Draconian Laws Against Homosexuality in Africa

The wind of state homophobia has swept over the African continent.  Fueled by media hounding and outing of perceived same sex loving people, some governments in Africa are embarrassed and shamed before the world for their wild claims that homosexuality is un-African and does not exist in Africa. Instead of swallowing their words in…

Sexual Pleasure and Women's Empowerment: A Perspective From Nigeria

This past December, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK convened a meeting of leading erotic justice activists and service providers for a deliberation on “Sexual Pleasure and Women’s Empowerment.” Presenters at the event advocated for understanding the female…

Responding to the Economic Crisis: Why Investing in Women is a Smart Choice (Part 3)

From a speech given at the 20th World Population Day in Abuja, Nigeria. Read Part 1 and Part 2 in this three-part series. As I prepared this presentation on a recent Friday night, I was called five times by a woman who was being battered by her husband.  The very next day,…

Responding to the Economic Crisis: Why Investing in Women is a Smart Choice (Part 2)

“A nation’s competitiveness depends significantly on whether and how it educates and utilizes its female talent. To maximize its competitiveness and development potential, each country should strive for gender equality—i.e. to give women the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities as men. In the current global financial and economic crisis, it is more vital than ever…”…

Responding to the Economic Crisis: Why Investing in Women is a Smart Choice (Part 1)

from a speech given at the 20th World Population Day in Abuja, Nigeria. Part one of a three part series.  In 2008, it came to global attention that the world economy was experiencing recession.  Stock prices were dropping, major companies and government parastatals were crumbling, and bankruptcy became commonplace among corporations and individuals. In Nigeria,…

Nigerian Government Denies Existence of LGBTQQI* People

Next Wednesday, March 11th, in Abuja, Nigeria, the National House of Assembly will hold a public hearing on the simply named “Same Gender Marriage Bill.” The intent of this law is to criminalize marriage between consenting adults of the same sex. The passage of this law, a narrower version of the law that failed…