Welcome to Every African Woman

17 Sep

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This blog was born out of excitement, frustration, hope and a burning desire to find the voice of African women.

Why African Women? Because I love being an African woman but I also know it can be bloody hard work!

Because African girls are underserved in so many ways. They’re undeserved by a culture that continues to value boys more than girls. They’re underserved by governments heavily invested in patriarchy and families that persist in bringing them up for the convenience of men.

More importantly they’re underserved by every one of us for choosing the road of least resistance and not speaking out against unfair cultural practices that restrict their potential and endanger their lives.

So what if African women came together and said “Enough!”

African women are the strongest, most unflappable people I know. What if we looked within and found the collective power of our voice?

Across the continent there are several generations of highly capable women who’ve had the priviledge of an education and are more empowered than their mothers were. As African women we’re uniquely placed to lead lasting change from within our cultures by expressing our voice.

We express that voice everyday in the way we bring up our daughters and define their sense of self; it’s when we show our sons their sisters are just as precious as they are; it’s in how we allow the men in our lives to treat us; it’s in being true to ourselves and never downplaying our abilities in order to protect others’ frail egos.

I wish for this blog to become a place of inspiration and celebration. I want it to be a place where African women of all ages come to have frank discussions, challenge each other, share wisdom and gain strength from one another.

I hope it becomes a place of warmth and friendship or simply a place where women come to hang out. Ultimately, I wish for it to be a catalyst for change.

I see African women as active drivers of their own destiny and not passive victims.

Welcome to Every African Woman!

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15 Responses to “Welcome to Every African Woman”

  1. Tina Muparadzi September 20, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Well done Sani! Always such a relevant topic no matter how much it’s been discussed.

  2. Chet September 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Miss Suni you wrote – ” I wish for this blog to become a place of inspiration and celebration. I want it to be a place where African women of all ages come to have frank discussions, challenge each other, share wisdom and gain strength from one another.”

    Well; I am a “Red-Blooded African Man” who happens to believe in the total virtues of the African Woman & as you do. I worship thee!! My “Mama & Grand Mama” are EveryAfricanWoman (and I`m not taking anything from my Daddy)
    As an “African Man” I shall make it a mission to make this here place, a point of Inspiration & Celebration of African Womanhood!! As long as uchiziva kuti Ndini BABA:)

    • everyafricanwoman September 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      All support for the cause is most welcome, thank you Chester!

  3. esther bganya September 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    You’re such an inspiration Sani. This is a good forum for discussing the challenges faced by the african girl child .Its a topic close to my heart. I was Tina’s junior at high school and looking foward to sharing ideas on how to help our underpriviledged sisters, so they can have a voice.

  4. Langa September 22, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    What an inspiration this is to all african women, and all women as a whole. Well done for starting this.

    • everyafricanwoman September 22, 2012 at 1:57 am #

      It’s only possible with your support so thank you Langa.

  5. Nomusa Dube-Pagiwa September 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Well done! Wish you the best. Nomusa

  6. Elizabeth D Kang September 24, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    This is a free a space for All African women and girls, to talk and share idea and opinion. As educated person I enjoined reading through all this article, but what about my other sisters don’t read or write. as African women we all knows that we come her to this country and each one of us are carried burden trauma and other painful experiences. my opinion is that if we want our voices to be recognize we must encourage individual to educate for change and that changes will impact on family and then community and after that society will change, I believe each one of us have a dream for better future, so we should work very hard to over come the trauma and other challenges as well. the important tool for change is education without it our voices will not be recognize and we will not move forward, so well done and keep going for empowering women for change, God Bless you

  7. kedsanna October 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    WHale Done. These are the kind of platforms which really move me. African Women are indeed so strong, so resilient!!!! Definetely a great initiative!!

  8. Gloria D. Gonsalves January 15, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Well done! Will share your efforts at my global call “Africa Is Not What You Know Page” at https://www.facebook.com/AfricaIsNotWhatYouKnow

    • Sani Dowa January 15, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks for your support and we love your Facebook page.

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