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Small town girl (livin' in a lonely world) passionate about music, peace, human rights and universal love. People that surround me sometimes say that I should not talk about certain "controversial" issues, but I am stubborn and persuasive. Hopefully this writing platform will channel my energy and opinions in a clear,concise and efficient way.

On this day of the inauguration of a new President of the United States, I hope that people will choose love over hate and unite.

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"We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." -Malala Yousafzai "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity" -Viola Davis "In my nervousness for this speech and my moments of doubt, I've told myself firmly, 'If not me, who? If not when, how?'" -Emma Watson

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During the majority of the semester, my blog posts have focused primarily on women’s rights in several different spheres of life. From women’s reproductive health to women’s relationship with the law, I have used examples of recent news stories to illustrate that there is still a need of feminism in the 21st century.

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The issue of women’s rights can be approached in many different ways.  Everyday, women from around the world face various challenges simply because of their sex, and these challenges can be increased by other factors such as race, education, and social class. Although the need for the defense of women’s rights in western society is constantly questioned, Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres stated as recently as last March 13 that “women’s rights are under attack worldwide” (Lederer for TIME magazine).

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From March 13 to March 24, the United Nations is holding a commission meeting, in which this year’s theme is women’s economic empowerment. An article by Edith M. Lederer for the Associated Press in TIME reported that last week, the U.N. chief Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that women’s rights are under heavy attack worldwide.

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Whether you are a high school student or an adult with a career, volunteering is a rewarding experience that has the potential to have an impact. It is with small actions that people make a difference. If you want to participate in advancing women’s rights and eliminating extreme poverty, the organization Crossroads International offers great volunteer opportunities according to your age and experience.

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The Dictionary of Sociolinguistics (Swann, Deumert, Lillis, 2004) defines feminism as a movement that advocates the equality of genders from a social, cultural, political and economic perspective. This movement has increased in popularity in the last decades, and events like the Women’s March* tend to indicate that the status of women in society is improving. However, in a developed country filled with opportunities like Canada and the United States of America, the need for feminism has been challenged by some groups of people.

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Patrice Bergeron wrote an article for La Presse, a francophone journal, entitled ‘’Le Québec peut aussi parler au monde en Anglais, dit Lisée’’*. This article was published on February 1, 2017, and the following is a summary of Bergeron’s text (http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/politique/politique-quebecoise/201702/01/01-5065293-le-quebec-peut-aussi-parler-au-monde-en-anglais-dit-lisee.php).

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Kevin O’Leary is a Canadian businessman as well as a reality TV star. He is running to be at the lead of the federal Conservative party, along with 13 other people. News summary from an article by BBC News wrote on January 18th http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38659147This article does not have an author: it means that BBC, a pretty trusted news site, takes responsibility for this article, which makes it reliable.

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With approximately 1.8 billion members, it would be inaccurate to say that Facebook does not have an influence on the opinions and on the exposure to mass media of a quarter of the World population. In the beginning of 2017, Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg finally recognized this social media’s responsibility in the consumption of news, be it fake or not, and created the Facebook Journalism Project.

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From the beginning of the 21st century, the accessibility to information has surpassed all previous proportions due to the use of the worldwide web. Through the Internet, the population can educate themselves on all topics efficiently and quickly. The range of people on the Internet ranges from young children to the elderly. With such a large amount of people on the web it allows for a beneficial platform where people can be educated and influenced by sharing their ideas, opinions or news.

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The Zimmerman 911 tape made it big in the news and the internet. Its reason is shocking. The trust worthy NBC news has posted a fake tape demonstrating how racist Zimmerman was towards the victim. Here is a segment of the fake tape showed by the program and “said” by Zimmerman: “He looks like he’s up to no good, he looks black.” In reality, Zimmerman was not being racist towards the victim. He was only being careful and answered the dispatcher’s question. This is the real segment recorded:

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From January 19th to January 21st 2017, in Berlin, the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture shed light on the on-going water scarcity crisis, and on the importance of acting now. The theme of the yearly Forum was ‘’Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World’’.

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Small town girl (livin' in a lonely world) passionate about music, peace, human rights and universal love. People that surround me sometimes say that I should not talk about certain "controversial" issues, but I am stubborn and persuasive.

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