Category Archives: women

Awesome women! One billion rising, even in Sudan…

Did you know about the One Billion Rising flashmobs on 16 February this year (just two weeks ago)? I somehow missed that this was happening, but now that I’ve finally caught up, I think it’s pretty cool. Watch this video … Continue reading

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who does the cooking?

So… one of the first things I learned about Burkinabe culture was that women do the cooking. Not always – in restaurants, it is often men’s job. But usually. Now, this might seem a little bit unimaginative, after all, in … Continue reading

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Tying your baby onto your back

I mentioned this a bit in my previous post, and want to explore it a bit more today: women with babies tied to their backs. It’s awesome! During my first few days in Burkina, I spent a fair bit of … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso: Impressions 1 week in

(n.b. I actually wrote this a week ago…) Here I am in a small town in northern Burkina Faso. It is raining outside. As we drove into town after a four hour journey, the driver pointed out how much more … Continue reading

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A Day for Women

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. I never miss it, because it’s also my brother’s birthday. But this year I couldn’t have missed it anyway – it seems there were countless blogs and news articles touting the occasion! Honestly, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Henna… female bonding

This is a little story from several weeks ago, when I was still on that business trip back in October. Sudan has some of the best henna in the world. Truly, it’s amazing. After a couple of hours, my brown-almost-black … Continue reading

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I feel rather awful

I was riding the tube home this evening, focusing intently on the work I’d brought with me to do… I was determined to finish before I arrived home. About 15 minutes into the hour-long ride, a woman got on. I … Continue reading

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A heart full of women

More from Week 2 of my recent trip In the social and cultural milieu in which I live, there is an oft-repeated truism that once one drinks of the water of the Nile, one will surely return. Perhaps that is … Continue reading

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Men are scum, Men are friendly – which is it cuz it can’t be both

Average guy or scum of the earth?, Jordan, 24 October 2008 His car smelled like women. I thought the smell was the intended outcome of the strawberry air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror, next to a little black pillow … Continue reading

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Fat excretion

Gym Trainers, Damascus Style, 19 June 2008 Today I learned a new Arabic word, but I’m afraid I already forgot it. It’s the word for pee-pee. While attending a women’s only gym in Damascus, I’ve learned that the trainer’s job … Continue reading

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