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Because It’s 2116 – Huffington Post Canada

I am dead. Because it’s 2116.

I lived a long life, full of love and activism. I cuddled babies, grandbabies, and great grandbabies. Alongside many brave women and men, I demanded universal human rights, tackling sexism, femicide, child marriage, trafficking, and maddening inequality. We saw women at the grassroots level building new platforms to crowdsource social change.

We cheered as governments prosecuted (albeit slowly) those responsible for raping women as a weapon of war. And we laughed in disbelief at that time in 2016 when women still weren’t allowed to attend sporting events.

But we couldn’t change everything in our lifetime. Despite all our efforts, the rates of female genital mutilation just kept rising. Women risked jail time for having a miscarriage. Women and girls were tortured for wearing pants and for going to school.

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