“Culture is to a society what a flower is to a plant. What is important about a flower is not just its beauty. A flower is the carrier of the seeds for new plants, the bearer of the future of that species.”—African proverb (via kulturalguerilla)
“But the process of making a [Philippine] nation was interrupted and later tragically redirected to produce what is now a confused people who in their pathetic search for identity look to an idealized indigenous past and to the Hispanized culture of their colonial forbears and who in their desire solve the problems of the present, dream of a future anchored on western concepts and values.”—Excerpt from “Identity & Consciousness" by Renato Constantino
“Education is a vital weapon of a people striving for economic emancipation, political independence and cultural renaissance. We are such a people. Philippine education therefore must produce Filipinos who are aware of their country’s problems, who understand the basic solution to these problems, and who care enough to have courage to work and sacrifice for their country’s salvation.”—Opening paragraph of The Miseducation of the Filipino, by Renato Constantino
1. One in three women die or are seriously injured as a result of gender-based violence. Violence against women results in more deaths among women ages 15 to 44 than the total number of women who die because of war, malaria, and cancer.
4. Approximately 96 million young women in developing countries still cannot read or write. Globally, girls account for 55 percent of children not in school.
5. Nearly 75 percent of those displaced by violent conflict are women. Displacement leaves women without access to health care, proper nutrition or education. Displaced women face a higher threat of gender-based terrorism and violence.
6. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda resulted in hundreds of thousands of violent sexual assaults, resulting in an estimated 250,000 women falling victim to HIV/AIDS. While many women awaiting treatment died, their perpetrators receive antiretroviral therapies in prison.
7. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that actually denies women the right to vote by law. In other parts of the world, where women are legally allowed to vote, many women still struggle to exercise their rights. For example, in Afghanistan, some women were denied the right to vote in 2009 because the country lacked the necessary amount of female staff members to provide enough polls for women.
9. In 1974, Isabel Peron became the world’s first woman president, when she was elected President of Argentina. Around the world, 68 women have served as head of state in their country (not including monarchies). Currently, 38 women serve as head of government around the world. In 1997, Ireland became the first country to succeed power from one female president to another.
10. African nations have more women in parliament than most western nations. Rwanda ranks number one in world rankings for the highest representation of women at 49 percent.
We now have the MK survey available to you (in English and Tagalog) for taking online! All working Filipinas living in the United States are encouraged to complete the survey. Survey links will open in a new window.
One in four Americans has a diagnosable, treatable mental health disorder.
To me, overall health isn’t just about how you look, the number on the scale, or how many miles you can run. It is about how you feel mentally. This issue is personal to me, obviously, but I think it’s important to bring awareness to my followers and anyone else who reads this. Please, contact me if you ever feel out of control or need someone to talk to.
I got myself in check. I want someone, anyone, to share that with. Not romantically, not soulmately, not in any other pathetic contemporary way of dousing real person-to-person connection with fabrications of the what-has-to-be`s. I want the whole world to know that I`m okay with who I am. I want to meet other people who know what it means to know themselves. This is not a self-advertisement, otherwise rhapsodies and photographs would be posted a million times over. And over. And over. I`m done with this thing called repetitivity. I want to be swept off my feet. I`m ready for anything. I don`t ever want to wait to exhale, ever again. Is there anyone who I can share this with, without the presumed suspicion that I want more than just some innocent, carefree, along-for-the-ride companionship?
If there is a living being in the world, who knows exactly what I mean, exactly how I mean it, and exactly why I mean it, then for God`s sake, reach out to me.