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“You are a fat, dying flower” – on being an unmarried foreigner in the Congo, and other musings on gender dynamics while abroad

If you don’t want to be consistently questioned about your marital status, don’t come to Congo. In my experience, it is a common occurrence as a woman to be asked if you are married in Africa. I’m sure other female … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Congo – Beyond Conflict Stories

Picture you are standing on a road. It is a regular road, maybe going down to the lake, where you can look out over the mountains. It is hard to walk, because the road you are standing on is covered … Continue reading

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The Big Return

It’s officially been a month since I left Tanzania. I remember that first moment of arriving home, stepping off of the plane and trying to find my family in the crowd. The car ride back was a strange mix of … Continue reading

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Moments.

I’ve been thinking about moments of peace and moments of violence a lot recently. Okay, let me back up. First, I have to apologize. It’s been about forever since I last updated you all. I swear, I sat down last … Continue reading

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Interwoven Violence: “Girls, They are Nothing.”

Two weeks ago, the UK held the largest ever conference on sexual violence. Hosted by William Hague and Angelina Jolie, the summit brought together world leaders, civil society, activists, and survivors for the first ever high-level event to be held … Continue reading

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The Art of Balancing: A Single Girls Musing on an International Life

Random travellers that you meet in Africa always have the most interesting stories. My first weekend in Dar, I was at a rooftop party overlooking the ocean. There was a huge full moon, thousands of stars, and just the right … Continue reading

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Stories of a Heartbeat

For those of you who haven’t caught on yet, I’m working at UN Women this summer, interning specifically under the violence against women programme officer. I’ll speak more about my UN experience at a later date, but as a quick … Continue reading

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