Showing posts from August, 2014

The Difficulties of Feminism

This post was written by Isabelle via UN Volunteering Service.

It’s August 2014. I’ve been a university graduate for over a month, and this rite of passage has triggered a tsunami of introspection and self-doubt in me. 
Among the questions that are washing over me is that one question that seems to have taken over recent discussions of society especially in the past couple of years: ‘How can I be a woman, in the face of such unyielding, incompliant adherence to the patriarchal norms of society?’
I’m sitting at home in London today, watching Jon Stewart’s 2013 interview with Malala Yousafzai, and I can only be awe-struck by how a 14-year-old, halfway across the world in a much more restrictive and less feminist-friendly society, could so calmly and determinedly stand her ground on the issue of women’s education, in the face of cold death pointing at her forehead.
In comparison with that scenario, speaking up for feminism in classrooms, in social situations, or at the family dinner now se…

Alcohol: A Big Risk for Women

This post was written by Volunteer Blogger Diana via UN Volunteering Service.

What do we have to know about Drinking? When I was fourteen friends would make fun of me if I didn’t have a drink. Fortunately, I realize that actually, they were not my friends. I didn’t drink because it doesn’t call my attention. However, I think the problem is not drinking, but the way you do it. So I decided to investigate a little more, to decide what the real problem is for us: girls, women: What does Alcohol represents? What are the consequences of start drinking? In the following lines I present you some results of my research that answer these questions. 
Alcohol represents a health challenge for women. Even in small amounts, alcohol affects women differently than men. In some ways, heavy drinking is much more risky for women than it is for men. There are times and ways to drink that are safer than others. Every woman is different. 
Why are lower levels of drinking recommended for women than men?  Women…

Nada: The Woman Who Persevered Through Life

This post was written by Stefani via UN Volunteering Service.

My dearest ladies, I'm writing you for the first time and for the beginning I just wanted to tell you a story. The story about a very special woman. She gave me life, she taught me life and she is the reason why I’m the person I’m today. This is her story…             It happened 50 years ago in a small village called Balte, a young baby girl with beautiful brown hair and brown eyes was born. She did not know at the time what life prepared for her. She did not know how difficult it was to be a girl in a community she lived in. She did not know and she certainly did not expect that. Her name was Nada. At the time she was two months old, her father abandoned her and her mother. Her mother was a great woman, but weak. She could not live there anymore. She was mistreated by her husband and living alone with a small child was not something easy in that part of the world. So she ran away to a far land and left Nada behind. She …

Women Should Vote (Democracy)

This post was written by Eren via UN Volunteers

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?The term democracy is derived from 'demos' and 'cratia' in Latin which means people and power; thus democracy means "power in the hands of the people." 

Democracy is a type of government where sovereignity belongs to the people; the government is representative of and responsible to them; the goal of the state is welfare of the people which includes the development of personalities of the citizens. 

Basically, democracy is a form of government in which a country's political leaders are chosen by the people in regular free and fair elections. In a democracy, people have a choice between different candidates and parties who want the power to govern. 

The people can criticize and replace their elected leaders if they do not perform well. The people are sovereign - people are the highest authority - and government is based on the will of the people. Elected representatives at the national and local…

Living Up to Societies Standards

This post was written by Volunteer Blogger Karin recruited via UN Volunteering Service.

Living Up to Societies Standards “Not going to a good college means you’ll end up as a druggie.” “Not having a successful job means you’re a failure.” “Being overweight makes you a burden to society.”
Society’s standards vary Depending on the time, culture, gender, preference, and sometimes just because society is fed up with a norm, the standard changes. It changes daily. Are we even capable of living up to these standard or do we fail in trying to do so?
Take a moment to think about today’s societal standards for women: Tall, long hair, skinny, high heels and maybe a little skirt, be able to hang out with the guys but at the same time don’t act too manly…
Now, think about how women were seen 50 years ago: The beauty standard for those women was to be curvy and advertising companies gave tips, how not to look too skinny (yes, people once thought that women not walking on toothpicks are actually pretty),…

5 Steps to Fight the Temptation to do Wrong

Temptation: noun; strong urge or desire to have or do something wrong, unwise or forbidden especially when you are not supposed to.

Temptation usually comes to us every day and in different forms. The worst of it is when the urge is to do something bad. Temptations to do something bad can be triggered by any of the following:
-Anger -Jealousy -Revenge -Lust -Hatred -Strong belief -Mischievousness -To forget other memories -Pleasure and so much more.
Note how most of the reasons to do bad have a negative connotation to them. The urge to do wrong reveal the violent conflict within us which is can prove hazardous for emotional safety if not controlled. The urge to do wrong can also be harmful to the recipient and any related person which puts the safety of the other person at risk.
What’s wrong with doing something bad, you may ask. The simple answer is doing something bad has negative effects not only on the individual doing wrong but also on the society at large. Even the smallest of wrongs …