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.
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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.
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In this article, Shola Okubote, shares her own journey to feminism and gender equality, and how she managed to make sense of it in Nigeria’s deeply patriarchal society. Despite the many different types, ideologies and movements Shola found within feminism, at the root of them all is one main goal she has been able to identify with: that women should have political, social, and economic equality to men. Reprinted with permission.
This blog by Wana Udobang reflects upon the the pressure of expectation placed on her mother, and other mothers of her generation, to be primarily responsible for raising a new generation of women in a rapidly changing cultural environment. Wana talks about her own and her mothers body image concerns as but one example of the numerous, normalised social and cultural issues regarding the body that still need to be critically addressed. She also discusses the need to acknowledge the impact that such a gender-biased culture has had on mothers, and to impart more responsibility on to fathers. Reprinted with permission.
This blog represents an excerpt from a section of a draft of a forthcoming essay entitled “On Feminism: Towards Becoming Responsible Vanguards (Qawwamun)” written by @UbeMumu. It discusses the construction of feminism in the African context, deconstructing and critiquing the perspective offered to and by a Millennial generation, a perspective that remains inherently limited, and ignorant to the multifarious and nuanced reality of truly African feminisms. Reprinted with permission.
During this year’s Invisible Borders road trip, I will be attempting to answer questions around my topic of research: “Stereotypes of masculinity in postcolonial West Africa : Nigeria in focus”.
Women’s organisations and their funders are increasingly viewing climate change as a root cause of women’s problems, and integrating climate change into their work. Examining why this is so, this Thomson Reuters blog draws in-part on the experiences of a community in Central America, where water shortages mean women are more vulnerable to sexual attack and kidnap due to longer journey’s to collect water, as just one example of how climate change can be a direct threat to women’s safety.
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In this piece from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, seven prominent women from major multilateral and international non-governmental organisations give their expert views on what they consider the most important actions needed to improve the lives of women and girls by 2030.
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For all of their achievements, it is clear that the Millennium Development Goals suffered from a number of flaws and failures of implementation and ambition. In this article, Tunde Oyasanya points toward ways in which Nigeria can successfully implement and benefit from the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which have as part of their aims ambitious targets for gender equality. Reprinted with permission.