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    There is so much problems on the planet that could be overcomed by stronger wills of inhabitants. Most problems that we face nowadays are caused by men “cleverness” that sometimes can be very destructive. The planet is starting to age, because of her tiredness of men’s fights. Citizens, children, women, men, foreigners are tagged, but  now it is time to stop putting names on what we see and start being one whole that support each other. Oxfam

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In my latest project, I studied what are the problems in our everyday lives that keep us from going forward in the gender equality matter. I looked at impartial articles on gender studies, men's studies and sociology to find the general causes of gender inequality in our social environment and found out that the major factors in that issue were that women are expected to work a double shift of work when they get home because of gender role. Also gender generalization in our society prevents us from being equal with everybody who doesn't fit the mold our society puts them into.

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to become acquainted with a couple churches around the South Shore and in Montreal, getting a better sense of what each is doing in order to get involved with their community and with global issues. Growing up in a Christian community, I’d sometimes felt that the church was separate from the outside world. It seemed as though there was an invisible rift between the people I would see during a Sunday service and those that would sit next to me in class; sermons and worship seemingly never intersected with real-world issues.

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Words are very important. They allow us, amongst many other things, to communicate our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Some words, however, are more delicate than others, especially when they define someone’s identity or have a very heavy and dark past such as “faggot” or “nigger”.

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This is old news.   Well, it still happens today. So it might not be that old. Moreover, it’s not a subject that has a big spotlight in the mass media nowadays. So why not discuss that here?   I have recently watched The Stoning of Soraya M. on Netflix. This movie, based on the true story of Soraya Manutchehri, a woman stoned to death after her husband plotted to get rid of her, illustrates what happens when individuals (especially women) are accused of adultery and then convicted; the sentence is death by stoning.

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She was born on July 12, 1997. She became an education activist by writing a blog about her fears regarding the increasing presence of military activity around her school in 2009. She was awarded Pakistan’s first Youth Peace Prize in 2011 (Malala Fund).   But what really caught the entire world’s attention is when she was attacked on her way to school. In 2013, Malala was shot in the head and somehow managed to survive (Malala Fund).  

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“A single ‘feminist’ perspective has not existed anytime in recent memory, if ever, despite the singular construction mass media assessments and literature criticizing feminism often advance. […] Most people become aware of feminism when it is covered by, appears in, or is constructed by the mass media for some reason. These articulations of feminism tend to be very simplistic and often envision feminism as a monolithic entity. […] Recognizing the role of mass media outlets […] is crucial to understanding contemporary confusion.

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From “ask[ing] messaging app companies to remove content that does not ‘respect the culture and local wisdom of the country’” (BRB. Still trying to find out what that means.), to banning Tumblr and “announc[ing] guidelines barring broadcasters from showing men wearing ‘feminine dress’ or speaking in a feminine manner”, Indonesia is heading down a very, very slippery slope.  

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As I was reading "Human trafficking crackdown on sex trade across Canada yields 47 people charged" from CBC news, I read a part of Timea Nagy`s story. Most of the article was stating how multiple police operatives from over 40 different police departments across Canada did 137 arrests in the field of human trafficking. The article also stipulated that 47 additional arrests were done and 20 victims were saved from inhumaine labour. "Most of the victims were under 19 years of age; some were as young as 14".

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I believe that Tel-Aide is a great organization for young adults who wish to volunteer. Nowadays, listening, I believe, has actually become a little bit rarer than what it was before. Therefore, knowing that there is someone somewhere who is willing to listen to you when you have issues can be a real "buoy". Briefly, Tel-Aide's mission is "to offer an empathetic, authentic and respectful ear to those who call", and I believe that this is something (with a little bit of training) that we can all do.

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“Sex workers’ rights are human rights,” affirms Amnesty International. “Criminalization[…] in and of itself should not be viewed as a prohibiting factor to effective responses to […] sex work,” asserts UNAIDS. “The enforcement of the laws against soliciting […] form a serious barrier to create conditions conductive to safe sex,” states the World Health Organization. “Canada’s prostitution bill [is] a step in the wrong direction,” claims Human Rights Watch.  

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Neither am I a woman nor do I live in Africa, but it just takes a teaspoon of common sense to understand what I am about to say.    Hands off! Female genital mutilation (FGM) has got to stop. Now.   Whether a woman decides to have her clitoris removed or not is up to her; it's not your call to make. And for the record, I doubt that a lot of women, if social pressure was not involved, would opt for the first option.   

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No doubts, fundamental beliefs can be a fragile subject. Some conflicts can occur when these values contrast, since our life choices are based on these values and beliefs. The attack on the satiric journal Charlie Hebdo has been really controversial. One thing is sure, both of the parties did not use the most delicate way to express their disaffection towards each other’s beliefs.

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Gabrielle Desrosiers Teacher: Geneviève Aboud ISSS 300-301-LA, Section 332 Assignment #1 2016 02 02 Assignment #1: Building an Outline a. Topic & type of paper/ justification of social issue

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In Kyle Knight’s article, “Dispatches: LGBT Backlash in Indonesia”, the author illustrates how queer rights aren’t doing so well at the moment. So much so that you could think Indonesia was attached to Russia when Pangea was still a thing.    Mohammad Nasir, the minister of research, technology, and “higher” education, stated that queer-oriented groups of scholars should be forbidden. Although he did backpedal, can we all take a moment and let the fact that a minister of education said such a thing sink in?  

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Tanya Cooper’s article, “Dispatches: Jail Time for Being Gay in Russia”, featured on Human Rights Watch clearly demonstrates that it is not 2016 everywhere across the globe. While everyone was partying hard and paying the 9.9x Uber surge on NYE, Russia might’ve forgotten to update their calendars… and their mentality.   Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev, two Communist Party members who are probably still living in the Neolithic Era, reintroduced a bill that would prohibit people from publicly manifesting any non-traditional sexual relation.   

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The film -The Circle- clearly shows that the women in Iran has a lot of life problems. In this movie my most interesting point that women can not do anything without a man.  Actually I know situations like that as a Turkish people because Iran is Turkey's neighbor. Iran is ruled by Islamic Sharia Law. But Iran is using it in a bad way. Because there are very systematic distcriminations against women in Iran.

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 According to Merriam-webster, “Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights of women”. Feminism seems to be a good idea, but not everything has been fine. Some feminism advantages are: The women have gain equality. The women are able to participate in elections. The women are able to speak in public. The women are able to demand their rights.  

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 In this article, written by Denyse Coles, the idea that prostitution should be decriminalized is stressed.  The author puts emphasis on the three key factors that would be better for everyone.

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