Now that 2017 is ending, we can arguably say that this year has been one of the most disorganized year, having problems after problems and dramas after dramas, all in just a year. Mainstream media reporting all the different crimes, controversies, political issues and terrorism left and right. With that, it’s easy to think that everything that is happening right now is just all atrocity and that the world is falling deeper and deeper into a sink hole.
But just when we’re starting to lose all hope for humanity, someone will show us that the world is not always awful after all. The internet has been a big help in spreading stories that will most probably be filtered out in the mainstream media, making millennials more woke than ever. Now everybody can have a voice and easily come together to support each other. – King Jon
The hashtag that blew over social media was started by Alyssa Milano as an encouragement for women all over the world who are victims of sexual assault and harassment to come forward and share their personal stories. The hashtag was reported to have been shared nearly half a million times on twitter in less that 48 hours. Seeing this much support in the community, not just from women, but also from some men is very empowering. More than the hashtag, we should take this in real life and actually make an action to help the victims. Encourage them, support them and educate the men in your life about the matter for them not to it to other women.
House of Representatives Approves Mental Health bill
Buried under all the stigma, mental health has always been a taboo, leaving people who is suffering from mental heath problems unattended, but that is about to change. Last November 20, the House of Representatives approved the mental health bill and Senator Risa Hontiveros promised that the measure will be signed in law before the year ends. This is one step further into fighting mental health problems. The bill states that every person will have access to the best available mental care, but more than anything, the stigma is slowly being lifted and people are now learning that mental health problems are real.
The Million Women’s March
As part of the international women’s day, women and men of all backgrounds, including celebrities went to the streets of different US states, like New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago and many more to unite against forces that holds progress back. The march was meant to send a bold message to the new administration on their first day on the office regarding human rights, women’s right, LGBTQ rights and other issues. The March was reported to have an estimated participation of 5 million people, making it one of the biggest protest ever made. Though having huge amount of participants, the women’s march is peaceful with no reported arrests.
Mindanaoans offers free food to Marawi Evacuees
With hundreds and thousands of people affected by the war in Marawi, many are forced to flee the city to find safety and because many are trying to escape, roads were full that caused them to be stranded for days with very little food. Because of that, many Mindanaoans went to the streets and helped those fleeing from the city by offering them food and water. Despite the many differences including religion, people who helped did not think twice in offering food and shelter to people that was affected for free. They said that this act is a response to a situation that demands true charity and compassion, as a true Islam embodies.