Nigeria: Lesbian newsletter launched

Nigeria: Lesbian newsletter launched

CALABAR, NIGERIA–The Lesbian Sisters in Nigeria is launching publication of a newsletter, Umani Defender. Other women’s newsletters in Nigeria do not cover the situation of lesbians.

“Umani” is the Ibibo word for vagina. There also is a goddess named Umani. In Tbibo land, when a woman was raped or abused by language insulting her sex organs, the goddess Umani traditionally was invoked to fight the abuser.

The newsletter takes a position against female genital mutilation. In another article, it supports Gloria Bassey, a woman who fought back against two men who came to her apartment to rape her. She was charged with attempted murder, but the court dismissed the charge.

To contact the newsletter, write: The Editor, Umani Defender c/o W.R.C., P.O. Box 3571, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

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