It’s Time to End TB!

World TB Day is observed on 24 March every year to raise public awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and to accelerate efforts to eliminate the disease. This year’s theme for World TB Day is: It’s Time.  These may seem like just two simple words, yet they carry a lot of weight and interpretation. This year, World…

Gender Parity as a solution to world challenges

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared the 21st century of the women’s equality. He also spoke of how the problems affecting the world cannot be solved without achieving gender parity. As we commemorate International Women`s Day, I am reminded of some of these problems and how they affect women in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe faces many challenges…

New Year, New Me, New Purse!

It is the end of January. Does that mean you are too late to squeeze one more resolution for the new year? I don’t think so. The beginning of each year is the perfect time to set goals, make changes, have a fresh start, let go of bad habits, get that skin glow, lose weight…

South Africa, Now is not the Time to Lose Momentum

Please note that the following article was originally published on Girls’ Globe and reprinted with permission.  By Sinead Boshoff –  On 2 September, South Africa exploded. She cried out in outrage. The bombardment of kidnap, rape and murder headlines in the last months escalated with the rape and death of Uyinene Mrwetyana. The news left our country both…

I wanted everything

While growing up, I couldn’t wait to be a grown-up. Sometime during my teens I literally became allergic to the word “no”. Especially if it was my mom who said it and if it was related to a request for the cell-phone I wanted. My mom’s stubbornness, frugality and her inability to see the vision…

The difference between mental health and illness

The month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness month with the objective of not only educating the public about mental health but also to reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to. Mental health and mental illness are increasingly used as if they mean the same thing…

We walked, we survived, we conquered! Learning about breast cancer

Marking October as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ is a global drive to raise awareness of this devastating disease across all races, age groups and socioeconomic groups. Breast cancer is said to be the most common cancer in women worldwide, impacting more than two million women a year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in…

Understanding unplanned pregnancies

Maybe you know or have heard of a teenager who became pregnant unintentionally. Or perhaps you have had this experience? It is certainly quite common – in 2017 nearly 123 000 babies were registered in South Africa by mothers in their teens and more than 3 000 of these were born to girls aged 10 to…