Four Nigerian women made history this month in PyeongChang. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga became the first-ever Olympic bobsled team from the entire continent of Africa. Simidele Adeagbo became the first female skeleton athlete to compete for Nigeria. But their success is more representative of their individual national pride than it is of … Continue reading The Hard-won Path to Success for Female Nigerian Athletes
On International Women’s day – March 8, in 2017 – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt declared 2017 the “Year of Women.” While many inequalities still remain in Egypt, Sisi’s efforts to improve women’s status last year marked some success. The number of women in government ministries increased, and gender issues have become a more … Continue reading Egyptian Ruler Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s “Year of Women”
Me too. When I was in China a few years ago, I stood on a public bus one day with some other girl friends on our way into town. The bus was relatively empty, so there was a lot of space to spread out. One older man ignored that and decided to come stand close … Continue reading What We Can All Learn From the #metoo Movement
“Sexual exploitation is a practice by which person(s) achieve sexual gratification or financial gain or advancement through the abuse of a person’s sexuality by abrogating that person’s human right to dignity, equality, autonomy, and physical and mental well-being… it is the right of every human being to live free of exploitation… sexual power is a … Continue reading Removing the Veil: The Real Path to Prostitution
A better future for women means that it is a better future for all. I believe that when women are equally valued to men, atrocities such as honor killings, child brides, employment discrimination, pay gaps, and sexual assault will be seen as what they really are: horrors that have plagued this world for far too … Continue reading Hope Through Small Acts
It is the start of a new year. I am reenergized, filled with hope, and excited for the uncertainty of the year ahead. I have several new goals for 2017 in a year that is sure to be full of change. I will move to a new place and start a new job this year, … Continue reading It’s 2017, so get up and do something to empower women!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the most beloved world leaders today. During an interview with the Huffington Post at the 2016 NATO summit, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev attributed Canada’s increased “new government” to Trudeau’s leadership. “I love him. I admire him. He is a wonderful young leader of this planet. He’s an exceptional … Continue reading Trudeaun’t Deny Women Their Rights