International Day of the Girl.

Worlds apart – the challenges for girls

If you make it into the world you’ve already achieved something.

More female babies are aborted than males.

You have less chance of being educated than if you were a boy.

Twice as many girls as boys will never start school.

Millions of girls are at risk of FGM.

The UN has called it a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

You are more likely to get married young.

One in four girls globally are married before they reach 18.

Each month, when you get your period you could be shunned.

In some countries you’re seen as untouchable and forced to sleep outside.

As a girl, you’re at greater risk of HIV.

Girls aged 10 to 14 are more likely than boys to die of Aids-related illnesses.

Worldwide, the biggest killer of girls aged 15 to 19 is suicide.

Teenagers are at more risk of having unsafe abortions than older women.

Maternal death is the second biggest cause of mortality for girls aged 15 to 19.

If you make it through school, dodge early marriage and get into paid employment, the odds are you’ll earn less for doing the same job as your male colleagues.

Currently, it will take more than 100 years to end inequality between girls and boys.

The Guardian, Oct 2016.

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International Day of the Girl.

Another good story from HNY.

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It really is amazing to see how open people really are. All these stories from Human of New York are so inspirational. Everything from social problems to dreams. 

(1/3) “I used to work at a bank in Cameroon. I designed clothing as a hobby, but I never really saw it as a possible profession. There really is no such thing as a ‘fashion designer’ in Cameroon. If you make clothes, you are known as a ‘seamstress.’ When I arrived in America, I realized that it was possible to pursue a career in fashion. At first I tried to become as Western as possible. I tried to change my accent. I wore extensions and straightened my hair. I started wearing high-end name brands. But when I finally went back to Cameroon for a visit, I was able to see my country with new eyes. I’d always viewed the culture as local and primitive because it was all I’d ever known. But having gotten some distance, I could appreciate its beauty. As soon as I got back to America, I cut my hair and sewed myself a traditional dress. I wore the dress to my job at Saks 5th Avenue, and a customer asked me where she could find it in the store. That gave me so much confidence.”

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(3/3) “I had to go back to everyone I knew and tell them that the actress decided not to wear my clothes. The stylist sent back all ten pieces. I was so embarrassed. I felt like a failure. I got so depressed that I had to move out of the city for a few months and live with my sister in Maryland. I’ve been doing a lot of praying and going to church. And I feel at peace now. I think that God knew I wasn’t ready for success. If my career had taken off then, I’d have thought it was from my own strength. I was feeling too proud. I needed to remember where my talent came from. I’ve been praying so much. And I’m in a good place now. I’m ready to start moving forward again. And it’s really unbelievable that I just ran into you. Because I just came into the city for the afternoon to buy some fabric.”

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Humans of New York.

Another good story from HNY.

Good vibes only.

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Artist Scotty Russell blends elements of hand lettering with illustration to produce uplifting messages that are perfect for anyone pursuing their passion. He creates the images under the moniker Perspective-Collective. But whatever the message may be, they’re sure to strike an emotional cord for someone working hard to achieve their dreams.

Through Perspective-Collective, Russell wants to “send good vibes” to the world, citing that his art is a way to achieve it. The skilled designer’s inspirational hand-lettered creations are currently available as prints through his online shop.

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Good vibes only.