Flush out that love darling!

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Flush out that love darling.

It’s too much love that you have inside you.

Love that is making you sick and nothing more.

The giddiness is all because of that love.

A love so much, that isn’t digestible by anyone.

You must throw out, flush out that love darling.

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What is Step It Up Campaign: Planet 50-50 by 2030

 

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The world has been struggling since many years over gender equality. United Nations Women had come up with this agenda of creating a 50-50 planet where all women and girls will have equal rights as well as opportunities by the year 2030. This Step It Up initiative was started on International Women’s Day of 2015.

About some 80 world leaders, have come forward to commit for eradication of gender equality gap through this Step It Up Campaign.  Concrete and considerable actions have been requested to take to end discrimination against women. National commitments including national action plans, investments, change of policies and laws and more have been announced.

No other sole issue was given so much of importance and political consideration as this, at the UN Summit on 25-27 September under the adoption of Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals. Step It Up has come up at the right time that is now! The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives a complete map towards the future of the entire planet, gender no bar. Encouraging and empowering the women and girls is vital to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.

Commitments that are made every year involve a wide spectrum of issues speaking of the most critical barriers for women and girls, such as bringing equality for women at all stages of decision-making, cumulative investments towards gender equality, eradicating biased lawmaking, and focusing over social norms that propagate discrimination and violence against the women segment.

Steps that are primary to safeguard women’s economic empowerment in work place including bridging the gender pay gap are committed; acknowledging women’s unpaid domestic work and concentrating over the gender insufficiency in services, poverty reduction and sustainable growth.

Moreover, policies and laws must consider the overwhelming mass of women in the informal economy, encourage women’s reach to advanced technologies and trainings, civilized work and climate-resilient occupations and safeguard women from violence in the work place.

Every year International Women’s Day, UN Women calls upon participants to Step It Up for Gender Equality to achieve a Planet 50:50 by 2030. This time the theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2017, is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030”.

The world is working towards this new development agenda, for the expiration of gender inequality. NOW is the time! Each one of us must start doing our bit right from today!

The unacknowledged & underrated aspect of Olympics: Sisterhood of sportsmanship; still alive

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This year, the Rio Olympics 2016 has displayed many proud incidents that have captured the true Olympian spirit, especially that aspect of this world famous sports event, which goes unacknowledged and underrated. That is the undying sisterhood of sportsmanship.

Rio Olympics has shown us two very such incidents that have proved that the Olympics Games are not only about countries competing each other for medals, rather something much more dynamic than that. It is about people uniting with each other and helping each other in the times of crisis, even if that needed sacrificing a position in the competition.

To begin with, the selfie that created a lot of stir in the media. Yes, the brief moment of unity, where the gymnasts, Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-jong of the North took a quick selfie together smiling, at the time of training prior the beginning of the Games.

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While North and South Korea are technically facing a lot of tension in recent months with each, with latest missile launches from Pyongyang; these two women have truly captured the Olympic spirit.

The political scientist Ian Bremmer also tweeted, “This is why we do the Olympics.”

Meanwhile few take it with a cynical point of view, most of them hailed it as one of the most iconic photo of the Olympics Games.

Now moving on to one of the greatest acts of not only sportsmanship but sisterhood got displayed on the running 5000m track, where Kiwi and American runners help each other all through till the end, after they collided with each other.

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Nikki Hamblin, of New Zealand, and Abbey D’Agostino, of the US, collided at the time of a preliminary warmup for the women’s 5,000-meter race at the Olympics Rio games. Instead of attempting to catch up, D’Agostino chose to help the fallen Hamblin to get up her feet. Hamblin later returned the kindness when D’Agostino collapsed in the race later on.

Both the women crossed the finish line together and hugged each other once the race was finished. It was one of the most touching moments of the Olympics. D’Agostino had torn her ACL and meniscus and both the women had lost their chances to win a position in the game, but their heart touching act of sportsmanship have made them win a rare honorary award, the Pierre de Coubertin medal.

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This medal has been named in honor of the French founder of the modern Olympic Games. Inaugurated in 1964, since then only 17 have been granted worldwide.  Out of which 16 have been awarded to men. The only time when the Pierre de Coubertin medal was awarded to a woman was in the 2007 to Elena Novikova-Belova, a former Soviet fencer and four-time Olympic champion in foil competitions.