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Sunday, 14 October 2018

October 14, 2018

The true/actual reason why we celebrate national No Bra Day

No Bra Day is a yearly worldwide observance on October 13 which was first observed on July, 9 2011, but within 3 years, it was finally moved to October 13th, which is known as the Month of National Breast Cancer Awareness.
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The National ‘No Bra Day’ was adapted by an anonymous individual who conceived “No Bra Day” as a means to encourage females to enjoy being braless, and most importantly to become knowledgeable about the symptoms of breast cancer and for raising awareness of the serious disease.
Social media users are usually encouraged to post with the hash tag #nobraday.

History of No Bra Day

It started first in 2011 as a medical event in Toronto, Canada and was named BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) by Toronto Plastic surgeon Dr. Mitchell Brown. BRA day is observed on different dates in different provinces of Canada during the month of October. In July that same year (2011), an anonymous individual using the name Anastasia Doughnuts published the first website promoting “No Bra Day.”

The event was initially described, in part, as:

Boobies are Fantastic… We all think so. And what better way to express the way we feel than to support a full day of boobie freedom??... Women are magnificent creatures, and so are their breasts. Let us spend the day unleashing boobies from their boobie zoos… P.S. Ladies… Wearing a white t-shirt on this day is not only acceptable but encouraged! Gentlemen, you can participate too! Your job will be to support us ladies by rocking something purple. It can be a purple tie, purple boxers, purple socks, the NNBD button or t-shirt…(Your support means a lot to us…)
**Breast Cancer is something you should take seriously and be checked for. **

This announcement was later reposted on a Facebook page promoting the event. No Bra Day was later adopted in the U.S. in 2012.

The Reason for No Bra Day

BRA day is intended to raise awareness about breast cancer screening, alert females about the symptoms of breast cancer, and to encourage us to conduct regular self examinations.

At BRA Day events, those affected with breast cancer can attend Q&A speeches with leading plastic surgeons, and hear inspirational survival stories.

In Philippines, the No Bra Day is seen as a day to advance the cause of gender equality.

Photo: Wikipedia

How to celebrate No Bra Day

  1. Females are encouraged to go braless and post photos using the hashtag #nobraday. 
  2. Women who choose not to go braless are encouraged to wear something purple or white on that day.
  3. Survivors of breast cancer should find means to inspire & encourage others affected with breast cancer. 
  4. Some sites suggest that participants donate to breast cancer charities

The Controversies of No Bra Day

The day is controversial as some see it as sexualizing and exploiting women’s bodies while at the same time belittling the serious disease, breast cancer. Some critics have described the event as being “purely sexual.”

Jean Sachs, CEO of Living beyond Breast Cancer, thinks No Bra Day is offensive. In his own words:
“I mean breast cancer is a life-threatening illness. It has nothing to do with wearing a bra or not wearing a bra.”

Gayle Sulik, founder and executive director of the Breast Cancer Consortium said, “But we don’t really pay attention to what’s going on with breast cancer. That’s a hugely damaging impact of this sort of message.”


Reference:  Wikipedia 
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Thursday, 11 October 2018

October 11, 2018

THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD: IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE SOCIETY.


Today, the 11th day of October is marked yearly as the International Day of The Girl Child as declared by the United Nations (UN). It is also called the Day of Girls, and the first Day of Girls was October 11, 2012. It is a day to advocate and sensitize people about the rights and opportunities for girls all over the world.
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This day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights, says The UN.

GirlieFix Blog, in conjunction with members of our group – World of Girls, and I, Afun Susan has decided to take a challenge to celebrate The International Day of The Girl Child.

I would like to use this opportunity to pass a message to all girls around the world and the society in general.

 GIRLS ARE NOT THE WEAK ONES

Some people say “what a man can do, a woman can do better.” Well, that’s not always true. Let’s therefore rephrase it to “what a man can do, a woman can do also.” “- if she gets support and is determined to do it.” 

Let’s look into the aspect of education; in many primary, secondary, and higher education classrooms, we find out that girls have better grades and results than boys. This shouldn’t be too surprising as these days, we also have women doing jobs that only men used to do in times past, we have women as CEOs of big organizations, we have women doctors & surgeons, women presidents, women pilots, women scientists & technologists among so many others that are performing excellently in their respective fields of study. So, what’s our society saying? What makes anyone think that girls are weak? It is we girls that would grow to be these women in the future.

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NO MORE GENDER DISCRIMINATION! WE HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS WITH THE MALES.

To the society, we need to eliminate all forms of discrimination against the girl child and the root causes of son preference. We must break all barriers to allow girls develop their full potential and skills through equal access to education, empowerment, training, physical and psychological care.

We still have some countries and many regions of the world where girls are denied their rights to education. Their parents think that sponsoring a girl child’s education is a total waste of money and time. They believe that the destiny of a girl is to get married, take care of their husband and give them grandchildren; they have shaped the future of the girl into the life of the man whom she will get married to. Why are they being so shallow-minded?

Girls can be great if they are given the opportunity and support they ought to receive. Earlier, I mentioned the fact that we there are some women who strived to be great and they are great. We have the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sanberg, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and many other great women!

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Denying a girl of her right to education is the greatest mistake any parent or family can make. Invest more into the life of every girl child – academically and psychologically, and the world will become an even better place.

 END SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST GIRLS NOW!

Sadly, our girls are the ones that are abused with all kinds of violence, particularly sexual violence – especially rape, trafficking, and early marriage – resulting in forced sex and labor.

The UN states that more than 15 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth each year. Motherhood at a very young age entails complications during pregnancy and delivery, and a higher risk of maternal death.

Many young girls are being married off by their parents in exchange for money, especially in many developing and under-developed countries; this is more like selling out your girl child! These parents expose these immature girls to various problems they probable don’t understand. In Nigeria, this early & forced child marriage is seen common in the Northern states of the country.

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Let’s talk about rape. We all know how bad, and devastating rape can be in the life of the girl victim. What are we doing to end this and reduce its occurrences in our societies? Let our community leaders, rulers and the Government put in very strict rules against people guilty for rape.

And to girls reading this, here’s a post on how to prevent rape. To read, click here…


WE ARE GIRLS, WE HAVE A VOICE, AND WE DESERVE TO BE HEARD!

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

October 10, 2018

Little Mix Confirm That The New 'Girl Power' Anthem Is Out, and Fans Already Love It!

Raye Writes The Lyrics of the new 'Girl Power' Album for Little Mix.

British singer Raye is all about female empowerment.


Without giving too much away, Raye, 20, was able to tease that the girl group’s next album will likely feature a female empowerment anthem, penned by yours truly.
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Picture: Official Charts.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk for the launch of her campaign with Timberland to celebrate the golden era of 90s music, Raye said: ‘I have done a few [for their new album]. I’ve done one they really love that I think they’re going to use on the album so that’s good. ‘One is slightly more vocal in terms of they get to show off their voices a bit more, it’s got a bit of an R&B edge to it. It’s really lovely and special, I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. ‘It’s basically about being there for your girls which is about girl power.’ There can never be enough girl power in the world. If you’re not familiar with her name, Raye has likely provided the soundtrack to your summer. The musician has racked up over one billion streams thanks to a string of hits, such as Decline featuring Mr Eazi and By Your Side with Jonas Blue. And she’s not alone in her come-up.

Raye isn’t the only young British singer who has rocketed to success this year. Jorja Smith released her anticipated debut album to much critical-acclaim while Ella Mai has kept us Boo’d Up all summer, reaching number one with the smooth track. Raye’s good friend and collaborator Mabel is also on a winning streak while Stefflon Don continues to conquer the US. All young, all successful and, coincidentally, all women of colour. On their unprecedented, yet well-deserved, success, Raye said: ‘It feels amazing, especially because we’re all supporting each other and it’s lovely. ‘We’re all black women, we’re kind of killing it and it’s really exciting because when I first started making music, I was kind of intimidated that there might not be space for anybody like me on pop radio. It’s really exciting there’s a movement of young black women just absolutely killing it.’ Raye’s work ethic is certainly to be admired. The singer has teamed up with clothing brand Timberland, to release a remix of her hit single Decline, throwing it back to the 90s with a garage spin and an equally throwback music video.

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RAYE....Picture: Timberland
Speaking of the collaboration, Raye explained: ‘I’m obsessed with garage at the moment and that was at the crossover point of being in the 90s, 2000s. ‘We just had a lot of fun and wanted it to look really effortless and very 90s. The way they shot it with the fish-eye lens looks really sick and the we got the car that bounces, the hydraulics. It looks really dope, I had a lot of fun making it and can’t wait to put it out.’ Raye is currently hard at work in the studio recording her debut album and has just finished supporting Halsey on her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour in the US, and they had an absolute ball. 

Recalling her time on the jaunt, Raye said: ‘We went out after a few of the shows, we’ve had a lot of fun. She’s an incredible artist and a big fan of my music, which is crazy because I love her a lot. We’ve had a lot of fun on tour and her fans are out of this world. 

As seen from: Metro UK

TAGS: LITTLE MIXMUSIC, GIRL POWER ANTHEM, RAYE.
October 10, 2018

I want to become a role model for women who are not perfect, says Rytasha Rathore

Actress Rytasha Rathore made headlines some time back when she posted swimsuit pictures on her social media handle.

People trolled her and many even body shamed her but Rytasha asserts that she was not trying to prove anything.
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“I love swimming and therefore, I also love posing in swimsuits. When there was no instagram, I used to enjoy posting my swimsuit pics on Facebook, as I am comfortable with my body. Many girls reached out to me after seeing my recent pics, especially those on the heavier side. They said that they, too, wanted to wear swimsuits, but could not because they would be body shamed. The reason why women are ashamed of being fat is because, there is no one to represent them in mainstream media. We have always seen perfect bodies, which are photoshopped to look perfect. But the point is, no one is perfect. There is a lack of real people who plus-sized women can follow,” Times of India quoted her saying.

She further added, “Of course, we now have actresses who happily show off their curves, but in my growing-up years, there was no one we could look up to. So, by posting such pictures, I want to become a role model for women who are not perfect, but are happy and cheerful about life. I want to tell people that I am happy being myself and that was literally why I posted my bikini pictures online.”




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When she was asked about if she feels upset when makers prefer thin, glamourous women on their shows, she replied to the daily saying, “I don’t think makers, especially on TV, root for glamorous girls. They look at girls who can also act. Anybody can become glamorous with hair and make-up these days, it’s no big deal. But not all actresses can really act when they say ‘Action’. At the end of the day, it is more about knowing your craft than looking dolled up and glam.”

Rytasha also played an obese bride on the show Badho Bahu. She admits that marriage is not a must to be happy in life. She says, “I feel marriage is a bit of a sham. You don’t need to be married to be happy. It is an institution that we have created, but I don’t understand the need for marriage if two people love each other. If I get married, I would definitely like a guy who has feminist views, does not make casual sexist statements, is sensitive and also likes cuddling.”

From: The Live Mirror

TAGS: RYTASHA RATHORE, INDIAN ACTRESS, ROLE MODEL, GIRL POWER.
October 10, 2018

Meghan Markle's Epic Girl Power Speech On Gender Equality.

By Meghan Markle,

First seen at The Sydney Morning Herald
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When I was just eleven years old, I unknowingly and somehow accidentally became a female advocate. It was around the same time as the Beijing conference, so a little over twenty years ago, where in my hometown of Los Angeles a pivotal moment reshaped my notion of what is possible.

See, I had been in school watching a TV show in elementary school, and this commercial came on with the tagline for this dishwashing liquid and the tagline said, ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.’ Two boys from my class said, ‘Yeah, that’s where women belong, in the kitchen.’

I remember feeling shocked and angry and also just feeling so hurt; it just wasn’t right, and something needed to be done. So I went home and told my dad what had happened, and he encouraged me to write letters, so I did, to the most powerful people I could think of.

Now my eleven-year-old self worked out that if I really wanted someone to hear me, well then I should write a letter to the First Lady. So off I went, scribbling away to our First Lady at the time, Hillary Clinton. I also put pen to paper and I wrote a letter to my news source at the time, Linda Ellerbee, who hosted a kids news program, and then to powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred,
because even at eleven I wanted to cover all my bases. Finally I wrote to the soap manufacturer.

And a few weeks went by and to my surprise I received letters of encouragement from Hillary Clinton, from Linda Ellerbee, and from Gloria Allred. It was amazing. The kids news show, they sent a camera crew to my home to cover the story, and it was roughly a month later when the soap manufacturer, Procter & Gamble, changed the commercial for their Ivory Clear dishwashing liquid. They changed it from ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’ to ‘People all over America’. It was at that moment that I realized the magnitude of my actions. At the age of eleven I had created my small level of impact by standing up for equality.

Now, equality means that President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, whose country I recently visited as part of my learning mission with UN Women, it means that he is equal to the little girl in the Gihembe refugee camp who is dreaming about being president one day. Equality means that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is equal to the young intern at the UN who is dreaming about shaking his hand. It means that a wife, it means that a wife is equal to her husband; a sister to her brother. Not better, not worse – they are equal.

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UN Women, as you guys know, has defined the year 2030 as the expiration date for gender inequality. And here’s what’s staggering: the studies show that at the current rate, the elimination of gender inequality won’t be possible until 2095. That’s another eighty years from now. And when it comes to women’s political participation and leadership the percentage of female parliamentarians globally has only increased by 11 per cent since 1995.

Eleven per cent in twenty years? Come on. This has to change. Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential, so it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for our voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making. The way that we change that, in my opinion, is to mobilize girls and women to see their value as leaders, and to support them in these efforts. To have leaders such as President Kagame of Rwanda continue to be a role model of a country which has a parliamentary system comprised of 64 per cent female leaders.

I mean, it’s the highest of any government in the world and it’s unbelievable. We need more men like that, just as we need more men like my father who championed my eleven-year-old self to stand up for what is right. In doing this, we remind girls that their small voices are, in fact, not small at all, and that they can effect change. In doing this, we remind women that their involvement matters. That they need to become active in their communities, in their local governments, as well as in the highest parliamentary positions.

It is just imperative: women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, well then, you know what, they need to create their own table. We need a global understanding that we cannot implement change effectively without women’s political participation.

It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision – because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together. Starting now.

This is an extract from 'Speeches of Note', compiled by Shaun Usher (Penguin books, RRP $49.95) out now. International Day of the Girl is on Thursday.
October 10, 2018

Not Just A Plastic Doll - The New Roles of Barbie.

Over the years, Barbie has taken on many roles: Beach beauty, scientist, even president of the United States. And now, she will work to help young girls close the so-called "Dream Gap".

Source: Ecns.cn


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The doll's maker Mattel on Tuesday announced a sweeping campaign in collaboration with university researchers to teach young girls to believe in themselves, and not to buy into sexist gender stereotypes.

"Research has identified that starting at age five, many girls are less likely than boys to lose confidence in their own competence," Mattel said in a statement.

The company will fund research and work on "rallying a community around supporting girls" through its multi-year Dream Gap Project.

Mattel unveiled a new ad featuring young girls holding placards that read "Close the Dream Gap" and ties into Barbie's "You Can Be Anything" campaign.

The brand is working with researchers at New York University and hopes to extend that initiative in other partnerships around the world.

It also will highlight "at least 10 empowering female role models each year globally."

Change the stereotypes and inspire more girls

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Though Barbie is often criticized for perpetuating negative stereotypes with her impossibly lean physique, the brand has worked hard in recent years to portray a modern image.

In early 2016, the California-based company launched Barbie versions in three different body shapes – tall, petite and curvy – and in seven different skin tones.

This year's featured career is a robotics engineer. Another new line showcased "Inspiring Women" such as aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

Moreover, three Chinese women had been honored as one-of-a-kind Barbie figures for International Women's Day (March 8) 2018, including the volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, actress Guan Xiaotong, and prima ballerina Tan Yuanyuan.

"Barbie is committed to shining a light on empowering role models past and present in an effort to inspire more girls," the Mattel indicated.

"Since 1959, Barbie has inspired the limitless potential in every girl," said Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president for Barbie at Mattel.

"We believe that empowering them at a young age is a catalyst to unlocking their full potential."

The toughest enemy is...

But some criticized the project for celebrating role models. "You've let team female down," said Kylie Knott of the South China Morning Post.
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Critics say those who do not resemble their image of Barbie dolls would not be able to escape from "Barbie" stereotype.

Knott said that it appears that Mattel works on only one template, an unrealistically slim silhouette with similar face.

Beside stereotypes, toy makers in China and the US are on edge as the Trump Administration has placed tariffs of up to 25 percent on about half of all goods shipped from China.

"If the US were to move forward with a 25-percent tax on all imported toys, it would cut 10.8 billion US dollars out of the US economy and lead to the loss of 68,000 jobs in America," said Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs at the Toy Association, a US-based trade group.

In July, Mattel announced that it was cutting 2,200 jobs after reporting another steep quarterly loss, despite rising Barbie sales.

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The trade war has already enveloped several children's items such dress-up clothing, board games and arts and craft items, with the US imposing 10 percent tariffs from September 24. These levies could rise up to 25 percent on January 1 if no resolution is reached.

(With inputs from AFP)

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TAGS: GIRL POWER, BARBIE DOLLS, PLASTIC DOLL, BARBIE ROLES.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

October 03, 2018

Pregnant teen girl loses her baby and won’t be able to walk again after getting a breast tattoo.

A pregnant teenager has lost her baby and has been left in a wheelchair for the rest of her life after the tattoo on her right breast got infected.

Pregnant teen girl loses her baby and won’t be able to walk again after getting a breast tattoo.
Luisa Fernanda

Luisa Fernanda, who is 16 years of age, fell ill after her breast tattoo became infected. She was pregnant at the time and doctors told the mum-to-be that she would never walk again after the infection spread into her spinal cord.

She underwent surgery to drain off some of the liquid caused by the infection but then developed problems with her appendix. She also had to take a lot of medicine and, as a result, she had a miscarriage and lost the son she was carrying. She then needed further treatment to help her deal with depression caused by the loss of her baby.

Miss Luisa Fernanda has now spoken out about her experiences on social media to warn other youngsters about the dangers of tattoos.
She said: “A year ago I had a tattoo done and it caused the bacteria that affected the spinal cord and stopped me from walking again. It was hard when I was told by the surgeons that I would not be able to walk again. My mum supported me a lot. And it was hard when I left hospital because I needed help to get in and out of my wheel chair and my mum is not strong enough. I was ashamed of being seen outside on the street, because people would point at me, but later I realized it was not good to stay at home all the time.”

Miss Fernanda from Central Colombia also added that surgeons had told her that she needed a further operation as she battles to regain her health. Her friends are helping her try to find money to cover the cost of her 14-million-COP(about 3,600 pounds) treatment.

Friday, 14 September 2018

September 14, 2018

The Menace of Under-Age Girl Child Marriage in Northern Nigeria

I got inspired to write this article on under-age marriage of girls in Nigeria after watching a movie that was written and directed by Stephanie Okereke Linus, a Nigerian actress. The title of the movie is “DRY.” This movie isn’t that new, it was released in the year 2014, though I happened to see it just this year.

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Halima - From the movie.

The movie so much spread light on the act of Under-Age Girl Child Marriage in Northern Nigeria. It featured a little girl named Halima who was married out by her parents to a man at the age of 13. She never liked the idea but she was left with no choice – her parents forced her into the marriage. The man already was married to 3 wives, and Halima was the youngest. The man who was way older than her forcefully and violently had se* with her one night after their marriage, and that was how she was disvirgined.

She got pregnant, carried the pregnancy for 9 months; and when it was time for delivery, she had a painful natural birth. Without any professional or clinical service, she was delivered at home by a local birth attendant. The delivery was done without enough care, and with local herbs and unclean environment, she delivered, but the baby didn’t survive. Because of this kind of delivery, she contacted Fistula (Fistula is a common problem for adolescent girls giving birth for the first time, as a result of a certain complication during delivery), which came with symptoms like peeing unaware on the body and psychological stress.

Halima's husband and parents didn’t take the disease in her serious enough, her condition kept growing worse. She started developing body odor which was as a result of her bed-wetting. She was badly humiliated and discriminated by her husband, the other wives, and almost the entire village. Imagine such stigma for a little girl at that age.

To cut the story short, this went on for quite a long time until she eventually died. This is what many young girls in many Northern Nigerian states experience even up till today – denial of childhood, early marriage, and pregnancy in under-age girls. These young girls are very vulnerable to disease such as fistula, HIV and other horrible diseases.

Girl-Child Marriage

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The marrying-off of girls at a tender age is more like the common tradition or way of life of many Northern-Nigerians especially the tribe known as ‘The Hausas.’ Marrying a female out by her parents or guardians before the age of 18 is a fundamental violation of human rights as declared by The Child Rights Act which was passed in the year 2003, but only 23 out of Nigeria’s 36 states have taken concrete steps to implement the minimum age of marriage.

In Nigeria, 43% of girls are married off before their 18th birthday. 17% are married before they turn 15. While data shows a 9% decline in the prevalence of child marriage since 2003, action is needed to prevent thousands of girls from being married in the coming years.

I believe that one of the reasons why these Northern Nigerian parents marry off these girls is for the sake of having MANY grand-children who would help them with labor work, enlarge their family, and for monetary reason. Some young married ladies of ages between 20-24 already have 4-5 children!

Nigerian Tribune recently shared the story of a girl named Wasila who is a mother of six. She narrated how she was forced into early marriage. She said: “At the time, I was in SSS 1 in a Government School because my parents couldn’t afford the fees of a private school. They persuaded and convinced me to marry a man who was of the same age as my father.” Sadly, she explained that she lost her husband when she was 5 months pregnant for her 6th child. She continued: “My husband, who died a natural death at the age of 79, made me a widow. I had to cater for six children and undertake other responsibilities.” She concluded by saying that today there are many girls in her shoes in the country, and that it was time girl-child marriage stopped in the country. The consequences are enormous.


The Consequences of Under-Age Marriage of Girls

Child-marriage denies a young girl of her right to good childhood, isolates her, terminates her education, and puts her at a higher risk of physical, sexual and psychological violence.

Stop Girl Child Marriage – How we can end it.

1. Empowerment of girls with information and skills
2. Providing girls especially those living in rural areas with quality education. Many studies have shown that it is more likely that a girl who marries as a child will come from a community where education for girls is not valued.
3. Educate the parents: some parents from traditional communities believe that child marriage is a way of protecting their daughters; providing for her economically so she will be taken care of, safeguarding her from harassment and sexual violence before she reaches puberty, and preventing premarital sex which is a taboo in many countries across the world, including Nigeria.
4. Economic support for these girls and their families. If you’re capable, you may also consider sponsoring a girl child. This will help girls that are vulnerable to child marriage.
5. Support the legislation against child marriage in every state of Nigeria.

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

September 13, 2018

HOW TO START YOUR OWN PERSONAL BLOG

So you finally want to start your own personal blog; you probably heard about the word 'blog’ from someone or you stumbled across the term somewhere, and you love the whole idea, and you’ve been wondering “how can I really start my own blog?” or what it actually involves to create a personal blog. Not to worry, in this blog post, I would be sharing with you what you need to start your personal blog easily and how to do it step-by-step. So relax and read on…

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I would be sharing practically all I did that made me successfully open this blog. But first of all, you need to understand what a personal blog actually is:

What is a personal blog?

 A personal blog is a kind of blog where you basically write about anything. Yes! Anything! You get to share about yourself, your lifestyle, stuffs you love; share photos & videos about your experiences, and you get to interact with your readers. It is a blog created as a hobby and is different from a business blog. And as a result, you get the opportunity to meet and connect with different people who share the same interests as you, and even other people in the blogging world.

You love this whole blogging idea, don't you? Cool! Now let’s continue with “How to create your own personal blog.”
I would like to divide this post into 2 sections:

  • What you should consider before starting your blog
  • Step-by-step procedures: How to start your personal blog


2 Things you should consider before starting your blog: 

1. One important thing you should take note of is that blogging isn’t for everyone. It should be done out of passion – you don’t have to jump into blogging simply because you heard people are doing it. So if you truly love to have a personal blog and you’re not considering doing it only because somebody else is doing it, then that’s very good.

2. Blogging requires consistency. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to post everyday; once or twice a week is good enough. Many people who jumped into blogging have sadly abandoned their blogs (this is closely related to my point above, where I talked about ‘passion’ for it). If you don’t have passion about the whole thing, you can’t be consistent – and to run a successful blog, you MUST be consistent, especially in writing and posting blog posts.

Step-by-step procedures: How to start your personal blog the right way 

I guess you’ve been waiting for this. Well, without taking much of your time, let’s dive straight into the procedures:

1. YOUR BLOG NAME/TITLE: 

First of all, think of the name you will love to give your blog. You may have it as your own name (e.g Mary Stacey’s Blog) or a phrase (e.g Life of Mary Stacey) or something else, just be creative and think of something that would attract readers to it.

If you need help with finding a suitable name for your blog, here are some blog name generators to help you:



Explore these domain name generators above, and I guarantee that you will be able to come up with the best name for your personal blog.


2. HOSTING FOR YOUR BLOG:

Now you’ve decided on your blog name/title, the next step is to choose where your blog would be hosted. There are so many hosting companies for blogs, and I’m going to recommend the best 4 which are most suitable for personal blogs:

i. WordPress: WordPress offers two varieties wordpress.org (paid version) and wordpress.com (free version). On wordpress.org, you have 100% full control over how your site looks and functions, and you can even make money from it. But the setup process is a little very complicated. So for a personal blog, you may use wordpress.com as it is much more easier to set up, customize and maintain – it just doesn’t provide full customization rights as the .org version.

ii. Blogger: I personally use this one for this blog – GirlieFix Blog, and this is because it is completely free to use, and very easy to understand, especially for someone who is not tech savvy. Although it is not complex to use and it is a good choice for newbie bloggers.

iii. Wix: Wix, as well is very free and easy to use. So all you need do is arrange the layouts, pick a template and you’re all set. You can either let the wix team create a site for you based on a questionnaire or build your blog yourself…

iv. Weebly: Weebly is another free blogging platform like Wix!
v. Tumblr: The interface of Tumblr is more playful than the other platforms listed above. It is simple, and has a more social media vibe.


3. PAID DOMAIN OR FREE DOMAIN?

A domain is a distinct subset of the Internet with addresses under them control of an individual or organization. Simply put, it would be the link that people can use to log on to your blog. For instance, the domain/URL of GirlieFix Blog is www.girliefix.com (This domain is a paid one). You can easily differentiate between a free domain and a paid domain by the words found in the URL of that blog. I used the free domain for this blog during the first few months after I started this blog, so my domain appeared as www.girliefix.blogspot.com . The presence of .blogspot then was an evidence that I was using a free domain.
Don’t worry; using a free domain is not bad especially for personal blogs. You can start with it, and later get your paid domain. For a free wordpress domain, it would appear as xyz.wordpress.com – but when you purchase your domain, the .wordpress is removed, and is changed to xyz.com

Do you want a paid domain? Then here’s how to get one for your personal blog:
If you want to begin with a free domain, then skip this sub-heading and jump to the next. If not, read on…

Search for your domain in the website of your preferred domain registrar and if it is available, you would have to purchase it for your blog. Just as there are many hosting companies, there are also several domain registrars. But I’m going to recommend the best few ones I know of. Please note that the price of domains varies from the URL estensions or endings. Asides .com, we have .net, .biz, .edu, .info, .me among many others, but for a personal blog that you want, I recommend that you get a .com for your blog.
Below are my recommended domain registrars:
i. Godaddy. I use GoDaddy for this blog, and it is the world’s biggest domain registrar currently managing more than 75 million domains for 17 million customers around the globe. Log on to https://uk.godaddy.com to buy yours ASAP.
ii. Namecheap. I also love NameCheap as it is very user-friendly and the prices are good. They also have a nice customer service.
iii. Name.com
iv. Google Domains


4. Get a blog theme or template

Now you have where your blog is hosted and you have the domain for your blog. Congratulations! The next step is to set up your blog. And one of the first things to do is to get a blog template. Also, there are the default blog templates, free installable blog templates, as well as the premium paid ones.

If you want to use blogger, wordpress or any of the others, you may decide to stick with any of their default templates, but if they don’t suit your taste, you would either have to search for free templates on the internet (there are lot of lovely ones out there) or buy a premium template which is usually classier. You may also tell a web designer to design a template personally for you.

For Wordpress, wpbeginner shared 59 best free wordpress blog themes for 2018
For Blogger, find free templates HERE or HERE.


5. Add widgets to your blog. 

To make things easier for yourself and your blog readers, you would need to add a couple of widgets to your blog. Such as the share buttons. The share buttons is very important and I strongly recommend that every blogger has it on his/her blog. Without having to copy and paste the url of a blog post, the share buttons make it easier for you and your audience to share your post to their preferable social media platform in one click.

I use addthis for the share buttons you see on this blog. Addthis also provides you with other widgets such as Follow Buttons, Link promotions, list building, and, related posts.

6. Tell your friends and family about your new personal blog.

Your first audience and blog readers would definitely have to be the people you know – your family and friends. Encourage them to start visiting it.

7. Create your first introductory post.

 And tell us who you are, and why you decided to blog. You don’t need to be formal, just use words you are free with. Don’t forget to share the introductory post on your social media platforms and with your friends, and encourage your readers to comment.

8. And that’s it! You’re now a blogger. Keep posting and enjoy this passion. So easy and straight-forward.

I would love to offer any help I can in creating your personal blog . If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop it in the comment box below and I’ll give you an answer ASAP.
You can also hire me to create and design a Blogger blog for you (something as beautiful as what you see in this blog) at an affordable price, send a message to my mail - afunsusan1@gmail.com

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Sunday, 9 September 2018

September 09, 2018

Depression: Signs and How to overcome it.

What really is Depression?

Wikipedia says: Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, tendencies, and sense of well-being. It is also a symptom of some physical diseases and a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments.

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Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that has been estimated to affect 1 in 20 individuals. It affects how you think, feel and behave, and can lead to various emotional and physical problems. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.6 percent of people over the age of 12 experience depression.
Depression can affect your relationships and reduce your productivity at work or school.

It is very important to understand that feeling down at times is a normal situation that happens in most people’s lives. Sad and distressful events occur in everyone’s life, and can make you feel down. But the difference is that when you feel miserable and hopeless on a consistent basis – that is the serious condition known as “Depression.” Depression is more than just feeling ‘down’ and is not the common mood swing.

Symptoms of Depression (Signs that you’re depressed)


  • Loss of interest in most regular activities
  • Angry outbursts
  •   Significant weight loss or gain
  • Tiredness, Fatigue or lack of energy
  •   Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt
  • Loss of concentration and inability to think straight at work or school
  • Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) or inability to sleep (insomnia)
  • Recurring  thoughts of suicide and death
  • Drug abuse
  • Slow thinking
  • Sluggish movement and social isolation
  • Sadness and low self esteem 

Of course, you may experience one or more of these symptoms. DO NOT ignore any of these symptoms if you notice them being persistent. If your mood doesn’t improve with time, do visit your doctor for medical attention. Depression is a serious condition, and it not only affects you, but your loved ones too.

What can make you depressed (Causes of depression)

Depression can be caused by the following reasons:
1. Distressful, grievous events or difficult life circumstances such as the loss of a loved one, economic problem, medical problems or a bad relationship.
2. Early childhood trauma (such as childhood rape or parental separation). Some events actually affect the way your body reacts to stressful situations.
3. Family history of depression, or another mood disorder. Some people develop depression because of their genetics.
4. Drug abuse and excessive alcohol intake. About 30%  of people who have a substance abuse problem experience depression.
5. Use of certain medications. Some certain drugs can trigger depression. Ask your doctor if need be.
6. Being excessively self-critical.
7. Depression can be caused by some other health problems; such as thyroid problems or vitamin-D deficiency.

The different types of depression

Depression ranges on how serious it is. It could be mild & temporary, or severe & ongoing.
There are two major types of depression: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD).

Major depressive disorder – Major depressive disorder is the most severe form of depression. It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that do not go away on their own. It is accompanied by psychosis. Psychosis can involve delusions – false beliefs and hallucinations (sensing things that do not exist)

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthmia) – It is a mild, but chronic form of depression. It often results in low productivity at school, home and work.


Another type is 'Seasonal Affective Disorder' (SAD) – Countries with long or severe winters seem to be affected more by this condition. It is related to reduced daylight of winter. The depression occurs during this season and lifts for the rest of the year.


Treatment for depression / How to overcome it.

It is highly recommended that you talk to your doctor about it. Since living with depression may be difficult, treatment can help you successfully cope. The treatments for depression are:
1. Use of a doctor’s recommended medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotic and antianxiety drugs.
2. You can as well speak with a psychotherapist to help you learn skills to overcome depression and negative feelings.
3. Get support from close ones. Talk it out to someone you trust – be it a family member or a good friend.
4. Meditation. Meditation has shown to be helpful for treating depression in clinical studies. Mindfulness meditation in particular has been shown to have a strong effect on lessening symptoms of depression, such as negative thinking and lack of focus.
5.  Exercising (especially aerobic exercises) Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes 3-5 days a week. This helps your body to produce certain hormones that help to improve your mood, thereby overcoming depression.
6. AVOID taking alcohol and use of hard drugs. They may temporarily make you feel better for a while, but the truth is that In the long run, they can worsen depression and other mood issues.
7. Take care of yourself, eat good healthy food, have enough sleep and rest.
8. Keep your mind and body involved in enjoyable activities, and try your best to avoid negative people.

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Saturday, 8 September 2018

September 08, 2018

Here's Why Every Girl should have a FEMALE role model

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  • What really is a role model?

A role model is any individual whose behavior, lifestyle, or success story is emulated by others, especially by the younger people. 

A role model can also be defined as someone whom you aspire to be like, either in the present or in the future. They are people whom you admire, and people you look up to for motivation. They can have a huge influence in your life.

  • Importance of role models – why we need them

Every one of us needs role models to inspire and motivate us to be better people in life. They are important as they serve as a guide through the stage of developing into who we really want to be. Our role models play a very important role in shaping our dreams and ambitions. They play an essential role for your positive growth and development.

As a girl, if you want to grow emotionally or mentally resilient, you would need to have some strong and successful examples around. So why not push the Kardashians aside, and focus more on inspirational women who are the real super heroes and would make better role models? 

  • Why is it better for a girl to have female role model than a male role model?

Males can certainly serve as good role models too; but there is a greater value in same-gender role modeling.
Read on…

  • Who can be your role model?

Your role model can be your parent, a celebrity, your teacher/lecturer, an athlete, a public figure, educator, a family member, community leaders, coaches, religious leaders or even a confident peer.

Find a role model who exemplifies an area which you have interest or where you need development. Most people chose their role models based on their career choice, for instance, an upcoming/aspiring tennis player may have Serena Williams or another successful tennis player as a role model. 

  • Traits to look out when choosing a role model (Qualities of a good role model)

A role model can be negative or positive. We are exposed to various people every day; both the negative and positive ones. It is your own decision to choose whose behavior you wish to emulate. 

Your chosen role model would definitely have a considerable impact on your choices and way of life. Your role model must have a positive impact on your life, and should be inspiring you to live a meaningful life.

A girl’s choice of role models affects how she views her own potentials.  Every girl needs to see confidence and accomplishment in her role model. 

If you’re still searching for a suitable woman to look up to as a role model, here are the key qualities and traits you should look out for:
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1. Good moral values. She must be able to behave in an ethically and morally acceptable manner. 
2. She should be intelligent and honest
3. She should be a strong, determined and successful woman
4. She should be positive and simple
5. Humility: She shouldn’t be a proud person, she should be humble. That thing called “fame” has gotten into the heads of many popular people as we’ve seen, and removed humility from their lives.  A good role model must be humble no matter how famous or popular she is.
6. She should be ambitious and success-driven in her field. This would serve as a good source of inspiration to you whose life ambition is similar to hers.
7. She should be Responsible and Hardworking. She should have a never-give-up attitude.
8. Integrity: 

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – oprah winfrey.

  • Can your role model be your mentor or vice-versa?

Yes. A role model may be someone who you know and interact with on a regular basis, or may be someone who you’ve never met, such as a public figure.



3 STRONG AND INSPIRING WOMEN TO SEE AS ROLE MODELS

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1. Oprah Winfrey (Philanthropist, Television Producer, Talk show host, Film actress & producer)


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Oprah Winfrey - Female Role Model #1
Oprah Winfrey was born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 29, 1954. She was raped for the first time at age 9 by her 19-year-old cousin. After a troubled adolescence in a small farming community, where she was sexually abused by a number of male relatives and friends of her mother, she moved to Nashville to live with her father, a barber and businessman, and that was where here success started to take course. It was at East Nashville High where she discovered her passion for media.  She secured a full scholarship to Tennessee State University in 1971 and began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville.

In 1976, Oprah Winfrey moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she hosted the TV chat show ‘People Are Talking’. The show became a hit and she stayed with it for 8 years, after which she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.M. Chicago. Within several months, Winfrey’s open, warm hearted personal style had won her 100,000 more views than her major competitor, Phil Donahue and had taken her show from last place to first in the ratings. Her success led to nationwide fame and a role in a 1985 film, The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Oprah Winfrey also launched The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986 as a nationally syndicated program. The show grossed $125 million by the end of its first year. She soon earned the respect of her viewers and was soon rewarded with an upsurge in popularity. 
The media giant contributed immensely to the publishing world by launching her “Oprah’s Book Club,” as part of her talk show. She later moved to her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2011.

According to Forbes magazine, Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century and the world’s only Black billionaire for three years running.  Life magazine hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation. In 2005, Business Week names her the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Oprah Winfrey is the only black woman on the Forbes list of the 400 richest people in America.

Oprah’s Angel Network has raised more than $50 million for charitable programs, including girls’ education in South Africa and relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Winfrey is also a dedicated activist for children’s rights.
In November 2013, Winfrey received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Barack Obama gave her this award for her contributions to her country.

Winfrey now has a lifestyle that she could only have dreamed of during her traumatic childhood. Oprah Winfrey is one very popular role model for many ladies and women all over the world.

Further reading on Oprah Winfrey’s biography and success can be seen at: 

Michelle Obama (Female Role Model #2)

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Michelle Obama - Female Role Model #2
Michelle Obama, born January 17,  1964 is an American lawyer and writer who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009-2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American First-Lady. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. 

Her father suffered from multiple sclerosis which had a profound emotional effect on her as she was growing up. She was determined to stay out of trouble and be a good student, which was what her father wanted her. Her father eventually died from complications from his illness in March 1991. She would later say that although he was the “hole in my heart” and “loss in my scar”, the memory of her father has motivated her each day since.

She recalled being fearful of how others would perceive her, but disregarded any negativity around her and used it “to fuel me, to keep me going.” She recalled experiencing gender discrimination growing up, saying, for example, that rather than asking her for her opinion on a given subject, people commonly tended to ask what her older brother thought. 

In May 2014, Michelle Obama joined the campaign to bring back school girls who had been kidnapped in Nigeria. The first lady tweeted a picture of herself holding a poster with the #bringbackourgirls campaign hashtag.
michelle obama bring back our girls campaign

In May 2006, Essence listed her among “25 of the World’s most Inspiring Women’. In July 2007, Vanity Fair listed her among “10 of the world’s Best Dressed People.” She also appeared on the 2008 People list of best-dressed women and was praised by the magazine for her “classic and confident” look. Michelle Obama has been praised for her sense of style, discipline and decorum.

A role model and inspiration to millions of girls around the world, Michelle too had to jostle with discrimination – both racial and gender, while making her way up the world. She learned early on that she had an immense precipice to conquer. But she always believed she had the wherewithal to push herself through the tough times.

 She believes, “There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices and persistence.” Talking about the spirit of never giving up, she states confidently, “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
She clearly states, “The difference between us and them, between you and success, is not that you never fail, but it’s how you recover from those failures – is that you keep getting up time and time again. You figure out what you did wrong, and then you make it right.”
'Education Is the Key to the future.' It was the reason why in 2015, she launched the ‘Let Girls Learn’ Initiative, through which she encouraged Americans to pursue higher education after high school and earn their identity and confidence through higher education.

Further Reading about Michelle Obama, check: 

Serena Williams (Female Role Model #3)

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Serena Williams - Professional Tennis Player

Serena Williams, born September 26, 1981 is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world no. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the no. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002.

At the age of three, practicing on a court not far from their family’s home, Serena withstood the rigors of daily 2-hour practices from her father. “When I was a little girl, my father and mother wanted me to play tennis,” she told the crowd in French after a victory. “And now I’m here, with 20 Grand Slam titles.”

Serena Williams has won 72 career single titles, 23 doubles titles, and two mixed doubles titles. This includes 39 Grand Slam titles, of which 23 are single titles, 14 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. Apart from that, she is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and has won more career prize money than any other female athlete.

She has been in and out of surgeries, including an emergency treatment regarding a blood clot in her lungs. In august 2003, Serena underwent knee surgery, and in September her half-sister Yetunde Price was murdered in Los Angeles, California. She had also stumbled badly at the 2012 French Open, enduring a first-round loss for the first time at a major tournament. But she was back in top form in July 2012, defeating 23-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska in an emotional three sets to claim here 5th Wimbledon title and first major championship in two years.

After winning her 23rd Grand Slam title at Australian Open, in June 2017 Forbes magazine put Serena Williams’ net worth at $27 million. Her career $84 million in prize winnings is almost $50 million in prize winnings is almost $50 million more than any other women’s tennis player.
In 2002, People Magazine selected her as one of its 25 Most Intriguing People. Essence magazine later called her one of the country’s 50 Most Inspiring African Americas.

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