Hello lovelies, how is this first day of January 2019?
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of 2018.
Many of you would argue that 2018 was a bad year, but was it really that bad?
We usually tend to see the bad things in a year, we tend to think only about the bad moments when it ends, we tend to see the negativity in everything and in the end we conclude that 2018 was a bad year.
But was 2018 really a bad year?
Let’s make a list of the good things that happened in 2018.
- I understood that I am a feminist and I support women and their choices.
- Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office.
- More women are running for office than ever (and they’re winning).
- The Parkland kids — with help from fellow young activists in Chicago — galvanized the country into taking action against gun violence.
- #MeToo activists saw some justice in Harvey Weinstein’s arrest, canceled R. Kelly concerts, and Charlie Rose’s suspension — but there’s still much more workto be done.
- Ireland ended its abortion ban, thanks to the thousands of people who flew home to vote on the referendum. (In case any U.S. residents were considering not voting in the 2018 midterms.)
- Women in Saudi Arabia started hitting the road after the country repealed its ban on female drivers in 2017. Saudi Arabia said women would no longer need male permission to travel or study. A few months later, women received the right to drive. BBC
- All 12 Thai boys who were marooned deep in a cave were saved in an operation that needed 100 rescuers inside the cave, 1,000 Thai soldiers in support, and thousands of volunteers furnishing meals, transportation and other help. One retired Thai SEAL died in the effort, but many had feared all the boys would be lost.
- India’s Supreme Court decriminalized consensual gay sex. In the United States, the LGBT community increasingly has stepped out of the closet and vindicated its right to live free of bigotry.
- Humanity over religious customs: A man from Bihar broke Ramadan fast to donate blood to thalassemic child
- Thanks to a vigilant passenger, 26 minor girls were rescued from a suspected human-trafficking gang by railway officials and the police. The passenger travelling by Avadh Express sent out an SOS tweet asking railways to help and take necessary measures after he spotted the girls crying in a compartment.
- A Canadian was hailed as a hero after he risked his own life to rescue a visually-challenged man, who fell on the tracks at an underground train station.
- This year, the World Health Organization unveiled a new vaccine that’s cheap and effective enough to end cholera, one of humanity’s greatest-ever killers.
- Cancer deaths have dropped by 25% in the United States since 1991, saving more than two million lives. Breast cancer deaths have fallen by 39%, saving the lives of 322,600 women.
- The students in Albania protested for their rights.
- In July, UNAIDS revealed that for the first time in history, half of all people on the planet with HIV are now getting treatment, and AIDS deaths have dropped by half since 2005.
- Leprosy is now easily treatable. The number of worldwide cases has dropped by 97% since 1985, and a new plan has set 2020 as the target for eradicating the disease.
- Chile set aside 11 million acres of land for national parks in Patagonia, following the largest-ever private land donation from a private entity to a country .
- A province in Pakistan announced it has planted one billion trees in two years, in response to the terrible floods of 2015.
- The International Energy Agency announced that nearly 1.2 billion people around the world have gained access to electricity in the last 16 years.
- In the last three years, the number of people in China living below the poverty line decreased from 99 million to 43.4 million. And since 2010, Chinese income inequality has been falling steadily.
- Global deaths from terrorism dropped by 22% from their peak in 2014, thanks to significant declines in four of the five countries most impacted: Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.
- Scientists Erase Alzheimer’s Damage in Human Cells.
- The population of wild tigers in Nepal was found to have nearly doubled in the last nine years.
- In 2018, after more than ten years of debate, 140 nations agreed to begin negotiations on a historic “Paris Agreement for the Ocean,” the first-ever international treaty to stop overfishing and protect life in the high seas.
- Rwanda became the first low-income country to provide universal eye care to all of its citizens, by training 3,000 nurses in over 500 health clinics.
- In 2018, New York and Virginia became the first two US states to enact laws requiring mental health education in schools.
- New research revealed that in the last two decades, female genital mutilation has fallen from 57.7% to 14.1% in north Africa, from 73.6% to 25.4% in west Africa, and from 71.4% to 8% in east Africa.
- Morocco passed a landmark law that criminalizes violence against women, and imposes harsh penalties on perpetrators.
…and one last one, just for luck (our favorite story of the year
. There is now a giant 600-meter-long boom in the Pacific that uses oceanic forces to clean up plastic, and you can track its progress here. Despite a few early setbacks, the team behind it thinks they can clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the next seven years
If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, we need to change the stories we tell ourselves.
So overall 2018 was not a bad year.
XOXO Girls Of Wisdom