Showing posts from January, 2016

End Gender Discrimination At Work

By Aisha via UN Online Volunteering

They say when we deny the story, it defines us; when we own the story, we can write a brave new ending. 

Cognition and knowledge is not about how many pleasant or unpleasant experiences you've been through; sometimes it is how you can view the same place or thing in different ways and from different perspectives. When I was younger, my understanding of events and people was simple; everything was either black or white. As I grew into a young adult, I came to realize that there were so many shades of gray that I would be forced to discern.
I have always seen myself as a relatively cool, calm and collected person; never harbouring resilient doubts of my abilities as an intellectual and as a woman; not realising that my belief about myself would be shaken to the core. 
At 23 years, I had just graduated from university and was among the top students in my class. Receiving a call on the same day as my graduation, the news that I had been offered a high p…

My gender is not a limitation to how I live life

By Adriana via UN Online Volunteers

I’m 18 years old and I live in Lima, Peru. I consider myself to be a kind and intelligent person, sensitive, and I love to do normal teenage things like listening to music and having fun. I believe I’m happy, but it hasn’t always been this way.
Living in a traditional society as a woman bring certain things with it. Like, not being considered equal to man, being thought of in a rigid way or having to act as society dictates. I’ve never actually been quite okay with that, so I didn’t stick to it, since childhood. That’s when the bullying started.
I was bullied since first grade, when I was just 5 years old, until fifth grade at 11 years old. I was shamed for a number of reasons, the first one: playing with the boys and preferring “boys toys.” 
I never really thought much about it, it just felt natural to play soccer and ask for cars instead of Barbie’s. Don’t get me wrong, I was quite feminine too but girls my age preferred jumping rope and not interacti…

My religion isn't a way to take away my rights

By Zain Zaman, via UN Volunteers

Shahida Parveen: from Sanitary worker to right activists
Having been born in the slums of Pakistan, in a poor Christian family, a challenging fate awaited me. Being the eldest among my siblings, I was expected to work and contribute to the family income as my father, who was a cleaner at district hospital, was the sole breadwinner and we were a big family.
Every morning before the sunrise I set out along with father, to go to the hospital where I would start helping my father in cleaning offices, wards and even washrooms before the staff could arrive. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth nor was my childhood any was pleasant.
When I reached adolescense, I was feeling ashamed of our status in society. I was taunted countless times for being a member of a family which mainly does the cleaning and sanitation work. Christians account for around 2% of the almost 180 million population in Pakistan. However, representation of Christians in the occupati…

My past relationship does not define me

By Myrto Delkou

As a young woman I’ve always been told I should be careful who I “give my virginity to”. 
Growing up, there’s a lot of rules surrounding how sex should be. They’ll tell you when to do it, how to do it and who you should do it with. And, don’t get me wrong, it’s important that you stay safe and you’re mature and ready to do it. But, I feel like we should feel free to make our choices without being judged.
So, if one decides their first time should be with someone they’re never gonna see again, that should be just as fine as if another chooses to have sex with someone they’ve been in a long-term relationship with. Women receive a lot of harsh criticism when it comes to sex. They’re judged for the number of sexual partners they’ve had, the frequency of their sexual activity, their choices in their sex-life, in general. And it shouldn’t be that way. I’m a nineteen-year-old girl and here’s my story.

It was summer after high school. I was having the best time, with my friends,…

Sharing Not Shaming

This year, we are embarking on the theme of Sharing Not Shaming, in order to raise awareness, empower and pull down any limiting dogmas set by society that are inhibiting self growth, self acceptance and overall development.

This campaign was initiated by SAFIGI Volunteer from Greece, Myrto Delkou.

Catch a glimpse of each story below:



Read Fauwzia's Story here.