As diverse as ever, African women have been writing about a range of issues.
14 May was Mother’s Day in some parts of the world and African women honoured the important women in their lives.
Adaure congratulates all mothers and grandmothers and says her mother is the best anyone can ask for. Meanwhile, Prousette has written an excellent post honouring her mother-in-law who she says has been an inspiration. Of this special woman Prousette writes, “She has been a blessing and gone out of her way to make my journey with her beloved son easier. She is not perfect and neither am I but our imperfections have been a source of laughter and not conflict”.
Black Looks has written a post on cancer and racism where she says that it is difficult to tell the number of women dying of cancer in Africa, Asia and South America as there is little statistical information while black women in America and South Africa are more likely to die of breast cancer. Black Looks emphasises the importance of regular breast examination but notes that this would be difficult for “the majority of women do not have access to basic medical care let alone blood tests, mammograms and scans”.
Like many of us, Ore is suffering from information overload and wonders how “people can manage to keep on top of all the things happening in the world”. She also writes, “having more sources of information (and channels where news can be disseminated rapidly and continuously) means more news. More news to keep track of and it all moves so fast. Argh!”
“I have had long internal battles with bumper stickers that read “Real Men Don't Beat Women” writes Sichoki, a recent entrant to the Kenyan Blogs Webring. She asks: if real men do not rape, or beat women, “who is doing the raping and beating. Martians?”
Adefunke writes about the recent pipeline fire in Nigeria where over 200 people tragically lost their lives. ”…people are dead, again!”, she says while questioning whether the fire was a result of people siphoning oil from the pipeline.
Uaridi provides an interesting slice on life in London and has written a post on London cabbies who she says “can talk the proverbial hind leg off a donkey if you give them a chance, discussing any topic under the sun…and know everything from the Stock Exchange and can forecast the weather”.
Regarding polygamy, Mama Mia is perplexed and wonders what ”really goes on behind the scenes” in a polygamous marriage. She also asks whether if the case is that a person has only one heart to give, can “a polygamist state that he loves all his wives equally and mean it sincerely?”