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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Educating the Girl Child: How to Make STEM Education More Attractive to Girls

[By Mamudou Jallow] STEM as used in education refers to promoting the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of learning. Governments the world over have come to the realization that for them to guarantee the advancement of their countries and peoples, STEM education need to be prioritized. Here in the Gambia and across many […]

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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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The Second Chance: The Need for Programs Encouraging Young Mothers to Return to School

[By Mamudou Jallow] A society that is keen on diversity must promote its women. Promoting women means empowering them with the requisite knowledge and skills to help them succeed in life. This is crucial most especially in these challenging times we live in. This should be the agenda for the government and society in general. […]

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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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Revisiting Gender Roles: The Need for Equitability when Sharing Household Chores Between Your Sons and Daughters

[By Mamudou Jallow] Most of us will agree that our children are gifts from God. Yet the way we treat these gifts vary significantly depending on their gender. This is especially so when it comes to sharing household chores between our children. In most of our homes, our sons are treated like princes, with hardly […]

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