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Two-thirds of people who are denied schooling are girls.
Domestic violence is the single biggest cause of injury and death to women.
Every minute a woman with no medical care dies in pregnancy or childbirth.
Improvements are being made.
After all, in Canada, it has been less than 100 years since individual women were recognised as being "a person" in their own right.
It won't be until 2028 that the women in the UK will be able to celebrate 100 years of being allowed to vote under the same terms as men.
I celebrate the advances in the countries where:
- women have the vote
- where we can play our part or take a lead in government
- where the rights of women to own property is protected
- and where there is a drive to ensure women earn the same rate of pay for the same work as men
I look forward to the day when every woman on the planet has basic human rights.
The women and girls who influenced me as I was growing up were (in order) :
With The Higher Road on its travels in Scotland, I've been working on Mortimer's story. It has not escaped me that this book is written from Mortimer's perspective and he is male. What can I say? His reality is not the same as ours.
MORTIMER CHILTON AND THE COLLECTIVE
Challenge had always been the game. The new version was projected between five screens. The real action took place in the centre. The other images gave you access from four other view points – all the Wielders and the Shade. They said, if you looked closely enough, you could see what was going to happen before they moved in real time. I’d never seen that.
The Uppers were on Down Time as the required amount of study had been processed for the cycle. Most were mustered in the Rec. It was hot. Challenge was hard work, physically and mentally. The atmosphere was a stormy mix of anticipation, misery and victory. Most of the Uppers went through all three stages at different points during Down. There were other things they could do in the Rec. A few were actually playing games and not watching. If they were on the other stations they tried not to look towards the big screens. I think they played to avoid being challenged. Very few played games after they’d lost.
On the platform, through crowds of cold shoulders, the latest match was edging towards humiliation.
Clay wasn’t going to take it well.
Erith made time to smile.
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CHALLENGES I'VE COMPLETED ARE MAKING ME SMILE. WHAT IS MAKING YOU HAPPY?