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…

I wish… Actually, no – I WILL!

Dear little sister, I wish someone had been there to walk with me as I changed from a little girl into a young lady. I wish I’d fixed my relationship with my dad. I wish I’d taken my education more seriously. I wish my body was like hers. I wish I hadn’t given my heart…

A tribute to women in the HIV/AIDS space

Yet another year passes where we celebrate and honour women of 1956 for their bravery in South Africa. On 09 August 1956 over 20 000 women of all races and ages from all walks of life marched to the Union Building in Pretoria to protest against the pass laws that restricted free movement. The pass laws…

Get more out of student life this year

Hey little sister, are you thinking of going to varsity or already in varsity? Then this is what you need to know. It is easier for me to tell you more about it because I’ve walked that road. It wasn’t an easy one yet I made it through. Figure out your purpose Do you know…

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…