For the longest time, I had long flowing hair. For the better part of my adulthood this hair was relaxed, long and straight. Then over time it got thin and weak. And I didn’t like it at all. So about 2 years ago I cut my hair. All of it. We will not talk about how I looked like a boy for 2 months. No. We will instead focus on how over the next few months I got my good hair back. It was thick and dark and oh so beautiful. So I swore I would never again relax my hair. I did not understand what had caused my once strong hair to become weak and thin. I knew it had something to do with using relaxers but I couldn’t quite explain what the relaxers had done to my hair. Until 2 weeks ago. [Read more…]
Tomorrow marks the worldwide celebration of International Women’s Day. Stakeholders from all over the world come together on 8th of March each year to acknowledge and celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women and also call for actions that will promote gender parity in the world.
This year’s theme is #PressforProgress and is a clarion call to all of us to keep up the fight because now more than ever we cannot afford to give up. We can’t deny that women have made great strides in recent years as far as fighting misogyny and promoting women empowerment is concerned. Women have more access to resources and it is no longer as uncommon to see women in powerful positions as it was in the past. Girls have more female role models and are given the message that they can do it, whether it’s acing mathematics and science subjects in school or owning their own companies.
Women with more than one child generally agree that they were far more anxious the first time they had a baby than they were with subsequent children. There are things that a first-time mother struggles with that mothers with more children may not. It’s not necessarily that motherhood gets easier but rather that after having two or more children, you become surer of yourself as a mother. As with everything else, experience makes things easier. In this way having a child for the first time is unique in its challenges and joys. [Read more…]