And Then There Were 197: The Bittersweet Triumph of #BringBackOurGirls

Media coverage made #BringBackOurGirls look like online activism that just happened to draw the attention of Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai. It does not take stock of the live force and global entity whose very existence defies public indifference to violence against women, growing state hostility, and mixed reactions toward women’s political activism.

So What If Ghana Did Ban Social Media on Election Day?

Is banning social media the only way to avert chaos in a charged political environment? Ghana’s police chief thinks so. If a government bans social media access on Election Day because it has security concerns, when else could online free speech be abridged?

Laying It Bare: Reflections on Africa’s Nude Feminist Protest Movement

Women in Africa are using nude protests to combat personal and institutional wrongs. An ancient form of resistance by women across Africa, strong and deeply rooted beliefs about the spiritual power of a woman’s nudity made such protests a dreaded last-resort tool in the past, but the slow pace of change for women now fuels its more frequent use.