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Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Social Justice

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG's Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the "shadow pandemic". Gender-based violence can take multiple forms,… Continue reading International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Social Justice

International Women’s Day #EachforEqual

It's International Women's Day, and the theme for this year is #EachforEqual.  THE IWD website has this to say about this year's theme: "An equal world is an enabled world.Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve… Continue reading International Women’s Day #EachforEqual

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Social Justice

The Cost of Being a Woman: The Pink Tax

I got thinking about this is a little while back when Michelle of Michelle Writer Blog did a post about National Period Day, which falls on October 19.  It's expensive to be a woman! Menstrual products First you've got the cost of menstrual products.  In some areas, including 36 American states as of 2018 as… Continue reading The Cost of Being a Woman: The Pink Tax

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Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Social Justice

It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

UN-Water I love a good toilet joke, but this actually isn't one.  World Toilet Day is an initiative of UN-Water, the United Nations agency that deals with sanitation.  This year's theme is leaving no one behind, which speaks to the 4.2 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safe sanitation. The numbers are astonishing.  Open… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

At least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation
Social Justice

The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is sometimes referred to euphemistically as female circumcision, but it's drastically different from male circumcision in form, function, and consequences. FGM involves cutting or removing parts of the external female genitalia, including some or all of the clitoral glans and clitoral hood, inner labia, and outer labia.  The diagram below shows… Continue reading The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation