Boarding my Malaysia Airlines flight in Manila today was a bit of a somber moment. I managed to contain the urge to take and post photos of the parked MH aircraft and joke about ‘disappearing’ or ‘getting shot down by terrorists’—in reference to the still-missing MH370 and the blown MH17 earlier this year—mainly because deep inside me I was a bit worried myself.
Everyone in Jakarta asks if I’m Malaysian. One even said I’m too dark for a Filipino…
In any conflict situation, there are likely only two sides to a woman facing or rising from it: the victim and the aid worker—and neither have as much safety nets. The long struggle for gender equality and sensitivity to women’s needs have had its ups in recent years but as peacebuilding and rehabilitation works go full swing, the one question that magnifies the uncertainty on the ground remains: how to sustain women’s participation, safety and empowerment beyond the long journey of rehabilitation?
There are cities best seen from a double-decker bus, or through the glass panels of a cable car, or from an over-priced gondola; and there are cities best seen by allowing it to open up right before your own eyes. Melbourne is the latter. As Australia’s centre of style and the arts, Melbourne exudes an eccentric quirk that naturally brings to mind the traits of an artist: hip, creative, bold—but equally unperturbed about the whole idea, a character more capable to pique one’s interest to come closer.
Theme parks can snap a clear picture of you on a rollercoaster at 70mph, but bank cameras can’t get a clear shot of a robber standing still.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead
[traditional feminist] campaigns portray the feminist cause as “man-hating. By involving both genders in the ‘HeForShe’ campaign, Emma Watson hopes to abolish the “us vs. them” mentality.
Feature and the full video clip of Watson’s speech here: http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/09/emma-watson-un-speech-feminism?mbid=social_twitter