No Time For Fear — Politicking Girls: Why Political Representation Matters

Over the past couple weeks, a few stories in the political realm have really struck me and I bookmarked them to discuss in this week’s column. Without further ado, let’s dive in. On Oct. 21, the New York Times published a piece about female lawmakers in Japan. It popped up in my notifications, and I was intrigued so I clicked on the article and was blown away — and not in a good way. According to the article, Japan has one of the worst records in the world for female representation in politics and ranks 165th out of 193 countries. Women hold just over 9 percent of seats in the lower house of...

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Art Review: Girlhood by Joyce Kozloff

Last week, I had the pleasure of going to Joyce Kozloff’s exhibit, Girlhood, in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. Girlhood was featured at the DC Moore Gallery from October 5 to November 4. It was an interesting, eclectic collection that I really enjoyed. The mixed media exhibition stems from folders of carefully preserved grade school art, which the artist found while cleaning out her parents’ house after they passed away. The childhood drawings were then carefully arranged with the artist’s meticulously painted maps, charts, infographics and other geographical knowledge. In a DC Moore...

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No Time For Fear — Politicking Girls: Undocumented girl detained after surgery

This week’s column honestly makes me so mad I don’t even know what to do or where to start. It’s just awful, heartbreaking and in my opinion, absolutely unnecessary. Last week, federal immigration agents detained a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after she was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint enroute to the hospital, where she had emergency surgery. The girl, Rosa Maria Hernandez, was born in Mexico but has been living in Laredo, Texas, since she was three months old. After her surgery, she was taken to a facility in San Antonio where children who arrive alone in the United States,...

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No Time for Fear – Politicking Girls: Girls Speak Out Event for IDG 2017

This week’s column is slightly different, as I had the opportunity to attend an event in New York City at the United Nations last week. October 11, 2017 marked the 6th annual International Day of the Girl and the 5th annual Girls Speak Out event at the United Nations. I left the event feeling more inspired and motivated to fight for change than ever before. The U.N. theme for IDG this year was “Justice for Girls.” Several speakers repeatedly and rightly stated that justice for girls is vital for a just society. Justice for girls means equal access to a quality education, freedom from...

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No Time for Fear – Politicking Girls: Saudi Arabia to Let Women Drive

In a chaotic world that seems to be filled with nothing but news and images of natural disasters and humanitarian crises, this next bit of news was pleasantly surprising. Last week, Saudi Arabia announced the end of restrictions that forbid women from driving. Women will be allowed to seek driver’s licenses starting in June 2018. Saudi leaders hope the decree will aid in public relations and benefit the economy by allowing more women into the workforce. Currently, many working Saudi women spend a large portion of their salaries on drivers or are driven to work by male relatives. While the...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Yemen Crisis Impacts Millions of Girls

The conflict in Yemen has been ongoing since March 2015, affecting millions of women and girls. A March 2017 BBC report cited that more than 7,600 people have been killed and 42,000 injured in the last two years. The conflict and a blockade imposed by a Saudi-led multi-national coalition has led to 70 percent of the population needing some form of humanitarian aid. The unrest stems back to a rocky 2011 political transition following an uprising. During the uprising, the balance of power shifted from longtime president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to his deputy, Mr. Hadi. In 2014, Houthi rebels...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Thousands of Girls Impacted by the Fate of DACA

Imagine growing up in an American neighborhood, going to school, getting involved in youth sports and other activities. Then trying to get a job or apply to college and finding out you are undocumented, even though you feel as American as your next-door neighbor. Many girls and young women in the United States today face this situation, and the U.S. needs to do more to help them. Immigrant rights have been a hot button issue in the United States for decades. Immigrants and immigration reform has become even more pressing under the current administration. The administration is seemingly torn...

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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day today!

Every August 26, the United States observes Women’s Equality Day. The day commemorates the anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote on a national level. The 1920 certification was the result of a decades-long civil rights movement that began in 1848 at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls. 2017 marks 97 years since ratification of the 19th Amendment. Representative Bella Abzug introduced Congressional legislation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Every U.S. president since 1972 has issued a proclamation in support and...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Small steps of progress for women and girls worldwide

For this week’s column, I was debating writing about a few different topics that impact girls. It’s been a rough political week, both in the United States and worldwide, and I decided to do something different. I’ll be back to my regular formatted column next time. Instead, this week’s column is a round up of three stories of varying significance that I’ve been following lately. All of the stories, I hope, are going to positively affect the lives of girls and allow them to reach their full potential. The first story I’ve been following is news from out of El Salvador. I previously...

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Celebrate International Youth Day!

Today — August 12 — is International Youth Day. Enacted in 1999 by the United Nations, the day raises awareness for issues young people face. The first International Youth Day was celebrated on August 12, 2000. Each year, the day has a theme; this year’s is “Youth Building Peace.” Past themes have been about mental health, civic engagement and poverty and sustainability. Young people are critical in preventing conflict and sustaining peace. The UN says of the day: “International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation...

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