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The Curse of Likability

The Curse of Likability  Yvonne E. Mwende  “We have a world full of women who are unable to exhale fully because they have for so long been conditioned to fold themselves into shapes to make themselves likeable.”  Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie    Culturally reinforced signals have dictated that women should not only be […]

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#EachforEqual: Women’s Rights are Human Rights

This being the month that we celebrate the International Women’s Day on 8th March, it has been quite refreshing to wake up to the news of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sentencing. Harvey was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. Finally the women get retribution for the awful crimes

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By Yvonne E. Mwende Happy New Year 2020! Frohes Neues Jahr 2020! Yep, it’s a new year. Time flies. To begin this New Year, I thought to pen a reflective piece about my agency in the space of advocacy, especially on women’s advancement. Sounds off beat uh? “I thought I Am My Bodyguard was about

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Gender Based Violence — a human rights violation

By Yvonne Mwende Notwithstanding significant attempts to curb Gender Based Violence (GBV), it still remains the most extreme expression of unequal gender relations in society and a violation of human rights. Arguably a major obstacle for the achievement of gender justice, posing a serious threat to democratic development and public health, and a critical barrier

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#OrangetheWorld: Prevent Violence Against Women and Children

By Yvonne E. Mwende “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape”, is this year’s theme for the international campaign “16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV) which starts on 25 November 2019 —International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to continue to 10 December 2019 —Human Rights Day. The campaign focuses

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Wings of Hope Rescue Home Receive Courage for New Beginnings

By Yvonne E Mwende “…history despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again….” From the poem, ‘On the Pulse of Morning’, By Maya Angelou However, much we try we cannot rewrite history, but we can create new beginnings for a better tomorrow. On September 7, 2019,

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