The Fixation on Mixed-Raced Babies: A Look at The Paradigm Shift of The Black Mentality

[By Olimata Kah] I live in Brusubi. So, my route to work is from the Turntable in Bijilo through Kololi and Kotu. As that part of town is the Gambia’s Tourism Development Area (TDA), I often see a lot of European nationalities going about their business. But they are rarely alone. Every single day, I […]

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The African Man’s Desire to Police the Female Body and Where That Mentality Came From

[By Olimata Kah] I’ll take you to back into antiquity. To a time when, whole dynasties and empires were ruled and governed by WOMEN! Yes. You read that right-W.O.M.E.N! One cannot speak about African empires without first mentioning Ancient Egypt. There were many great queens and empresses across the continent. The likes of the Egyptian […]

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The Double Standard: Why Are Gambian Girls Forced To Remain “Virgins” As A Measure of Their Worth, Whilst Boys Are Free To Indulge in Meaningless Sex

[By Olimata Kah] Religion tells us that there is purity in virginity. But over time, patriarchy stepped in, and decided that the rule only applied to women and not men. So, if that’s the case, then who are these so-called men having sex with? Exactly! No one says this out loud but buried deep in […]

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Be Your Own Boss: Why Entrepreneurship Empowers Gambian Women

[By Olimata Kah] In most recent years, Gambian women have been able to stand up for themselves in more ways than one. Business is arguably the prime way that they have been able to gain their independence. Beyond the financial, it builds their self-confidence. This is because the average Gambian man is ruled by a […]

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Sexual Harassment: Why it is “normalized” and Why Women are Numb to it (Part II)

Glad to have you back.  Let me tell you this story: There was this guy working at an office where a friend of mine worked. Almost all the female staffers didn’t like him for naught! He came across as if something about him wasn’t right and he soon proved that suspicion. One day, my friend […]

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Sexual Harassment: Why it is “normalized” and Why Women are Numb to it (Part I)

Sexual harassment is the making of unwanted sexual advances towards someone especially in the workplace. This is the dictionary definition. However, sexual harassment is mainly directed towards us women in every single setting NOT just the workplace. Sexual harassment has been around since antiquity and comes from the thought that women are not men’s equals […]

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Married Women as Sole Breadwinners of Their Families

[By Olimata Kah] The majority of Gambian mothers are just AMAZING! They not only wake up very early five times a week to get their kids ready for school, take care of the homes but also, WORK! Even though not all of them work in corner offices, they still have jobs. Most work as a […]

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Real Men Don’t Do Chores: How Gender Bias Plays a Role in the Home

Gender bias is a phenomenon inherent in every society and the Gambia is no exception. Gambian society holds certain backward and limiting beliefs such as gender roles in high regard. Gender roles are a byproduct of patriarchy. Patriarchy, as we know, was set up to give men the upper hand while keeping women trapped in […]

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The Tech Defense: The Tools that Young Girls Need to Protect Themselves on Social Media

[By Olimata Kah] Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram are the most used social media platforms. I can say with the utmost confidence that when these applications were being created by their respective creators, they had no idea that their creations would be used for wicked purposes. These apps and sites were meant to bring together […]

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