped down, I turned to my seventysomething Egyptian father, who had been on the barricades of the 1952 revolution, for words of wisdom […]

Crisis Of Values: Reclaiming Our Society

If we were to judge by the dominant tenor of headlines in the Nigerian media, we would come to the conclusion that the problem of our society is simply a question of formulating the right economic policies or fashioning a suitable political ideology. We can be forgiven for this assumption. Despite the undeniable importance of […]

The Science of Making Friends

The Science of Making Friends

I’ve been going on a series of dates lately. I exchanged numbers with the person sitting next to me at a Cabernet tasting at my favorite wine bar and went for a coffee with a neighbor I met walking my dog. I reached out to people from my past I haven’t seen in years, to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Adults And Good Manners

LOUD WHISPERS: Adults And Good Manners

Recently, I was in a cosmetics shop to buy some items. As I was browsing through the merchandise, I could hear a woman talking on her cell phone. It took me approximately twenty minutes to make up my mind about what to put into my shopping cart. All this time, the woman was still on […]

OPINION: ‘Are Women Human Beings?’

OPINION:  ‘Are Women Human Beings?’

How far have we come as a species, in terms of our spiritual and intellectual development, if in the 21st century some can question: “Are women human beings?” The reality is that globally, whilst women may have made great strides, patriarchal attitudes prevail in a male-dominated world. The question ‘Are women human beings?’ is the […]

Mothers and daughters: a better or different world?

I am very much a modern woman – at the intersection of the pathways  between new opportunities and old traditions. Navigating the old to the new, until they become older and very old and not so new.  Mother, wife, career person, a citizen of Islam and of Nigeria. A Person. This is my most prized […]

Why tackling the stigma around menstruation is key to gender equality

Why tackling the stigma around menstruation is key to gender equality

On any given day, more than 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating worldwide. That’s right, I said it:menstruating. For me, being on my period can be a minor nuisance: uncomfortable, yes, but something I understand, expect, and can manage safely, hygienically and easily. Unlike millions of girls […]

The facts you should know about female genital mutilation – video

The facts you should know about female genital mutilation – video

As the world marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UNICEF figures reveal that 70 million more women than previously thought have been cut. The UK’s leading FGM consultant Dr Comfort Momoh MBE explains what FGM is and its consequences.  

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