MARTA EGÍDIO

LISBON, PORTUGAL

Fascinated by humans, the moon, and the unknown. Energized by upbeat music, warm tea, and meaningful conversations. Crazy about the sound of the piano, the smell of the ocean, and the taste of dark chocolate. Eternal student, dedicated friend, and aspirant writer. Seeking Truth, Freedom, and Justice. On a quest to find the best version of myself, and empowering others to do the same along the way.

THE PROBLEM WITH FEMINISM IS BAD MARKETING

It should be enough to say that, globally, about 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. Or that 250 million women alive today were married before they were 15. That 1 in 10 girls worldwide has experienced sexual violence.  Or that there are 10 countries in the world where women…

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VULNERABILITY

What emotion do you believe is underrated?   I believe vulnerability is underrated. I believe people avoid being vulnerable because they are afraid of getting hurt. I always thought my anxiety was something I should hide. I had been struggling with it since I was 12, and it took me 10 years to talk about…

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JODY WILLIAMS

Estoril, 29th May 2017. A full auditorium is listening to a panel of 5 Nobel Peace Prizes at the Estoril Conferences. At the back of the room, a few dozens of military youth in their impeccable uniforms are confronted by a passionate panelist who yells: “We have to stop glorifying war. War is not glorious….

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SET ME FREE

They all want me except you. Why can’t you look at me like they do? They all say my kisses are the best. How could you resist them with my body pressed against your chest? You said you missed me and kissed me on the forehead, But you didn’t want to have me in your…

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TITUS MOLKENBUR

I watched Titus give a talk at the “Innovation Knows No Borders” conference at the Migration Hub, in Berlin, last September. With a spark in his eyes, he started by recalling how he and a group of young Europeans had decided to take it upon themselves to rescue refugees and migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean…

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PUNEH ALA’I

In 2013, Puneh Ala’i snuck inside of Syria, walking into a war zone with a backpack full of crayons and coloring books. She risked her own life to bring a bit of love and hope to those she felt were unseen, to show that someone cared. After that life-changing trip, she vowed to dedicate her…

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BERLIN IS A DRUG

Berlin is controversial. It’s big, messy and dirty. But it’s also full of life, art, and History. Berlin is bittersweet. It’s dark, but enlightening. It is haunted by the ghosts of the past, but lives reinless in the present. It’s creation, and it’s destruction. New constructions and bombed buildings. The skyscrapers in Potsdamer Platz and…

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ALONE ≠ LONELY

Last week, I went to have a sunset drink at one of my favorite spots in Berlin, the Klunkerkranich rooftop. As I walked around to find a spot to sit among the crowd, I was surprised to see an art installation that wasn’t there the week before – a bunch of envelopes hanging from strings,…

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THE WHOLE OF THE MOON

“To be great, be whole: nothing Of yourself exaggerate or exclude. Be all in all things. Put all you are Into the least you do. So, in every lake the whole moon Shines and, soaring, lives.” Ricardo Reis This poem, in its original version, was glued to my desk on my 6th or 7th grade…

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HOW MUCH DO YOU HATE YOUR ANXIETY?

How much do you hate your anxiety? How much, when it’s so heavy that it makes your shoulders tense up? How much, when you don’t feel safe in your own body, or at peace in your own mind? How much, when it makes your throat tighten up and your morale crumble down? When your legs…

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