Tag Archives: Activism

Expert’s take: Bringing light to the darkest places

TweetCross-posted from UN Women Gender and Humanitarian Advisor Blerta Aliko. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown Every year on World Humanitarian Day my mind returns to memories of a dark day, 19 August 2003. I had just finished a three-month detail assignment in New York as part of the team working to close down the “Oil for Food [...]
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China’s ‘left-behind girls’ learn self-protection

TweetCross-posted from UN Women Safe spaces for girls left by migrating parents have been set up and trainings are on-going for children, teachers, community leaders and public authorities to prevent sexual violence, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. A normally quiet second-grade girl, Yuan Yuan* suffers from a mild mental [...]
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The Summer I Didn’t Shave My Legs

TweetI have tweezed, plucked, trimmed, and stroked myself with a razor. I have fought an unwinnable war, again and again, with the hair on my body. But for the first time this summer I asked myself the big question: “Why do I shave? Is it really a personal choice or a post-puberty expectation?” It started [...]
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Women’s security in activist groups

TweetTrigger warning: measures to prevent sexual assault I have learnt that people who are politically conscious in one way are not necessarily socially conscious, or even friendly.  Class activist circles can become old boys clubs, and peace camps can become safe havens for sexual harassers. Pollution pressure groups can make dirty remarks, and non-human animal [...]
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Young, and restless, to bring lasting change

TweetCross-posted from UN Women It all started with a visit to a rural Indian village. Sanchaita Gajapati Raju draws inspiration from her mother, who from a very young age instilled in her a deep civic sense and encouraged her to help those less fortunate. On a visit to an impoverished village, Sanchaita noted the lack [...]
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