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Alcohol or a Corporate Prostitute?

Posted in Africa, Europe, Prostitution with tags , , , , on June 28, 2009 by mariayzk

gab1The prostitution that was once confined exclusively to brothels has now permeated into every sphere of our life. The act; modern day prostitution is broadcasted at the workplace, educational institutes and every other place, where power imbalance has engendered social class distinctions within society. Do sex appeal and bottom power get the job done these days, brain cells notwithstanding?

The answer surrounds us like a haunting reality; a stigma that has been canvassed into a positive veil. It’s common observance to hear of young girls being trafficked from Eastern Europe and South Asian countries to work as sex slaves in brothels led by ravenous Madams. However, the spotlight in this article is on corporate prostitutes and scholarly pimps; prostitution where both genders are at play with equal will.

Sexual bargaining for material success has become a common means of achieving social promotion; at the workplace and in universities for academic advancement. Double Yoke; an African novel, depicts these sexual dynamics inside a Nigerian university. The story revolves around Nko, an undergraduate student who is caught between her desire for academic success to provide for her family and her love for her boyfriend, Ete Kamba. Eventually, she gives in to the deceitful professor. However, the story ends tragically, when Ete refuses to accept her and blames her for not being a virgin and the professor; Ikot abuses his authority to restrain her. This story is a reality for many; yet women continue to use bottom power over brain power to cash in short-lived success.

One might say; ‘who cares? It doesn’t affect me’, but it does affect every member of the society, gender notwithstanding. Women entangled within these sexual games often legitimize their acts as a means to achieving sexual liberation. Their attitudes have led to a breakdown and transformation of the social and moral norms of the society and paved the way towards corrupt administrations and flawed educational institutions. Continue reading

June 20th –The World Refugee Day

Posted in Refugees & IDPs, Slavery, War with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2009 by mariayzk

refugeesJune 20th marks the World Refugee Day.

Wars, natural disasters and violence have forced millions of people around the world to flee their homes. Whether it is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir or the recent Afghan refugee crisis, societies have been torn into a million pieces; civilians have suffered at the cost of state politics. The resulting outpour of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) warrants international support and a global human spirit. Let us join hands to rebuild their lives, their identities, their future.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY JUNE 16_2009This year round along with celebrations of the past, we need to find solutions for the present World Refugee Crisis in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Congo, Myanmar and the Palestinian Territories to name a few. Instead of quoting the number of refugees displaced within these territories, I’ll try and put faces to these figures. This article is dedicated to the real people behind the refugee crisis. Continue reading