Her Story


Bridges of Compassion: Her Excellency Angeline Ndayishimiye’s Impactful Journey Toward a Brighter Africa

“First ladies are the silent architects of compassion, weaving a tapestry of hope for the underprivileged. In their endeavours, they build bridges to better healthcare and education, creating pathways to a brighter Africa.”

Grace Machel
Former First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa.

In the realm of global leadership, first ladies play a pivotal but often overlooked role as architects of compassion. Grace Machel’s words echo the transformative power wielded by figures such as Her Excellency Angeline Ndayishimiye, the esteemed First Lady of Burundi. At the helm of the Bonne Action UMUGIRANEZA Foundation, she is crafting a tapestry of hope for the underprivileged, fostering better healthcare, education, and pathways to a brighter Africa through her unwavering compassion for vulnerable communities.

First Ladies on a Mission: Spotlight on Her Excellency Mellisa Santokhi-Seenacherry’s Impactful Initiatives in Suriname

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

Michelle Obama
Former First Lady of the United States.

The quote above aptly captures the translative impact of the First Lady’s role on socio-economic development. The First Lady position frequently puts women in traditionally male-dominated terrains, where they must skillfully and fearlessly negotiate complicated political environments. Standing next to their presidential partners, these women exhibit a distinct kind of dominance that goes beyond conventional power dynamics, significantly impacting societal advancement.

The Story of “the woman king”

A strong Narrative of Female Strength and Empowerment by Tanya Maswaure

The moment I watched the trailer, instant goose bumps spread over my body. I witnessed what may have been a typically male-dominated movie, starring black dark skinned women who stood and fought with confidence. The Woman King is one for the books, and the critics agree! Viola Davis leads a star-studded cast of black excellence and strong female leaders. Like an ancient historical female bodybuilder, the 56-year-old trained younger warriors in the movie. Her zest and fierceness instantly made her one of my favourite characters from the movie. Before the movie was released, the cast appeared on shows and tours, speaking extensively about their intense exercise routines that led to their chiselled and strong bodies. They trained like actual warriors, something that was often just explored amongst men. From behind the scenes to the moment they hit the screens, these actresses have created a beautiful narrative of female strength and empowerment.

We Choose to Challenge

When I first came across the theme of the international women’s day for 2021, I pondered about the word challenge and why it fits into the theme of a global day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As I pondered over this, my mind went on a trip down memory lane and reflected on the challenges women have faced in the fight for gender parity. These thoughts stirred up a heart of humility and gratitude for the contributions and involvement of Amazons Watch Magazine in that fight in the past 6 years.

Overcoming Bulimia – My Story

I started my love-hate relationship with food at a very tender age. I was about eight or nine at most and was preparing to get into secondary school. I had always been bigger than my classmates –taller, fatter and bulky. The State primary education board did not make life any easier for me when they introduced a literature book called ‘’The Fat Woman’’ to be used in all elementary schools in the state back then. In one month my named had changed from that given at birth to the ‘’fat woman’’. The teachers whom I thought would come to my rescue did not even help matters as they resorted to calling me that at the slightest provocation from me, as the school had recently placed a sanction on teachers who punished their pupils by flogging. My only safe haven was home, maybe because my siblings were equally fat. I didn’t…