The Forest

Beyond my windows is a forest, much like the one my family and I escaped to in 1942.  We escaped from the ghetto in the small town of Zhetel before it was liquidated and all of the remaining Jews, except for a few, were murdered.  My family and other families set up camps in the …

Comply or…

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart The weather's dismal. It matches my mood exactly. Today's World Teacher's Day but I can't celebrate it because I was fired. Why? I refused to use female pronouns for a transgender student. The student, born a male began identifying as a female. He and his mother wanted him to be referred to …

No Education Leads to Risk of Child Marriage

Photo by Monstera on Pexels.com On March 23, 2022, the first school year here in Afghanistan, I was excited about returning and eagerly looked forward to seeing my classmates and teachers again. I along with other students showed up bright and early only to find the doors closed and armed Taliban guards. My heart sank. …

Rehema’s Story

Getty's Image I was sitting in my room thinking how lucky I was to be here in London. It seemed like just the other day when my world had turned upside down. I left my home in Kenya when a woman whom I thought was my friend told me about a job at Pathfinder International, …

India’s Female Sugarcane Cutters

Image for representational use only. Image Courtesy : COUNTERVIEW.ORG Today, I was shocked to learn about female sugarcane cutters removing their wombs and was curious to find out why. A report by the Hindu Business Line revealed that seasonal migrant women workers have no other choice but to resort to hysterectomies so that they don’t …

The Digital Generation

When Girls Have Access to Technologies, A True Digital Revolution Will Be In Sight - IPS News Getty Image Today is International Day of the Girl Child and this year's theme is "Digital generation. Our generation". What is the digital generation? It is those who were born into or raised in the digital era. They …

Tough Times

Photo by Roger Bultot "How's it going, Joni?" Radica asked me as we stood outside of the antique shop. I look at her.  How would she react if I were to tell her that in exchange for free rent I’m having sex with my landlord?  I’ve no choice.  I’m a single mother.  I can’t lose …

Why I Left China

It has been five years since my father died.  My mother had passed away ten years ago. My father who was a kind and hardworking man, raised my younger sister, Ju and me. Life was hard for us, especially since we were Christians. My father was the reason why I left China for good.  It …

Canada’s New National Holiday

Image by Government of Canada Today is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This holiday was proposed in 2015 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which under Action 80 called upon the federal government, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, to establish a statutory holiday “to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, …

Malcolm’s Story

Image by iStock I'm a single father because my wife, Keisha died in hospital. This shouldn't have happened. Keisha should still be alive and here with our son, Byron and me. Shortly after Keisha gave birth to Byron, I noticed that the fluid in her Foley catheter, the thin tube inserted in patients to drain …

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