Girl Talk: How to Check Your Breasts (+Love for Pink)
I'm actually one of those girls that don't like pink. And I really don't. It won't be my first point of call in picking a colour. And if we go all the way to fifth, it'll probably not still make the cut. So I was genuinely suprised at the actual number of pink items I've got. I might almost start to think I like pink.
But I guess that there could be something about the colour such that a higher percentage of girls are attracted to it. And maybe just maybe, like our breasts it's an innate part of who we are.
International Day of the Girl Child
As a young teen. I recall watching a telecom ad, where a woman had just successfully given birth to a baby. But strangely, the rejoicing was not immediate, until the sex of the baby was confirmed - as a boy.
My husband and I hope our first child will be a girl. We may even have names picked out. If it ends up being a boy, we'll have to spend some time figuring out names. It sort of baffles me how people still consider the girl child inferior. How in many places she's a second class citizen - often told that there are limits to who she can be, where she can go and what she can do. And while I understand the importance of culture, I struggle to understand certain bits of it, like child marriage.
I turn 28 in a few weeks, having been married for slightly over 2 years - and I cannot for the life of me, imagine how my life may have been if i had to get married by 18. According to the UN, in developing countries (excluding China), one in every three girls is married before the age of 18. Whether or not these statistics are true (because they do sound high!) the reality is that there's still a lot of awareness to be done.
Asides child marriage, there's still a lot of bias and discrimination facing the girl child. I'm not sure how much change this one blog post will bring, and I don't expect it to bring about much. But I hope that in our own little way, we seek to improve and eradicate the bias faced by the girl child. In not thinking that boys are better gifts from God. In not shutting down the dreams and valid aspirations of the girl child. In letting them know from a young age, that can be as powerful and successful as they choose.
Yes. Even if their favourite colour is pink. They can wear it unashamedly, with some lipstick and a pair of heels - and still expect to be taken seriously.
The International day of the Girl is celebrated on October 11.
Pink, for Breast Cancer Awareness
Pink is the official colour for Breast Cancer Awareness. And October is the official month.
It's a good thing, they use the phrase official - because the awareness should be all day everyday. Like most of my blog posts, writing out my words often keep them in my consciousness and I hope that by reading you too become more aware and spread the word.
Some day, I want to run a marathon to help raise funds. And if you know me, you know that's a tall order. I do not like to run. I have never run a marathon before. And the longest I may have run is a 400m relay race in high school. Please don't ask me how it went, as all I looked forward to was the heap of glucose I could waffle down at the end.
But some day, and rather soon, I want to run a marathon - and when I do, (seeing how much effort I'll have to put in to avoid fainting), I hope we will raise funds for an event or charity related to breast cancer - as it is currently the most common cancer affecting women.
But hope isn't lost, and I when I do cross that finish line (hopefully not lured by the glucose) I will join my faith and money with that of the thousands of people worldwide who believe that we will beat cancer - breast & all other forms!
I recall my friend telling me her mum has been diagnosed with breast cancer. And I should please remember to pray for her. From shock to silence to mutters of "I'm so sorry", I realised there was very little, we could do but hope and pray. Since then I've read shocking stories that have left me cold in my bones. I've also joined in prayers of thanks, of known and unknown families who have triumphed.
The 2016 statistics are staggering. In the UK, 60,000 women are diagnosed every year with 12,000 not pulling through. Reports also suggest that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed. If we think of 8 women we know, that will send shivers down. But on the bright side 8 out of 10 people will survive it for more than 5 years.
While we pray & await its cure and eradication, it's important to ensure we are highly aware of any signs of symptoms. Because, early detection is key and = higher chances of success. The infographic below is a good starting point.
Finally, other than checking ourselves, let's remember others in our prayers, and in more practical ways. Find a good cause/community and donate. Or raise funds in other fun ways. I shared some ideas, for raising funds, in this post - That Time I Begged on the streets of London.
Do you have any thoughts / helpful ideas or experience?
And are you more a pink girl or not?
pS: On international Women's Day, I shared a post and practical steps that may help avoid discrimination and bias against the girl child. Read it here.
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