“Almost everything that is great has been done by youth” – Benjamin Disraeli

This image is sealed on my heart and my mind. Emma Gonzalez, survivor of the Parkland school shooting, at the podium of the March for our Lives in Washington. She took to the podium for 6 minutes and 20 seconds. After speaking briefly, naming each victim of the shooting that took place in February, she … Continue reading “Almost everything that is great has been done by youth” – Benjamin Disraeli

Our Movement Was Made For This Moment {{VDay 2018}}

One out of three women worldwide will experience physical or sexual violence within their lifetime. One in 3.Β  The statistic alone is terrifying, yet in the wake of #MeToo, The Larry Nassar trial, pussy-grabbing Presidents and Weinstein's 'open secret' in Hollywood, it is no longer that hard to believe. Twenty years ago, when Eve Ensler … Continue reading Our Movement Was Made For This Moment {{VDay 2018}}

Tea and Consent

There should be no gray area when it comes to consent and sexual assault. And yet, when I found myself, once again, in an argument with a grown man who insisted and attempted to mansplain the 'grey area' of consent and the 'blurred lines' of rape, I found myself so filled with anger and disbelief … Continue reading Tea and Consent

Why Girl’s Education Matters…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8xgF0JtVg When a girl has self-belief and is supported by her family and community; when she's empowered with skills, ideas and knowledge; when she has access to services, role models and other girls: when she is visible and vocal - she can demand to stay in school, to get healthcare, and to get married and … Continue reading Why Girl’s Education Matters…

On ’13 Reasons Why’…

**trigger warning for sexual assault and suicide in relation to 13 Reasons Why book and series** It took me a while to summon up the courage to watch 13 Reasons Why. The subject matter alone is tough to watch but, having read many reviews, I was acutely aware of the fact that it did not … Continue reading On ’13 Reasons Why’…

On tragedy and a city in mourning…

The city I live in here in Tanzania is in mourning. Last weekend, 33 children, two teachers and a driver were killed in an horrific bus accident. The final year primary school pupils were on their way to sit their exams. All of those killed were from the same small village on the outskirts of … Continue reading On tragedy and a city in mourning…

On subjunctive history…

β€œIt's subjunctive history. You know, the subjunctive? The mood used when something may or may not have happened. When it is imagined.” ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys In language, the subjunctive mood is typically used to express various states of unreality such as wish, emotion, possibility, judgment, opinion, obligation, or action that has not … Continue reading On subjunctive history…