Progress report: Social media lessons

Very few of us on the 16 days team have qualms about admitting that we are social media dinosaurs. Luckily, we also have some social media wizards on the team. So, on Tuesday, October 17th, the dinosaurs implored the wizards to impart their social media knowledge. Because, as we all know, the most efficient way […]

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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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My life with FGM: Aisha’s story

43 years ago, there was a girl born into this world under the heat of the Sudanese sun. She was born like most girls are born into this world – two arms, two legs, a healthy beating heart, and shrieking, reassuringly, when air first expanded her tiny lungs. This little girl’s mother must have frantically […]

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Progress Report: Sept. 12th FGM event planning meeting

On Tuesday September 12th the 16 Days organising committee held a planning meeting for a 2-day female genital mutilation (FGM) event. This event will be held during this year’s 16 Days of action against gender-based violence (GBV). The official dates of this event are pending but, tentatively, it will be held on the 29th and 30th […]

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Progress report: July 27th planning meeting

On July 27th the 16 Days action plan committee (Nika, Nhabeela, Angela, and myself (Hannah)) held a meeting (at Sacro’s head office) to alert potential collaborators and partners to our intentions for 2017’s 16 days of activism between November and December. We were lucky enough to be joined by numerous influential organisations and institutions in […]

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What is gender-based violence?

Whenever venturing to tackle a problem (particularly collaboratively), it is absolutely integral that such a problem is adequately defined. So, what is gender-based violence? The European Institute for Gender Equality defines it as such: ‘”Gender-based violence” and “violence against women” are terms that are often used interchangeably as most gender-based violence is inflicted by men […]

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