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Tanzania’s Presidents Tells Citizens To Throw Away All Forms of Birth Control

Last Sunday, September 9th, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli was speaking at a public rally in Meatu when he said: “I see no reason to control births in Tanzania”. He then continued to explain that because education is now free, women could “throw away their contraceptives”. This is very surprising since the country has such high levels of HIV and other STDs. Magufuli, who started off his presidency strong and loved by the people has now

Feminism

Ireland is Finally Voting For Abortion Rights

This morning, 25th of May, ballots in Ireland finally opened, giving the country a chance to change its controversial abortion laws once and for all. The referendum will last for the whole day, until 10pm, and around 3.2 million people are registered to vote; 100.000 extra people have been added ahead of the vote. Ireland’s legislation on termination of pregnancies have been defined as some of the strictest in the developed world. These are ruled by the Eight Amendment, which has

Politics

Saudi Arabia Lifts Driving Ban on Women

On Tuesday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud signed a decree effective immediately allowing women to drive. The Saudi Press Agency, the official news organization of Saudi Arabia, reported on Tuesday that a committee involving internal affairs, finance, labor, and social development ministries would be formed to oversee the implementation of the order by June 2018. Before the order, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world in which women could not drive. While there

Real Life

How My Stereotypes Only Made Me Stronger

The definition of a stereotype is “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing,” but we all know that stereotypes are so much more than that. Stereotypes degrade, defame, humiliate, and break down their victims by attacking the core of their being, whether it be race, gender, sexuality, etc. And the worst thing about a stereotype is that you can never escape them or change

International

Two Escaped Boko Haram Victims Become U.S. High School Graduates

Two of the 57 girls who managed to escape from the clutches of Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014, have recently received their high school diplomas. Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu were abducted alongside over 250 of their classmates from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria three years ago. The girls were sleeping when they were invaded by gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The Boko Haram terrorists then proceeded to burn down the school and

Politics

4 Politicians That Will Restore Your Faith In American Politics

With the culture of political distrust and government backlash the United States has been experiencing in recent times, it seems as if all politicians can be branded as corrupt. Although none of these politicians are by any means perfect, these political figures possess a certain level of badass that may make you have slightly more faith in American politics again. Kyrsten Sinema Popularly dubbed as the “woman of firsts,” Congresswoman Sinema is the first openly

Feminism

Harvard Computers: The Forgotten Women Who Mapped the Sky

You may have noticed the sudden praise of women throughout history in many forms of media recently. Tweets and articles seem to be popping up everywhere in the hopes of educating the masses on some forgotten heroes and their stories. That’s because we’ve reached March, also known as Women’s History Month, meant for commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of women in American History. Those who protested, invented, discovered, and mothered are all

Feminism

Jane Fonda Bravely Reveals Rape and Sexual Abuse Story

Jane Fonda, star of the hit web-television series “Grace and Frankie” alongside Lily Tomlin reveals that she is a rape and sexual abuse survivor. In an interview with Academy Award winner Brie Larson published in Net-a-porter Magazine, Fonda shared her experiences as a child growing up in a “patriarchal belief system.” Fonda expressed to Larson that she felt “diminished”, given that she grew up in the 50’s where feminism was not as popular or appreciated as

Politics

Are the History Books We Read Actually Historically Correct?

Trigger Warning: Mention of abuse and explicit terms for sexual organs. Do you ever wonder if the history books that we read at school are based on the actually history and not just the propaganda of what the government wants us to remember from the history? Aside from the history books that are sold at bookstores, are the history books at our school the kind of history that we have to learn, not what we

Feminism

The Shocking Reality of Anti-Rape Culture

Amid recent shocking political headlines flooding the timelines of our Facebook feeds, news channels, and day-to-day interactions, a specific news article was buried beneath this mass amount of political conversation. The headline read: These Shorts Help Protect Women From Rape. Instantly, my eyes were forced to do a double take. Shorts that protect women from rape? After looking into the article further, the shorts are created and manufactured by a clothing line, who coined the term

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