WHY DON’T YOU LOVE YOURSELF…?!!!

story by Lilian Frankie

Have you ever thought about the body stress? It turns out that the body is one of the most stressed organs on the human anatomy. I woke up with a big urge to talk about the body. Well the body is generally the entire human. The body has been stressed a lot in certain ways and especially the female body. We have heard of women struggling with body weight. The struggle women go through every day. They have to be the perfect mothers, have the sexually appealing bodies, be the perfect wives I believe women are the hardest working people. All these responsibilities on just one person. in the quest for a great sexy body people have gone through hell to get them especially teenagers. America registers most of the body malfunctions. 89% of American teenagers have suffered from food abuse and this is termed as anorexia. Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an irrational fear of food as well as extreme, life-threatening weight loss. Patients who suffer from anorexia have a distorted body image and an excessive, obsessive fear of obesity, even when they are significantly underweight. people suffering from anorexia barely eat anything the entire day even worse for days and when they finally get to eat, they eat like a chocolate and move on. These young chaps engrave themselves in magazines where they see unrealistic body shapes and they could do anything to get themselves such bodies. What is absurd is that some of them die due to such conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AN IMAGE OF A TEENAGE GIRL SUFFERING FROM ANOREXIA.

The absurd part is that you really cannot judge such people just the way you can’t blame a mentally retarded person for being mad or a psychopath for who they are. Because this all a mental disorder. It’s all in the brain while some of the anorexic people become anorexic because of cyber bullying or bullying from schools.  The anorexic people have a serious mental problem. When they go to the mirror they seem to not like what they see and they also want more. They never get enough. However skinny they may be, the person they see in the mirror is an obese person. This problem does not only occur in young people but grownups as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOOK INTO THE MIRROR AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE. DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU SEE? DO YOU LOVE YOU? 

I stalk one of the UK journalists Katie Hopkins, she is one of the body shaming journalists. She is body shaming but well all the reasons she gives hold water. She says she would never ever hire a fat person .well this sounds really mean but she has her reasons as to why. She says fat people do this to themselves. She was once sued for body shaming and she did not even bother getting a lawyer. She defended herself. Do you know what this lady did? She used her body as an experiment to prove to the fat people that she was right and she stood by her statement. She was a size 20 and she decided to put on weight and lose it. Katie Hopkins put on 50 kilograms in 4 months and she documented her daily life. All her work routines changed. Her eating habits changed she ate more than 40 calories a day, she did not work out at all, and guess what… she surely gained the weight and after the 4 months of gaining she started her other four months journey to shed the weight off.  She lost the weight again by working out and eating healthy the only reason I agree with Katie is because her procedure is realistic unlike some American celebrity mothers.

American celebrity mothers have seriously turned their bodies into some real crazy experiments. I do not a problem with them actually. but sometimes i think they do not know when to stop. These celebrity moms basically get paid for being alive. I will not mention names but  I mean have you guys followed up these women’s life? They get contracts from all those big designer s you’ve heard of to advertise their new collections and all they have to do is to look amazingly sexy. these women work extra hard to keep the bodies trending. Try fitting in these women’s shoes I bet you would survive even for a day. one has got to do what they’ve got to do. No one would wish to loose this junk of money.  and this means working the body, looking good.

 A woman gets pregnant which is obviously to last for 40 weeks, she gives birth and to my surprise within 2 months she is already in a bikini showing off the bikini body. Do you ever think about how they get these bodies back that fast? You will be shocked about how these women works tooth and nail to get these bodies back. The likes of Jennifer Lopez literally spend days and nights in the gym. Jennifer Lopez is a celebrity mother of two and this is no news to all of us well those who care to know. She is 47 years old… have you seen Jennifer working the red carpet? Damnnnn!!! That body looks better than a 20 year old body. She is a real Dorian gray, apparently untouched by the aging process. As other ordinary mothers out there are playing with the big jelly baby tummies, carrying their babies around, an American celebrity mother is laying out her working out schedule. She hits off the gym; she barely gets time to carry her baby around oh well unless when she is taking pictures to post on Instagram or to give out to be publishers of magazines showing off their after birth bodies. Most of their time is spent in gyms with personal trainers. Some of them do not eat for hours yet they workout crazy hard.

Do you know what is more surprising? Now this is the icing on the cake, some celebrity mothers actually ask for cesarean sections. Like hell yeah they want to be cut I know most of you are like no way in hell would I ask for a cesarean like NEVER!!!  Well the question you should be asking is why do these celebrity mothers prefer the cesarean section to pushing? I will tell you why. These celebrity mothers in their quest for the perfect bodies go as far as having two surgeries in one. Ha-ha yeah I said it… 2 in 1. Here is how it is done. As the mother is under the surgery for the baby to be got out guess what else is happening!! There is a tummy tucking plastic surgeon on the wait. Waiting for the midwife to get the baby out and then he or she also gets down with his business tacking the mother’s belly. So after the baby has been got out, this same mother has a plastic surgery for a flat stomach so she has her stomach tacked in at once. Something which is very costly I doubt any Ugandan mother would go through that not because it is painful but seriously we all know how parsimonious Ugandans can be. Come to think of it, haven’t you ever wondered how some celebrity mothers come out of hospitals and their stomachs are as flat as they were before they conceived. I mean plastic surgery is a trend in America. Such mothers don’t get to carry their babies around, smell them, and play with them because they are busy nursing massive surgery wounds. After healing they come out giving hocus pocus talks leaving out the reality. They are just so determined to not let anything detract them from their daily businesses.

Ladies why don’t you embrace you bodies? Love yourself. Beauty begins with esteem. Believe you are beautiful and trust me you will be beautiful. Do not get me wrong, am not saying neglect your bodies noo!!!  All I am saying is do realistic things. Do not torture the body.  All you have to do is live healthy, eat well, live well, and love yourself that’s the way to go.

 

 

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Chrissy Teigen Believes Eating Her Placenta Helped Her Avoid Postpartum Depression After Second Baby BY ANDREA PARK

CONTRACEPTION GUIDE, TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE.

Unplanned pregnancies are very common in Uganda today, leading to high levels of unplanned births, unsafe abortions, and maternal injury and death because most pregnancies that end in abortion are unwanted, nearly all ill health and mortality resulting from unsafe abortion is preventable.  According to the 2011 Uganda, demographic and health survey, more than four in 10 births (43%) are unplanned. The proportion of births that are unplanned is higher among rural, poor and less educated women than among the urban, wealthier and better educated counterparts. On average, women in Uganda have 6.2 children but only intended to have 4.5 children.

Contraception is the voluntary prevention of pregnancy in both males and females. Contraceptive use remains very low in Uganda. Only 26% of married women and 43% of sexually active unmarried women use a modern method. Furthermore, one in three married women is not using contraceptives even though they do not want to conceive.  So many youths are ignorant about contraception because sex education is abandoned in Ugandan schools. And this has highly affected mostly the girl child since they end up conceiving and this forces them to drop out of school and this has highly determined their path downward owing to the fact that once they drop out chances of them getting back on track are so minimal close to 10%.

Reproductive health Uganda is one of the organizations that have come up to help solve this problem. It focuses on the youth in general , Educate them about sex education with the help of  the youth connect team that empowers and teach the youth about contraceptive and sex education through our amazing articles.

some of the contraceptive methods are as follows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIG. 1.1:   THE CHAT ABOVE SHOWS THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONTRACEPTIVES

COITUS INTERRUPTUS; which most of us know as the withdrawal method or pull out method. The primary cause of failure in this contraceptive method is lack of self control. The coitus interruptus has over 27% failure.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING METHOD OF CONTRACEPTIVE;  this one mainly deals with the natural ways one can prevent pregnancies like fertility awareness, periodic abstinence, and abstinence in high fertility times and so many others.

BARRIER METHOD;  this type of contraceptive does not only prevent pregnancies but also protects against STI (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) this is one of the most used type of contraceptive. It includes barriers like condoms, diaphragm, cervical cap, and contraceptive sponge.

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES; one of the most commonly used methods of contraceptives. Many know it as ‘the pill’; it contains either estrogen or progestin (hormones) or just progestin. These are taken once daily. They prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg and it also thickens cervical mucus so sperm cannot go through it.

CERVICAL CAP; this thimble-shaped silicon cap fits over the cervix to block the entrance of the uterus and is often used with spermicides.

TRANS DERMAL PATH; a small patch that sticks on upper outer arm, lower abdomen, upper body or buttocks. Contains estrogen and progestin which are released to slowly into the body and absorbed by the skin. And prevents pregnancy in the same way as the oral contraceptive.

INTRAUTERINE DEVICES; are a small T.shaped device inserted into the uterine cavity and sterilization.

VIRGINAL CONTRACEPTIVE RING; this is a flexible ring that releases progestin and estrogen

Therefore choosing one or more methods of contraception is a personal decision and depends on your overall health. Your age, the frequency of your sexual activity, the number of sexual partners you have, whether you want to have children in the future or not, and even your family history of specific diseases.

But as far as preventing sexually transmitted diseases are concerned you should take note that it is only condoms that can prevent them, all the other types of contraception cannot prevent sexually transmitted diseases so people need to know their options and what they have at risk.

So the youth need to keep true to the dreams of your youth. No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can chose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.

MEDIA REGULATIONS IN SOUTH SUDAN STRANGLES THE MEDIA.

 

story by Nansubuga Lilian

A restrictive regulatory regime hurts the growth of media in South Sudan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The journalists in South Sudan are operating in a vacuum”, Mr. Kango Dominic a journalist and media scholar based in South Sudan says.

The regulations on the media in South Sudan has been so tight on the journalists in South Sudan that they work under pressure and panic.

The South Sudan union of journalists (UJOSS) has tried its level best organizing media security dialogue to create understanding between the two groupings but it’s all in vain.

According to a report by the committee to protect journalists (CPJ), over 8 journalists have been killed between the years 2013 to 2015.while others have just disappeared out in thin air and there is no one to be questioned about these disappearances.

BELOW: some of the journalists that have been killed in South Sudan.

Name Organization Date Location Type of Death
Adam Juma Raja FM January 25, 2015 South Sudan Murder
Boutros Martin South Sudan television January 25, 2015 South Sudan Murder
Christopher Allen Freelance August 26, 2017 South Sudan Crossfire
Dalia Marko Raja FM January 25, 2015 South Sudan Murder
Musa Mohamed Raja FM January 25, 2015 South Sudan Murder
Randa George Raja FM January 25, 2015 South Sudan Murder

 

The new constitution, ratified upon independence and considered one of the most progressive charters in Africa, guarantees press freedom and ensures that all levels of government uphold this principle.

According the freedom house, three progressive media bills were introduced in 2007 but had not been enacted by the end of 2012, leaving journalists without comprehensive legal protections and media sector without a regulatory framework.

The bills were regulated to provide access to information, set up a public broadcaster, and establish an independent press ombudsman.

It is relatively easy to acquire accreditation and licenses to work as a journalist in South Sudan. Although there is no official censorship, journalists have no effective legal protection from harassment by state officials, and many self-censor to avoid repercussions for their reporting, the freedom house further notes.

Journalists in this young country are caught up between telling the truth as it is and pleasing the government.

“Media is bound by the political framework. There is freedom but the media is tied to the framework of the country.” Says Kango.

“Right now journalists and commentators cannot do their work and report freely about the ongoing conflict without fear of retribution by state security forces,” said Bekele Daniel, Africa director at human rights watch.

So many media houses have been closed for allegedly publishing information that is harmful to the government for example an Arabic-language newspaper Al-Khabar was suspended by authorities for an article criticizing the government’s capacity to rule effectively.

“If South Sudan hopes for a peaceful future, covering up crimes must not be allowed and freedom of expression must be protected, not attacked.” Said Ashamu Deng the South Sudan Regional Policy and Advocacy Coordinator at Oxfam In Uganda.

The country is looking for a better future and a peaceful living as President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar come face to face in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday 20th June 2018 for the first time after a period of 2 years.

 

 

 

THE SOUTH SUDAN LAW LEAVES JOURNALISTS VULNERABLE.

story by Lilian Nansubuga

President Salva Kiir’s decision to sign the bill on media has highly infringed on the rights and freedom of journalists in South Sudan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 According to a group of national and international human rights organizations on 15th October 2014, the bill was signed giving South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) sweeping powers.

Article 24 of the south Sudan constitution, 2011, guarantees freedom of expression, information and the media, it also allows restrictions on these rights only as prescribed by law.

The bill would allow the security service virtually unfettered authority to arrest and detain suspects, monitor communications, conduct searches, and seize property.

Conditions for the media in South Sudan have remained repressive amid an ongoing conflict between armed factions loyal to President salvir Kiir and the rebel chief Riek Machar.

The president’s signing of the bill has highly affected journalists in a way that they are left vulnerable to the country’s commands as they work under pressure.

 Radios like citizen which was closed in 2017, Radio Tamazuj, a Dutch-backed radio station and website, Paris-based Sudan Tribune news website, and Paanluel Wel and Nyamilepedia blogs. The decision was supposedly made because the websites were publishing “hostile messages” against the government.

Self-censorship is entrenched due to continued intimidation, arrests, and deportations of journalists. The combination of direct censorship and self-censorship has left citizens with a growing information vacuum.

According to Kango Dominic a journalist in South Sudan, there is freedom of expression in South Sudan but freedom after expression is not guaranteed.

Article 24 of the constitution grants freedom of expression but this is clearly not the case in this young country.

The East African report on October 4th 2016, A South Sudanese human rights advocate and journalist Mr. Peter Gai is on the run after being accused of being one of the witnesses who provided information about the government. This was supposed to be his job but now he turns out to be wanted as a criminal.

According to the Guardian on 2015, President Salva Kiir’s verbal threats against journalists who worked “against their country” were followed by the murder of reporter Peter Moi in Juba just three days later.

“You can have a story and lose your life or keep your life and lose the story. That’s why most journalists in South Sudan practice proxy journalism.” Says Kango.

The government has a very big hand in the media and in most cases the media works according to what the government desires.

“Media is bound by the political framework of the country”. Continues Kango.

Criminal penalties for defamation, article 289 of the Penal Code 2008, and Section 5 of the Media Authority Act, have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and have been abused to target the media.

Most of the journalists that the country that are viewed as a threat end up being harassed, arbitrary detained, tortured, or execution-style murdered. This is the price that journalists pay for refusing to censor themselves. Some have fled the country or simply closed their publications.

According to the Article 19 team on March 13th 2018, UNESCO has condemned 10 cases of killed journalists in South Sudan between 2012 and 2016, and the government has failed to resolve any of those cases, or provide information to UNESCO’s Director General on the status of judicial inquiries to those killings.

The arrest of Alfred Taban a former journalist and editor of the Juba Monitor is a serious threat to freedom of expression and freedom of the press” said IFJ President, Philippe Leruth to the Guardian on 8th October 2014.

The IFJ (International Federation of Journalists) urged journalists to take extreme caution when covering the conflict in South Sudan.