Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

None of the images posted here belong to me unless stated otherwise.
Recent Tweets @JujuJungleLove

(via Anna Margareth Abdallah: ‘They say, “Don’t vote for the woman, she wears lipstick”’ | Politics | The Observer)

When Anna Margareth Abdallah entered the Tanzanian parliament in 1975, she was one of only five female MPs. Today, she is one of 126 – more than a third of the total – and the first woman to chair the standing committee on defence and security. But it has been a long journey that is far from complete.
“It’s quite hard, especially because of African traditional culture where a woman’s place is in the kitchen,” she says.
"Women have a tough time contesting elections and they have to show exemplary proficiency to get recognised. They work hard to be extra diligent. But we are trying and we have been doing it for the last 50 years. At least now women are recognised."
Now 73 and a great-grandmother, Abdallah began her political career as a provincial governor and had to juggle work with a young family.
“I was travelling with my youngest children; sometimes they wanted just to know what their mother was doing so they would come with me. When I came back, they would tell the whole family – and everybody was interested – and they encouraged me through. Because we wanted to show that women can do it, it took a lot of sacrifices.”
She had to challenge the expectations of a patriarchal culture each step of the way.
"People were not used to seeing women in public meetings talking just like male politicians do. They realised that women can talk back."
Website / Facebook / Twitter 
Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic
  1. randiglazer reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  2. rep254 reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  3. kingamongqueens reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  4. rapsure reblogged this from theklr
  5. theklr reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  6. blackqueenepiphany reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  7. afrikakitamu reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  8. emalohii reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  9. xelab reblogged this from naturallydope
  10. xlco reblogged this from vonmoire
  11. vonmoire reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  12. mitunamakara reblogged this from boychic
  13. tobeblack reblogged this from yagazieemezi
  14. rederp reblogged this from boychic
  15. snailboatcaptain reblogged this from boychic
  16. babblingbibliophibian reblogged this from boychic
  17. bathtubbuccaneer reblogged this from boychic
  18. boychic reblogged this from 4eversheneneh
  19. 4eversheneneh reblogged this from talesofthestarshipregeneration
  20. supersailormarx reblogged this from talesofthestarshipregeneration