It was the season of harvest, and in rural villages, that meant breathing wheat filled air. The weather was unbearably hot at the same time. I would have ran away, if it hadn’t been for how much I love our village, and others. It was close to dusk, farmers were harvesting, and we held our […]
A few weeks ago I attended a Young Women’s Leadership Summit. One of the first guest speakers to present at the conference was named Kim Katrin Milan. From the minute she began her presentation I was hooked. She wasn’t saying anything radically new but it was how she was saying it. It was as if […]
J’ai eu la chance d’avoir un entretien électronique avec Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François, travailleuse communautaire et militante. Voici un aperçu des pensées de Karine sur comment passer à l’action! 1- Quels sont les sujets/problèmes qui te fâchent en ce moment? Penses-tu que ces sujets/problèmes sont adressés adéquatement? Présentement, je vois beaucoup de personnes très privilégiées minimisant voire […]
What better way to kick butt than by leaning in? The Lean In campaign was started by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, after she wrote a book called Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The basic premise of the book is about encouraging women to lean in to their full potential as […]
It became all clear to me within an instant. The moment I started talking and explaining and struggling to make myself heard, understood and acknowledged, he shut me up. Interrupting me and then going on to contradict everything I just said, all having to do with my reality and personal experiences as an immigrant woman […]
Brenda Longfellow is a feminist documentary filmmaker and professor of Film Studies and Production at York University. What inspired you to start working on an interactive web documentary based on the hashtag #Beenrapedneverreported? I was very inspired by the hashtag #beenrapedneverreported created after the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. I observed how this hashtag took off like lightning, […]
The week’s Blogging Carnival theme brought back memories of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign that peeked in the spring of 2014. I recall a picture of Michelle Obama holding a sign with the famous hashtag, a street protest with Hollywood actors holding similar signs (!), and debates around the effectiveness of the hashtag in fighting Boko Haram […]
Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Though a massive part of our day-to-day lives, social media has taken on an entirely new meaning in regards to the way we communicate with each other. This year there have been numerous hashtags referring to feminist issues around the world. To name a few; #YesAllWomen, #BringBackOurGirls and #HeForShe. But are these […]
Today’s feminism is about the multiplicity of political outlets and voices; it’s about the reclaiming of emotions; it’s about the so-to-speak “messiness” of everyday life. And YES, it’s about the internet.
Growing up, I experienced many gender-based injustices and I saw it as a prevalent thing happening in my community. As a result, I continue to work hard to foster a society where everyone is equal so that people may have a better quality of life.
There is no particular day when I became interested in social justice. I have always fought for things to be fair. I became more determined to succeed when I saw how children I cared for were judged based on their level of development, culture or sex.
When she was just four years old, Molly Burke’s world began to darken: she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal disease causing loss of vision.Drawing from deeply personal experiences, Molly brings audiences, especially students, a uniquely young and current perspective on issues many of them face each day. Her message—that any challenge in life, whether it’s bullying, mental illness or a loss of vision, can be overcome—resonates powerfully.