Feminism

A 2014 Wish List

Happy 2014 to all! The past year has been quite a year of learning for me. My engagement with a local women’s association for the past two-years and leading it through 2013 has been quite insightful in understanding more about female leadership – the opportunities and the obstacles that exist for women in Ethiopia. The…

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16 Days of Activism against GBV: Petals of Pride

I wrote this piece and posted here almost three years ago and now re-post it again in marking the 16 days of activism for the elimination of all forms of gender based violence.  PETALS OF PRIDE Mama, don’t put me under the knife Give not to culture A slice of my precious life My body…

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Of Female Sexuality & Ethiopian Women

“The systematic suppression of women’s sexual and erotic inclinations has led to the conflation of sexuality and reproduction within a hetero-normative cultural and social matrix. This suppression is maintained through vigilant cultural surveillance, and has led to the muting of what I define as our feminist sexual memory and instinct. The result is a sexual…

Force feeding of Mauritanian Women

Force feeding of Mauritanian Women Click on the above link to redirect to the story. The above daily mail piece highlights the extent to which Mauritanian girls are subjected to social norms of ‘beauty’ in order to find a husband. “Having a fat wife is desirable and is a sign of wealth and prestige in…

Violence & Silence – A TedTalk by Jackson Katz (PhD)

Some really interesting food for thought. Watch the video in its entirety. And here below snippets of his thoughts: …the issues of gender violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, sexual abuse of children, that whole range of issues that are referred to as gender violence issues, they’ve been seen as women’s issues that some good men help out with…