As I mentioned in my welcome post, this blog was partly inspired by one of my patients; as promised yesterday, I’m going to tell you about the encounter. I met a young East African woman in her twenties, whom I’ll call J, while interpreting for her at a reproductive health appointment sometime last year. The appointment … Continue reading Why? (Part 2) | Kwa nini tuyazungumzie haya? (Sehemu ya 2)
The necessity of this project cannot be summarised in one blog post, but I’m going to try and illustrate it with a concrete example instead. So much work has been/is being done in the area of reproductive health for youth across the African continent, that my small project may seem redundant to some. Tomorrow I will … Continue reading Why? (Part 1) | Kwa nini tuyazungumzie haya? (Sehemu ya 1)
I was 5 when I first found out about sex. Growing up I didn’t know much about periods, only that they happened to women and weren't fun. It had to do with the reproductive system, blood, and the vagina. I understood that getting your period was a milestone marking a girl's transition into "womanhood". I also … Continue reading Story 2 | Simulizi 2
I honestly don't remember the age at which I first found out about sex. When I first got my period, I told my mother. She said that I was becoming a woman. I kind of already had an idea because I'd seen aunts and older cousins use sanitary products. There was no shame about nakedness, … Continue reading Story 1 | Simulizi 1
When I told one of my best friends about this project, she immediately offered to be there for me should any negative backlash arise. Her words, while necessary and appreciated, made me apprehensive about what I had done. I would be lying if I said I wasn't one bit nervous about this blog; the internet is a scary place, and … Continue reading Fear | Woga
Have you ever wondered how people your age in other cultures were taught about puberty? Through conversation with friends from other African cultures over the years, and through my work as a medical interpreter*, I have realised that there are commonalities in our experiences of being taught about puberty/sexual health -- and in the dearth, too. … Continue reading The Story Project | Mradi wa Simulizi
Welcome to my very new blog! I've never blogged before, so I'll be learning as I go along. Advance apologies for any mix-ups and/or posting delays. This is a personal challenge in many ways, including that it's the manifestation of an idea I've been sitting on for many months (if not years) and that I … Continue reading Welcome! | Karibuni!