search icon

Blogs & opinion

55 post(s)

Read reflective pieces from writers, activists, practitioners and policy-makers about gender issues and challenges that matter

The Gender Wahala

Author: Noelle Omesham Oputahis Published on: 24/03/2017
Cartoon image of woman in-front of burning house

Wahala Dey Book cover by author Audrey Obuobisa-Darko

For the author Noelle Omesham Oputa, this article on gender, patriarchy, and Nigeria is not academic, but rather an attempt to simplify academic discussions and present it in a way that is relatable to a wider audience. For a more scholarly research on this topic, she invites you to email her  Secondly, she notes this might be a long read, so you might want to get a cup of tea.. Reprinted with permission.

Read more

How to fix war-torn societies? Help women to work

Author: Adela Suliman Published on: 24/03/2017

Many women have lost male relatives to war and find themselves in the role of sole breadwinner. One in four Syrian refugee families is now headed by a woman, while elsewhere, such as Northern Nigeria, women are plugging the gaps in healthcare practitioners and midwives in the face of stark conditions. This article by Adela Suliman takes a closer look. Reprinted with permission.

Read more

How widowhood rites force women to remain poor

Author: Adebisi Adewusi Published on: 23/03/2017

Adebisi Adewusi is particularly interested in writing about issues relating to gender and feminism, and in this blog for The Female Orator, Adebisi shares her thoughts on the gendered impacts of widowhood rites on Nigerian women, and what we can do to help. These impacts include restrictions on movement and economic activity, discriminatory inheritance laws, and a lack of support leaving widows at the mercy of family-members. Reprinted with permission.

Read more

Who Really Runs This House? Changing Gender Norms in Nigeria

Author: Chinelo Onwualu Published on: 28/02/2017

Stories of men in Nigeria leaving their families to carry on affairs with other women, or throwing out their wives because of some dissatisfaction or other are so common place they are a trope in Nollywood films. In these movies these “good” women endure their partner’s humiliations with stoic resolve, resorting to prayer and pleading to bring their men to their senses. There’s usually a lot of crying.

So when musician Tiwa Savage decided to end her marriage to her manager, Tunji Balogun (TeeBillz), last year, her ex took to Twitter and in a series of now deleted messages accused her of infidelity, disrespect and witchcraft. Savage shot back in a candid interview.

Reprinted with permission


Read more

Why Nigerian men need help!!!

Author: Jenny Chisom Opara Published on: 23/09/2016

In this blog, Jenny Chisom Opara ponders the possibility that by focusing on empowering women, Nigeria may be leaving behind its men and boys in terms of positive human development. What’s more, this bodes ill for future years as men struggle to adapt to a world with greater female empowerment.

Read more

In Nigeria, women support each other and Ambassador Catherine Russell can confirm this

Author: Blossom Ozurumba Published on: 29/08/2016

The age long agreement has been that women constitute the greatest opposition to themselves, yet in this blog, Blossom Ozurumba contests the continuing relevance of this “wisdom”. Recalling a productive and inspiring meeting between herself, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine Russell, and seven other women focused on both the challenges and opportunities facing women and girls in Nigeria, Ozurumba finds that women are increasingly supporting women in all spheres of life.

Read more

Why Gender Is an Integral Part of Social and Behavior Change Communication Programs

Author: Missy Eusebio Published on: 22/08/2016

Gender equity is recognized as an important determinant of health as well as a critical goal for global development, yet progress remains inhibited by stubborn and harmful cultural norms. This blog highlights the useful tools being created and used for programme managers to help facilitate transformative change that can overcome these barriers. Reprinted with permission.

Read more

Interview: Mother of Nigerian schoolgirl rescued from Boko Haram fears for her future

Author: Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani Published on: 01/08/2016

Held for months by the Nigerian government and confined to a house in the capital for the foreseeable future, Amina Ali, a schoolgirl who was rescued after two years in Boko Haram captivity, may never be the girl she once was, her mother fears. This interview with Amina’s mother highlights the struggle that girls can and may face even after escaping the nightmare of captivity.

Reprinted with permission.

Read more