African Feminist Organizations: Featuring the GBV Prevention Network

The GBV Prevention Network coordinated by Raising Voices, was established in 2003. It consists of over 1,000 members from across 19 countries working to address violence against women (VAW) in the Horn, East and Southern Africa (HESA). Membership comprises of both individuals and organizations engaged in violence against women (VAW) prevention and response work. The…

My Daughter, the Princess

My daughter wants to be a princess. She likes Disney’s Queen Elsa. She is four years old. This morning she was singing “let it go” at the top of her lungs. And it bothers me. It bothers me to have my little girl, the one I have worked so hard to raise, picking yellow instead…

Exploring Ethiopian Masculinities

In my perspective, the conversations and interventions to promote gender equality in Ethiopia have focused heavily on women. Therefore a natural inclination has been to assign  gender issues as ‘women’s issues’. If by definition, gender, refers to the socialized roles and responsibilities of men and women that are assumed within families, societies, cultures and expectations…

Press For Progress: Breaking The Grass Ceiling

  Last week was International Women’s Day. As usual, events were held to celebrate women and discuss how far we’ve come and what needs to be improved on. My country-Nigeria was no exception. While a lot of promises were made (as expected), the Central Bank of Nigeria’s promise to improve women’s access to formal financial…