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UNICEF is calling on you to save the planet...

Let’s prove to the world that young people are key to combating climate change.How?It’s easy - all y...

#MeToo: Talking about Sexual Assault

Posted Avatar Yeshna

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Member since November 1, 2015
  • 44 Posts
  • Age 19

I woke up to Twitter yesterday to many tweets on #MeToo from people I know, and all of them were sharing their assault stories.The #MeToo movement was started by actress Alyssa Milano, and the #MeToo hashtag has been used over 200,00 times, according to the BBC. It also went viral on other social media, like Facebook and Instagram.People have used it as a social microphone to voice their sexual harassment stories, rape stories, stories about cat calls and violence at work, and even abuse stories...

Have we ceased to be welcoming to migrants and refugees?

Posted no picture Virginia Barchiesi , Student and UNICEF volunteer

no picture Student and UNICEF volunteer
Virginia Barchiesi
Member since February 5, 2017
  • 8 Posts
  • Age 14

I’m Italian and in the past few months I’ve been rather proud of the way my country was welcoming refugees and migrants whose journeys in the hands of smugglers ended in proximity of the Sicilian coast.However recently our welcome seems to have decreased, along with the European Union’s agreement with Turkey to prevent refugees and migrants from entering the EU.Moreover, some politicians are addressing this issue, not by explaining to the people the desperate conditions of those escaping from wa...

Breaking the silence around menstruation in Ethiopia

Posted no picture UNICEF Ethiopia

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Member since October 16, 2017
  • 1 Post

Is there a lot of stigma surrounding periods in your community?Do most girls know about what’s happening to them when they get their first period? Are they embarrassed?What about the boys? Are they supportive? Do they really know what happens during menstruation?All around the word, there is still so much misconception and stigma when it comes to periods. But in Ethiopia, this is slowly starting to change.Eleni (14) and Kinfe (13) both attend Dangelo Primary School in Ethiopia and they’re both m...

To Teachers

Posted Avatar Nerissa Naidoo , Law Student

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Nerissa Naidoo
Member since April 30, 2016
  • 4 Posts
  • Age 21

This post is a collaboration between Nerissa Naidoo, Domitilla De Luca Bossa, and Numu Touray.One of the best parts of the VOY internship is meeting and interacting with people from all over the world. Being exposed to diverse perspectives not only helps us craft more thoughtful pieces, but it extends our view on social justice issues and life in general. We were especially eager to get started on this, our team post, because it was finally our chance to collaborate with the remarkable young peo...

E-Waste and How We Can Make A Change

Posted no picture Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

no picture Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
Member since August 22, 2016
  • 11 Posts

An increasingly relevant issue in a society obsessed with sleek technologies is the fate of our electronic waste. Corporations blindly neglect the consequences of shipping discarded products to recyclers and brokers, who often sell the materials to developing countries. In these nations, environmental and work conditions are loosely regulated, leading to the large-scale exploitation of workers. E-waste has a potent impact on human lives and our Earth, prompting issues that abuse the dignity of h...


Posted no picture Ysabel Gagliardo , Student

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Ysabel Gagliardo
Member since January 23, 2017
  • 11 Posts
  • Age 17

How do you define the word ‘broken’? It can mean so many things, so I decided to look it up in the dictionary and it said "fractured, shattered, defeated".I get upset when somebody calls themselves broken and don't get me wrong, I get it, I have called myself broken. But here is the thing, there are broken things, broken cars, broken watches, but we are souls, humans…we don't get fixed like a broken car.Humans are more complex than that, we sometimes refuse to believe that there is something wro...

Love Is More Contagious Than Any Disease

Posted no picture Matthew Rindel , The Nguvu Man

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Matthew Rindel
Member since July 5, 2016
  • 4 Posts
  • Age 24

With the white canvas of a computer document, my truly honest feelings can be transcribed down.I arrived in Madagascar with such a blitz; my spirit burning through the sky, with such high ambitions that all I have been doing since is moving.Every possible stone has been unturned in order for me to reach my purpose of inspiring people and bringing them together, so that we can emblazon the world with every possible tint of courage, connection and colour.Every possible avenue has been travelled to...

The Fight Within

Posted Avatar VJM , VOY Blogging Intern

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Member since August 14, 2017
  • 3 Posts
  • Age 19

I stared at the blank form for 20 minutes. I didn’t know if I was doing the right thing. What if I had only been overreacting and nothing was wrong with me? What if it was just a “sad” phase and I wasn’t really depressed? What if I waste my therapist’s time? There were too many what ifs, but then I thought, “Well, I have been trying to get better by myself and nothing has worked so far. Maybe I do need help”. And so, I submitted the form and got help. I had always been an emotional person, but a...

One of the most critical issues within the field of Migration Studies today remains the delicate status of undocumented immigrants. In turn, immigration legislative proposals are currently at the center of heated debates on political, social, and economic levels – these debates often hindering the more important issue at hand which is the needs of undocumented victims of abuse.Undocumented women who are victims of any form of abuse, be it physical, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse committed by...

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