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4Mar

As women, our race, ethnicity and the choices we make in life may differentiate us but our experiences bring us to a place, where we converge and connect universally. We meet to share our stories and through our conversations we heal because talking about the issues that affect us, naked and unashamed with other women, […]






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19Dec

In the final part of my interview with Fatoumata Diawara, the multi-talented singer-songwriter, whose voice reveals a rare vulnerability that should not be mistaken for weakness, talks about her influences, identity and what she wants people to take from her music. A non-conformist, Diawara defied tradition and escaped Mali as a teenager when under pressured from her […]






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29Nov

FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) is an African diaspora women led NGO dedicated to the advancement and safeguarding of the sexual and reproductive health, and rights of African girls and women. Based in the UK, FORWARD works across Europe and Africa to help change practices and policies that affect the dignity and […]






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7Oct

In recent times, Rwanda has made headlines for the wrong reasons, from an alleged attempt on the lives of exiled Rwandese in London, to a protest, led by Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film Hotel Rwanda, against President Paul Kagame in Chicago. And most recently, reports of another foiled plot to kill former Rwandan […]






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25Aug

“I learned implicitly that a woman’s word is not enough that we, the women harmed by rape, serve merely as witnesses. The rendering of our specific brutalities as in any other case in court, becomes “The Commonwealth vs. the Defendant.” Our names do not appear.” Charlotte Pierce-Baker (Surviving The Silence: Black Women’s Stories of Rape.) […]






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3Aug

Endometriosis affects one in ten women around the world, yet little is known about the cause of this debilitating condition which can also render its sufferers infertile. I spoke to experts and victims to shed light on a neglected and potential killer of women in their prime. Adelaide Damoah is an artist of Ghanaian-British heritage. […]






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19Jul

Listed by the Powerlist 2011, as one of the most influential black people in Britain, Sandie Okoro is the Global General Counsel for Barings, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious financial institutions. The daughter of a Nigerian father and a Trinidadian mother,  and in her 40s, Okoro is one of a few women […]






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7May

Much has been written about the use of rape as a weapon of war and from the perspective of female victims. Rarely, do we hear about the fact that men also suffer.  Well, let’s demystify that myth – MEN SUFFER FROM GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND THAT INCLUDES RAPE. In November 2010, it was reported by […]






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30Apr

If anything has stirred my soul this year, with the exception of some moments of personal pain, it would most definitely and without a shadow of doubt, be Ruined. The Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lyn Nottage. It opened my heart and conscience to think the same way, Paul Grootboom’s Townships Stories, made me think […]






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