“Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach, then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded in the street to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.”—Huey P. Newton (via saddest-summer)
“What is my worth, if I cannot be attractive? What is my worth, if I cannot attract attention? What is my worth if I am not dainty? What is my worth, if I am not skilled in the kitchen? What is my worth if I am not soft-spoken? The language of feminism was meant to answer those questions by reminding women, and men who live outside the self-prescribed boxes of gender, that your worth is inherent, it arrived when you were born, it stays with you long after you die.”—Chinwe Ohanele; "Afromentality-Shame" (via africaisdonesuffering)
Being feminine is being desired and hated at the same time. A feminine body or mind is expected to be open and receiving to everything from others’ emotional baggage to sexual fantasies of total strangers. At the same time, receptivity (not that this defines femininity by any means) is considered weak and inferior. The result of this is often violence. Femininity is to be present for other’s needs and then destroyed for its perceived weaknesses.
Being feminine and of color is especially dangerous. Not just because we are a walking target for racist, stereotyped sexual fantasies but because so often we are blamed for being that.
”—Womanist Musings: Processes of Feminization: Becoming Myself (via aseanti)
Rice farmers at Ohiamadwen and its surrounding communities in the Shama District are planning a massive demonstration against the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) over the closure of a rice mill in the area.
The Assembly member of Anto-Aboso Electoral Area, Mr. Famous Hotorwovi, made this known to the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a stakeholders’ meeting at Shama.
The assemblyman said he would soon petition the police for permission and also provide the demonstrators protection. He said the rice mill had been operated by Nana Kwame Sam and Norbert Sowornu at Ohiamadwen which milled paddy rice from farmers in the area for the past one-and-half years.
However, he said, MOFA issued a directive for the closure of the rice mill about one-and-half months ago and this had created economic hardship for rice farmers because they could not mill their rice for sale.
Reacting to the closure of the rice mill Mr. Kofi Ayiah, former Western Regional Coordinator of the Inland Valley Rice Development Project (IVRDP), explained that the rice mill operators were to register the facility at the Registrar Generals’ Department as a business entity. In addition, since the facility was put up by MOFA, the operators must pay 10 percent of the cost of the machine in the first year of operation amounting to GHc15, 000.
Mr Ayiah said the operators had failed to comply with the terms and conditions set out by MOFA, hence the closure of the facility. uf
Rural Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Promotion Programme, aimed at encouraging rural folks to switch off from wood fuel to LPG for cooking has been launched in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region.
As part of the launch, the Assembly received 1,500 LPG cylinders, cook stoves and accessories to be distributed free of charge to households in the communities.
Launching the programme in Garu on the theme: “Promoting the Use of LPG as a cleaner, healthier and safe fuel for cooking and creating jobs,” Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Minister of Energy and Petroleum, said the continuous dependence on firewood by rural folks is leading to environmental degradation