One of the striking things about women in Tanzania for us as Aussies has been the number of women who work, and how this is largely uncontroversial. Tanzanian household structures provide for this. So does the cultural concept of the ‘strong woman‘. And the way they access cultural paradigms around […]
I’ve been having lots of conversations here in Australia about brokenness, guilt and how these things are particularly poignant for women. Consider the woman who yells at her child, or the one who is Facebooking when her child’s asking her to build a GUP out of Duplo (again!), or the one […]
My second hunch about Tanzanian women is a bit more complicated than the first, and a lot more speculative. Theory Two: women’s progress in Tanzania is hampered because their emotional expression is limited. Tanzanian society in general is hierarchical. Those at the top have the power and those at the […]
In the space of a day, Tanzania’s The Citizen newspaper published two articles that could be called ‘feminist’. One was from a regular columnist, Caroline Uliwa, about a conversation she’d had with some girlfriends about maternal health, and how it’s failing in urban centres because, as Tanzania has ‘modernised’, some […]
A little while ago I got interviewed by a Christian magazine about being a Christian and a feminist. The article didn’t end up going to print but they gave me permission to put my answers up here. So here’s the interview in its raw form.
Not long ago I visited my friend Lizzy and her 6 week old baby at her home. I only found out she has been pregnant when she sent me a message to tell me that she had had a baby girl! This is a woman I had seen just about […]
I haven’t read Annabel Crabb’s new book The Wife Drought but I’ve read a couple of articles she’s written on the same premise, that is, that men with big careers are only able to do so because they have a dedicated support staff, a ‘wife’ at home doing the unpaid […]