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. …

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Matt’s News

Melania sat in her living-room, feeling depressed. It was two days before Christmas Eve. Matt had called her last week and told her about Gina's ultimatum. "Unless I stop seeing you, I can't see Cam," he said. Melania was appalled. "How could she do such a horrible and selfish thing like keeping Cam and you …

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Against All Odds

Today marks the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day is geared towards helping us to understand the challenges people with disabilities face and to support their dignity, rights and well-being in our communities, workplaces, institutions of learning, etc. This year's theme is: “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, …

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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, …

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Justice for Dalit Women & Girls

"Dalit women's bodies are being used to assert caste supremacy and keep women 'in their place'," Jacqui Hunt, Eurasia Director of women's rights group, Equality Now. According to Equality Now, there is such a thing as intersectional discrimination which makes it more difficult for girls across India and around the world to access justice for …

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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 …

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Gida’s Story

I'm a deaf 35 year old woman with two children.  I'm also HIV positive.  I was raped twice by the same man.  It happened when I was working as a carpenter's assistant. The men used to come up to me and ask for sexual favors.  I rejected them.  At the time, I couldn't communicate using …

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To Vote or Not to Vote

Heather sat at the table, still reeling from what just happened.  One minute Linda and she were sitting in a cafe, having coffee, got to talking about the elections and then she got up and walked out after a heated argument ensued.  Heather had never been so humiliated in her life.  This was one of …

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Farida’s Story

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles - Psalm 34:6, NKJV I was 13 when my parents married me off to a 36 year old rich Arab man.  He was the second man who wanted me to be his wife.  The other man was a neighbor …

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Taahira’s Story

People stare at me because of the tribal marks on my face.  I wish I never had them.  I wish I knew what I looked like without them.  Before I left Nigeria, I asked my mother about them.  She said that she and my father were merely upholding traditional practices. I wished that I was …

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