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WOMEN ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE PREFERENCES

WOMEN HAVE A CHOICE IN WHO TO DATE/SLEEP WITH/ETC

WOMEN DON’T HAVE TO LIKE YOU

WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO JUSTIFY THEIR PREFERENCES

WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO REJECT SOMEONE FOR WHATEVER REASON

BEING “NICE” DOES NOT MEAN A PERSON IS ATTRACTED TO YOU OR OWES YOU ANYTHING

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Beginning tomorrow, I’ll be taking a 50 day trip in partnership with the United Nations, supported by the Secretary General’s MDG Advocacy Group. I’ll be posting portraits and stories from the trip on the blog. We’re calling it a ‘World Tour,’ because the trip will span over 25,000 miles and circumnavigate the globe. But since there are only ten countries on the itinerary, it would be rather foolish to claim that these portraits and stories somehow represent 'the world,’ or humanity as a whole. The point of the trip is not to “say” anything about the world. But rather to visit some faraway places, and listen to as many people as possible. 

In addition to gathering portraits and stories, the purpose of the tour is to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals, which are pictured. The MDG’s are eight international development goals that every member state of the UN agreed we should accomplish by the year 2015. Basically: they’re stuff that everyone can agree the world needs. (More info can be found here: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/). So in addition to telling stories of individuals, we hope this trip may in some way help to inspire a global perspective, while bringing awareness to the challenges that we all need to tackle together. Hope you enjoy.

It’s All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?

“My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can’t go because we can’t afford new shoes,” says a girl from Indonesia.

“I want to live freely,” says another girl, in Egypt. “I don’t want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear.”

In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: “Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals,” she says. “There are so many I can’t even name them all.”

Their voices are part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, from 14 developing countries. They’ve shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation.

he aim: to change the way the world thinks about girls, says Lyric Thompson at the International Center for Research on Women, which worked with Nike on the project.

Writing this week in the journal Science, Melinda Gates says that “no society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”

They are the “engines” of global development, writes the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And they should be at the center of development plans and goals.

Continue reading and see more photos.

Photo: “I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country.” - Fiza, 13, India (Courtesy of Nike Foundation)

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In which John examines the progress of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals over the last 15 years and looks ahead to the Global Goals. Can we live in a world where extreme poverty and undernourishment are rare? Are we closer to gender equality? How have infant mortality rates and maternal mortality rates changed in the last 25 years? And how will we ensure that the astonishing progress since 1990 continues?

Learn more about the Global Goals
Thanks to Gates Notes for letting me borrow bits of their excellent videos on the MDGs 
Undernourishment graphs from Max Rosen, ‘Hunger and Undernourishment’ - Our World in Data

Although all the Pearl jokes are pretty funny (and true), I kinda wish people were talking more about how like the big moment for Greg and Rose wasn’t that they fused but that they talked.

Like, people hear “we need to talk” and it’s become such a trope for the person to avoid the conversation and make things worse. Like that mentality of running away from communication has become ingrained in our culture.

But like, Greg was starting to see issues in his relationship with Rose AND HER TOLD HER. Like even though they didn’t really know how to solve the issues, they realized there were things they needed to work out and they agreed to do so and moved into a healthier relationship.

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I was super mislead by the title/start of this video, but I was pleasantly surprised