Happy New Year!

Hope you all celebrated and had a grand ol’ time. Sorry I’ve been MIA from the blog — December was a big month of travel for me, often without great internet. One of those trips was to Malawi, which is a fantastic country in East Africa, small and extremely poor but the locus of some really innovative development efforts. I met a lot of bright, interesting girls doing fantastic advocacy and activism work in their communities. Unfortunately, they’re looking at being defunded: Endemic corruption in Malawi is a national scandal, with millions in donor aid plundered by politicians. Now, many Western governments are suspending funds. I wrote about it for the Guardian, so click over and read the whole thing. I’m happy to start 2014 with a reminder that there are some pretty amazing young women advocating for their own futures all over the world.

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Jill has been blogging for Feministe since 2005.
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14 Responses

  1. Miranda
    Miranda January 2, 2014 at 11:08 am |

    bright, interesting girls

    girls“? Really, Jill? Were they under 18?

    1. Drahill
      Drahill January 2, 2014 at 11:15 am |

      If you read the Guardian article Jill wrote, you’d notice that yes, they are actual girls. The issues Jill largely addresses – lack of schooling, child marriage, underage childbearing – that are at the root of much of the country’s ills disproportionately affect female children – or in the vernacular, girls.

    2. Miranda
      Miranda January 2, 2014 at 11:34 am |

      Okay, I take it back. You used “young women” later, so I just assumed.

      1. Tom Foolery
        Tom Foolery January 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm |

        A+ blue-on-blue here. Love it.

    3. AGP
      AGP January 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm |

      Maybe this year, we can all begin from a good faith place and not assume that Jill and/or Feministe in general is the same as the patriarchal forces we all resist.

    4. Echo Zen
      Echo Zen January 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm |

      I had a funny feeling this might be the first comment…

  2. TomSims
    TomSims January 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm |

    Happy New Year Jill and welcome back!

  3. AGP
    AGP January 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm |

    Happy New Year’s, Feministe and thank you for all the hard work you do year ’round.

  4. macavitykitsune
    macavitykitsune January 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm |

    Solid article, Jill! I really loved the work those girls are doing. And a happy new year to you and everyone else here!

    1. TimmyTwinkles
      TimmyTwinkles January 2, 2014 at 11:28 pm |

      Hear hear!

  5. Comradde PhysioProffe
    Comradde PhysioProffe January 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm |

    Happy New Year!

  6. Ally S
    Ally S January 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm |

    Happy New Year, Feministe! 2013 was a horrible year for me and many other people I know. I hope that 2014 will be much better, although I’m becoming kind of worried because 2014 for me is about to become very stressful within the next few weeks. Still, I’m trying to be optimistic.

    1. Echo Zen
      Echo Zen January 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm |

      Hang in there, Ally. Granted your first quarter wasn’t the best (to put it mildly), but there are friends rooting for you — don’t forget that. Best of luck with this week, especially if you’re returning to uni…

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