via Fighting female genital mutilation: Education matters — World Education Blog

There are approximately 45 million girls of primary and secondary school age not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa according to the UIS – more than in any other region. Our 2017/8 report showed that across 18 countries in the region, gender-based violence, as measured by intimate partner violence, early marriage and female genital mutilation, […]

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via Setara Hassan: Empowering Afghan Women Through Media — Leadarise Journal

This month, Leadarise takes you to Afghanistan to meet Young Woman to Watch Setara Hassan. Setara was born in Afghanistan but fled the civil war with her family in the ’90s when she was still a child. The family first moved to Pakistan before settling in Denmark. Setara grew up influenced by both Eastern and […]

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The Holiday Season

by Hannah Joyce

The Holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving has ended, and it will soon be Christmas. This time of year tends to be stressful for everyone. Family reunions are happening every other week, and for some, family gatherings are incredibly stressful.

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For me personally, I have such a supportive and loving family, but like any family, we have our problems. We all are very strong in our opinions and beliefs, but there is so much love between us. Our intentions are always good, but sometimes it feels like one person is running the show.

Every year we have a family Christmas usually done before Christmas where we all get together, and the adults do a yankee swap while everyone buys gifts for the kids. You would think a yankee swap would be pretty simple, but my Aunt is very hands on and loves to be the one calling the shots. No disrespect to her at all, but at times it gets very annoying. 

Why can’t we just do a simple yankee swap? She is always making it more complicated than it needs to be. When we first began having the family Christmas’ we just set a price limit for it, and everyone would bring a gift. As the years passed, my aunt has changed the game. She’s moved it to a gift card and a small gift swap, that it relates to the gift card, so that we open the gift, but not the gift card. For me personally, I enjoyed how we did it initially, but she continues to try to change it.

My point in sharing this experience with you is that family is tough, but without them, life would be dull. During the holiday season, it is not only important to give thoughtful gifts to others but to continue to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Self-care does not go on hold for the holidays. Continue to take time for yourself and maybe you will find that the holiday season becomes just a bit easier when you are actively still caring for yourself.

 

Opinion: Domestic Violence…”You Are Not Alone” — Women of Egypt Mag

Wednesday November 29, 2017 By: Menna Doubal Body stamped with rainbow coloured bruises, dislocated shoulders, broken bones, battered souls, muted screams, silent cries, shattered voice and endless feelings of sorrow… “I was trapped. I felt like his property. I was literally just his punching bag.” Since the beginning of time, women were considered unequal to […]

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The Shameful, Too Often Silent, Sexual Exploitation of Women — Retake Our Democracy via​ The Shameful, Too Often Silent, Sexual Exploitation of Women — Retake Our Democracy

Writing about the sexual exploitation of women should come from a woman, and so today’s blog comes from Roxanne. We also provide a video that educates men on the meaning of consent. Lastly, we include links to local organizations who work with women and girls who have suffered from sexual abuse.

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via Made for Freedom combating human trafficking — FOX2now.com

ST. LOUIS, Mo. _ The City of St. Louis is one of the biggest problem areas in the United States when it comes to human trafficking. Sometimes children under 10-years-of-age are being sold into sex slavery. Dawn Manske is the CEO and Founder of “Made For Freedom”, a brand that fights human trafficking. She joined…

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Let’s help Cyntoia Brown

Usually, people do not want to talk about Sex Trafficking, because it is hard to hear the truth, but I believe that we should speak up, and help victims like Cyntoia.  She was sex trafficked by the age of 16, drugged, and abused several times. Sold to a 43-year-old man who Cyntoia killed after being consequently abused. Even though she was a minor, the Tennesse court punished her with the life sentence.

Filmmaker Dan Birman tells her story in the documentary “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story” which talks about her brutal life.

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More information about the case

https://www.change.org/p/robert-e-cooper-jr-give-cyntoia-brown-a-new-trial-197246b0-f9b8-4cbf-ac81-fe13bb4bc554

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/who-cyntoia-brown-celebrities-rally-behind-teen-sentenced-life-prison-n823786

 

 

Sign the petition

https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/free-cyntoia-brown

Learn more about the documentary

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/me-facing-life/

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It is never too late to be thankful

by Hannah Joyce

November is the month of Thanksgiving, a time to recognize all that we have to be thankful for. A time to spend with family and relax. To renew your soul for the cold winter ahead. Let’s take a moment to think about what we can be thankful for this holiday season:

  • I am surrounded by my loving family
  • I am continuing my education
  • I have a roof over my head
  • I have food on my table
  • I have love in my soul

 

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Family is so very important. It is not always the blood relatives you were given by God but the people that stick by your side through thick and thin. People that know the good and bad about you but still love you despite that. We do not all have a loving family we were born into, but we can all form our own family in this world. Who is your family this holiday season?

School can be such a drag, but I am so fortunate to be able to continue my education in human services to hopefully one day become a victim advocate. We all have our own individual passions, mine happens to be helping others but what’s yours? What gets you smiling? What makes you warm inside? It could be anything from working at a home improvement store and helping a couple find the perfect color for their walls or running a multi-millionaire company. Find your passion and make that a reality.

With the recent natural disasters, many people have lost their homes. I am lucky to live in an area that is not affected much by mother nature besides snowstorms in the winter time. For those of us that are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads let’s give back to those who are not as lucky as us. This can be anything from donating to the organization’s that help those that have lost their homes to volunteering your time at a food pantry/homeless shelter.

During this time of the year a lot of people give to local food pantries and volunteer at soup kitchens but here is an idea, what about doing this all year long? The food pantries and soup kitchens don’t need help just during the holiday season but all year around. Even if you just donate food to your local food pantry on a regular basis that would be a huge help to your community.

This year slow down, don’t worry about the Black Friday deals. Don’t worry about anything except enjoying your time with your loved ones.

From the We are all the same family have a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Note: By the end of the weekend, some people are tired of being with their families, but we always should think about the meaning of this holiday, when you were so excited to see the dear ones, and celebrating all the love and gratitude.