Sunday, 31 March 2013

YES TO CHOICE



Everyday in life we have to make choices; some are small choices like what shoe to wear to match the outfit, whether you want lemon or milk with your tea and the like whist others are big life changing choices like "do i really want to marry him?", your career choice and whether you want to have babies or not.

Every human being has a right to make their own choices as long as it does not prove a danger to themselves or the people and environment around them. Keep your choices smart!

WHAT IS A CHOICE?


A choice is selection of what you prefer most to choose.

HOW TO MAKE SMART CHOICES?


10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE MAKING THAT CHOICE.

  1. Is it the right time to make that choice?
  2. Who will benefit from that choice?
  3. Who will not benefit from that choice?
  4. Are you willing to live up with that choice?
  5. What are the consequences of that choice?
  6. Is it long term benefit choice or short term benefit choice?
  7. Is it positive for your life or will it put your safety at risk?
  8. Do you really need to make that choice?
  9. Will you have to sacrifice something for that choice?
  10. Is that choice worth the sacrifice of any other choice you had to make?

Always remember to;
  • Weigh the consequences your choice will have on you and your environment.
  • Listen to your gut.


What choices have you made lately? Have they been positive for your life or rather negative? Were you happy with that choice? What advice can you give anyone faced with a choice. Let us know, Leave us a comment or send us your story; safetyfirstforgirls@aol.com


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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

WHAT I WISH I KNEW ABOUT SECURITY BACK THEN -

Image Courtesy; www.thesecuritygirl.com

Written by Rachel Rivers
Freelance Writer / Independent Researcher

SECURITY AS A CONTINUOUS STATE OF MIND


When I was a young(er) girl, security to me meant that white electronic pad by the back door with the green glowing buttons and head-splitting cry. As I grew my idea of security developed to include credit cards, phone and Internet passwords, and using my car alarm for reasons it wasn't created for. But what I wish I knew about security from the beginning is that security -or safety- should be a continuous state of mind.

ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS


Unfortunately, it took my iPhone being slapped out of my hand, mid-conversation, ear buds still plugged in, in broad daylight, on the middle of a busy street’s sidewalk for that realization to cross my mind. I had been walking from my university class to the subway, talking on my phone, trying to balance books, all while not getting run over by bicyclists or run into by texting zombies when a neighborhood kid ran by me and smacked the phone right out of my hand. That was also the day I learned multitasking can be a bad thing.

Whenever you’re walking around in public you should be aware of your surroundings, and with attention spans as short as they are these days you can’t afford to split your attention between a text, phone call, mp3 player, and more. It just isn't safe. If you really can’t stand going for fifteen minutes without listening to some tunes, keep one ear bud out and focus the rest of your attention on your surroundings.  Females especially are targeted more when they appear to be engaged on a device or talking to or texting someone.

BE MINDFUL OF YOUR NEIGHBORS TOO


The next, and second, most important lesson I learned about security involved my first apartment. Granted, I had to have roommates but our apartment wasn't a dorm and was just off-campus. I attended a Philadelphia city university and the neighborhood that our housing was in wasn't exactly ideal in my parents’ eyes. That was mistake number one. This being my first time living away from home I never considered investing in renter’s insurance. Bingo, mistake number two. About three weeks into our stay our apartment was broken into and everything was taken.

Fortunately, I didn't own too much back then, but it still hurt having everything taken. And when I thought about it, it became clear why our apartment was broken into so quickly. When we moved into our place we took a few days doing so; we had a lot of furniture, electronics including our TV, PlayStation and a sweet stereo system. Remembering back to the day of the move in I could see a lot of red flags like a lot of local teenagers walking back and forth who seemed pretty interested in what we were doing and started making a bunch of phone calls, etc.

GOOD LIGHTING AND HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE ARE IMPORTANT


These days, getting renter’s or homeowner’s insurance is the first thing I would do when moving in to a new place, after making a call to set up the cable that is. And another simple installation that I've learned can save a ton of money and headaches is a motion-activated light by the front and back doors. Not only will a light deter most would-be intruders and burglars, they are extremely easy to set up by yourself.

Hopefully you’re now a little more aware that security isn't just a set-it-and-forget-it electronic box that sits in your front hall, it’s a constant—and necessary—state of mind for every lady.


ABOUT RACHEL


Rachel is a freelance writer and independent researcher who currently writes for http://www.securitychoice.com/ and others. Her favorite topics to write about include travel, personal and home security, and live music, and her writing can be found on various industry forums. 


What do you wish you knew about security before? How has learning and applying safety lessons changed your life? Do you have any comment, opinion or criticism? Let your voice be heard today and leave a comment or send an email to; safetyfirstforgirls@aol.com

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Monday, 18 March 2013

YES TO EDUCATION



Written by Buumba Lambo



WHAT IS EDUCATION?

Education is a process of receiving or giving out instruction, this may be done in a school, household or institution. Education is also the theory and practice of teaching. Education is key to everyone's survival in this world because it makes our lives comfortable, fulfilled and happy.


WHY EDUCATE A GIRL?


In order for the girl child to be somebody recognized in society they have to be educated. The girl child will need to read widely, keep up to date with news and current affairs and issues taking place in the world and know the issues that affect people's lives. Without education one finds it difficult to follow instructions on medical prescriptions, bus timetables, shopping, reading recipes, the list is endless.

The saying "To educate a woman is to educate the nation" is very true. Women are the ones who give birth to children, they bring up the children and teach them so much. The woman in most cases is the one who fends for the family, cooks and ensures the household is run properly. Getting the girl child educated also eliminates isolation, in education the child is able to share ideas from friends and colleagues and sharpen her day to day skills.

In today's modern world we see female Prime Ministers and Presidents. They have managed to take positions that are normally acquainted with men because they had been given the right to education.


EDUCATION AS A HUMAN RIGHT 


Educating the girl child is a basic Human Right and everyone should fight to ensure this Right is enjoyed by every girl everywhere in the world.




EDUCATION IS STILL A NEED



In most African Countries the girl child is deprived of education while the boy child is given opportunity to learn. This often leads to abuse because the girl child is deprived knowledge on issues concerning her body, her life, her environment and the rights belonging to her. The girl child is made to stay home, do house work and even forced to get married at a very early and tender age. She is taken advantage of and in the end loses her self-confidence. 

The culture of discriminating against a girl child has to stop but it will take a long time to change peoples beliefs and views especially in the rural areas. Professionals have to work tirelessly to educate people on the importance of getting the girl child to acquire education.



How has education made your life better? What is the education system in your country like? Is safety education taught? Do you have a story, opinion or criticism to share? Leave a comment or send us an email today; safetyfirstforgirls@aol.com


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Monday, 11 March 2013

NO SEXUAL ABUSE


WHAT IS SEXUAL ABUSE?

Sexual abuse refers to when a person is forced to do sexual acts when they do not want and sexual acts with  a person 17 years old and below.

Sexual abuse takes away the dignity and right of the abused. 

In some instances the abused does not speak out for fear, shame or privacy. If you know someone who is being sexually abused, do not keep quiet about it because they may abuse many more people. However, be sure to respect the wishes of the abuse by acting in their best interests and not exposing them to what they fear should it be shame or harm from the abuser.


HOW TO STOP SEXUAL ABUSE


  • Know the signs of sexual abuse and do not ignore any signs.
  • See professional advice on how to deal with this issue. If you are shy seek help online on ways to stop  sexual abuse.
  • Find an organisation near you dealing with sexual abuse.
  • Find an online or offline community that have battled with sexual abuse and are sharing their stories. You are not alone.
  • Be educated and educate those around you about sexual abuse prevention programs.

Have you encountered sexual abuse? Do you have a cause you support that you would like to share? If you have any queries, comments or criticisms, feel free to email us today; safetyfirstforgirls@aol.com

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

NO TO DISCRIMINATION



WHAT IS DISCRIMINATION?

Discrimination is the instance in which a person is excluded, prejudiced or treated unjustly from a group or social activity because of who they are, what they look like or what they do. The definition of discrimination is quite broad as there are many different forms of discrimination each with their own specific definition.


DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

Among many different types of discrimination is discrimination against women. Women discrimination varies with different society's, cultures, places and even situations. 

The most important step towards ending discrimination against women is if women came together, worked together, are loyal to each other and stop discrimination among themselves. Then together women can stand against all other forms of discrimination. Unity is key when it comes to stopping discrimination.


WHAT VICES CAN DISCRIMINATION CAUSE?

Discrimination can lead to serious consequences to the victim who is excluded from the group such as low self-esteem, difficult working environment, isolation and even mental illness in long term sufferers.


Do you know anything about discrimination, have you or any person you know experienced discrimination? Tell us your story or opinion or criticism. Contact us today; safetyfirstforgirls@aol.com


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