The spoon trick – to escape forced marriages and sex trafiking

The “metal spoon technique” involves a victim tucking a metal spoon in their underwear before going through airport security to trigger the metal detectors. Doing so will result in the individual being taken away for a detailed search, giving them the opportunity to raise the alarm in a safe and private manner if they are being forced to leave the country against their will.


Greta Thunberg meets Malala Yousasfai

Greta Thunberg, climate activist from Sweden, and Malala Yousafasai, girls rights activist from Pakistan, met and took pictures together for the first time.

Yousafzai, the 22-year-old Pakistani-born education champion and human rights advocate, became the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in 2014. She’s worked tirelessly in her own country to bring awareness to the educational rights of girls and women and was attacked by the Taliban while at school and shot in the head for speaking up for girls’ education.

Thunberg, the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist responsible for galvanizing the younger generation to work towards a more sustainable environment and stop to global warming, has been nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Thunberg and Yousafzai have always been in mutual admiration of each other’s work. When Thunberg joined climate strikes in New York City last year, Yousafzai tweeted her support, saying, “I’m so happy to see that young women around the world are leading the climate movement. Thank you to girls like @GretaThunberg for using your voice, speaking truth to power — and encouraging other young people to do the same.”

The pair finally met in person while Thunberg was in the UK this week to join the school strike in Bristol.

(from Julie Scagell’s post in Scarry Mommy)


2 great athlete Moms win gold at world Championship

Allyson Felix didn’t let being a Mom stop her from becoming a record-breaking runner

Winning 11 gold medals at IAAF World Championship track and field events is no small feat. Up until this week, only two people had ever managed to do it: world renowned Usain Bolt, and Allyson Felix.

But Felix no longer has to share that record. At the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, this week, she and her team won gold in the mixed-gender 4×400 meter relay, setting a world record for their time in the process. But that gold medal means Felix has surpassed Bolt and now holds the world record for most World Championship medals, with 12 to her name alone. Oh, and she did it just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter via an emergency C-section.


Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is not only the first mom to win the 100m title, she’s the oldest woman to do it too

Who says having kids has to slow you down? Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made history on Sunday, winning the 100-meter final at the World Championships in Doha. Sure, she has won the same race three times in the past, but this time it was extra special as it marks the first time a mother has ever sprinted to victory in the event. At 32, she is also the oldest woman to win it, making her doubly kick ass.