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Why is it So Important to Observe The International Day Of The Girl?

The main goal of the International Day Of The Girl is to increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender, as well as to promoting more opportunities for girls, worldwide.

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Refugee Girl at UN Camp dressed up as a Policewoman (Her Dream Job) / Meredith Hutchinson / IRC

Being a girl is far from glamorous. In fact, if you are reading this, you are already very lucky. Statistically speaking, more female babies are aborted than male babies, and young girls have less chances of being educated than boys. In many countries, girls are not allowed to learn how to read and write at a young age.

Millions of girls are at risk of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) which the United Nations condemned as a violation of human rights.

Even in some developing countries, transgender girls are banned from using public restrooms. And, while the legislations are meant to be a ban on transgender people as a whole –which is still terrible, by the way– they are often only enforced on transgender girls, and not transgender boys.

Girls are more likely to marry very young, in contrast to boys. One every four girls marry before the age of 18.

In many communities, girls are still forced to marry against their wishes.

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Girls can be shunned from their communities when they have their period. Many of them are forced to sleep outside since they are said to be “untouchable.”

Suicide amongst young girls (aged 15-19) continues to be the leading cause of death for young girls, world wide. The 2nd? Maternal death.

In the United States, tampons and pads are still taxed in 39 states, despite them being a necessity and not a luxury.

But if you made it through puberty, dodged getting married young, finished University and found a job, odds are that you are paid less than your male counterparts for doing the exact same thing.

In a speech, American president, Barack Obama, said: “This is the future we are forging: Where women and girls, no matter what they look like or where they are from, can live free from the fear of violence. A future where all girls know they can hold any job, run any company, and compete in any field, let us keep working to build a world that is more just and free — because nothing should stand in the way of strong girls with bold dreams.”

 

Source: The Guardian / Wikipedia

Blog: A Transgender Woman’s Open Letter To Our Partners And Mamma Bears

 

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Simply thank you for loving us, for not giving up on us. For inspiring others.

Laverne Cox said once that loving a transgender woman was a rebellious act.

As a transgender woman myself, it’s heartwarming to see your rebelliousness, your courage; your selfless and unconditional love.

I know that it has not been easy for you. I know that a lot of communities turn you away; I have confronted those transgender people myself. Those transgender people who fear you for being comfortable with your own sex and gender you were born with. Those who think there is nothing to gain in extending themselves to another person outside of their experiences. Those who dare call you scum without knowing anything about you, your mission or your selfless love for your trans partner, or the love you have for your transgender child.

I know it has not been easy for you to let our old selves go, and I know that it’s not easy for a straight woman to fall in love with another woman’s soul.

Yet, here you are. Loving, listening, supporting, Feeling proud.

Thank you for inspiring others, for doing more when everyone else is just talking. Thank you for the things that you taught me, the tips that you’ve given me, and for holding me in your loving arms every time you’ve heard me weeping unconsolably.

Thank you for comforting us, for confronting the bullies and the haters, those who want to inspect our chromosomes before letting us into a public bathroom. Those who think that our future is theirs to choose.

I did not choose to be trans, but you did have the choice. You had the opportunity to ignore me and walk out on me, and you didn’t.

– Ellie

14 Surprisingly Tall Celebs and their Style Secrets

I’m a tall girl! At 5’10”, I tower over a lot of people. If you are a tall girl like me, worry not! Some of the prettiest, and most influential celebrities, including America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, are also surprisingly tall!

Here are another 14 celebs who are rockin’ their height..

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Blake Lively. 5’10” (177.5cm)

 

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Duchess Of Cambridge. 5’10” (177.5cm)

 

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Elle McPherson. 6’0” (182cm)

 

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Gisele Bundchen. 5’11” (180cm)

 

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Jenna Elfman. 5’10” (177.5cm)
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Khloe Kardashian. 5’10” (177.5cm)

 

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15:  Actress Laura Prepon attends the "Orange Is The New Black" season two premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on May 15, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Laura Prepon. 5’10” (177.5cm)

 

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Liv Tyler. 5’10” (177.5cm)

 

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Maria Sharapova. 6’2” (187cm)

 

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Michelle Obama. 5’10” (177.5cm)

 

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Nicole Kidman. 5’11” (180cm)

 

09/14/2009 - Taylor Swift - 2009 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals - Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas - New York City, NY, USA - Keywords:  - 0 -  - Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos - Contact (1-866-551-7827)
Taylor Swift. 5’11” (180cm)

 

NEW YORK - MAY 03: TV personality Tyra Banks attends the  4th annual New York Times Sunday with the Magazine at TheTimesCenter on May 3, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage)
Tyra Banks. 5’11” (180cm)
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Uma Thurman. 6’0” (182cm)