Power. Progress. Change.

That was the theme of this year’s Women Deliver conference which convened from 3 to 6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Arriving at the venue and seeing the bright, big, bold banners citing the theme made me feel powerful. I joined 8000 other people, all of us coming from all corners of the world, representing…

Inside My Purse heads to Canada for Women Deliver 2019

The time is now—a global discussion around women empowerment is underway. Bridging the gender gap is now a full-force movement with a loud voice. Women Deliver is the largest international gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. The conference is being held in Vancouver, Canada this year between…

Love Positive Women

A disclaimer: I am not so young anymore. However, I go through these streets as the people’s favourite aunty, the coolest prevention activist, young people say I am “oppit”, or in more traditional lingo, “with it”. As February, the legit month of love, has come to an end, I’m reflecting on love, relationships, sex and…

Don’t let the Red of Valentine’s Day surprise you.

Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2016, my first time being in the big city, new friends, new environment, a new boyfriend and my first Valentine’s in varsity. Everyone was excited about the day, not to say I was not, I was but I was also nervous at the same time because I had just gotten a…

The jitters of having a Valentine on Valentine’s Day

The 14th of February is universally known as Valentine’s Day and in this particular year I had a prospective Valentine. I was coming of age, just approaching sweet 16 and Valentine’s Day had only just started to have meaning for me. There was a certain boy in my neighbourhood who had taken a keen eye…

The power of self

There is still such stigma around young women going to get tested for HIV. It’s almost implied that you shouldn’t get tested, and not that you shouldn’t be having unprotected sex. Luckily, there are new options. Supermarkets and pharmacies are increasingly stocking home HIV tests that you can buy and use in your own space…

Should you disclose your HIV status?

I am a survivor of sexual abuse and a young woman living with HIV. Personally I believe that as young people we take certain things seriously and relationships are one of them. When the relationship doesn’t work out it can be absolutely devastating. There are many young people especially women living in shame because of…

From one sister to another

Hey little sis… This world comes with its challenges: some bigger than others but challenges nonetheless. But, the world can also be seen as your oyster. As much as that statement is cliché, it is very true. As a young girl, your main priorities were to go to school, get good grades and have a…