THE DECADE OF RESILIENCE

THE DECADE OF RESILIENCE

Another decade has come to an end and I’m finding it difficult to comprehend how much time has gone by. If I could only choose one word to sum up this entire decade, I would choose resilience. Why perhaps you may ask? On a larger scale, the power of resilience became the forefront of many social movements that have peaked during these past ten years. The world has witnessed advocates, agents, and champions of change demonstrating courage and building their resilience in the face of adversity. While there is still a great deal of work to be done, the resilience that have sparked from the people of this decade has paved the way for the work that will continue onto the next.  Continue reading “THE DECADE OF RESILIENCE”

CHRISTCHURCH

CHRISTCHURCH

I cannot seem to find the rights words to express the sadness, anger, and frustration following the senseless violence that unravelled in Christchurch, New Zealand. Upon hearing the news, all I could think about were the lives that were lost and the families and friends whose lives have changed from this unprecedented terror attack. As media outlets continue to update the world on new reports, my heart has been overflowing with a heavy feeling inside. While thoughts and prayers are often expected after such tragedy, the world needs to collectively come together now and take action.

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TO ALL MY LADIES

TO ALL MY LADIES

To all my ladies in the place with your own style and grace, today and every day I celebrate us. I celebrate all of our cultural, social, political, and economic achievements and the movements that were created to solidify our sisterhood. I celebrate our determination, commitment, strength, and power to advance gender equality and support our rights. I celebrate our mothers, daughters, sisters, and allies who have championed gender equality through social innovation and advocacy. Lastly, I celebrate the women that came before us, the women that we have become, and the women of tomorrow. Continue reading “TO ALL MY LADIES”

WOMEN, GENDER EQUALITY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

WOMEN, GENDER EQUALITY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Identified by changes in temperature, precipitation, winds, and other indicators, climate change is often referred to as a long-term shift in weather conditions (Government of Canada, 2015). According to the Government of Canada (2015), climate change can involve both changes in average conditions, as well as, changes in variability such as extreme events. While existing literature focuses on the economic consequences of climate change, additional attention is required on the social impacts of this Continue reading “WOMEN, GENDER EQUALITY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE”

WOMEN AND THE WATER CRISIS

WOMEN AND THE WATER CRISIS

It was the conversation that I had with my brother that motivated me to write this post. My brother, a fourteen-year-old average teenager, is notorious for taking long showers. Lasting approximately forty-five minutes to an hour, it was the constant banging on the bathroom door that triggered me to say enough is enough.

Imagine if getting a drink of water or simply taking a shower was not as simple as turning on your tap or shower faucet. Imagine going through your day without access to clean and safe water in your home for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing whenever Continue reading “WOMEN AND THE WATER CRISIS”

TRAVELLING WITH PURPOSE

TRAVELLING WITH PURPOSE

And then I realized, travelling is the best way to learn – Anonymous 

Throughout my life I have been given the opportunity to travel on amazing trips filled with unique experiences that have had a lasting impact on my life. With every city or country I have visited, the venturesome experiences and the different perspectives I have gained has helped shape my desire to continue travelling. It gave me a platform to diversify my experiences; shaping my life as I discover myself, my purpose, my true desires and potentials while I venture out in a new place.  Continue reading “TRAVELLING WITH PURPOSE”

IMPUNITY

IMPUNITY

I have come to a decision of adding a new category on my blog where I will be sharing with you some of the work that I have done revolving around social justice. By this means, I will be sharing with you some of my school papers that I have written and while I do not consider myself an expert, the opinions expressed in all of my posts are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of my employer, organization, committee or other group or individual. Combatting and ending impunity has been one of my life-long goals thus, in pursuit of international justice for perpetrators of horrific crimes, this post will explore the different forms of impunity relative to genocide, civil war, and other conflicts. Continue reading “IMPUNITY”

WOMEN’S MARCH ON CHICAGO

WOMEN’S MARCH ON CHICAGO

Saturday, January 21, 2017 will be a day I will never forget. A day that will forever live in my memory and define me as the woman I am today. On the morning of January 21, 2017, marchers gathered in Downtown Chicago at East Jackson Boulevard and South Lake Shore Drive, with a mission to make their voices heard and to support one another in protecting and furthering women’s rights and civil liberties.

That morning, I had the opportunity to march with more than 250,000 beautiful individuals of different colours, backgrounds, religious faiths, and politics. Individuals Continue reading “WOMEN’S MARCH ON CHICAGO”

EMBARKING ON A MISSION TRIP

EMBARKING ON A MISSION TRIP

Come May 2017, I will be embarking on a mission. A mission I’ve been longing to complete since ninth grade. A mission to volunteer my time and help those who need it the most. A mission to empower myself and youth across the globe. A mission to give back to my world and create sustainable change.

Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew I wanted to travel to developing countries and volunteer my time to help those who need it most. It all began when my grandmother showed me something on television around six-years old. On a small television that sat in my living room, I watched as my eyes began to quickly see the truth about the world.

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