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Ibnat Islam

Feminism

The Prime Minister of New Zealand’s Pregnancy Will Be A Journey of Empowerment

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, has announced her pregnancy on Jan. 19. The exciting news has already sparked a substantial reaction from the international public and comes with a powerful message about equality and women in the workplace. Out of 40 Prime Ministers in New Zealand, Ardern is the third female to take office. However, this isn’t the only empowering success she gets to claim. Ardern is New Zealand’s youngest Prime Minister since the

International

Myanmar Army Admits to Killing 10 Rohingya Muslims

As absurd as it may seem, genocides are not a thing of the past. At this very moment, as you are reading this, Rohingya Muslims continue to flee the dangers of Myanmar under what many say is quickly becoming a genocide and has been classified as an ethnic cleansing by the United Nations. The Rohingya Muslims are considered the “world’s most persecuted minority” due to the extremities of this situation. Over 400,000 have fled the Rakhine state

Feminism

These Hollywood Women are Starting an Initiative to Combat Sexual Harassment

Hollywood took a hit in 2017 when several of its most powerful figures were accused and found guilty of sexual misconduct. The revelations paved a path for many women in the entertainment industry to find the courage to come forth with their personal experiences of sexual harassment and assault. However, for many women, the journey of healing and being open about their stories is not as simple. Not every woman has the privileges and positive circumstances

International

What the Viral Photo of a Beaten Palestinian Boy Says About the Lives of Children in Palestine

Fawzi al-Junaidi is a 16 -year-old Palestinian boy who has been photographed above as being aggressively handled by members of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The image became popular as it condensed the systematic abuse and suffering endured by the children of Palestine in occupied territories into a single photo. The stark contrast between the power dynamics of a teenage Palestinian boy in dirty ripped clothing and Israeli occupation forces clad in protective uniform and

Feminism

Mikayla Holmgren Is the First Woman With Down Syndrome to Compete in a Miss USA Pageant

Mikayla Holmgren took the world of pageants by storm by showing them that beauty need not fit one rigid, exclusive, mold; there’s room for everyone. The 22-year-old became the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in a Miss USA State Pageant. The Miss Minnesota pageant, which took place on Tuesday, hosted yet another historical barrier-breaking moment of inclusivity, with Halima Aden’s — a Muslim hijabi woman — participation in 2016. Mikayla Holmgren is from Marine on

Feminism

The Girls Scouts Ask Parents Not to Force Their Daughters to Hug Anyone This Holiday Season

As news of sexual harassment and assault continues to flood news sites, the Girls Scouts are doing its part in helping parents understand the importance of their daughters setting boundaries. In a post on their website, the Girls Scouts tell parents that their daughters should not be forced into hugging anyone, not even relatives, especially as the holiday season arrives. The post, posted on their website and titled “Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug.

Feminism

Rebel Wilson Reveals History of Sexual Harassment to Only Receive “Unbelievable” Reactions

It has become increasingly common these past few weeks to find stories of public figures coming out with their experiences of sexual assault and/or harassment in the entertainment industry. What began with the Harvey Weinstein allegations has now unravelled into a beautiful unification of courage and strength in sharing stories of sexual misconduct and giving victims a voice and opportunity to share their experiences and messages. In a series of tweets posted on November 11,

Politics

Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Detained By Border Patrol, Has Been Released

Rosa Maria Hernandez is a 10-year-old girl who has been living with her parents in Laredo, Texas as undocumented immigrants. On October 24, 2017, Border Patrol detained Rosa Maria, and held her in a shelter for unaccompanied minors in San Antonio. Rosa Maria underwent an emergency surgery on October 24 at Driscoll Children’s Hospital for her cerebral palsy and yet immediately after was sought to be detained by border patrol officers, even against the advice of

International

Setsuko Thurlow, Survivor of the Atomic Bombing in Hiroshima, Will Be Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

Setsuko Thurlow was only 13 years old when she survived an atomic bombing in her city that would go down to become one of mass historical proportions. Since her survival, she has dedicated her time towards campaigning to prevent the use of nuclear weaponry. Her efforts will be honoured with a Nobel Peace Prize on December 10 in Olso, Norway which she will be collecting on behalf of The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN),

Real Life

Twitter’s New Policies Vow to Combat Online Sexual Harassment and Hate

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announces new changes to Twitter policies to better protect its users from hate speech and sexual harassment. He also said user complaints will be reviewed with more speed. Dorsey announced the change through a stream of tweets a few days ago. 2/ We prioritized this in 2016. We updated our policies and increased the size of our teams. It wasn’t enough. — jack (@jack) October 14, 2017 4/ Today we saw voices

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