We Should Empower Girls

Is feminism good?

I got asked this exact question from an individual last week, and my answer was pretty constructive and straightforward.

I certainly think the actual REAL definition of feminism is good and it should matter to us all. Fundamentally, this is a human rights issue. Discrimination has no place in the 21st century, and every girl has the right to go to school, stay safe from violence, access health services, and fully participate in her community. Girls should be treated with equal respect and should have same benefits and opportunities.

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It’s something that WE all need to care about and invest our time in making sure that all girls have the right to be a girl and not what society forces them to be. You see because investing in girls is one of the smartest things we can do to promote a healthier, more prosperous world. More importantly, it’s the right thing to do. Every girl has the right to be in charge of her future and her fate.

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That’s what feminism is all about. I am here to say that I am a feminist and that if we can all support girls, we will have a better society for not only ourselves, but for the future generations to come.

To finish off this post, I want to quote a fantastic woman whom I had the pleasure to meet; she’s an artful vandal named @MissMe. She’s a feminist who stands for the right thing, and that is empowering girls, nothing more, nothing less. What she says is very important and quite frankly the truth.

“To be born with a woman’s body is to bear the unsolicited burden of society’s unresolved attitude to sex.”

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard


That’s why we should Empower Girls.

Featured Photo: Photo credit: Jiro Ose for UN Foundation

Photo #1: Girl Up

Photo #2: Photo credit: UN Women

 

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What Defines Us As Human Beings

What does it mean to be human?

An honest question I ask all of you, what is indeed your purpose and truth in your life? And does that define you as a human being?

A question I continue to ask myself. I do not know my purpose and truth in life, but I have yet to discover it. However, I do have some ideas of what it means to be human. I think as human beings, deep down we all love and care for one another, and some of you might think it’s frivolous but I have yet to tell you, is it really frivolous or is it the honest truth?

As human beings, we each have a desire to reach our goal and purpose in our life, and through the desire to reach our goal comes motivation. Without motivation we would not reach our goal, this is because we all have something inside of us that pushes us to strive for excellence, thus achieving our goal. And I think a big key in what defines human beings is love. Love answers our prayers and our hopes, it fulfills us with a sense of happiness and relief. Love defines us as human beings.

I could go on ranting about good qualities in what it means to be human, but I have yet not told you about the bad qualities that define us as human beings. Some of them being selfishness, lying, giving up, being deceived by idiotic situations, and many others. One that strikes me is giving up. The act of giving up is something very bad, and yet it is something we all have done. Or even lying, to know that lying may possibly save us from a situation, yet our lie may possibly bring upon a consequence in the nearby future.

All to say that what defines us as humans is good and bad qualities. So let us focus on the good and not the bad. If we choose to follow our good and true qualities, we will be overshadowed by only good, but if we choose to follow our bad qualities, we will be overshadowed by only darkness.

So I ask you, what is your meaning and truth in your life?

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard