We Are Not Coordinated: In Commemoration of Human Rights Day

Dorothy Aken'Ova: the Firebrand of Minna

By Amatesiro Dore My fifty-four year old boss, Dorothy Aken’Ova, is a breast cancer survivor/awareness campaigner, veteran human rights activist and renowned firebrand of Minna who fights against toxic patriarchy, rights infringements, child marriages, domestic violence and other negative northern Nigerian indexes, archaic practices and every form of injustice. For almost three decades, she has […]

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Sticks and Stones: 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

Sticks and Stones: 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

By Amatesiro Dore There was a mad man. His sanity was unquestioned, untreated and permitted to flourish in a world of misogyny and male chauvinism. On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine segregated men from women in a class of engineering undergraduates (killing fourteen women and injuring four men) at the École Polytechnique, in what became […]

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The Case for Adolescent Healthcare Plans, Programmes and Policies

Free Sanitary Pads for Adolescents

By Amatesiro Dore Not much, if any, is provided for adolescents in this part of the world. Naturally, society will say but we pay school fees, buy clothes and even sell our conscience for the safety and enjoyment of our wards and children. We did everything for you, Parents tell their oblivious successors and ill-prepared […]

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Increse Parents Teachers Forum: They Came, They Discussed and They Agreed

Increse Parents Teachers Forum 2017

By Amatesiro Dore The parents made time to attend. Men like Elijah B. Unukhaso (father of a budding participant and an outstanding peer educator), Alhaji Othman Abdul (his ward would graduate by December), Usman M. Goro (our most faithful focal person at Government Day Science College, Tunga), Mr Lawrence Okoro (who successfully ushered in several […]

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Early Detection Saves Lives

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Increse

By Amatesiro Dore Mrs E was the Lagos head of a global courier company. Her twenties were devoted to work, church and the pursuit of happiness which finally came in her thirties after she met a man, who loved her, accepted her spiritual beliefs, supported her dreams of professional excellence and made her a proud […]

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Hajia Sadiq: 300-word fiction in celebration of the Girl Child Day

Participants, INCRESE Workshop for the Girl Child

By Amatesiro Dore Ruwa knew twenty-two-year-old Shamsee was going to be her husband as soon as she saw the red bricks of the main house, the spacious guard-house, adjoining toilet with running water, a small lot fit for a kitchen farm, and an unused neighbouring land without a fence, suitable for planting and grazing animals. […]

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Adolescent Theatre: Domestic Violence and VVF in Northern Nigeria

Two Shows at Kampala

By Amatesiro Dore The shows are site-specific: Kampala, a Gbagyi village on the outskirt of Maikunkele, the suburb where the airport in Minna is located. The language is Hausa, the lingua franca of northern Nigeria and passport to the soul of the people. The first performance is an unspoken dance drama. The drumbeat of Joshua […]

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The Hajara Usman Girls Leadership Programme: A Legacy Continued

Hajara Usman Girls Leadership Programme, Class of 2016, Graduation Day

By Amatesiro Dore Hajara Usman lived in a world without Facebook, Twitter and other platforms for social media activism. At the time of her untimely death, in 1998, she was a celebrated doyen of women rights in northern Nigeria and the global Islamic world. Nowadays, her namesake is a popular Hausa movie industry, Kannywood, actress […]

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