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5 Things to Consider Before Falling For an Activist Girl
It is hard to be an activist in a world where everybody expects a girl to be soft and cute at all times. And I can tell because I have been bullied my entire childhood and during my teenage years. I was called “bossy” most of the times, or worse, “boyish girl”. Today, as a grown up, the situation isn't much different. It wasn’t easy for me to put up with all the pressure. But I did. I knew what I had was bigger than their words and the names they were calling me. Frankly, what they thought is going to break me, broke them, and made me stronger. One year ago, I read an article with the title...
The 1.8 Billion Guardians of Earth
While some people deny climate change, our planet is under threat
How housing insecurity impacts your physical and mental health
It’s been said that money can’t buy happiness. While this can be true in many ways, a steady source of income can alleviate many stressors. Living below the poverty line in the United States leaves many families looking for a roof to sleep under each night, ways to put food on the table, and the means to obtain physical and mental healthcare. A recent study done by researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) reports that you don’t have to be homeless to experience both adverse physical and mental health outcomes from housing insecurity. The study interviewed more than 22,000 families about...
My Dad Is The Most Inspirational Man In My World
How many times have you ever thought of this question: “Who inspires you?” I know it might seem easy. But trust me, it is not. Especially when your answer should be clear and honest, identifying the person who has impacted your past and will continue to impact your future. I have spent a week already brainstorming who might be that person. I don’t want to give a random answer. I identified several criteria for what makes a person influential. I looked up the characteristics of influential people. According to all the articles I read my person should hold these traits: 1- He must be a leader of...
For the women who fought lions
and if not for yourself, do it for the women that broke the shackles to see you run free into the rose bush and become one. the women that carry the legacy on their backs. of strength and complete dedication to see your little heart beat freely without hesitation. they held back to watch you run free. and broke themselves into pieces to see you become whole. if not for yourself, then for the magicians who from plain air spun you. a block of pure gold. go on and run free, my dear. for they did not do the extraordinary to see you become just mediocre.
How to deafen the psychotropic negativity
As a bullied child, people were used to calling me by different names: "ugly", "chubby boy", "useless". I had never paid much attention to these different comments. After all, everyone has the right to share their own thoughts. Since the wind was carrying these words away, I kept ignoring them and growing up accepting to face this obnoxious reality. I remembered it being kind of hard, sometimes, to believe that these judgements were only dust in the air, not facts. My classmates were seeing me standing, always smiling, but they could not distinguish what was hidden behind this facade, given...
We should stop teaching hate to young people
Hello, This is Ethar Khalid. I am a 25 year-old Saudi girl, I became an American permanent resident last year. In another part of the world my dad is working in a dangerous place where the oil attack happened a few days ago, he is there to fix the damage. I feel so sad and depressed..I have been crying for days worrying about his safety there! I am desperate, scared and far far away from my family to support them. I have a small YouTube channel and there are bunch of young people watching me... But, I hate it when people still believe we should only trust people with certain identities. They...
Stay gentle, everyone is at war
Society- something that bonds us as well as breaks us...because each and every moment we think about what others think, how they will respond to us. Is it right to stand up for our rights? Why are we afraid to stand up? Why is it so difficult to express our thoughts when they can kill us from inside? Why is this world judging you by who you are? Is it bad to be different? Is this world so cruel that it can't give any equal status to a person? I know, so many questions... For a person who has gone through a lot can't society just accept and respect her/him... That person has the right to stand...
Every day we face challenges. Some of them are bigger than others, like getting out of bed compared to having one of the most important exams of the semester. It may even be doing that essay you have been procrastinating on doing. The thing about challenges is that they are not easy to face. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that they can´t be confronted. Yes, it will be hard, but it will also be worth it. We usually think only on the cons and we create excuses, instead of focusing on what would we gain afterwards. We may also believe that we are not capable of confronting the challenge, that we...
The Power of a New Language
When I turned 6, I did not consider myself a kid anymore . Ever since, I saw the world from a different angle. I started dedicating 2 hours per day to my English story book collection. It was called “The Wild Thornberry”. I used to spend hours pinned to my desk reading and writing. I was fascinated by the accent and the sound of the letters of the new language I was learning; English, it was. The biggest question I was constantly asked is “ Are you crazy adding extra study hours to your schedule?” My answer was, “ I don’t think I can be more reasonable.” “Those who know nothing of foreign...
Global Goal #4: A Tool to Transform Lives
I grew up in a house where an interesting story has been told many times. “When prince charming (your dad) came to steal the heart of my little princess (your mom)” my grandfather starts, with a smile on his face and a glowing tear on his cheek. “Your mom was preparing to harvest the fruit of 12 years of constant hard work, sleepless nights and the perseverance to succeed” he continues. With his hand on my shoulder and a warm voice he adds: “I stood solid and said firmly that no man shall marry my daughter until she celebrates her personal victory”. Which is graduation, he explains. At that...
16 child petitioners filed a landmark complaint demanding urgent climate action
In Africa, I mean Liberia, they call me the future leader but I ask, when is the future? At 18, young, energetic; At 94, weak and cripple? Ohh no! Wait! Am I? For what have they prepared me? To face a future as dark as a Vantablack My hope has been crushed as my future seems blurry Hopeless, yes, worthless they made me feel I feel a future filled with empty hopes of uncertainty Within me lies the feelings full of empty regrets For long I have been drenched in a hopeless dilemma They care not about my pain, but their greed Their pleasure lies within their immature mind They appear gloomy, but...
We all are beautiful
I live in the most advanced city of Pakistan, Lahore. A city famous for its advancements and traditions at the same time. It was a city of great minds and cultures and I very much grew up in the middle of this city, playing with clouds in the sky and building up my imaginary stories all the time. I was always a child with lots of curiosities and queries, as most kids are finding every little thing intriguing and questioning. I was always lurking around to look for things I had never seen. I was known to be a kid with energy of a small puppy, who was never tired of exploring and sniffing. I...
What My Trip to Jordan Taught Me About My Voice
On the 14th of December, 2015 I left my home in Syria to start a special journey on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and peacebuilding. However, because I have a Syrian passport, I had to go through many difficulties and interrogations before arriving in Jordan. Still, it was worth it. Back in the days, we didn’t need any security clearance nor a visa to enter our neighboring country. However, today, things are different. Finally, I arrived there. I entered the room and there I found 41 powerful advocates from 23 different countries. I stood there for a moment and my heart was pumping. The...
The society which you live in is the same society you lack courage in. The people who are by your side always hide, just not be seen by those who backbite behind you. Is it shy, pride? I don't know. And the moment they realize you're progressing, succeeding, they'll start to develop fashion in your dressing. Not knowing all that you've went through has always been so stressing. The society in your community. When you start to cry, no one will stop by not even to try to wipe your tears until it's dried. And then you'll be asked "Were you crying?" Let your answer be "No I wasn't, I was just...
Unveiled truths about Feminism
In the everlasting struggle for human rights, the advocacy of women’s equality is one of the most controversial and complex aspects. The importance of considering the huge ethnic, religious and cultural differentiation and the complexity of the contemporary world is vital, when demanding the realization of these rights. To establish and achieve political, economic, personal and social gender equality means to consider each diversity and to treat that diversity according to the person’s values, without trying to have a cultural or ideological hegemony. So, why when it comes to Muslim women, the...
Humans without humanity
What is this world that is full of cruelty? Where should I live to find people with honesty? Humans on this earth are without humanity. They proclaim in media about freedom and liberty. But in the real world they despise me. Do they hate me because of religion, colour or nationality? Why do they treat me with racism and inequality? Ain't I a human who should live with them equally?