Here’s to bleeding freely and without shame.

menstruation is among the most natural processes of the female body. Yet, so much stigma and shame is attached to it in different cultures across the world. Stigma and shame that is usually dressed in pride. “Don’t say you’re menstruating, say you’re unclean” is a phrase I am very familiar with. The first person to … Continue reading Here’s to bleeding freely and without shame.

Whats the fixation on virginity? By Alkalo Njie

What’s the fixation on virginity? Girls, can’t you see that you have more to offer the world than your virginity? Parents, don’t you want more for your daughters than their worth being defined by a sexual act? Society, can’t you see that your fixation on young women’s virginity hurts you more than it helps you. … Continue reading Whats the fixation on virginity? By Alkalo Njie

Five reasons why sex work should be decriminalized.

Decriminalizing sex work is very important in the fight for the equality of all women. Sex workers are among the most vulnerable groups of people in the world and the Criminalization of prostitution[1] is very dehumanizing to them and it puts them at higher risk of abuse from clients and society. This post is inspired … Continue reading Five reasons why sex work should be decriminalized.

Rape culture: on cover ups, dress code, and victim blaming.

What was she doing there? Of course, she got raped, she is always dressed so “indecently”, She must have wanted it otherwise he would not have touched her, he is a good man he would never rape or molest anyone. Whenever there is a rape case there is always a sense of blame not against … Continue reading Rape culture: on cover ups, dress code, and victim blaming.

“Toubab Bu Nuille”: on African Feminisms.

I have been called “toubab” (white) so many times in my life, I honestly can’t keep count. This is due to many reasons but mainly because I identify as feminist. After my last blog post about society’s expectations of wives in The Gambia, that sealed the deal. I was definitely a “toubab” because, according to … Continue reading “Toubab Bu Nuille”: on African Feminisms.

Note: on being a “good wife” in the Gambia.

You must obey your husband. You must keep his secrets. You must bear the pain he inflicts in secret because that is where the blessings of your children would come from. Remember! A good wife, is a wife that would get beat up by her husband at night and tell people she fell when asked … Continue reading Note: on being a “good wife” in the Gambia.

Bantaba, on the importance of youth and women participation in politics.

Had an amazing day, discussing the importance of women and youth participation in politics. The importance of women and youth participation in politics cannot be over emphasised. The participation of women in politics, is essential for the advancement of the ratio of women in leadership position, if more women are in leadership positions it would … Continue reading Bantaba, on the importance of youth and women participation in politics.