“…The dynamism and determination of African youth, those who make up 70% of the continent’s population. Their political maturity has been striking to me. They have this Pan-African vision that make it indispensable for African countries and peoples to work together in order to turn the tables on those who are trying to carve the continent into pieces.”
Viva African youth!
Viva Mama Africa!
Down with Imperialism and Neo-colonialism!
The New Scramble For Africa – Empire – The New Scramble for Africa – Al Jazeera English.
Posted: July 31, 2014 in Gender and Women's Rights, Peacebuilding, Youth Issues
Tags: advancement of women, Beijing declaration, Beijing Platform for Action, conflict resolution, cross-generational cooperation, feminism, Peacebuilding, women empowerment, world peace
Asked to take note of two or three commitments in the Beijing Declaration, a document that emerged from the 4th United Nations Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, and to comment on which commitments interest me, this is what I wrote up. I encourage all of those who are interested in gender equality to familiarize themselves with the Beijing Declaration and the Beijing Platform for Action.
Being quite familiar with the Beijing Declaration, nothing in it really surprises me when I read the 1995 declaration in 2014. However, I find some of the commitments inspirational in the sense that they confirm the areas to which I advocate for gender equality today.
The issue of women’s human rights, just like the different waves of feminism, has evolved across time, changing the way people recognize those rights and the ways they struggle to ensure them. My grandmother’s struggle was different than that of my mother’s, which is also different from my own, and yet our struggles for gender equality are part and parcel of the same movement. Moreover, I cannot shake the fact that I simply wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the past struggles of women. It is both a source of anxiety for me (how can I ever live up to their legacy, and yet embrace my different approach to gender equality) and a source of great pride (yes folks, I come from a long line of very strong women!).
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If Black people said the stuff White people say
This is hilarious and yet it pisses me off just the same. The use of humor to shed light on racism, particularly through reverse stereotyping, is genius. But this, and other prominent world events taking place today, continue to make me wonder why it seems so hard for some people to put themselves in other people’s shoes. Actually, let me rephrase that. Putting oneself in the shoes of the downtrodden when one lives a relatively privileged life isn’t as easy as it might seem. Still, one can at least live by the golden rule ‘do onto others as you would have them do on to you’ or ‘treat others as you would like to be treated.’ Why is empathy so hard to come by these days?
Now we can learn to understand racism and stereotyping through humor, but neither is really a laughing matter.
(Although I’m black, I find myself easily relating to Asian stereotyping. Go figure!)
If Asians said the stuff White people say
The ‘What Kind of Asian are You?’ skit is a CLASSIC!! What’s even better about this skit, is that they developed a video where the actors read real comments made about the initial skit. To see that video, CLICK HERE.