Exhale. Celebrate. Get to work.

As I write, there are fireworks whistling and crackling just outside of my bedroom window, signaling a new beginning for the United States of America. I envisage the red, white and blue lights illuminating a once-somber black sky, casting hope, far and wide. Today, November 7th, 2020, is momentous for many reasons, but, for now,... Continue Reading →

Listening to Girls: The Key to Rebuilding Societies

Photo by UNICEF The World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995) marked the very first instance in which girls’ rights were resolutely addressed through a formal international agreement: The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170, declaring October 11th International Day of the Girl... Continue Reading →

A Discourse on Violence Against Women: Street Harassment

As uncovered throughout the Introduction of this Discourse, violence against women was, until quite recently, predominantly perceived as a private matter. While states have taken necessary and long-overdue actions to protect and support survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, trafficking, alongside other forms of flagrant violence, many other, seemingly less severe shapes of violence, have... Continue Reading →

The Trials of Lebanese Migrant Workers

Photo by The Arab Weekly In the wake of a pernicious blast that wreaked havoc and devastation across Lebanon, several international organizations have cautiously stepped in to curb the now-exacerbated health, economic and political trials of the anguished nation. As dozens of Beirut’s hospitals were deemed “non-functionable” following the explosion, a lack of medical resources... Continue Reading →

Amanda Mozea: Someone You Must Meet

Amanda hosting yet another inspirational MEDIAGIRLS podcast Tell me a little bit about yourself! Hello! My name is Amanda Mozea and I am a Nigerian-American born and raised in western Massachusetts. I graduated from Harvard in March of 2018 (I took a semester off to work on the Clinton Campaign in Florida) where I studied... Continue Reading →

Nujood Ali: An Account of Hope

Nujood Ali was nine years old when her parents arranged her to be married to Faez Ali Thamer, a man in his thirties. Today, she is a central figure in the movement to end forced child marriage. Nujood was born in Yemen, where the laws stipulate that girls cannot be married until the age of... Continue Reading →

Using Privilege for a Purpose Outside of Ourselves

This past week, The United States celebrated the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and Nineteenth), which commemorates the day in 1865 on which all enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy were legally emancipated. This year, Juneteenth fell at an especially noteworthy moment in time, as many actively grappled with the state of... Continue Reading →

Menstrual Hygiene: An Overlooked Path to Equality

Just last week, around the world, individuals and organizations participated in Menstrual Hygiene Day, which aims to underscore and raise awareness of the importance of menstrual hygiene and dismantle stigmatism surrounding this vital function of women’s bodies. The commonplace stigmatization of menstruation leaves this critical health concern vastly untouched and overlooked, resulting in a myriad... Continue Reading →

Alexis Alcalá and Women Going Beyond

Having inadvertently stumbled upon Women Going Beyond through a graduate course in International Women's Health and Human Rights, I immediately needed to learn more. Upon chatting about this inspirational NGO with its founder, Alexis, I maintained a deep-seated urge to get further involved. WGB aims to provide self and professional development skills to young women... Continue Reading →

Envisaging Brighter Days Ahead

Humanity has never stood more united as we universally confront an unprecedented way of life. However varied our respective experiences may be, we are innately unified, situated in the midst of a global pandemic. Societies across the world, stripped of most normality, are banded together by the emotions that the five stages of grief implicate:... Continue Reading →

Introducing Christina Kwan and The Road Uncovered

As she ascended the corporate ladder, Christina confronted many commonplace struggles: doubt, anxiety, and the infamous imposter syndrome. Nonetheless, she persisted, learning to trust her instincts and take action, even if it meant doing something foreign, or simply being bold. When she neared the highly-coveted top, Christina looked at her surroundings, and wondered, "Is this... Continue Reading →

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