Hollaback, Kathmandu

Published Avatar Utsah , student

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Member since April 10, 2015
  • 13 Posts
  • Age 20

Internationally, studies show that between 80-99% of women experience street harassment at least once in their lifetime. In Nepal, 1 in 10 women face street harassment everyday (Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities, Nepal). Harassment is the most pervasive form of gender based violence and is so widespread in Nepal that it is considered to be normal behavior. Over 30,000 women are harassed every day in Kathmandu, that’s one woman in every three seco...

A New World

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Member since April 10, 2015
  • 15 Posts
  • Age 23

I love to feel things...probably that’s how I know they are real, the feeling of; Love, euphoria, dislike, excitement, fear, nostalgia... I want to feel it all. I want life to revolve Around many things I want to touch lives And have my life touched too... Beginning… It is the morning of April fool’s Day; I sit on my chair smiling sheepishly at my phone. I just can’t believe it, I must be dreaming! My boss walks in and notices me, but I don’t...

The Reflection

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Member since April 9, 2015
  • 15 Posts
  • Age 24

When you look in the mirror every morning, what is it that you see? Maybe you don’t recognize the person you see staring back at you. Maybe you see a young girl wishing she had a different nose or the blond hair she sees on the beautiful actress in her favourite movie. Maybe you see the man struggling with figuring out how to convince the world that he is strong and tough enough to meet their standards of masculinity. I see a young woman struggling with new changes in her l...

A Blogging Internship: A Learning Curve

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Member since April 12, 2015
  • 16 Posts
  • Age 24

My application to the Voices of Youth blogging internship was a whim. I sent a sample piece of writing as a means to test myself – to see whether I’d have the nerve to click ‘apply here’. Of course I thought I’d never hear back – over 1,000 applicants, they'd never pick a lass from Newcastle to blog on global issues affecting the youth of today. Oh…. Wait. I remember opening the email at work and I practically skipped home. As I let the elation sink in, it slowl...

Is There a Difference in Being Rude and Being Opinionated?

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Member since July 30, 2015
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I have recently wondered as a girl whether in this modern era, I am allowed to voice my opinions or, if it is seemed unfit and rude to elders. A few weeks ago I met one of my friends’ father, this "Uncle" was your typical male Asian stereotype who was the voice of the family, his words are law and his decisions are final. Me, as an Asian girl, I have been raised by my parents that I must always respect my elders BUT I must also realize that although they have a vast amount...

When a Boy Loves a Man

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Member since April 9, 2015
  • 10 Posts
  • Age 19

When I was young, I used to spend my summers on an island fifteen minutes away from the city proper. Back then, I was a really girly girl. I wore denim skirts with pigtails, was highly invested in Bratz t-shirts and devoured young adult romance books. Like any self-conscious and self-confident preteen, I had a crush on every and any older boy I encounter. One of these was a seventeen-year-old boy (“Paolo”), who assisted my Uncle, who was a fisherman. I would wake up at five i...

Is Compulsory Military Training the Answer to Youth Unemployment?

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Member since April 10, 2015
  • 11 Posts
  • Age 24

The military is the backbone and shield of any state. The military is cardinal for a state’s defence, as it protects it against internal and external threats. Throughout history the military has been used to further a state’s interest. These interests may include and are not limited to invading another country, staging a coup (internal or external), defending the state against an imminent threat, defending the region and being involved in peacekeeping missions e.g. AU, UN, EU t...

Tales From Costa Rica – Pura Vida

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Member since August 22, 2014
  • 13 Posts
  • Age 17

Costa Rica’s mantra is Pura Vida, which translates to Living Purely. It is used in all kinds of scenarios from farewells to exclamations. This saying is more than just something said to appease tourists but rather it is a way of life. Regardless of the socioeconomic status, job, or location everyone is all about Pura Vida. Costa Rica exudes this feeling and it is something that I naturally needed to reflect on. So what a better place to start my “Tales of Costa Rica” serie...

Finding Wonderland...

Published Avatar Bhavana

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Member since April 1, 2015
  • 15 Posts
  • Age 24

"Her eye fell upon a little bottle that stood near the looking-glass. There was no label this time with the words 'DRINK ME,' but nevertheless she uncorked it and put it to her lips. 'I know SOMETHING interesting is sure to happen,' she said to herself, 'whenever I eat or drink anything; so I'll just see what this bottle does." Not that long ago, I stumbled across the VOY Blogging Internship and I decided to participate in the entry competition. Every time I write, interesting...

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