The Holy Stairs, Martin Luther & Indulgences

Dushan was waiting in a café for Chioma so that they could go to Archbasilica of Saint John in Laterano and also to see the famous Scala Sancta, known as the Holy Stairs believed to be part of Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem and are the same ones Jesus climbed before being tried by the …

Christmas Service, Cruise & More

It was Christmas Day and that morning, he attended Christmas church service at St Martins in the Field in Trafalgar Square with Chioma. It was an uplifting service with Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir who performed Mary's Nativity. It had been ages since he had been in a church. Afterwards, they went on the Christmas Day …

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 …

Aiko’s Grievance

"I was reading about the Lucy Stone League," Aiko said to her husband, Hiraku. "What's that?" he asked glancing up from his cell phone. "It's a women’s rights organization founded in 1921 was named after Lucy Stone, the first married woman in the United States to carry her birth name through life. She married in 1855. The League was first group …

International Day of the African Child

Today is the Day of the African Child. Since 1991, this day has been celebrated on June 16 to commemorate those killed during the Soweto Uprising in South Africa, and to recognize the courage of the students who marched for their right to an education. This year's theme is ‘access to child-friendly justice’. ‘Access to …

It Doesn’t Matter

“Admit it, Jesse.” He looked at her blankly.  “Admit what?” “Admit that you’re jealous.” “You think I’m jealous of you because of your promotion?” “No, silly.  I know you don’t have a problem with a woman being your boss like some of the guys do.” “Then what am I jealous of?” “I saw the way …

One Afternoon Break

The first time he saw her, it was on Monday.  She was walking down the street.  In her hand was a red school satchel.  She looked at him as she walked past.  He was sitting on the rail outside of the building where he worked.  It was during his afternoon break which he usually took …

The Christmas Sweater

Marva stood there at the cash register, wishing she could take off the sweater.  She had gotten some dirty looks.  One man grumbled, "Another feminist." Another asked her, "Are you saying that Santa should be a woman?"  "Are you pushing that gender equality stuff?" Parents glared at her.  One mother shook her head and hustled …

In Sanaya’s Memory

It was love at first sight for me when I saw her walking towards me.  It was a blind date.  I don't usually go on blind dates, mind you, but for some inexplicable reason, I went on this one and man, was I glad I did. She had to be the most beautiful girl on …

Folani’s Story

My name is Folani.  At the age of 16, I was forced to marry the man who raped me so that I wouldn't bring shame on my family.  He wanted to marry me but after I rejected him, he raped me.  I told my my mother what he had done to me and she insisted …

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