Dark skinned girls, you are beautiful!

Across Cultures, darker people suffer most, why? -Andre 3000 Dark skinned girls and media representation We’ve all grown up with standards of beauty that were difficult to live up to. For dark skinned girls, the standards were impossible to meet.  As a teenager, my favourite tv shows starred tall, slim, white women with perfect proportions. The magazines I saved up for …

#Sayftychat: The Role of Your Story in Your Advocacy

This week (July 15, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “The Role of Your Story in Your Advocacy” with Sharon D’Agostino from Say It Forward Now. This week’s chat was focused on the impact and value of sharing personal stories in advocacy and professional spaces. We had participants join the chat from Nairobi, India, US, Canada, UK, Columbia, and …

#Sayftychat: Leaving Abusive Relationships

This week (July 8, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “Leaving Abusive Relationships” with Lucia Harper. This week’s chat was focused on how to end a relationship with an abusive partner, and how to support others to end abusive relationships. We had participants join the chat from Nairobi, India, US, Canada, UK, Columbia, and South Africa. Questions discussed For …

#Sayftychat: Women and Travel

women and travel

This week (July 22, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “Women and Travel” with Adam Rogers. This week’s chat was focused on solo female travel and women safety while traveling. We had participants join the chat from Nairobi, India, US, Canada, UK, Columbia, and South Africa. Questions discussed Do you usually travel solo or with someone? Why or why …

Let’s Talk About Sex Work

Importance of discourse Even within our contemporary context, sex work remains a polarising and taboo subject. Even so, it is important to discuss the pitfalls and merits of this occupation with an objective lens. This is simply because people’s livelihoods, reputations and safety is at stake. At the very least, policy makers, religious leaders and society at large should strive …

Women in Sports: Lessons from the Women’s World Cup

Importance of sports Sporting events provide a great opportunity to foster national unity and international cooperation. Events such as the olympics and FIFA World Cup are vivid illustrations of this.  Aside from this, sports promote: healthy lifestyles, discipline, team-work, problem solving skills and stress alleviation. For marginalised children in urban areas, sports can act as an alternative to precarious situations.  …

#SayftyChat: Call Out Culture vs. Call In Culture

call out culture vs call in culture

This week (July 1, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “Call Out Culture vs. Call In Culture” with Vandita Morarka. This week’s chat was focused on the benefits and drawbacks of calling-out versus calling-in. We had participants join the chat from Nairobi, India, US, Canada, UK, Columbia, and South Africa. Questions discussed When you see bad behavior, do you …

#Sayftychat: Women Safety in Sports

women safety in sports

This week (June 24, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “Women Safety in Sports” with Dr. Becky Clark, Shannon L. Galpin, Adrienne McCord, and Shireen Ahmed. This week’s chat was focused on how to ensure equal pay in sports as well as zero tolerance towards sexual harassment and violence against women. We had participants join the chat from Nairobi, …

#SayftyChat: Youth Building Inclusive & Sustainable Cities

This week (June 17, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “Youth Building Inclusive & Sustainable Cities & Communities” with Muhammed Ali Mustafa. This week’s chat was focused on the importance of young people in building communities that are resilient & sustainable. We had participants join the chat from Nairobi, India, US, Canada, UK, Columbia, and South Africa. Questions …

The Sudan Massacre: Patterns of Oversight in the Media

The situation in Sudan This week was marred by reports of a gruesome massacre occurring in Sudan. According to these reports, civilians engaged in peaceful protest against a military government have become victims of Sudanese militia. More specifically, hundreds of people have died at the hands of armed forces, while at least 70 rape caseshave been reported.  It goes without saying …