The Path Towards Empowerment – Give a Heart to Africa

A rampant contemporary concern within our global society, which dangerously subjugates girls and women, is gender-based violence. When one contemplates gender-based violence, often what comes to mind are horrendous overt acts such as rape, intimate partner abuse, forced sterilization, female genital mutilation, child marriage, the trafficking of young girls and women into the sex slave […]

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Investing in change

Societal drive to confront gender-based violence is on the rise, and Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) is helping lead this movement in Edinburgh by investing in social responsibility and active citizenship through their Changing Perceptions initiative. As a prime example, this year ENU is a core organiser of the Edinburgh Chapter of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – which is a […]

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Re-visioning Words for Change

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. It is a familiar phrase, bantered about with nursery rhymes and other lyrics. Sticks and stones batter the flesh, draw blood, and tear away at the material body, words cannot; however, the language we speak absorbs as well as informs the physical […]

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Finding alternatives: Removing FGM from Peoplehood

As perceived by Robert K. Thomas (1980), “peoplehood” or a people’s identity is determined by language, sacred history, religion and law. These four factors do not exist in a plane where one is more important than the other but rather where each is interdependent to the other. To explain this further, a people’s sacred history […]

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Frozen: A recounting of abuse

It is standard that young girls are told not to walk alone at night. It is standard that women are taught basic self-defense against boys who might violate their bodies. It is standard that girls are expected to take safety precautions against boys, because boys are expected to hurt us emotionally and physically. No matter […]

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I am by a still pond

This short story, with a hint of magical realism, is about the author’s struggle to leave a destructive relationship. I am by a still pond. Rather I am lying by a still pond. The ground is moist and I am alone. The edge of the water is nearly kissing my cheek but I don’t care, […]

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