Vinjeru Mkandawire

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Recent blog posts written by Vinjeru Mkandawire

Young Girls’ Barrier to Higher Education

“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” –The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  As a student ambassador at university, I was occasionally asked to run workshops for high school students in the surrounding areas. One school event, designed to encourage an interest […]

To Males Homophobes Who Love Lesbians… Your Sexism is Showing

Obama’s recent statement that he supports gay marriage has once more opened the floor for political discourse on gay rights in America and in the rest of the world. Minutes after Obama’s announcement, twitter was swarming with supportive tweets using the hash tag: #ISupportSameSexMarriage. What caught my eye, however, were the select few tweets that […]

Binary Thinking About Body Image Hurts Us All

“They say that white has might And thin is in, well that’s just bull. Cause ladies, big is back And as for black, it’s beautiful” –Hairspray: “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll surfaced earlier this year finding that black women have overall higher levels of self-esteem than women in other ethnic […]

Malawian Women in Public Places

As a young girl growing up in Malawi, I once wore trousers to church. They were a brand new pair purchased on my father’s recent trip abroad. A few minutes into the service, I heard sniggering behind me growing louder and more annoying by the minute. Turning around, I cast dirty looks at the two […]