Gender Hubbub

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I've been reading about Gender Hub, but for all the wrong reasons.

GH (not to be confused with Good Housekeeping) says that it's

"a free online resource that aims to strengthen the cadre of gender expertise and its application in Nigeria.  It has the following aims:

  • Promote a ‘culture of evidence’ will build local capacity to generate and apply evidence on issues relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Improve the quality of communication, campaigns, decision-making, and action to trigger change in social norms.
  • Enrich the work of networks and coalitions, and build communities of practice and strengthen their understanding of issues relating to the enabling environment.

The website adds:

"While is does not specifically aim to inform the world about gender issues in a Nigerian context, the platform will nonetheless provide a window for outsiders to gain more of a contextualised understanding of the gender dimensions of development in this context."

As you see, grammar (and probably proof-reading) is not one of its core skills, but that's not the issue.

The person running GH is Natalie Jeffers, who is also a co-founder and organiser of Black Lives Matter UK.  According to the Sunday Times, Jeffers claims there is a “war going on against black people” in Britain and that black women such as herself face “extreme levels of oppression” from the state.

This sounds a bit rich (in every sense) coming from someone who gets at least £50,000 a year from the ever-generous UK tax-payer (c/o DfID) to run, Matters of the Earth, and jet around the world.   As the Times noted:

"But even as nine Black Lives Matter UK activists — all white — shut down London City airport last week in protest against “racist” climate change and air travel, Jeffers was packing her suitcase for what was at least her seventh intercontinental flight of the past year."

Whited sepulchres all, as St Matthew noted:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."

Just so.  For the record, I think all lives matter.


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