NEON MOON'S WOMEN WEDNESDAY
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A two-time world chess champion has said she will not defend her titles at a tournament held in Saudi Arabia because of the way the kingdom treats women as “secondary creatures”. “Exactly one year ago I won these two titles and was about the happiest person in the chess world but this time I feel really bad,” said Muzychuk. “I am ready to stand for my principles and skip the event, where in five days I was expected to earn more than I do in a dozen of events combined. I am going to lose two world champion titles, one by one,” she wrote on Facebook. “Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. Not to play by someone’s rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature.” Muzychuk is the defending world champion in two disciplines of speed chess – rapid, where each player gets 15 minutes to complete all their moves, and blitz, where players get 10 minutes. She will now lose her world titles for both but for her this is more than a title, it’s for women across the world.
NIGERIA (Mohini Ufeli / Andela)
The Nigerian tech scene is booming. Within this growth, women are emerging as influential forces, and changing the face of technology in Africa, especially in the fields of agricultural and financial tech. This is despite the fact that, as recently as a decade ago, women were grossly underrepresented in and excluded from the industries they are now helping to shape. While women entering and participating equally in the labour market is commonplace in Nigeria, computing and engineering are still industries dominated heavily by men. But many women who work in the tech industry are keen to offer support to those coming up. “Removing the stigma and assumption that tech is only supposed to be for men is necessary, and I think we need to start from as early in children’s lives as possible,” says Aderinokun. “We should work towards eliminating negative statements and mindsets that perpetuate the myth that women can’t be involved in Stem.” It is hopeful that we will one day get to a point where tech-related fields are level playing grounds for all genders. It is a challenge that continues around the globe, but it is one Nigeria is well equipped to handle. We can’t wait to see what life changing tech these women bring to the world!
USA (CBS News)
This past May, 13-year-old Olivia Vella, a then 7th grader at Queen Creek Middle School in Mesa, Arizona, was asked to compose and deliver a slam poem on a topic she’s passionate about as the final for her writing class. Wowing her teacher and bringing several students to tears, Olivia’s powerful performance of her poem – “Why Am I Not Good Enough?” – was captured on video by her classmate Maria, and has now taken the internet by storm, being viewed over 225,000 times. Through each and every impact-filled line of her poem, Olivia candidly articulates what so many of us have felt at different stages in our lives – in middle school and beyond – compliments of the societal pressures girls and women, especially, experience and subsequently put on ourselves to fit in or look and be a certain way. It’s a vicious and harmful cycle that leads to insecurities, valuing the acceptance of others above self-acceptance, and never feeling “good enough”. The poem ends with the profound, “You are 1 in 7 billion. And most of all, you are good enough.” Believe it Neon Moon Sisters.
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