A Step in a Strong Woman Journey

“Women are one half of society, which gives birth to the other half. So, it is as if they are the entire society”

What if half of the society lost it rights and cannot speak up for itself?

Girl rising is a movie produced by Kayce Freed, Tom Yellin and Holly Gordon. Directed by Richard E. Robbins. The movie is about nine girls from nine different countries. However, the movie uses actors and narrators instead of the original persons due to safety issues.

The documentary is reflecting the huge contrast in the life of educated and not educated girls in developing countries. Showing us the importance of education, and how it can change lives.

Wadley from Haiti, Suma from Nepal, Yasmin from Egypt, Ruksana from India, Senna from Peru, Mariama from Sierra Leone and Amina from Afghanistan. Those girls had many things in common with many girls in their society. Their childhood where stolen from them. They even had no right to go to school. But the only thing that was uncommon is that they stood for their rights. They wanted to live and become successful.

Today in 2017, it is hard to imagine that in some places there is still girls working instead of going to school, girls that get married at young age, there is even girls who are sexually assaulted at a daily basis; and there is nothing their family can do about it. We are living a life full of goy where we have our rights. But at the same time there is girls/women who literally faces horrific and tragic issues in every second of their lives.

All the girls’ stories well make you tear up. But there is one of the stories that got me shocked. It is Amina from Afghanistan.

To start off with Amina story it is important to understand that women in Afghanistan get statues of being a bearer of boys. Since giving birth to a girl is not that great, Amina did not have a great life either. She started learning how to do housework since she was 3 years old. Her age is not mentioned in the story. But she was absolutely under 15 when her father arranged her a marriage from her cousin. To get to marry her, her cousin had to pay 5000 USD to her dad.  This money was used to buy her brother a car. How could the world be so unfair? The tradition has the power to make a human life more worthy than the other.

Amina’s struggle did not end here. She even got pregnant and gave birth to a child at a very young age. Although the number one cause of girls death in the age between 15-19 is child birth, the lack of knowledge and education in developing countries is the reason why this issue is still common. We all heard so many horrible things about the situation in Afghanistan. But it is not possible to let your imagination go this far. Women are not treated like humans anymore. The oppression they faced put fear into their hearts, so they cannot speak for themselves anymore. The society prefers boys among girl. This makes it easier to see how injustice and cruel our people could be. The fact that it is not only Amina whose facing this but millions of girls, sends shiver through my body.

Education could have stopped those girls sufferance. Them knowing their rights would give them enough courage to stand up for themselves. In addition, they can build a society with a better economy.

The documentary “Girl Rising” aims to illuminate the terrifying situation in the developing countries. They want to show the girls power and how much they can change if they were educated.

During the film, we saw how some of the girls stood up for themselves and completed their education. We also saw the contrast between different societies. The hard living made them even stronger. Although every girl’s story brought me tears, it is very hard to have empathy for them. It maybe because I have never experienced something as terrible. With me living in Norway (A high developed country) it is nearly impossible to be able to empathise. On the other hand, sympathy was a leading feeling through the whole movie.

To sum up my review, the movie was informative and educational. In my opinion, the way in telling the girls story was very appealing that it made it easier to follow along till the end of movie. Telling true stories by playing the most on pathos and tying them up with facts was a strength side.

I would recommend this movie to you if you want to get a clearer image of what’s going on in the world. If you feel your life is difficult, you got to look on those girls lives. The movie will make you see everything from another perspective.




Did the primeminister of Canda keep his promises?

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Task 8

a).The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, held a speech in 2015 at the Assembly of First Nations. His main focus was on strengthening the relations between Canadian and the indigenous people.

Trudeau promised:

  • A new solid relationship with the indigenous
  • better protection for indigenous women. And justice for the kidnapped or murdered ones.
  • Improving the educational system for both Canadian and indigenous
  • More funding for the cultural arenas

Justin Trudeau made a lot of promises that left people hoping for a better future. But did he made good on that platform?

So Justin Trudeau is a real media darling. He is popular and effects people by promising them in “real change”. But he does not do what he promises. He mostly talks and is engaged in political events. An example of that, he had to come out with 17 bills for fall 2017, but he did not.  Trudeau and the liberal team accomplished 35 promise. While the former prime minister accomplished 61 promises at the same term of office.

One of Trudeau most important promises was better protection for indigenous women and justice for the kidnapped or murdered ones.  But unfortunately, Indigenous women are not pleased yet and still suffer from sexual harassment.

A fact file in The Amnesty International 2014 said that 1,070 Indigenous women and girls were murdered between 1980 and 2012. And still, in November 2013, at least 105 Indigenous women and girls remained missing under suspicious circumstances.  As known Trudeau promised Indigenous people with justice. But unfortunately, according to the Guardian, his promise is not taking place too soon.

Anyway, in my opinion, Justin Trudeau cannot be labeled as a not successful prime minister. Him not fulfilling justice for Indigenous people does not mean that he cannot fulfill the other promises that he made.

David Cameron at Munich security conference in 2012.

David Cameron, the former prime minister of England held a speech at Munich security conference in 2012. The speech was mainly focused on terrorism and what solutions could be done to put an end to it.

He started the speech in a humours manner. By that he made the audience feel closer to him. Then he gradually became more serious and formal by bringing up topics like the failure of “State multiculturalism” and how it separated cultures that were living side by side. He also mentioned the military budget, capacity and what they are using it on.

Cameron body language showed that this topic was a thing he really cared about and engaged in. His voice was loud and showed a lot of confidence through the whole speech. He talked in a tempo that was easy to follow with. The most important literary device in David Cameron speech was repeating. He used it to underline the importance of the ideas he is talking about.

Terrorism was the main subject.

The most important thing in his speech was understanding the difference between Islam as a peaceful religion and Islamic extremism. He repeated this point a lot to underline its importance and make the audience remember it afterward. He also mentioned that it is not only middle eastern people who are terrorists but, at the same hands, European have also been exposed for the same.

Islamophobia, blocking mosques and not accepting Muslims and their beliefs is not a wise way to solve the problem. He underlined the importance of accepting others and trying to integrate them into the society. Young people are often attracted to Islamic extremist. Because when you do not have a national identity or a group to belong to, it is easy to follow anything that gives you an identity.

Assimilation and the acceptance of multiculturalism are important to make everyone feel included and make the society more solid.

Then he repeats himself in another way by talking about building a stronger liberal society.

He also repeated the importance of immigrants learning English and English values. At the same time, the society must accept the immigrant local identity.

In this post, we are supposed to comment on one of the statements that are listed on the teacher blog. I chose “Non-violent extremists are just as dangerous as violent ones.” For me, this statement is so relevant compared to the terror attacks lately. Non-violent extremists are often well-educated people who plant radical ideas into young people brains. They are much likely to be good speakers, what gives them the skills to persuade people. Non-violent extremists are often the planners of the terror attacks as well.

To conclude this task, I want to say that if we are going to fight extremism and terror; we should fight it in all its kinds.

My Favorite Multicultural Topic

Gran Torino is a movie about a retired auto worker and a Korean war, vet Walt Kowalski. His neighborhood is a mix of Asian, Latino and black families. Walt becomes slightly closer to the Asian family next door; after saving their kid from gangbangers who forced him to steal Walt treasured car, the Gran Torino. A good friendship develops between Walt and teenager and his family. This is a kind of plot twist where we see Walt character development.

This movie set and the topic is one of the best that we worked with. You learn too much about multiculturalism and how is it handled in the American society.  In fact, Walt character development teaches us a lot about accepting other cultures and trying to integrate them instead of judging their traditions.


Gran Torino

imageThose are some task that we got in my International English class. The tasks are about a film called Gran Torino.  Gran Torino is a drama film produced by Client Eastwood, Bill Gerber and Robert Lorenz in 2008.

The Ford Torino is a car produced between 1968 and 1976 by The Ford Motor Company in the USA. This car is the prize possession for Walt (one of the main cast).

a. I think this car is a very important thing for Walt. It is definitely in a good conditions since it is “in mint green”.  The Torino car symbolise wealth as well.

b. The city of Detroit known motor city and as the historical heart of automotive industry.

2. The Korean war was a war between North Korea and South Korea. North Korea was supported of China and Soviet Union. While South Korea was supported by the USA.

Walt’s neighbours are Hmong, an Asian ethnic group from areas in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

3. a. Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent. The term refers to a pan ethnic group that includes diverse populations, which have ancestral origins in East Asia, South Asia or Southeast Asia as defined by the US Census. This includes people who indicate their race on the census as “Asian” or reported entries such as Asian Indian, Thai, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Pakistani, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Other Asian”. Asian Americans with no other ancestry comprise 5.4% of the U.S. population, while people who are Asian alone or combined with at least one other race make up 6.5%.
b. The 5 most common stereotypes of Asian Americans are:
Dragon ladies – Since the days of early Hollywood, Asian American women have played “dragon ladies” in some movies. These female characters tend to be physically attractive but domineering and underhanded. Ultimately, they can’t be trusted.
Kung Fu fighters – When Bruce Lee became a superstar in the U.S. after the success of his 1973 film “Enter the Dragon,” the Asian American community largely took pride in his fame. So now the flipside of stereotyping is that every Asian American actor is expected to know some form of martial arts
Geeks – Asian Americans are often portrayed as geeks and technical whizzes. Not only does this stereotype surface in television shows and films but also in commercials.
Foreigners – Although people of Asian descent have lived in the United States since the 1800s, Asian Americans are often portrayed as foreigners. Asians in television and film often speak accented English, suggesting that they’re recent immigrants to the country.
Prostitutes – Asian women have routinely been featured as prostitutes and sex workers in Hollywood.

International Day Report

Operation Day’s Work is a day where students in Norway work voluntarily instead of going to school. The money earned in that day goes to a common case chosen by the organisation.

The money this year will go to areas around Niger delta. Mainly to a village called Bodo and the region of Ogoniland. Areas around the Niger delta are heavily polluted from the oil companies and all the investment going on there. The day before The Operation Day’s Work is called International Day. This day is very important to inform the students about Operation Day’s topic. And basically, raise student’s awareness about the environment changes and global warming. There will be different rooms and activities around the school. Such as “human library” which is a room with one or two people that have an experience with Operation Day’s Work. It could be politicians or even normal people like me and you.

In the start of the school year we sat in groups and discussed what kind of activities we are supposed to have. The choices we made were based on how informative and beneficial the activities can be. At the end, we decided to have activities rooms and the human library rooms. Each one of the class should participate in one of the human library rooms and one of the activities rooms.

I chose to be a part of a room called Zimbabwe with two classmates. There will be two persons who are going to talk about academic freedom and the political situation in Zimbabwe. I chose to participate in this room because I want to know more about the situation in Zimbabwe and African countries in general.

They talked about the political situation in Zimbabwe and the difference between the societies. They said the situation there is not totally tragic and people there are s till living their lives happily. Everything I heard in that room got me thinking about the people life in other African countries compared to the life here in Norway.

As I mentioned earlier, we must choose one activity room and one room from the human library. So, I chose an activity room called Reflection Room. This room is basically a relaxation room. We placed some yoga mats, pillows and candles randomly in the room. We turned the lights off and played a sound file about the reality back the numbers in our world. The whole point of this was making it easier to reflect to those numbers we hear at a daily basis.

I think the process was pretty good and organized. We managed to cooperate very well in my group, which made everything easier and more fun.

Personally, the international day is great because we do not have to follow a plain educational day, and we learn too many new things. The human library is my favourite because we get to see and hear other people experiences.  Activity rooms such as gym was a clever idea to motivate the students who like physical activities rather than listening to someone talking. So, I do not see the need to improve anything.

After this day, I learned too many new things about the environment, political situations in different countries, and people sufferance around the world. What got me shocked is how much thing numbers can mean, but we do not really think about it deeply.

Overall, I believe that I did a good job in international day, learning and teaching others at the same time by participating in the different rooms.

The Niger Delta Blues

The song is a quite informative song about the situation in the Niger delta oil crises. The song starts off by describing why the people are protesting. The oil industry is causing a huge disturbance in the environment there.

Although the Nigerian Delta is rich with oil, but people are not benefitted from it. People are suffering from poverty. A low level of welfare is the statues given in almost all the villages around the Nigerian delta. No medical clinics, no schools, no clear drinking water and finally diseases such as Malaria are spreading through the area.

Living in the Niger delta is getting worse, and that is mainly because people are being too selfish and not caring about anyone but their selves.