The Freedom Traveller

Fighting barriers to women's mobility

Coming of Age: Womanhood

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 in Womanhood, Women's Rights

Coming of Age: Womanhood

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” -Simone de Beauvoir The transition of a young girl into womanhood is one that is culturally celebrated worldwide, honoring the death of childhood’s glowing innocence, and the importance of strength, leadership, responsibility, fertility, femininity, and respect within the new woman. On every corner of the globe, we honor her beauty, her...

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Rosie Swale Pope, Queen of Endurance

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 in Women's Rights, Wonder Women

Rosie Swale Pope, Queen of Endurance

The Swiss born adventurer and marathon runner Rosie Swale Pope proves that no distance– literally– is too great, if you have the willpower and endurance to conquer it. Raised in Ireland by her bed-ridden grandmother, Rosie was home-schooled and later shipped off to a boarding school for girls. By the time she was 20, she had hitchhiked through Nepal, Delhi and Russia with very few...

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Helen Thayer, Explorer Extraordinaire

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 in Women's Rights, Wonder Women

Helen Thayer, Explorer Extraordinaire

“For us, it’s terribly important to be curious about other people and to know what they’re doing… Just because they’re different doesn’t mean they’re less. Sometimes they’re a lot more, a whole lot more.” (Thayer, 2007). I have never been one to purposefully adventure alone. I am captive of the things I’ve warned against– the need to...

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Women’s rights. But you are a man.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 in Feminist Men, Women's Rights

Women’s rights. But you are a man.

Interview with Bernard Lim This week, TFT has had the pleasure of interviewing Bernard Lim, a renowned human rights advocate and researcher from Singapore, with a special focus on women’s rights. Formerly the youngest Constituency Assistant in Singapore working in Aljunied, a constituency of more than 133,000 voters, Bernard had led a team of human rights researchers that developed the first...

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Shannon Galpin, Cycling Towards Freedom

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in Women's Rights, Wonder Women

Shannon Galpin, Cycling Towards Freedom

At the age of 18, Shannon Galpin was beaten, raped, and left in the streets for dead. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, or her pain as insurmountable, Shannon perceived this terrible event as an opportunity to change the lives of others— to help women who are mistreated and exploited overcome the victimization that is projected upon them, and become voices that cannot be silenced, and...

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Rising Autonomy: Freedom vs Oppression

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Women's Rights

Rising Autonomy: Freedom vs Oppression

A week ago, I was enlightened about the “Nelson Mandela: Graca Michel Innovation Awards”. The people or groups of people who are nominated for this award have involved in a publicly responsible movement for a positive change. The feat of these nominees extended from surgical wonders to awareness for male child rape and abuses. However, the thing which struck was a small hashtag saying #iamfree....

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