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Revolutionary Latina Invades Reader’s Minds

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Written by Samuel Ramos Latinos are known for inspiring many people around the world to experience life like never before. From being moved to dance to one of Cuban singer Celia Cruz’s songs; to expressing your love to your partner through the poetry of Chile’s Pablo Neruda, Latin Americans provide a rich array of material for the journey through life. Despite all of this, one thing that Latinos are not known for is being tech savvy.  But that’s where they’ll surprise you. Cuban born Yoani Sánchez is a computer programmer who became interested in computer science after temporarily leaving Cuba for Switzerland in 2002.  While in Switzerland, Sánchez says that she became disillusioned Read More »

War, Immigration and the Pursuit of Education: Meet Yabome Gilpin-Jackson

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Written by Rosa Owusu My mother always taught me that there are a lot of things life can strip you of, but one thing no one can ever take from you is your education and your mind. The mind is a very powerful being and entity. It is our job to keep it sharpened and alert. No one can do that for you but you. One of the ways we can do this is through the pursuing of higher education. As women, it is easy for us to make excuses for why we cannot or should not choose to fight for our goals, especially when it comes to education. Sometimes it’s an issue of where we are at in life. We have children, a husband and a household to run. Who has time for that? Other times it’s an issue of self-confidence. What if I fail? What if I’m not ... Read More »

Equality Activist: Australian Elizabeth Evatt

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Written by Sonja van der Putten Sexual exploitation.  Human trafficking.  Access to education.  Maternal mortality rates.  Female feticide.  Physical and mental abuse.  Wage inequity.  These are just some of the forms of discrimination that continue to exist and plague our world today.  Discrimination against women continues to persist in both the developed and developing world, despite the 1979 United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  Ratified by a mere 99 countries, and adhered to by much fewer, this convention was created to ensure women equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political as well as public life – “including the right to vote…as well as education, health and employment,” so that women could enjoy what we have all come to understand as fundamental rights and freedoms.  None has battled so hard for adherence to this Convention, as Elizabeth Evatt, former Chief Judge of the ... Read More »

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