Today March 10, 2014 is National Women and Girls HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day. Know your status, get informed, and get empowered.“At the end of 2010 1 out of 4 people living with diagnose of HIV infection in the United States were women.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are empowered” is an intimate and inspiring conversation with Alicia Keys and five women living with HIV in the U.S.
Your having a girl, four-letter word some women around the world don’t want to hear. Having a girl in a society that does not respect or value a daughter as much as they value having a son. The vast reality of “Gendercide” exists and innocent girls are losing their lives each and everyday because they are not valued. Where is their presence? Where is their respect? The “Gendercide Awareness Project” is one organization that wants to bring awareness to this epidemic around the world. While it might seem like women in the U.S. are earning new levels of recognition, around the world women are still losing their lives. An awareness of their struggle needs to be heard to save female lives.
The “Gendercide Awareness Project” wants to bring awareness to the innocent lives of girls being eliminated each and everyday because they are not seen as valued individuals internationally. “Gendercide Awareness Project” (2013) states “Gendercide is the silent elimination of females in certain parts of the world through selective abortion, infanticide, severe malnutrition and medical neglect.” Being target because of their gender is inhuman, not being taken serious or valued because they were born a girl is wrong. Girls are being seen as trash, and worthless not only in society perspective, but also within their own families. Continue reading “O No I am Having a Girl!”→
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel beautiful and be attractive to certain people, but it’s almost important to recognize that you don’t owe thinness or beauty to anyone. That isn’t your job. It isn’t some rent you pay for being female. You don’t exist for other people’s viewing pleasure. You have so much more to offer the world than how you look.”
Along with being Women’s Month, March is also Nutrition Awareness Month. Your health as a woman is vital to yourself, your family and your country. Although society’s trend these days is to perpetuate and enforce the “skinny” trend amongst women; women need to understand that we are all created differently for a reason. How do you define beauty? Do you define it by a scale number? Do you define it by what size you wear? If you have answered yes to either of the last questions then STOP!
Remember the old adage, you are what you eat?
Beauty is within. What you put in, is what you will show to the world, thus it is important to eat healthy. Managing your health for the sake of being healthy, rather than being skinny creates a positive effect on your life. Some effects such as reducing diseases, reducing wrinkles, boosting brain power, and living longer are attributable to eating healthy. The most important effect of them all is the healthy glow that exudes from inside. This glow is beauty and it will shine bright with every move you make.
Take time this month to stop worrying about your size and try to focus on your nutritious intake. Incorporate some healthy dishes in your routine, whether it is Meatless Mondays, Turkey Tuesdays, Fish Fridays etc. Every step in the right direction is a step to making an overall change in your nutrition; time and dedication to improving your health through eating healthy and exercise will make you feel beautiful and attractive because you know that you are maintaining yourself for yourself and not for society.