Palesa Lebitse

The complexity of sexual consent

Patients often pay deference to their physicians and can be taken advantage of in the sanctity of consulting rooms

Men keep taking their lives

They don’t seek help for medical problems in general and when they suffer from depression, it can be fatal

Yes, men can be harassed too

The issue of abuse of power, contrary to how it is often tackled, is not just about gender

Domestic abuse isn’t only by men

Women also abuse men, siblings abuse siblings, parents abuse children and it’s all bad

Sexual violation: Education institutions need a law of their own

Many students seem unaware of policies and lack the knowledge to name sexual violations as such

Women’s rights must include land rights

Women around the world tell a similar tale of tilling the land and producing food but being denied secure rights to land

Underage, marginalised, married

The phenomenon of child brides amounts to state-sanctioned statutory rape

Figureheads won’t help women

It takes political mobilisation, education, laws and economic opportunities

We need our foreign doctors

Yet these skilled professionals are discriminated against by their colleagues

It’s not just a woman thing

Postpartum depression in men is real and it may be linked to testosterone levels

Trans people have regrets too

The uproar over research about those who rue having a surgical transition obscures real issues

Rape myths inflict more harm on victims

Sexual assault survivors are silenced by societal prejudice, lack of support from their community or family, secondary trauma and rape myths.

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