Saturday, 28 February 2015

If a girl witnesses a crime

By Jezile, 20, Philippines via UN VOLUNTEERS

We never want crime to happen to us but what should we do when we see crime being done to others? Should we be silent spectators and wait for it to blow over, should we help even if no one seems interested in helping or is it our business at all?

Bringing a criminal to justice helps prevent crime from happening to the next person. It is a social responsibility to confront crime and bring criminals to the law even though the crime hasn’t happened to you.

Crime is any social injustice that is committed and usually leaves one or many victims in tow. Just because a crime hasn’t happened to you, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It is therefore the responsibility of each and every one of us to help end crime.
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If you happen to find yourself at a scene of a crime, if possible, stay as discreet as possible by not bringing any attention to yourself. Try to understand what is happening and think of the best way possible to help the victim. Call the police immediately.  If you can’t think of a more effective solution before the police arrive, try not to get involved. Collect as much evidence as possible such as the description of the criminal or even a video or audio recording.

It can be a little scary to get involved in a crime especially in a circumstance where no one else seems to be willing to help. Never feel intimidated to be the first one to lend a hand because you never know if your effort could just save a life.


She says: I am a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and I have plans of proceeding to Law School. I indulge myself with volunteer works not only because the society needs some ironing but more so because I know these things will bring out the best of me as a societal and spiritual person. 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

If a girl wants to commit suicide

By Claudia, 23, Ecuador & Brazil via UN Volunteers

I will tell you why you shouldn’t commit suicide. I know, I know nothing about your story or the darkness that you are going through, well, it is even a miracle that you got this far. Every day for you is a survival that is not celebrated but I would like you to know that your life is worth celebrating, every single day.

Suicidal thoughts lead to suicide, which means killing yourself for whatsoever reasons. I could go into the statistics of how many people kills themselves everyday but I won’t, because you are not a statistic and those who took their lives are not just numbers. They are humans, who once lived and fought many demons that they couldn’t overcome in the end. That will not be your story because today you will beat those suicidal thoughts and conquer.

Suicidal thoughts can be caused by mental illness, chronic sadness, losing something or someone you cherished the most in your life, feeling very angry about your life and imagining that death will give you permanent rest from your trouble. I cannot tell you what death gives but I can ascertain you what it leaves. It leaves pain, pain enough that the person who’s affected in some way by the suicide will feel like committing suicide too. It leaves devastation,  imagine those who would have to find you and worse, imagine those you leave behind.

Death is a dark day and don’t surrender to it at your own hands because that is quitting. Giving yourself a middle finger because another day being you is hell. Also, it doesn’t pay, you cannot be sure that what you live behind in this life does not affect what happens when you die because we really don’t know what’s on the other side.

I know you are suffering, I know you are tormented inside and I know you can’t sleep at night but I also know you have what it takes to conquer. I know you have what it takes to turn your life around and enjoy this life. Even if you didn’t ask for it, you only have one chance at it. It is possible to enjoy life in many healthy ways. If you want to kill yourself to hurt another person, it is like shooting an arrow at yourself and hoping the enemy dies – really not a good idea. It will leave a harsh memory of you as well so try to bring smile and not sadness.

If you are feeling suicidal or depressed, don’t keep this to yourself. Talk to a therapist or counselor about it. Do not withdraw from other people. Withdrawing from people and seeing that they don’t come after you may make you feel worthless but really if you stick around the people you love, you will see their need for you. Stay away from areas with high suicide rates. Do the thing you love the most every day. Allow yourself to be sad but don’t let that determine your life. 

Call the suicide hotline and share your problems. Join a support group near you and help others who are struggling. Give yourself life goals and if you get disappointed, try again. If you’ve lost everything, know that you were born with nothing so don’t let that break you.

And most of all, know that you are not a mistake. Having survived in your mother’s womb, living to your age and surviving all the dark thoughts that want to control you makes you a superhuman on your own. Be safe.

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Claudia is Ecuadorian and Brazilian and has a civil engineering degree. She says: I am a positive person even though I have had my ups and downs in life as everybody else. I believe that with a positive attitude and hard work we can overcome pretty much anything. In my relatively short life, 

I have learnt we should only be concerned with what we think of ourselves, we should make an effort to become a person we could be proud of. I am not even close to that but I work every day to be able to achieve it. I joined the UN volunteers about a month ago and I hope I can make a difference, however small it may be. If I make someone smile or help them in any way I would have accomplished my purpose.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

If a girl lives without human rights

By Prerna, via UN Volunteers

You that you are a free person. At least every person should be born free and equal. In fact, that is the way it is. When someone is born, they are equal to every other new born child regardless of race or gender, however, society comes in and tells us what we can or cannot be. It dictates how free we can be and tries to force everyone into a box.

Sometimes you just can’t fit the box society puts you in. Are you living in a region where women are treated like second class citizens, where you are not allowed to fulfill your heartfelt desires because people of your ‘gender’ are not allowed to? Let me tell you this, you are not alone. It is time you stood up for your rights and claimed what is rightfully yours.

We only live one life, can you possibly spend it trying to please the status quo? Trying to please society? Being treated mercilessly by those in authority? Say no to human right abuses today, it doesn’t matter where you live because we all need to work together to create positive change and enforce equality for all.


Do not be afraid to campaign for what you believe in. Expose all injustices happening to you or around you. With today’s social media you are a step closer to being heard so don’t be afraid to show the world the injustice you are going through. Campaign for justice until you live the life that you want. 

Be happy in this life. You are as equal as any man should be so claim it today. Be safe.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

If a girl is raped

By Aime Hutton from Canada, Founder of Inch by Inch empowerment

Rape is a unlawful sexual contact or penetration, with or without force.

It is horrific to experience rape, such an encounter does not only hurt the body but it also scars the mind and emotions. Moving on after rape is also a difficult journey but unless you start to take that journey, the wound left unattended can only grow.

If you have been raped, this is what you should do:

Know that it is not your fault. It cannot be your fault. You didn't force the person to force themselves on you. It doesn't matter what you were wearing at the time, if you were in a compromised position or whatever, any sexual encounter you didn't want, any sexual penetration without consent is rape. And yes, rape can happen in a relationship.

Remember who your rapist is. You do not want what happened to you to happen again to you or anyone else so report your rapist as soon as possible.

Go to the hospital immediately. It is advisable not to wash up before going to the hospital because the semen on your body will have DNA that can link to your rapist. This is also important to check that you didn't get any internal damage or sexually transmitted illness.

Take a contraceptive immediately. This is in order to avoid any unwanted pregnancy from the incident.

File a report to the rightful authority. If you are in bad shape, have a friend file in the report for you. Your rapist should not go free.

Do not isolate. Get as much support as you can because after such an experience, sharing the burden can help you take the first step in healing. Make sure that you allow yourself to be vulnerable with people you can trust and those who truly care for you.

Accept the situation. There is nothing you can do to change what happened in the past but there is something you can do about your future. Accept the situation and let it go in order to heal. Yes, easier said than done but it has to be done. You need to accept it in order to move on.

Seek Counselling. Get a counselor or join a support group online or in your community. You don't have to go through this alone.

It is very traumatic to experience rape but you are a survivor and you will get through this. Your rapist does not define you, your experience does not define you, the future can be beautiful - you just have to get there. Share your story today.


Aime Hutton is the Canadian Ambassador for Freedom and Empowerment. With her organisation Inch by Inch Empowerment, she works to empower teen, tweens and women. Visit her site today.