Selene’s genes

By Thilleli G, Algeria 1- A non-validation somehow turned into humility, a fear somehow turned into control, an indecisiveness turned into nihilism, a repressed desire turned into philosophy, some books learnt somehow turned into wisdom … your name is complicated. So your boss calls you Melissa. You probably drink a lot, but you answer emails … Continue reading Selene’s genes

Beginning right now, Shout to the Universe

By Doaa, Iraq I used to be an active girl and a clever student, especially in English. I am not bragging, but if I had to say, I was the best among my classmates in English. I still remember the words of my classmate Hiba, who said: "Doaa I want to speak English as good … Continue reading Beginning right now, Shout to the Universe

From Pain Into Action

We are all humans, with blood and feelings. When words come from our authentic heart, this will reach out to other people’s hearts and minds. I believe in change, I want to make a change in my community and other communities, I want to show all the world my story as a Palestinian refugee. I … Continue reading From Pain Into Action

The story of a grandmother

By Youba D, Morocco Scholars of gender have identified two significant divisions among Moroccan women’s movements. Secular-oriented Moroccan women attempt to achieve gender equality outside the realm of religion and based on international conventions, such as the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Alternatively, Islamic-focused Moroccan women turn to feminist interpretations of the Quran to … Continue reading The story of a grandmother

Her Plight

by James S Namalira A true life experience of Kozito Eze I was in Lagos for the weekend for a couple of meetings and other personal arrangements sometime in May. I had to make the quick trip totally unplanned, because of how personally important securing bags is to me. But, I had to make a … Continue reading Her Plight

#DoctorsUnderOppression : Why this hashtag went viral in Morocco

Oumaïma O, Morocco It has been 3 months since I last talked to a patient or set my foot in our lecture hall. I miss this! I even miss the ugly part of being a medical student, a medical student in a developing country to be more accurate. If my colleagues and I had one … Continue reading #DoctorsUnderOppression : Why this hashtag went viral in Morocco

Stand with Persons with Albinism, June 13th

This article was written By Collins Osariemen Omokaro, YaLa Alumni & Assistant Coordinator at The Albino Foundation, Benin Chapter, Edo State, Nigeria. International Albinism Awareness Day, IAAD is a day set aside globally for persons with albinism. It is marked annually on June 13th to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism. The theme for this … Continue reading Stand with Persons with Albinism, June 13th