"Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They're receiving no formal education at all—no reading, no writing, no math—none of the basic skills they need to provide for themselves and their families and contribute fully to their countries.
Often, this issue is framed as a matter of resources—a failure to invest enough money in educating girls...if we provide more scholarships for girls, they can afford school fees, uniforms and supplies; if we provide safe transportation, their parents don't have to worry that they'll be sexually assaulted on their way to or from school; and if we build adequate school bathrooms for girls, they don't have to stay home when they have their periods and then fall behind and wind up dropping out.
It's true that investments like these are critical for addressing our global girls' education crisis but while these investments are absolutely necessary to solve our girls' education problem, they are simply not sufficient. Scholarships, bathrooms, and safe transportation will only go so far if societies still view menstruation as shameful and shun menstruating girls. Or if they fail to punish rapists and reject survivors of rape as "damaged goods." Or if they provide few opportunities for women to join the workforce and support their families so that it's simply not financially viable for parents struggling with poverty to send their daughters to school.
In other words, we cannot address our girls' education crisis until we address the broader cultural beliefs and practices that can help cause and perpetuate this crisis." Michelle Obama
It is important that we invest and highlight the power of investing in girl's education, but it is equally as important to challenge laws and practices that silence, demean, and brutalize women—from female genital mutilation, to forced child marriage, to laws that allow marital rape and disadvantage women in the workplace. And we all have a part to play in this!
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A few months ago, I told my husband that I needed an image for an article I wrote called ‘I Started Watering My Plants With My Menstrual Blood’. The next day, he proudly showed me this image he drew, and I felt so immensely grateful in regards to how far we’ve come in talking openly about my bodily fluids and functions. There was a time, early on in our relationship, when I never spoke about my period. Over time, as I started learning more about the inner workings of my own body, I started sharing things with him. Like what the four phases of my menstrual cycle are, showing him my new menstrual cup, or talking about how period underwear works. Most of the time I didn’t think he was listening. But then I’d hear him say things like “well, women need to rest on their periods” or “you have nothing to be ashamed of” when he noticed my disappointed face when we both saw blood on our white linen sheets. By me talking openly about my period and everything around it, he’s become an ally to my womanhood. He reminds me when I’ve forgotten to put my body first. He ensures my needs are met when I’m on my period. And he draws me images of my menstrual cup. He even shared this image on his personal Instagram. Though my menstrual blood looks a bit like bacon in this drawing and we still have a long way to go to change our collective views on menstruation, I think this is proof that the patriarchy is shifting and that times are changing.
14 hours ago
“To the lady that patted my swollen belly when I was pregnant with my second daughter and said ‘let’s get it right this time,’ Fuck you.” - @priyankas_writings
At the Pink Ladoo Project we set out to create a new tradition that empowers women and girls and raises their value from birth. For us, it's not just a Pink Ladoo but the symbol of a protest against south Asian gender biased traditions and norms.
By distributing Pink Ladoo to celebrate your daughters' births you are making a stand, you are letting the community know you want better than the status quo and you are helping open the conversation on gender equality in their homes.
The success of our campaign depends on the number of people we reach so tweet tag share discuss. Spread the word.
7 hours ago
And this isn’t all over the news because...? #TyroneAllen ⚡️
1 day ago
Reason number 4202763 why I would never go to @universityofauckland 🤮 Affirmative action is a contentious issue in Aotearoa/New Zealand & people against it always bang on about how Maori/Pacific Island peoples “get everything” but the reality they are still marginalised due to institutional racism like what we see here.
Being a positive person doesn't mean you or your life are will always be perfect.
17 minutes ago
#Marvel just announced #SheHulk at #D23Expo and every other comment on here is from some butthurt broflake saying “everything is about women now” and “all the men are gone”. Bitch, where? 😂 We got 2 outta 20+ movies and a couple TV shows. Nowhere near equal yet and y’all screeching already.
22 minutes ago
Repost from @ppIndKentucky:
The fight for safe and legal abortion continues in Argentina and around the world.
Alerta que camina! La lucha feminista por América Latina.
Hawaii jungle photo taken by me- adoption disempowers mothers, providing us a new name to make one feel less hurt about the violation of #motherhood. A special name, #birthmother but to be honest it’s a degrading name. A name used to assist in ones openness to relinquish child. I didnt want to relinquish my child but I was told during all my #pregnancycounseling with #Bethanychristianservices that this was what the lord wanted and it was the best choice if I really cared about my baby. #manipulation to counsel a #teenmother this way. So #unethical instead of supporting my motherhood they spoiled it with their intentional misrepresentation 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮😭😭😭😭😭are you pregnant?! Let me tell you something! Your pregnancy is a gift! Your unborn child is a part of you! Nothing will ever be worth the separation of your #newborn. Know #OHANA 🌈It’s #priceless and the adoption industry knows it. That’s why it’s a MULTI BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY and they spend a lot of money on marketing! Predatory marketing! Who on earth would advise a mother not to take care of her baby?! Motherhood is so profoundly sacred , mother-child bond is absolutely sacred . To dismiss this fact is absolute negligence. The normalization & commodification of #adoption is a reflection of the profit driven minded drivers in thee adoption industry ! To prey not only on vulnerable mothers but fueling the obsession of consumerism , including children for purchase .🤨I lost my baby because adoption I don’t even know where he is today and he is 13, and they want to act like it’s not a big deal, just get over it and be grateful. I’m not fucking grateful about getting scammed out of a real relationship with child. It’s very hurtful . #openadoption#fraud#thisisbethany #adoptionawareness#adoptionjourney#adoptionrocks#traumasurvivor#exploitation#grief#depression#alieanation#familyseparation I LOST MY FAMILY BECAUSE #COERCEDADOPTION #adoptionreform#womensrights#feminism#feminist#matriarch
New campaign from our sisters at @womens_health_west - Sexual and reproductive health is waaaaay more than the ‘banana and condom’ lesson we all got in sex ed.
And even though pregnancy, contraception and abortion make up a really big part of it, good sexual and reproductive health also involves the right to healthy and respectful relationships.
It’s about having pleasurable and safe sex lives – if and when we choose to. And it means knowing our options so that we can make informed decisions about our bodies.
This is why it’s so important that we have: -
✅ Access to inclusive and non-judgemental health services
✅ Accurate and timely information
✅ Affordable, effective and safe contraception options
We want everyone to be able to enjoy their sexuality and embrace their identity, which is what our Consent, Empowerment and Respect campaign is all about.
We’re so happy that you’re all loving this campaign as much as we are! If you haven’t seen it yet, then head over to our website https://whwest.org.au/ .
They have some pretty fab resources that have loads of information about all things sexual and reproductive health.
If you’d like more information about your options or are looking for support, get in touch with the amazing folks at @1800myoptions or @betterhealthgov
#Consent #Empowerment #Respect #Sexpositive #SexualHealth #ReproductiveHealth #ReproductiveRights #Contraception #WomensHealth #ProChoice #GenderEquality #Feminism #HumanRights #WomensRights #lgbt #MyBodyMyChoice#Gippsland#SexualHealthOptions