I was lost. My hostel was somewhere in the area, I was sure of it. I had looked online at home, printed out the directions, both in English and in Mandarin, and was sure I had gotten off at the right metro station. If only I knew which way to walk next, in the dark, […]
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 […]
Cyber Feminism. A postmodernist term used to describe the philosophies of a contemporary feminist community whose interests are cyberspace, the internet and technology. This term was introduced in the early 1990s and over the years has brought much progress in the feminist movement. Hash tags have been created such as #TheFWord, #YesAllWomen, #AmINext, #HeforShe, and […]
You have this theory that you’ve held on to for a long time, this theory that all of your trips and all of your experiences have dug little holes in you. All of your homes, and all of your lives have burrowed right into your soul and taken hold. So while you may not live there anymore, they still live inside of you, and you feel them, always.
I would use those words to describe how I felt when it finally hit me that after years of hard work, I finally earned my degree. I was sure I was on a path of career, finally time for adultness. I may even become a writer.
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.
The on-going conflict in Syria has become a black hole of violence. As the death toll reaches 40 000, it is increasingly clear that we do not have the full picture of the crimes occurring within Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Rye Barcott co-founded the non-governmental organization Carolina For Kibera to prevent violence and empower youth through participatory development while he was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. He then earned master’s degrees in business and public administration from Harvard University, where he was a Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Fellow. He is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir It Happened on the Way to War.
Craig Kielburger is the founder and chair of Free The Children, a unique international development and youth empowerment organization.
Even though Craig is a very busy young man (he travels more than 300 days a year!), he graciously took the time to answer some of the questions submitted by Swigg Girls earlier this year.