Gender Based Violence – It’s not funny

Violence Against Women is not funny. Stop joking about it! I got up this morning with an urgent need to write. I had received a simple forward. A meme. The joke seemed almost harmless, just like every other misogynistic joke which rides the internet waves. The picture depicted a wife and a husband in a car with the caption “Darling, put on …

Single And Happy

“Nowadays internet and mobile dating apps are my matchmakers” I am single and happy and it’s something I am quite proud of. Yet every now and then I decide to step out of my state of complacency and “get out there.” When I was younger this was simple enough – I’d go out with some of my friends or ask …

People Extraordinaire – Liza Donnelly

“Donnelly’s cartoons are the best kind of funny—sly, smart, and right on the money.  [They] are great social commentary as well as great fun.”  Susan Orlean, You started drawing from a very young age thanks to your mother. How did that lead to a career as a cartoonist. Why did you choose the medium of cartoons?  Laughter was something that was …

Silence defeats every woman but every man too

Topic: Men For Gender Equality  Why should men should bother to contribute to the discussion on violence against women? Why should they lend their support to the struggle for gender equality and the issue of feminism? Women have made great progress by themselves, they seem to be doing a great job. Let them be! They don’t need condescending men telling them how …

Stop Controlling Our Clothes

As a society we condemn women for the clothes they wear while claiming that sexism is no longer a problem. The Burkini ban in France publicly undress women wearing modest muslim beachwear or kick them off the beach completely. People cry “Oppression of women!” and point at modest clothing, as they shun and embarrass the women wearing those clothes. On the …

Dawn Hendrickson: How I Survived Childhood Sexual Abuse

*Content Warning: Childhood Sexual Abuse* Topic: Child Sexual Abuse My Story Healing takes such courage and strength. My main abuser, my father, died when I was 24 years old. It is at that time that I felt I was actually born, or reborn. Looking back, I realize I fell through a lot of cracks, including medical personnel. I had always thought …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Peter Kithene

Peter Kithene, is the founder of Mama Maria Clinics – an innovative, sustainable healthcare solution for Kenya’s rural poor. As an orphaned teenager in Kenya, Peter raised three siblings by himself. During his undergraduate years at University of Washington, he raised enough money to found a health clinic in his home village. In 2007 he was named as CNN’s Global Heroes “Medical Marvel” honoree for his work …