On the 20th United Nations Summer Youth Assembly

What I have learned at the Youth Assembly definitely was not what was intended to be taught to me but they are valuable lessons nonetheless.

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Scratching the Surface of the US Elections

Typical of a politics and international relations student, the hot topic in every single class was the US elections this week. Funnily enough, the topic for this week’s class and lectures was voting preferences and we discussed what factors had mattered in the US elections. Primarily talking about Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, otherwise known as …

SOLA: First Boarding School for Girls in Afghanistan

I think this is a phenomenal model, and I think it can be replicated in a lot of conflict and post-conflict countries. Women are naturally peacemakers. They are the ones who raise children and teach values to their kids. To teach those women to be really thinking big, thinking bold, thinking broadly and inclusively is so important.

Thai Politics: 15 years in 1500 words

Disclaimer: this article aims to compile a balanced view of events before and after the 2014 military coup in order to provide some context the media struggles to convey. In 2001, Chuan Leekpai was beaten by a new party (Thaksin Shinawatra's party) in the general election because of his unpopular austerity economic measures following a financial crisis in his …

What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege

A Little More Sauce

The phrase “white privilege” is one that rubs a lot of white people the wrong way. It can trigger something in them that shuts down conversation or at least makes them very defensive. (Especially those who grew up relatively less privileged than other folks around them). And I’ve seen more than once where this happens and the next move in the conversation is for the person who brought up white privilege to say, “The reason you’re getting defensive is because you’re feeling the discomfort of having your privilege exposed.”

I’m sure that’s true sometimes. And I’m sure there are a lot of people, white and otherwise, who can attest to a kind of a-ha moment or paradigm shift where they “got” what privilege means and they did realize they had been getting defensive because they were uncomfortable at having their privilege exposed. But I would guess that more often than…

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Start With The Boys

What this video also highlights is that parenting is a fundamental factor in feeding sexism and gender pressures through generations. The way that each gender has gender roles and norms indoctrinated into them at an early age continues to dramatically affect their character and fuel existing sexism.