World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2023

World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2023 – Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030I have always been vocal with my advocacy even from childhood. This is partly because of my lived experiences. One time, I accompanied my cousin to their school debate. When we got there, I cheered the loudest. Both teams were marshaling […]

International Day of Education 2023

This year’s International Day of Education is dedicated to girls and women in Afghanistan who have been deprived of their right to education by UNESCO. Here is a short fiction on my blog to depict the situation in Afghanistan. Afsoon writhed in pain as her mother massaged her forehead. “Lie still”, mother said. “It’ll be […]

World Health Day 2021 -The Woman and Fertility

Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive within 1 year. In truth, almost half of the cases of infertility are due to problems with the man, with the woman (who is very often and perhaps almost always vilified for fertility problems) responsible for the difficulty with conceiving in exactly the same proportion. So it’s either both partners are at fault or a cause cannot be found in the remaining cases.

It is unfair that in many African societies, the woman is exclusively blamed for the couple being unable to get pregnant, and left to run around alone seeking a solution. Women are more likely to suffer the social consequences of infertility; they suffer physical and mental abuse, neglect, abandonment, economic deprivation and social ostracism as a result of their perceived infertile status. This prejudice, in addition to the untold psychological burden and suffering it puts the woman through is sadly perpetuated by a patriarchal culture that so often exonerates the man of any wrongdoing in any situation whatsoever and sees him as infallible.

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