Is Marriage a Punishment for Women?

Early January, I spent a week interacting with married women living in rural areas in Rwanda as part of my work at an organisation. The conversations we had led to me questioning…

Heroism is an Oppressive Utopia

For a while now, I have wanted to put into words what I am about to say. I failed at first because I too have heroes. They are the monuments I worship,…

I am the One You Left Behind

She was born into a world that tore women apart Heard them say them ladies are weak The noise in between understanding her body and growing up Barely gave her time to…

Sudanese Women at the Heart of the Revolution

By Reem Gaafar & Omnia Shawkat Country-wide peaceful demonstrations against the regime in Sudan are in their second month, with over 50 people reported dead, dozens more maimed and wounded and hundreds detained by…

You Have Reached the Women

‘You Have Reached the Women’ is collective piece penned by Phenomenal women from all walks of life (from Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mexico, Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe and the US). You have reached the…

Taking Stock of 2018 Feminist Wins and Renewing our Resolve to Fight

The mobilizations specially provided platforms, space and amplified the voice in protesting against the violence women suffer on a daily basis; reclaiming the power to challenge oppressive systems and policies and advocating for keeping institutions and states accountable. We feminists do proclaim that the personal is political, which is difficult to articulate when sometimes discussions are sanitized and devoid of political nuance hence the resistance and mobilization.

Bloody Injustice

We all seem to know that women and girls have periods every month. It’s a common knowledge, right? but do we know bloody injustices we are all part of? If you don’t, then you are part of the problem… What I can only tell you is, period /hedhi /menstruation is a normal biological routine for all mature women – it’s a health thing. What astonishes me however is how the world has decided to make this biological routine the most shameful thing