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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 by the stories I grew up hearing about sex … Read More Five reasons why sex work should be decriminalized.

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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 the perpetrator but against the victim. As a result … Read More Rape culture: on cover ups, dress code, and victim blaming.

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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 secrete 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 what happened to her face. A good wife would … Read More 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 help in combating negative gender stereotypes. Moreover, the participation … Read More Bantaba, on the importance of youth and women participation in politics.

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Women and internalized sexism/ misogyny in The Gambia

When we discuss Sexism and Misogyny in the Gambia, we approached the subjects from the perspecti ve of the opposite’s sex’s attitude towards women. We speak of how men have always had power, privilege and access while women have little or no noticeable access or power. While this is true, it is also very important to discuss, as women, the sexist behaviors and attitudes … Read More Women and internalized sexism/ misogyny in The Gambia

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Virginity Testing in the Gambia

Testing a bride for virginity is a part of the culture of many tribes in The Gambia. This test usually involves checking whether the bride bleeds when she has sexual intercourse with her husband for the first time.[1] If she bleeds, she is deemed to be a virgin but if she does not bleed she is deemed to have engaged in pre-marital sex. Women … Read More Virginity Testing in the Gambia