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Thursday, 1 November 2018

November 01, 2018

Top 5 most Inspiring Female Disney Characters.

 
The 11 Disney princesses
Here's a list of Disney's most inspiring female princesses. It's all about #GirlPower! Be inspired...
Here's our list:

  • Pocahontas
  • Princess Jasmine from 'Aladdin'
  • Cinderella
  • Elsa from 'Frozen'
  • and Belle from 'Beauty and the Beast.'

Pocahontas. 

pocahontas disney

Pocahontas is arguably one of the strongest of Disney princesses. She is a brave female warrior who strived to bring peace to her people while saving John Smith's life as well.

She was bold. She stood up for what she believes in. Standing up for what you believe in takes courage, but wouldn't you rather raise your voice and find your true love, rather than allow him to be mercilessly bludgeoned to death?

She also listened to her heart, stayed focused and followed the beat of her own drum.
Finally and importantly, she taught us that we shouldn't always choose the safest paths in life.

  Princess Jasmine, from 'Aladdin'.

princess jasmine from aladdin movie
In Aladdin, Princess Jasmine fights traditional norms and follows her heart to fight for what she wants. Jasmine was fearless as she challenged tradition and kept moving forward. Jasmine was sassy and independent. She taught us to be your own person. Don't be who everyone else wants you to be, be who you want to be.

She also taught us an important lesson. We are nobody's possession, so demand to be treated like a person and not a possession.

Finally, she also taught us that dreams do come true, there may be obstacles getting there but in the end, things will work out the way they are supposed to.

 Cinderella.

Cinderella never stopped dreaming! She had faith in her dreams.
cinderella disney movie

She endured living with her cruel step-mother and step-sisters, she also had an optimistic attitude.
Cinderella was brave, she understood her self-worth and she took chances - she knew that she was more than a mere maid! Even after a long day of house work, she still had courage to say,"I may be treated like a housemaid, but I deserve to go to the royal ball too!" She refused to give up and believed in herself!

Cinderella also prove to us that no matter how the exterior looks to others, inner beauty will always shine through!

 Elsa, from Frozen.

elsa, from disney frozen

Elsa helped Olaf's dream to become a reality by giving him his own personal flurry - the perfect, simple solution that no one predicted. She prove to him that nothing is impossible, and you should never let menacing odds discourage you from dreaming.

Elsa said "Let it go!" She said it the best: the past is in the past. Whatever's happened to you, whatever choices you've felt before today, make a decision to let it all go right now. No amount of worrying will change the past, but it will rob you of your chance for happiness in the present.

Elsa also taught us to be yourself, and never apologize for it.

Belle, from 'beauty and the beast'.

belle from disney beauty and the beast

Belle was strong! She was able to look her opponent into the eye. Upon first glance at the beast, she was unshaken, she whispered to her father "I am not afraid"

Belle was never ashamed to be herself. Despite all the snarky comments and remarks the townspeople made about her for being odd or peculiar, she didn't allow their ridicule keep away from being intelligent. Belle's insatiable thirst for knowledge inspires us to learn something new everyday.

She was an intelligent and smart young lady who successfully unlocked the beastly, selfish prince from a magical spell. Don't let your fears get in the way of new experiences.

Remember that belle was also very courageous, kind and full of compassion.

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Who is your favorite disney character? Which other Disney character inspires you? Which of these childhood movies were your favorite?
Let me know in the comments!

Kindly share this post if it got you inspired! 💛

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

October 31, 2018

15 Real & Important Relationships Goals - that you actually want!

What are your own relationship goals?

Image via: HighStreet

Every day, when we go online we see a lot of #RelationshipGoals memes all over the social media – Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and the others. There’s so much hype that ‘relationship goals’ is all about posting some sweet cute couple pictures – which are mostly fake.

When some people simply want to draw others attention to their relationship, they post a really cute/sexy picture of themselves with their bf/gf with the hash tag ‘RelationshipGoals.’ And boom! There are a lot of likes and 'awww' comments.

The truth is that some of these #relationshipgoals  images look so cute but frankly most times they are over exaggerated. And it leaves some of us ‘wowed’ – “Aww, I want this kind of relationship.”

“From long dramatic declarations of love on an instagram picture to cuddling in positions that seem extremely uncomfortable, some relationships goals make me want to roll my eyes until forever.”
 – says Jessica Booth from Gurl 

The bitter truth is that most of all these #relationshipgoals pictures that get thousands of likes, comments and shares are not even authentic! Most of those couples do it just to gain attention and for internet fame. And they know within themselves that the way they appear as a couple on the internet is not how they really are to themselves – how petty! Then we see their pictures, what we think is “OMG! This is a perfect relationship.” Is there even any perfect relationship? What they post is the (unreal) relationship goals.

You can make your relationship look so perfect and amazing online, but that won’t make it the same way in reality. Those people make it look like Relationship Goals is not until you both take a picture of yourselves cuddling or kissing while watching a movie under the bright moon, or something like that. But there is so much more to that when we talk of Relationship Goals.

What are the real relationship goals you actually want in your life? Let your wish relationship goal(s) be all about facts and not mere fantasies. Let it be those goals that would lead to a long-term relationship, a relationship that would give you complete happiness and one that would inspire you.
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14 important and real relationships goals you actually want:

1. Having a guy who inspires you to be a better girl. This means, not just placing all your focus on the cute/handsome guy but also ensuring that he is able to also support your goals, and inspire you to be who you really should be.

2. Being more than just romantic partners. It’s not just all about all the kissing and romance…

3. Having someone you can trust with (at least almost) all your heart.  Can you trust him with your deepest secrets, and not be worried that one day it might leak out?

4. Lack of fear of a break up, even after a disagreement or quarrel. One important relationship goal is getting into a quarrel and realizing that that quarrel doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to break up. After being together for a while, you should be able to realize that little arguments every once in a while is normal and isn’t the end of your relationship.

5. Being each other’s bestie. You know each other inside out. There’s this saying that “love is friendship set on fire.” So set it on fire, and then that’s the real relationship goal!

6. Being able to get along with each other’s parents. A relationship goal is when you are able to stay alone with his mom/dad and relate with them without fears. Some girls are in a relationship where none of his family knows you’re both dating – that’s no relationship goal.

7.  Being able to be you always – I mean the real you. He should be able to still see you as his super-model with or without makeup, even when you’re not putting on the most attractive dress.

8. Personal trust. Can you leave your phone lying around without a password? And can he do the same? This can be possible because you both know you aren’t hiding anything from each other. And not only that, but also because you both trust each other so much that you won’t even bother secretly going through his phone. Can you hear a message notification from his phone while he is not there, without having a huge urge to immediately check who is texting him? That’s a big relationship goal!

9. Being future-oriented. Are you both planning on taking the relationship to a higher level sooner or later? If you don’t have any plans, then what’s the purpose of your relationship? Temporary stuff?  Have long-term goals for your relationship, and not just by saying it, but also working towards them. Make the relationship last forever!

See also:  20 secrets for a healthy relationship


10. Not feeling the need to text each other 24/7. Speaking of texting, you should want to get to the point in your relationship where you two don’t feel the need to be glued to your phone exclusively texting each other.

11. Being able to hang out with your own friends (both male & female) without him having to disturb with so many calls and messages, just wanting to know what you’re doing at every moment.

 See also: 10 Important Tips to Dating Right


12. Being able to act funny and weird around each other. You should be completely comfortable with being the real “you” around each other – not always trying to be the perfect dope girl.

13. Not feeling pressurized to write about how awesome your relationship is, because you don’t need to. There is nothing wrong in showing the world how you feel about bae. But it is very important that we understand that relationships are about two people, not about the attention two people can get by making others jealous.

14. For better, for worse. Relationship is not a bed of roses, there are always going to be challenges. Would your partner still stick with you when you’re in a worse health condition? Can he stick with you when things are not going well for you? Think well about it…

What other relationship goals do you feel are not in this post? Comment below, and let me know what you think about the relationship goals you actually want. :)

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Saturday, 27 October 2018

October 27, 2018

Deaf Twins, Hermon and Heroda Break Disability & Inspire Through Style

Hermon and Heroda Berhane, deaf twin sisters from Eriteria are breaking every barrier of being deaf. They did not not allow their disability to limit their ability and ambition. Hermon and Heroda are inspiring others through their style, by breaking stereotypes and barriers towards deaf people.
deaf twins, hermon heroda berhane,fashion bloggers at being her



I find the story of these twin sisters very intriguing and inspiring!

Hermon and Heroda are fashion bloggers at BeingHer where they share their love for fashion, photography and culture. They are twins with different personality but one lifestyle. They are not only fashion bloggers, but have a blossoming career in modelling and acting.

They were both seven years old when they mysteriously went deaf at thesame time!
According to the twins, "We both suffered our loss of hearing under strange circumstances. We were seven years old, playing outside (in our hometown in Eritrea) one moment we could hear, the next we couldn’t. We refuse to allow being deaf to define or hold us back and we believe that being yourself is the most powerful beauty product available, so we use it.”

Earlier on, It took their parents a long time to realize the girls were deaf. “We were playing together in the backyard of our parents’ house; our mother was trying to call our names, and we did not hear at all,” they said.

deaf twins, hermon and heroda berhane,fashion bloggers at being herRecently, the twins shared via their Instagram page, this caption…

 “We found our identity at boarding school. Sign language was so beautiful, and the deaf community just became our family. Within the hearing world, it can be lonely. As soon as we were in that deaf world, we fitted in. It was where we belonged. Signing is physical and beautiful. It’s visual, it relies quite a lot on facial expressions and a positive vibe. We want to educate you on what sign language means and give you a sense of deaf awareness. You need to be more open minded and learn sign language. Our identity is so important to us because if we weren’t deaf, we would simply not be the way we are now. Life for us would be so different, we are proud of who we are, and our deafness is a part of that. Being deaf hasn’t held us back from doing what we want in our lives.”

“We had quite a lot of barriers throughout our life especially our careers, but we fight for it…we have to use our deafness and being black women to break these barriers. Our bond is unbreakable. We do many things, we can finish each other’s sentences, read each other’s minds and feel each other’s pain. Yes, it’s real.”

“Hermone’s acting career started when she travelled to South America and mine started when I landed a role for a television commercial. We both have blossoming careers in modelling and acting and now we have a fashion blog, ‘Being her’ is where we model affordable urban and traditional Eritrean outfits.”

deaf twins, hermon and heroda berhane,fashion bloggers at being her

“Being deaf doesn’t stop us from what we want to do because we can do anything except hear. People are hungry for real inspiration…and we want to tell them that deaf people can do it too. We want to tell people around the world that you should embrace disability, not hide from it.

“Life may not be the party we hoped for. But while we’re here we should dance”

Isn't it so beautiful how these adorable twins, Hermon and Heroda Berhane are successfully breaking every barrier of their disability, and inspiring the world through their style?
October 27, 2018

Rape: #JusticeForOchanya (The complete story about the 13-year-old Victim)

The 13-year-old girl, Elizabeth Ogbaje Ochanya who died of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) after being a victim of both anal and vaginal molestation/ rape by her 52-year-old uncle and his son. These horrible events went on continuously for 5 years (I.e. since she was 8 years) by both father and son taking turns on her till she eventually died.
Elizabeth Ogbaje Ochanya - Victim

The Complete Story of Ochanya’s Tragedy

Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbaje died on October 18th 2018.

According to multiple reports, Ochanya had been molested, defiled, drugged and abused since she was 8-years by her 52-year-old uncle and his son. Her uncle is a knight of the catholic church and also a lecturer, while the son is a final year student at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria.
Ochanya's Rapists - The uncle and his son

According to Vanguard, Ochanya said, “It all started in 2013 when I came to live with my mother’s sister in Ugbokolo because there was no school in my village.” “When I was 8 years old, the son started sleeping with me and when his sister caught him, she reported him to their father and the father scolded him. From there, the father also started sleeping with me.”

The constant rape, drugging and molestation seriously started destroying her physical and mental health at 12, the year she before she finally died. She fell very sick in June 2018.

The Founder of Restorer of PathCare Foundation, Evagelist Enewa Soo was the one who took Ochanya to the hospital where it was discovered that her health had been damaged from vaginal and anal rape, and she had contacted Vesico Vaginal Fistula and other heath conditions.

Justice for Ochanya!

Many Nigerians and other activists have joined the campaign #justiceforochanya on their various social media platforms and pages. Some street protests have also been held in Benue state, and other states like Lagos, Abuja, Benue and Delta states. The culprits must be brought to face justice!
justice for ochanya rape protest
Nigerians protesting...

Trade Union congress of Nigeria (TUC) has also demanded Justice for Ochanya. Part of their statement reads thus:
“Truth be told, the incidences of rape have continued because the country is not doing enough to curb it. The act in itself is bad, but worse when minors are the victim. To imagine the mental torture the deceased went through in itself should be a torture to sane minds, especially women.”

“One, however, wonders how these things happened under the roof of Mrs. Ogbaje without her knowledge: we suspect foul play here!”

“We want to cease this opportunity to condemn the “loud silence” of victims and relatives when a rape has taken place. If rape is a crime of aggression with the sole aim of having sexual intercourse without the consent of the other person then we must not keep quiet.”

“The shame and stigmatization of rape victims have been going on for long and it has not done the women folk any good. Statistics of incidences of rape cases available has shown that if the country (especially the lawmakers, security agencies, trade unions and non-governmental organizations) do nothing drastic, soon the magnitude will so increase that every home becomes a potential victim.”

“To have carnal knowledge of a little girl raped through the anus and vagina since she was eight is unimaginable and a crime against humanity, especially the womenfolk. We urge the judiciary and security agencies not to sweep this very case under the carpet.”

Over to Everybody…

say no to rape

To girls, we should all be very much aware of rape. Never be afraid to speak up if anyone threatens you with rape. Tell somebody trust-worthy about it. Don’t be quiet, expose every culprit and run away from rape. Anybody can be rapists, including family members and so-called ‘friends.’

To past victims of rape, don’t allow the stigma of rape to swallow you up. Report the culprit early enough. Don’t pity them. And most importantly, try to move on with your life, seek advice from counselors.

To the society, together we can put an end to rape in our country and the world at large. Be your brother’s/sister’s keeper. Watch out for your neighbors and friends. Support the movement against rape, and always report any suspicious culprit of rape.

To parents, please try as much as possible to have a good relationship with your girls. Talk to them, listen to them, and create enough time to discuss about their life. No girl deserves to be raped!

To the government, create and enforce extremely strict and drastic rules for anyone found guilty of rape. Let’s create a rape-free world.
Together we can put an end to rape!

We say NO to rape! Join us by sharing this post to your favorite social media page.

#NoToRape #JusticeForOchanya.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

October 23, 2018

"World of Girls" - Join our Group for Teen and TWeen Girls.

Yaaaaaay! We now have our facebook group!

Group Description - World of Girls.

Welcome to the World of Girls!
This is a closed group is a home for Teen & TWeen Girls all over the world!

Our group is taking a whole new look! As this group is getting larger, it’s high time we really understood what we are all about. And that is the purpose of this post 😊

What do we do here?

• We motivate, encourage & support one another💪
• We discuss issues pertaining to living as girls😉
• We open up and share each others’ challenges👭
• You get FREE lifestyle tips about female health, beauty, body-care & relationship from our admin(s) 💕

Our Tradition & Basic Rules:

• Our group is a positive atmosphere for Love.💗 Share the love! No discrimination of any form is allowed here. Every member should have mutual-respect for one another.
• Every member is FREE to post on this group anytime (as long as it is related in one way or the other to “girls”) Share interesting/inspiring/informative/educational posts. Non-related posts WOULDN’T be approved by the admin(s)
• If you find a MALE in this group, please notify the admin for immediate removal. This group is strictly for girls & young ladies. ✌️👌
• FOR NEW MEMBERS: When you join the group, please post a selfie of yourself and introduce yourself to us. We can’t wait to know you! 💕💕
• All members are enjoined to participate ACTIVELY in the group. Post often, react to people’s posts & leave good comments too! This would be highly appreciated. 
• Giveaways, contests, shoutouts & free stuffs will commence soon! Once we hit 5k members! 💥👏
• Pretty, help our community grow. Feel free to add your female friends to the group.
• What else? Enjoy the group, have fun & meet new people.



You are welcome to our family, Click the link below to join:
https://web.facebook.com/groups/161892581062050/
OR
Login to your facebook account and search for "World of Girls" group.

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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.
#nobraday reason why

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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Picture: Share Net Burundi


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.

See also:


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!

See also:


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!

If you enjoyed reading this post, kindly share using the share buttons at the top of this post. Let's give Us a Voice! 💞💪

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.
LITTLE MIX GIRL POWER
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.

raye, british singer - writes girl power anthem for little mix
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."

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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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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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