The mobilizations specially provided platforms, space and amplified the voice in protesting against the violence women suffer on a daily basis; reclaiming the power to challenge oppressive systems and policies and advocating for keeping institutions and states accountable. We feminists do proclaim that the personal is political, which is difficult to articulate when sometimes discussions are sanitized and devoid of political nuance hence the resistance and mobilization.
We all seem to know that women and girls have periods every month. It’s a common knowledge, right? but do we know bloody injustices we are all part of? If you don’t, then you are part of the problem… What I can only tell you is, period /hedhi /menstruation is a normal biological routine for all mature women – it’s a health thing. What astonishes me however is how the world has decided to make this biological routine the most shameful thing
Zambian artist Ludo Freshe took to twitter and opened up about a sexual assault encounter that involved a man of God. She has previously, as a firm advocate for women’s rights and well-being, spoken about this assault but has now put a name to her story.
During the #16DaysOfActivism, it is critical to recognize the profound ways in which gender based violence affects women and girls. Beyond that, it is also important to amplify the experiences of women and girls in their diversity and understand that women are affected differently depending on their experiences and situations.
Rape culture is real. It’s not just about sex. It’s huge and it stinks. No, it’s not just a myth, it’s more than a conspiracy theory being purported by angry, sex-starved feminists. It’s real and we need to start having serious conversations about the topic, and actively call out rapists and rape apologist for who…