Keddy Olanya, a 32-year-old wife and mother of three from Gulu, northern Uganda, who is one of only a handful of female drivers negotiating the country’s potholed roads on a bodaboda or motorbike taxi.
Olanya had been a teacher for a year in Lukome village, also in the country’s north, when she realised back in 2008 that she could make more money by moonlighting as a boda driver during weekends and school holidays.
A large number of men are earning a living through the trade. Yet there is only one other known female driver in Gulu, Olanya tells IPS.
As a woman in a male-dominated industry, her gender can work for her, but also against her.
“Actually a female boda makes more money than the male boda,” admits the rider, who says she earned about 360,000 Ugandan shillings (138 dollars) a month in the classroom but can take home up to 50,000 Ugandan shillings (19 dollars) a day as a driver.
“I would like to encourage people to take up any form of work that they can do to earn themselves a living, without considering gender. Nowadays we are moving into a world of what? Of equality,” she stresses.
“Women are advocating for equality. We should not say that this is for male, this is for female. Just anything that can earn you a living, please do it, other than despising some other job.”
Olanya is part of a growing trend of teachers and other professionals moonlighting as drivers to make ends meet.
When was this drawn?!
Hahaha, oh, this post. This pic. Tania, TANIA, remember when we had a blast talking historical RPS under this pic months ago?
According to me department sources, it’s a sketch from after the Austerlitz battle so
it’s circa 1805.ETA. No, sorry, it’s actually from circa 1807 as it’s post-Tilsit.
And that’s not all. This was made in France
I think we found the Johnlock of the 19th century.
KATTY I remember that conversation. I recall correctly there’s a few of variations of lockets on that theme. Moreover even missing out the kissing and embracing portraits it’s seriously difficult to find a picture of them both were they’re not touching.
The Johnlock of the 19th Century indeed
Tania, TANIA, yes, that was the consensus, lots of lockets. French, Russian, ALL THE LOVEY LOCKETS. And yeah, you’re right, they are always so close and—touchy.
at those assholes
and tell me
that no one
there was something
Jesus, these are all in relation to one meeting. ONE FUCKING SINGULAR MEETING. I dare you to tell me that people didn’t ship it at least SLIGHTLY back in the day.
And I’m pretty sure they were shippy in War and Peace, from what I remember. Aww, Tolstoy.
If you rape someone, it doesn’t matter that you’re only 16.
If you rape someone, it doesn’t matter that you cry like a child in court.
If you rape someone, it doesn’t matter that you had a promising future.
if you rape someone, it doesn’t matter that your life is destroyed.
If you rape someone, it should haunt you for the rest of your life.
You raped someone.
You deserve every ounce of justice we can place upon you in court of law.
“I’ve approached [Berman] many, many times over the years about getting a gay character on the show—one whom we could really love, not just a guest star. Y’know, we had blacks, Asians, we even had a handicapped character— and so I thought, this is now beginning to look a bit absurd. And he said, ‘In due time.’ And so, I’m suspecting that on Enterprise they will do something to this effect. I couldn’t get it done on mine. And I am sorry for that.”
Kate Mulgrew, to Out in America, August 2002
To all the queer Star Trek romances that never were.