Women are to be respected

Today is International Women’s Day.

Every day, women are harassed in the street simply for being women. In other words: Every time we step out the house, we run the risk of being shouted at, catcalled, or assaulted.

Brooklyn (New York) artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is using street art to take a place where women feel uncomfortable and turn it into a place where we cannot be ignored.
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These two posters have a clear message. The first one means that if a woman is wearing a short skirt or a sexy dress, it does not allow men to treat her differently. Her clothes are NOT an invitation to strangers to approach her or make comments!
The second one means that a woman who walks in the street is just a PERSON who walks in the street, she is not there for strange men to look at her or talk to her.

International Women’s Day March 8th

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Here is a message from the UN (United Nations) about International Women Day:

“International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

This year’s theme, “Equality for women is progress for all” emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role of women as agents of development.”

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Shirley Chisholm (1924 – 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant parents. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. She fought for human rights and was an inspiration to many women.

Malala Yousafzai awarded European prize for freedom of thought

(A video from The Guardian is after the article – click on the link to view it)malala-europe

16 years old Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago after campaigning for better rights for girls in Pakistan, has received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg.

The 50,000 euro ($65,000) prize is considered Europe’s top human rights award.

“I am hopeful the European Parliament will look beyond Europe to the suffering countries where people are still deprived of their basic rights, their freedom of thought is suppressed, freedom of speech is enchained,” Ms Yousafzai said.

“Many children have no food to eat, no water to drink and children are starving for education. It is alarming that 57 million children are deprived of education… this must shake our conscience.”

She began her speech with a famous quote from 18th Century French philosopher Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

She said children in countries such as Pakistan “do not want an iPhone, a PlayStation or chocolates, they just want a book and a pen”.

MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) gave her a standing ovation.

You can see her and listen to parts of her speech here :

Malala Yousafzai awarded Sakharov prize for freedom of thought – video | World news | theguardian.com.

I am Malala : a rap song about freedom for girls.

Lyrics :

Look, I wanna make a nation proud, one day we’ll say things loud and be free

with the power of our speech we can change our world and how it’s perceived

we’ve got doubts and beliefs but not one thing’s truly out of our reach

don’t tell me the sky’s the limit cause nothing can pull me down

when I dream I’m working on turning ‘em into a reality and opening eyes

and sharing a vision with every person who had chosen to be blind

I wanna focus their minds to show that despite we’re broken inside

we can stand powerful together without a cloak or disguise

I hope in the future that I can look back on a new generation that’s peaceful

that’s grateful they’re equal cause those before made a change for the people

with paints and an easel we picture perfect drew our attention to making the most of our time

creating more than useless inventions

I’m only young so I guess it’s down for you to decide

would you choose to fight for what you believe in would you do what is right

if I needed you would you stand tall with me right here by my side

be the change you want to see, take a look through my eyes

I am Malala I am infinite hope I am Malala, I am, I am, I am I am Malala I am infinite hope

I am Malala, I am, I am, I am I am Malala

They say the harder the culture, they say the harder the girl

I say the smarter the girl, then the stronger our world

from a country where we made fortunes of others’ misfortunes

and betray our own people then we mourn for a portion of time

always taught to fight for my rights

Malala fought for education then she fought for her life

it’s hard to strive to be better when oppressed by the suppressors

treated like the lesser, just be clever ignore the ignorance

from the ignorant society is ridiculous but it’s the world that we’re living in

chauffeurs our drive and denies our desire being silent doesn’t help,

it adds fuel to the fire how can somebody young like me even find any truth

when nobody’s looking for truth in the youth life isn’t a choice,

so who are we to say what’s void and Malala gave a voice to me cuz…

hard work and talent equals infinite growth

in school a child and a teacher equals infinite hope…  🙂

Malala Yousafzai goes back to school – YouTube

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban in Pakistan for advocating girls’ education, attended her first day of school in Birmingham, England, weeks after being released from hospital.

The 15-year-old, who is among nominees for this year’s Nobel peace prize, described her return to school as the most important day of her life, as she joined other students in Birmingham.

“I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity,” she said.

Malala Yousafzai goes back to school – YouTube.