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Living in a black man’s head

Africa is the cradle of mankind. The beginning of all things. The continent that was once overrun by greatness; with kings, queens, and empires from Egypt, to Mali, Uganda, South Africa and every place in between. Africa was the envy…

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Why attitudes towards sexual violence in Kenya need a major refresh

It’s estimated that 14% of Kenyan women and 6% of men aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. In Kenya women and girls experience sexual violence more than men and boys. In my research I…

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Legalize FGM? #FOH

Warning: If you’re squeamish, conservative or non-progressive, look away now because this is going to be a discussion about the female anatomy; specifically, her genitalia. See, Dr (Ms) Tatu Kamau has petitioned a Machakos court to legalise female genital mutilation…

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The boy child is being neglected, my foot

Sometimes I sit back and wonder what Father Patriarchy spent all his time doing. See, he created a system that was supposed to be ironclad. A system built to privilege boys over girls, and men over women. To his credit,…

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A smile on my face and a condom in my pocket

A woman will get pregnant for many reasons and for no reason at all. Much as there is a chorus of opinion to the contrary, sometimes pregnancy happens, much like the four letter word that rhymes with slit. Things happen,…

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Why do we want to get married?

Over the past three weeks, I have seen a wedding entourage every single weekend, complete with slow marching processions, flowers upon flowers, flowing white dresses and cars covered in petals and Christmas decorations. And every time, I have been struck…

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Our strong, black brothers are running scared

It’s not easy to be successful in Africa. Not for any of us. For a woman, it is even harder. In fact, it is almost impossible. Were we not so single-minded about it, few women would make it through the…

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