#028: Speaking of Instagram...

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  • Speaking of Instagram...   

Last week, popular South African singer, Babes Wodumo was speaking to fans on Instagram Live when she was suddenly physically attacked by her boyfriend, Mampintsha, who is also a South African musician. Instagram Live allows users to stream videos in real time to their followers, so Babes’ fans watched her harrowing assault as it happened. Although their relationship has long been scrutinized as a violent one (an interviewer once point-blank asked Babes if she faces abuse from Mampintsha), there is something extremely appalling about the viciousness of this particular attack, and on such a platform no less. 

The incident raised massive outcry across South Africa. Mampintsha, who has now been charged with assault, has "apologized" but maintained he acted in self-defense; he also filed a counter-assault charge. Besides the utter ridiculousness in his claim, this incident further exposes the banality of domestic violence and the pressing need to eradicate it.

Read for: “I have previously dated many people and I have never laid a hand on them. Why is it now that I am dating Babes, I am accused of being violent?”


  • Caster Semenya versus IAAF

After the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) ruled that hyper-androgenic athletes must take drugs to lower their testosterone levels, South African Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya is challenging the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Caster has been in the center of controversy and debate throughout her career due to her hyper-androgyny. Earlier in her career, she was subjected to a sex verification test and the new IAAF rules have been called out for targeting as they only apply to athletes in the 400m, 800m and 1500m races - the categories that Caster competes in.

With the full backing of the South African government (which considers the IAAF ruling as a gross violation of human rights), Caster has hit back against the IAAF noting that she is "unquestionably a woman". The IAAF, on their part, maintains that "to preserve preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require Differences of Sexual Development (DSD) athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels before they compete at international level"

Read for:  "[Caster] looks forward to responding to the IAAF at the upcoming CAS hearing; her genetic gift should be celebrated, not discriminated against."


  • It's Lonely Up North 

Aishatu Binani was the only female senator from the North that was elected to the upper house of the Nigerian parliament. Running on the All Progressive Congress (APC) party ticket, she has now been elected as Senator for the Adamawa Central region in Nigeria's 9th National Assembly. It's almost a slot for slot replacement though - as in the same elections, the only female senator from the North in the 8th National Assembly, Binta Masi (Adamawa North), lost her seat. With Binta losing her seat and Aishatu gaining hers, women in the North have still only held one senatorial seat across the North. To put this in context, the Nigerian Senate holds 57 seats for Northern states.

In Nigeria today, women hold only 5.29% of seats in Nigeria's state assemblies, although women make up half of the electorate.  

 Read for:  "'Aisha Binani, the APC Senator-Elect for Adamawa Central Senatorial District polled 188,526 votes to rise above Murtala Modibbo of PDP who scored 96,530 votes.'"


  • Salt of the Earth 

 Marie Diouf  is one of the most prominent women in Senegal's salt industry in the Fatick region, south-west Senegal. In the early 2000s, Marie was one of the first people to invest in the salt flats, when Senegal privatized it in 2000. Senegal is the largest producer of salt in West Africa, with about 500,000 tons mined annually . 

Marie's micro-business employs several individuals (including her husband) and produces four to five tons of salt daily during peak season. She also partners with the Senegalese government and Nutrition International in the public health strategy to iodize all harvested salt, in order to prevent iodine deficiency in the country. Now featured in CNN's As Equals series, she is known around her village as "the salt queen"; her village, 'Ndiemou' even means "salt" in the Serer language. 

 Read for:  "'When I saw men who had their own land I thought, why not me?"


You Should Know

  • Quartz AfricaClosing the mobile phone gender gap in low-income countries is a $700 billion opportunity

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