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A gluten-free cereal that is high in protein, iron and fibre, teff has been cultivated in Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea for at least 2,000 years. In mud huts in the highlands and fine-dining restaurants in the capital Addis Ababa, it is ground into flour and used to make the country’s staple dish, injera. The pancake-like fermented bread is perfect for scooping up meat and vegetable stews and their juices, and most Ethiopians eat it at least once a day.

Like most travellers, I quickly fell in love with its slightly spongy texture and tangy flavour, and found myself ordering it time and time again as we made our way around the country. It is served on a large, round plate with a smattering of colourful concoctions, including lentils, collard greens, yellow beans, lamb, beef and chicken. Breaking it apart and eating it with your hands makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

It is hard to believe, but despite injera’s popularity throughout the country, the patent for the processing of teff flour and related teff products ended up in the hands of a company in the Netherlands.

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Yesterday a 12 year old girl, who was walking her dog was killed in a drive by shooting. They were aiming at some gang members wearing body armour. So far in 2020 we’ve had 163 shootings in Sweden. Last year a woman holding her baby was executed with a head shoot and a 18 year old girl was shot through the windows of her home. They call it gang related violence, youth violence. But what it is is male violence. Young men killing each other over drugs or some other crappy reason and not giving a shit who gets in the way. As usual.

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In the refugee camp we had a storeroom we called "the shop", it had a scheduled open hour one afternoon per week. It was a dingy cupboard with shelves of bedding on one side, and no-brand self-care and cleaning products on the other side. Staff pushed a table up to the open door to use as a counter, and served one person at a time.

At first glance this system worked well; the residents got paid and recieved a weekly allowance of 5 tokens from us along with their meagre government "pocketmoney".
After payment they could queue at the shop and a staff member would open up. Male staff one week, female the next.
This was because amongst the standard toiletries and cleaning products we sold, we also had tampons, pads, and condoms. We wanted residents to be comfortable asking for what they needed, so alternating weekly was the solution chosen by management.

As a woman the structural issues were clear from the word go.
Women cannot always know when their period will start for one.
If a man was on the till they would secretly approach me later, as one of only 2 female staff who worked the reception area, asking me to open the shop for a private sale.
This was against camp rules due to it being "a slippery slope", where people would surely just start asking to shop whenever. I could get in trouble if caught so lights had to stay off - we'd slip into the shop quickly, lock the door and they would tell me what they needed in a hushed whisper.

Also, while up to 3 condoms per week were free "to encourage safety", nappies, tampons and pads were 10 tokens per pack. Half a month's tokens for 10 nappies, 12 tampons. It was barely enough for a few days, and it was a cost women often shouldered alone.
This costing issue left women of the camp open to exploitation by men. Male residents had more tokens, which women needed. Male colleagues had the option to "accidentally undercharge" certain women.

The shop was just one tiny part of the refugee camp. Not even a speck on the map of women's rights, and refugee aid.
And yet, the structural issues it had spoke to me. They were an emblem of something I was becoming increasingly aware of; a general lack of consideration for the needs and dignity of women. Not just in our male-led camp, but in all male led spaces - even world governments.

I raised the issues with camp management.

Women's products costed more, so thats why they cost more to residents in turn "in order to discourage them from being frivolous" with how many they bought.
I asked could that mean female residents were being refused adequate access to sanitary products, simply to spare the camp some money.
He said no.
I told him teenage boys were using condoms as waterbombs outside. Was this not frivolous? Could we save money by charging 2 tokens for 3 condoms, then reduce the cost of womens products and nappies?
He said no. Condoms are essential, so must be free.

Tampons are essential, I said.

Meeting over, he said.

#refugees #womensrights

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Apparently yesterday there were some peaceful protests against sex trafficking in Hollywood but these were skipped over by the media. Not a surprise, since the media and government, which are two forms of organised crime, are in the employ of major traffickers...

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Breonna Taylor's murderers have STILL not been arrested or charged. The Kentucky Attorney General is preventing key information from being publicly released, including police radio recordings and her autopsy report. Wouldn't be surprised if the withheld evidence shows that they knowingly let her die with no attempt to treat her. RIP, Queen πŸ˜”
courier-journal.com/story/news #sayhername #blackwomenslivesmatter #breonnataylor

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god women are just so incredible. i literally can't express how amazing women are. sometimes i just melt into a little puddle over love between women. :blobmeltblush: being a lesbian is the best.

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In other news, I'm sad that bisexuals bullied RachelMComedy off of Twitter for talking about how bisexual women prey on young women WITH and/or FOR their male partners and that being aligned with heterosexuality gives one power that gay people do not have.

I enjoyed her comedy.

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