The best of 2017 on girlsglobe.org…

We Need to Talk About Mental Health 
by Gabrielle Rocha Rios 
“A big misconception about mental health issues is that they are strictly in a person’s mind and don’t make them physically sick – but that is far from true. Mental health issues are never a person’s choice – they are disorders, and can affect anyone, at any age, anywhere in the world.”

If They Kill Me 
by Bita Aranda 
“How could I not use this platform to tell the rest of the world what they are doing to us? How could I not write about the gender based violence we live amongst every day? How could I not use this privilege as a way to give those women and girls their voices back?”

#MeToo: We’re all in this Together
by Preeti Shakya 
“I remember being subjected to harassment long before I even knew what harassment or assaults were. School-going boys. Middle-aged men. Married men. A policeman. That boy who considers himself a ‘feminist’. Colleagues. On the bus. Across the pavements. In a queue. At a temple.”

How to be Alone
by Farahnaz Mohammed
“I wish we lived in a culture that valued a woman who does her job well, or recognized her role as a sister or a daughter or a friend as much as a girlfriend or a wife. I wish our knee-jerk instinct in supporting the women we care about wasn’t to try to remedy them of their singledom.”

At 25, I’m Finally Meeting my Cycle
by Eleanor Gall 
“As I’ve tried to educate myself about natural menstrual cycles – which I’m now experiencing for the first time in my adult life – I feel more alert to the signs and signals my body sends me. I’m working on building my knowledge of what’s happening at different stages of my cycle, and I feel more able to listen to and respect what my body wants and needs at each.”

Keeping Girls Healthy in DRC
by CARE

“Adolescents and young people in DRC often find it difficult or impossible to access health care. Information and services related to sex and reproductive health (SRH) are especially hard to find due to cultural norms and expectations (such as abstinence before marriage) that prohibit young people from seeking them out.”

10 Things that Happened to me After Childbirth
by Julia Wiklander
“Throughout my first pregnancy, I didn’t think too much about the time after birth – with only one session with my midwife and one parental class to prepare for breastfeeding. I was not fully prepared for what was going to come – and perhaps I could never be prepared enough – but there were a few things that happened to me, my body and my baby that I wish I had known before giving birth.”

Standing Up for Girls in the Time of Trump
by Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp
“My work, like all work, begins at home. I visibly resist hate for and with my own daughters, two immigrants of color who are growing up in a time when integral parts of their identity are being challenged. They, and all girls in my life, must see me modeling contested truths: black lives matter, native lives matter and refugee lives matter; women’s rights are human rights; no human being is illegal and love is love is love is love.”

Menstrual Cups: Breaking the Bloody Taboo 
by Terri Harris 
“When you’re comfortable with your period, you become curious and intrigued by the female anatomy. When you begin to speak frankly about menstruating you can change other people’s perceptions about their periods too. The cup is the gateway to being open and honest about your period. Being frank about menstruating may just steer girls away from those feelings of embarrassment and shame.”

Midwives Made Me Feel Like Not Going Home
by Mia Ydholm
“It was the middle of the night, I hadn’t slept for 48 hours and the tears seemed unstoppable. I felt inadequate for not being able to calm my daughter down when she screamed as if I was hurting her, while all I was trying my hardest to do was to please her. Midwives provided me with their invaluable knowledge, skills and help, and I am forever thankful for the time they spent taking care of me and my family.

From Child Worker to Girl With Big Dreams
by SOS Children’s Villages
“Families that allow them to be children and do what children are supposed to do: learn, play and feel loved. For girls who live with vulnerable families, it’s critical that we help them become stable and strong through family support programs in order to prevent family breakdown and child abandonment.”

2017 has been an important and exciting year in many ways, but it has also seen its fair share of trialling and difficult moments. We’ve seen them in the media, in our political systems, in our Facebook feeds, and we’ve felt them in our personal lives. We’re sure you have too, and we hope you know that we’re here with you through it all – the good, the bad and the in-between. So much of what Girls’ Globe has accomplished so far is down to you – our incredible readers, contributors and supporters – and so we want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU.

We hope that whatever 2017 has looked like for you, you find yourself able to take the rest you need as we reach the end of the year and look to 2018. We hope you are able to switch off – whatever that means to you – and to surround yourself with the people, places and things that bring you the most joy.

We wish you a beautiful, restful, restorative holiday and a very happy new year!

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