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.  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}}

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 ‘White Saviour Barbie’ and why the conversation matters…

You may have seen the Instagram parody account 'White Saviour Barbie' - a  satirical account of a 20-year old service volunteer in Africa, documenting her journey to save children through self-sacrificing selfies.  The creators of @barbiesaviour have purposefully remained anonymous while maintaining the account, not only to make fun of their own experiences as volunteers in … Continue reading On ‘White Saviour Barbie’ and why the conversation matters…

“My revolution begins in the body. It isn’t waiting anymore…” – Eve Ensler 

  Last night I had the privilege and joy of being part of the cast of The Vagina Monologues here in Arusha as part of the incredible worldwide V-Day movement.   Eve Ensler's play is both funny and thought-provoking. From the hilarious moments within "The Flood", "The Vagina Workshop", and "Because He Liked To Look … Continue reading “My revolution begins in the body. It isn’t waiting anymore…” – Eve Ensler 

V-Day 2016 

  For many years I have been a supporter of the V-Day Movement and of Eve Ensler's incredible work bringing the voices and stories of women around the world to the world stage.  In 1998, Eve launched V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has raised over $100 million for groups working to end violence against … Continue reading V-Day 2016 

“…Possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart…”

In the West of Uganda, on the edge of the Nile and Lake Albert, lies Murchison Falls National Park. This beautiful, protected area is home to lions, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, hundreds of variations of antelope, and many small communities.  Having spent the past 10 days in more urban areas, we took a couple of days … Continue reading “…Possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart…”

The Latitude Lottery

  The cold, bare, concrete floors, rows of basic metal-framed beds and thin mattresses with waxy sheets of fabric used as covers or blankets, the buzz of flies and mosquitoes as they come through the open windows, and the cries of unsettled babies echoing down the damp, unlit corridors. As I walked through the maternity unit … Continue reading The Latitude Lottery