The Superpowers We All Have / Supermoce, Które Wszyscy Mamy - #YoungWomenSay

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The Superpowers We All Have / Supermoce, Które Wszyscy Mamy - #YoungWomenSay

I remember when I was around eight or nine years old, I used to doodle encouraging messages to myself on my school notebooks. “You are really cool!” or “Kinga is amazing!” were my favorites. While I really believed in my superpowers -- which I thought were both being an optimist and knowing how to communicate with animals -- that didn’t mean that I thought I was better than anyone. My notes were just reminders that I was a strong girl who had hobbies and was surrounded by friends.

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My Voice Is My Purpose, What's Yours? - #YoungWomenSay

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My Voice Is My Purpose, What's Yours? - #YoungWomenSay

I believe in introspection, where one digs deep in their heart to search for who they really are and what their purpose is. This introspection isn’t just for personal gain, but to meaningfully improve the lives of those around them. This process led me to realize that girls and young women often suffer in silence. This has motivated me to speak louder and begin my journey of elevating the voices of the voiceless. I am eager to affect change that will make my community a better place for girls and women.

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Youth Movement Mobilizes for Sexual Rights in Ireland

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Youth Movement Mobilizes for Sexual Rights in Ireland

On May 26, 2018 in a landslide victory (66.4%), the Irish electorate voted to repeal Ireland’s near-total Constitutional ban on abortion: the 8th Amendment. Since 1983, the 8th Amendment forced more than 170,000 women and girls to travel abroad to access abortion services that should have been their right at home. Countless more imported pills, self-administering them without the recommended medical supervision and support. Now, with the impediment of the 8th amendment gone, the government can finally guarantee access to safe abortion in Ireland.

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The Power of Periods - #YoungWomenSay

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The Power of Periods - #YoungWomenSay

The first time I was embarrassed of my period was the first moment I got it. There was no pretext to that feeling of shame. It was as innate as my breath. There isn’t anything specific from my childhood that led me to this feeling of dirtiness and humiliation. It was just there. I can remember wiping and wiping, urging the blood to go away. I was disgusted by myself.

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Changing the Narrative - #YoungWomenSay

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Changing the Narrative - #YoungWomenSay

My journey as a young leader and advocate began when I was about 10 years old. Even as a child, I had so much passion for activism. Together with my fellow young activists, I led many initiatives geared towards advancing the rights of children. However, at the age of 14, my dream was cut short.

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The Power of Mentorship - #YoungWomenSay

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The Power of Mentorship - #YoungWomenSay

We live at a time where there is more opportunity than ever before. For some young women, the principles of feminism are encouraged. They are supported in their endeavors to get an education, be professional, and be independent. They are given equal opportunities with men in terms of education, employment, and inheritance. But, unfortunately, this is not the case for most. Despite our privileges, my generation must continue the fight for equality.

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Life Advice from a Life Advice Addict - #YoungWomenSay

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Life Advice from a Life Advice Addict - #YoungWomenSay

I am asked more often than I thought I would be how I got to where I am today.

It’s a position I wouldn’t have believed I’d be in ten years ago. When I was nineteen, I was close to exhausting the articles, listicles, and books on the ‘Right Way To Live Your Life,’ and walking away with my head swimming with conflicting, and often irrelevant, standards against which to measure myself.

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Reflect, Claim Our Space, and Power On! - #YoungWomenSay

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Reflect, Claim Our Space, and Power On! - #YoungWomenSay

For me, growing up was a series of realizations about the things that I ‘could not’ do, merely because I am a girl. And while my relative privilege allowed me to get an education, start working, and travel independently, the ‘do nots’ list still hasn’t fully disappeared. The need to challenge this reality is what led me to my work as a campaigner.

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Scripting My Own Story - #YoungWomenSay

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Scripting My Own Story - #YoungWomenSay

​​​​​​​I grew up in a small city called Guwahati, tucked in the far northeast of India. My region is full of abundant resources but also had its own share of issues, like insurgency and violence, that I witnessed from a very young age. I think this is what led me to choose a career in the development space.

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4 things I learned from the 28th AU Pre-summit Sessions

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4 things I learned from the 28th AU Pre-summit Sessions

One of the questions that kept coming up was, “Given our current fertility rate and the traditional belief in children as a blessing, how are we going to manage our population structure?” The answer lies in investing in family planning methods that are available for people to choose of their free will and free from coercion.

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The Adolescent Girl Puzzle - #YoungWomenSay

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The Adolescent Girl Puzzle - #YoungWomenSay

As a girl growing up in a rural community, I never had resources or power to help out my peers. This meant I witnessed a lot of suffering. All the same, I realized eventually that my voice is a very powerful tool that I can use to help girls my community, and that drove me to action.

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A Girl from Sinking Bottom - #YoungWomenSay

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A Girl from Sinking Bottom - #YoungWomenSay

There were days I walked miles to and from high school, which was miles away in the neighboring community. There were days when I sold coconuts in the village and snacks on the school bus in order to make money for school fees. Despite this hardship, I was determined to complete high school.

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