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Chinese Olympian Breaks Barrier

Every woman at some point or another will get their period- it is a coming of age, a natural, biological occurrence. And yet, to discuss it, or mention it as a woman is seen as "dirty" or "inappropriate".

In both sports and in China, the words "menstration cycle" have a negative taboo. In fact, tampon and pad commercials have been banned from playing. Furthermore, tampons are rarely sold as they are thought to "rob a girl of her virginity".

child marriage

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https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2016/ending-child-marriage

Ths article covers the topic of child marriage which is still prevelant in developing countries. It discusses what measures are being taken to fight against child marriage, as well as how difficult it is to fight since the girls are dependent upon their family. This issue traps the girls into marriage against their will and removes their dignity and human right to make choices about their own bodies.  

Human trafficking

43,200 times, Karla Jacinto a young Mexican girl, was raped. When she was only five years old she was sexually abused by a relative. At the age twelve, she escaped with his "boyfriend", a man 10 years older than her she just met, since her mother didn't care for her. After three months of a fake relationship, he forced her into sexual labor. She was raped 30 times per day for the next four years. The article highlights this case to show how human trafficking still prevails in prominent countries like the United States and Mexico. 

Modern Slavery

We like to think that slavery doesn't exist in the modern world since it was banished centuries ago. However, this oppressive practice continues to be a problem around the world, threatening the most basic human rights. The video embodies the real conflict of modern slavery in the 21st century through powerful images taken by the photographer Lisa Kristine.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwB6bPgPol4 

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