My expectations for the #AIDS 2018 Conference

I am a young African woman who strongly believes that a world where young women and girls have control over their sexual health is possible. I have quite a lot of expectations for the upcoming International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam. These conferences are for me always a good time to reconnect with amazing…

Africa woman… oh how I adore thee

As #AfricaMonth2018 concluded, I find myself contemplating my identity and future as an African woman. I am glad that we have made some progress on the continent to improve the lives of women but I am also anxious to experience accelerated change in how women are protected, educated, and included equitably in business, politics and…

The day my abusive father rescued me from my abuser

Many of us have direct or indirect experiences with gender-based violence and very few of us know where to go for help Growing up, I witnessed my father beat up my mother daily. My childhood memories are filled with images of my father hitting my mother and my younger siblings and I trying to intervene….

Discreet chronicles of that “time of the month”

Hey little sis…When I think of puberty and the few conversations I had with my parents when I was going through those changes, I remember feeling confused and uncomfortable. Like why are we talking about my ‘purse’ and why must I not play with boys anymore? Not that I cared much about boys because I…

Wanted: Leaders for a TB free world

This year’s theme for World TB Day which is observed on the 24th March 2018 is ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB free world’. It is a call for people like me and you to play our part in combating TB – no matter how big or small.  TB is a curable infectious disease that can…

International Women’s Day

 A healthy world starts with healthy women On this International Women’s Day, it has never been more urgent to ensure women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, so that women everywhere have the opportunity to stay healthy and achieve their goals. The leading causes of death among women of reproductive age worldwide are HIV/AIDS and…

Show your purse some love…

With our hectic lifestyles, one thing we often forget to do is to pay special attention to ourselves… down there. Yes, we might shower or take a bath twice a day but how often do we give our precious purses (vaginas) the special attention they need? Don’t fret, this is a question I have recently…

My Purse – a journey of self-discovery

My vagina. My identity. My pandora’s box. My private space. My secret place. My purse. I have had a tumultuous relationship with my vagina before I was awakened to the truth in my mid-twenties that it was just another one of my precious organs that needed as much love and attention as all others. How…