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Over 200 Girls Go Missing and Government Fails to Act

30 Apr

BRINGBACKOURGIRLS

I rarely discuss international events on this blog. Yet, this was a travesty that I simply cannot ignore.

On April 15th, armed men stormed into a boarding school in Chibok, Nigera and kidnapped around 234 girls. The suspected kidnappers are of an Islamic extremist group known as Boko Harem, whose name roughly translates to “western education in sinful.”

According to Nigerian officials, this terrorist group, who has kidnapped women and students in the past, usually uses their victim as porters, cooks, and sex slaves. Others suspect that some of the girls have been taken over the boarder to be sold into marriage.

Families, who’ve been agonizing over this dreadful situation for 2 weeks, are fed up with the Nigerian government’s lack of effort to find the missing students. Many have staged protests and are raising money for a community group to go looking for the girls.

Currently, there are a few circulating petitions circulating to raise awareness and increase efforts to find the missing young women.

You can find them here:

White house petition
Change.org petition 1 
Change.org petition 2

People are also using social media to raise awareness, with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls

My heart goes out to the families who are awaiting the return of their daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, and friends. I’m sure all of our prayers are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to blogger Blkcowrie for informing me of this travesty.

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2 AWESOME Videos Everyone Should See

12 Jun

I saw 2 feminist videos this week that I couldn’t get out of my mind I wanted to share.

We Should All Be Feminist by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Before you rule out the video because of its 30-minute length, (I know, I usually don’t have the time or attention span either) hear me out. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells her journey to feminism in a comically entertaining TED Talk that touches on socialization based on gender, Her speech is captivating and supported with wit and comedy. Although she talks about her experiences in Lagos, Nigeria, many of those same issues cross the Atlantic and also occur in the U.S.

Who Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce. Interpreted in American Sign Language

If you love dancing and have even the slightest interest in American Sign Language (ASL), then you will really enjoy this video. I’m an ASL student and a huge fan of interpreting songs. This video is so fun and the interpreters are fierce. While watching I was like, “get it girls!”  The interpreting felt so natural and was done with so much confidence.

Hope you enjoy them both 🙂 Let me know what you think.

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