HERstory – Betty

Betty and I met on July 1st. I was returning from a graduation ceremony that took place in the morning and planned to meet a friend later in the afternoon so needed to get my boots polished. The rainy season is upon Addis, which means peak business for shoe shine boys. And so i assumed…

HERstory – Kidist Nerke

In this HERstory Kidist Nerke from SNNPR – southern part of Ethiopia shares with us how and why she made her way to Addis Ababa. I think about making difficult decisions in the future but I don’t think I’ve ever done anything of which people didn’t approve. If I had to think about it, I’d…

Endorsing Rape Culture.

One thing that we all need to get clear, even though it has been explained over and over again through all platforms, is the fact that rape has never and will never be about sex. Rape is an act of violence centred on power and control. There is always an uproar when a case of…

Men Tell Me How to Drive

We now have the “First Smart Parking Lot” in Addis Ababa, which made me think of a favorite pet peeve of mine,where men tell me how to drive. Ever since I first got my driving license and maybe before that, there has been a man telling me how to drive. I am talking about those…

HERstory – Rosemary (Rosie) Lore

AfricanFeminism (AF) brings you the first of a series of HERstories we will be capturing over the next coming weeks. The aim of this specific HERstories series is to document through interviews, African women’s experiences of practicing authentic choice and the related societal/family backlash they have faced for that choice as well as how they have dealt…