I have been meaning to watch the above Ted Talk for forever. The moment I heard Beyoncé’s Flawless, I have been obsessed. The strength within the clip from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech on feminism is both admirable and accurate. Now that I’ve watched the whole talk, I feel empowered.
As someone who is not only a young woman, but someone who believes in gender equality and mutual respect, I wanted to share this with everyone because if you haven’t yet watched this talk, you should. Even if you may not agree with everything that Chimamanda says, there is much to be learned from the words she speaks.
Something that stuck out to me, especially, was when she said, “Culture does not make people, people make culture.” I come from a family where tradition is number one, even when certain traditions, cultures, beliefs, etc. are hurtful. I’ve always been one to say, “It’s just a part of my culture. I can’t change it.” The truth is, though, that I can.
And so you can you.
We have all been there. We have all been hurt or disrespected based on the actions of someone else, actions that may be “excused” because they are just a part of the culture in which we live.
A storyteller. That is how I would describe myself.
I love communicating with people using the written and spoken word as well as various multimedia. I am developing a career where I can use my journalistic, communication and project management skills daily.
Naturally, I love to write. I’m passionate about making a difference and fighting to make this world a comfortable place for everyone to live. A world without barriers, discrimination, standards of beauty, gender stereotypes, harassment, racism, disease…the list goes on and on.
I am a social media enthusiast and have extensive experience using Twitter, Facebook, blogs and LinkedIn to market brands and initiatives.
I recently completed the post-graduate Event Management program at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (ITAL), from which I have earned an Ontario Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Event Management with honours. I am also a graduate of the Media Studies program at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies from the University of Guelph as well as a Diploma in Journalism from Humber College ITAL, both with distinction.
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