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Emotional Healing

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
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  • العمر 25

It's February 2018. I didn't make many News Years' resolutions. Those things usually get dumped by mid-January anyway. I did, however, make one promise to myself: give myself room to heal. There wasn't anything wrong with me-- at least not physically. I did, however, have a lot of emotional pain that I needed to treat with seriously. 2017 was a heavy year.Emotional pain is sometimes overlooked. We expect people to just get over it and be fine but it doesn't work like that. If there's a knife in...


#DefundHomophobia

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
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  • العمر 25

The massacre of 49 persons at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida builds on the conversation of violence meted out to members of the LGBT community. Here in Guyana, no effort was spared by politicians to condemn the mass-shooting in Orlando. But my leaders are yet to tell me what is the way forward. Guyana's government official responsible for citizen well-being, Volda Lawrence, condemned the shooting saying it is difficult to see such biases "in this era of freedom of expression a...


I Became A Male Street Harassment Victim

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
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  • العمر 25

I never thought it could happen to me. As a feminist, I make it my obligation to speak out on how pervasive and invisible street harassment is. I know the facts. I know that it forms part of the spectrum of violence against women that must not be encouraged in the streets or workplaces. But I never thought I would be sharing my own experience, because up until February 3, 2016, I never thought it could happen to me. A friend and I were in Brooklyn, New York, walking to get the...


Media and the Socially Excluded

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
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  • العمر 25

When the media misrepresents marginalised or socially excluded groups, it is really an injustice to two groups of people. It is an injustice to the marginalised groups being covered, as well as an injustice to the readership, whose perceptions will be guided by inaccurate reports coming from the uninformed press corps. Sure, the media is regarded as a social and political watchdog, but there is a widening gap between civil society and the media that must be bridged. Whether socia...


My Voices of Youth Blogging Internship

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
  • 19 مشاركة
  • العمر 25

Writing my final blog entry at 4:24am on this last day of August, I just can't wrap my finger around this being my final blog post. Is this the end though? So soon? Or is this the beginning of something so explosive, so mammoth in proportion, that it would make the Big Bang jealous? Whatever it is, I can say that this Voices of Youth Blogging Internship has been a turning point for me. In my writing, advocacy, and even the way I see issues facing youth globally. This internsh...


Finding My Voice in the Noise

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
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  • العمر 25

Being a journalist at age 22 is no easy feat. Neither is juggling that profession with blogging and activism. But hey, I managed to turn out alright. Sometimes I have to remind myself of how far I’ve come and how one thing lead to the other. Allow me to throwback to where it all began. The year was 2012. It was July. I was fresh out of High School. Around that time, there was a small resistance movement happening in one of the towns of Guyana because of some surprise government...


The Dominican Refugee Crisis Is Coming

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
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  • العمر 25

It is common knowledge that world powers are sometimes slow in responding to humanitarian crises. Lack of political will, lack of consensus at the multilateral level, or even bureaucratic red tape - these are all factors for consideration. But while we take time to consider those factors, there are still thousands of men, women, and children pouring into makeshift settlements on the Haitian border with the Dominican Republic (DR). If the Syrian conflict is any example to be used,...


Youth Must Mobilise Across Differences

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
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  • العمر 25

A dual edged blade guards against the involvement of youth at the high-level. On one side, there are politicians who continue to see youth as tokens in their election and re-election bids, and on the other side there are youth leaders who demand to be heard but sometimes exclude the voices of those who are not from their socioeconomic background. I have been to consultations on youth policies, and different forums where young people speak about the life they want. My concern co...


How the Media Saved 3 Women From Discrimination

تم نشرها الصورة الرمزية Derwayne M. Wills , Blogger

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Derwayne M. Wills
عضو منذ ٢ أبريل، ٢٠١٥
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  • العمر 25

The media is called “the Fourth Estate” for a reason. When three women Constables attached to the Georgetown City Constabulary, commonly known as the City Police, were sent home with immediate effect because they became pregnant while on the job, the media went into overdrive. Immediately coverage of the issue was widespread, and conversation was sparked across the capital city of Guyana about the treatment of women in state agencies. I just couldn’t wrap my finger around the i...


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  • Derwayne M. Wills

    Caribbean Yute. Freelance writer living in Trinidad, originally from Guyana. Sociology undergrad at the University of the West Indies. Migrant/Refugee Rights Advocate. Feminist. Avid blogger (someone called me 'Blogtivist' lol) and founder of Projyct66. Is it a problem that I can't do long division? I don't know but I just never really understood it.


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