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…

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…

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…

Love, sex and STIs

Disclaimer: The following are the views of the author and should not be taken as medical advice. Please speak to a health professional to seek medical advice. So often you get into a relationship, things become serious and you start being intimate with that person. The classic boy meets girl, they fall in love and…

Who are you woman?

During National Women’s Month, we celebrate the inspiring and courageous work women around the country have done and continue doing to secure women’s rights and empowerment. It is also a time to reflect on what it takes to be a woman today. Being a woman in modern day South Africa is quite complicated. You’re expected…

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…