Month: April 2016
1. Every 90 seconds, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable, but due to gender-based discrimination many women are not given the proper education or care they need.
2. As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.
3. Women make up 80% of all refugees and displaced people.
4. Instruments of genocide such as sexual violence and rape are often directed at women and girls.
5. Women are seldom included in formal peace processes.
6. Women are usually not represented among decision-makers and military leaders, the usual participants in these processes.
7. Women gained the right to vote in America in 1920.
8. As of January 2012, women held 15.1% of all presiding officer posts in governments the world.
9. More than 16.4 million women in the world have HIV/AIDS.
10. The US government estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 victims (mostly women and children) are trafficked globally each year, and 14,500 to 17,500 are trafficked into the US.
11. Women account for 70% of the population living in absolute poverty (on less than $1.00 a day).
Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18.
603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
Following is a letter to his daughter from a renowned Hong Kong TV Broadcaster and Child Psychologist.
The words are actually applicable to all of us, young or old, children or parents.!
This applies to all sons & daughters too.
All parents can use this in their teachings to their children.
_I am writing this to you because of 3 reasons…_
_1. Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable, nobody knows how long he lives._
_2. I am your father, and if I don’t tell you these, no one else will._
_3. Whatever written is my own personal bitter experiences that perhaps could save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches._
_*Remember the following as you go through life.*_
_1. Do not bear grudge towards those who are not good to you. No one has the responsibility of treating you well, except your mother and I._
_To those who are good to you, you have to treasure it and be thankful, and ALSO you have to be cautious, because, everyone has a motive for every move. When a person is good to you, it does not mean he really will be good to you. You have to be careful, don’t hastily regard him as a real friend._
_2. No one is indispensable, nothing is in the world that you must possess._
_Once you understand this idea, it would be easier for you to go through life when people around you don’t want you anymore, or when you lose what you wanted the most._
_3. Life is short._
_When you waste your life today, tomorrow you would find that life is leaving you. The earlier you treasure your life, the better you enjoy life._
_4. Love is nothing but a transient feeling, and this feeling would fade with time and with one’s mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness._
_Don’t over exaggerate the beauty and sweetness of love, and don’t over exaggerate the sadness of falling out of love._
_5. A lot of successful people did not receive a good education, that does not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard! Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life._
_One can go from rags to riches, but one has to start from some rags !_
_6. I do not expect you to financially support me when I am old, neither would I financially support your whole life. My responsibility as a supporter ends when you are grown up. After that, you decide whether you want to travel in a public transport or in your limousine, whether rich or poor._
_7. You honour your words, but don’t expect others to be so. You can be good to people, but don’t expect people to be good to you. If you don’t understand this, you would end up with unnecessary troubles._
_8. I have bought lotteries for umpteen years , but could never strike any prize. That shows if you want to be rich, you have to work hard! There is no free lunch !_
_9. No matter how much time I have with you, let’s treasure the time we have together. We do not know if we would meet again in our next life._
_X Y Z_
*Read it twice*
*Ask your son and daughter to read it thrice.*
_*Worth a read.*_
What better way to start off this section of my site than some badass bitches demanding what they deserve? For those of you who are out of the loop, five of the biggest stars on the USA Women’s Soccer team filed a federal complaint against the US Soccer Federation for paying them less than their male counterparts.
And guess what? This complaint is FINALLY being taken seriously. I mean, come on. They just won the fucking WORLD CUP. Oh yeah, they’re also Olympic champions? Casual. The men’s team has never made it past the World Cup quarterfinals. At least they tried! Let’s throw more money at them to see if they play better.
I was a three sport athlete growing up, and I can’t tell you how hilarious it was to hear guys constantly tell me how “pointless” women’s sports were. It was consistent to the point that all of us had no choice but to laugh along with the boys as they insulted our talent. We were the punchline of jokes, our accomplishments were undermined by the fact that we have vaginas. We were compared directly to men and because we physically could not match their stats, we were inadequate.
Cheers to the Women’s Soccer team for doing what all of us have always wanted to do: Stand up for ourselves. They have the stats to back it up, as well as overwhelming public support. Wage discrimination is illegal, but we’ve turned a blind eye to professional sports for as long as women have been ALLOWED to play.
USA Women’s Soccer started a conversation that can’t be ignored. They’ve opened the door for professional basketball and tennis players to demand the same (don’t get me started on that.) They’ve paved a path where female athletes will be taken more seriously than they ever have before.
Ladies of USA Women’s Soccer, you’re fearless as fuck. Thank you for being brave and making me proud to be a human with a vagina.