Fighting Rape Culture.

I think one of the worst things rape culture has enabled is the shame that accompanies its victims and survivors; when the shame and violation shifts from the perpetrator to the victim. When I am unable to say that I have been raped because of the stigma that accompanies rape survivors, the indignity is imprinted…

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…

Blame the Rapist, Not the Victim

If you have ever engaged in feminist discourse you probably heard of the term “rape culture”. It was first used by feminists in the 1970s to describe an environment and a culture where rape and sexual violence are excused and normalized. It is unfortunate that in 2018 we are still talking about ending the rape…

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…

Ingrained Sexism and Its Manifestations

This particular post is inspired by one of the most annoyingly sexist advertisements I have had the misfortune to watch, the terrible ways womyn’s voices have been misrepresented and continue to be absent among other sexist ways of  Uganda’s media. The advert, running or (which ran depending on if it finally stopped airing or not)…

Childfree Women And The Freedom To Choose

One fine evening during dinner, I started a conversation around being childfree and everyone stopped eating. In response to my rather culturally disturbing thoughts, I was given the “what the hell is wrong with you” look. Now, the displeasure at the table was understandable considering the fact that we were Africans, Nigerians to be specific.…