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I watched Mockingjay recently. And LOVED it, of course. Could this be one of those rare examples of a movie series being better than the book series (as in, the books are awesome, but the movies are OUT OF THIS WORLD!)?

Anyhow, I got all inspired by Katniss Everdeen and it got me thinking about other powerful female characters. Like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Ellie Linton from Tomorrow when the War Began. Tally Youngblood from Uglies. And Jo from Little Women (hey—there’s no rule saying you have to save the world to be kickass).

But today I read something that blew all of that out of the water. THIS—a 22 year old student senselessly beaten to death with a baseball bat because she intervened when two girls were being harassed in a public toilet by a group of men. For someone who spends a lot of time in make-believe worlds, I often forget that there are real-life heroines like TUGCE ALBAYRAK. I feel the need to caps her name—and to bold it—and, above all, to remember it.

And in remembering TUGCE ALBAYRAK, I realise there are other women I should also be honouring, like MALALA YOUSAFZAI, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for attending school (her amazing speech to the UN General Assembly is transcribed here).

And civil rights activist ROSA PARKS, whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus in 1955 helped to end segregation in the United States. And Holocaust victim ANNE FRANK, whose wartime diary has touched millions.

And the hundreds of thousands of women who have made a stand against individuals, against governments, against poverty, against war and who have made a difference throughout history – however big or small. The FLORENCE NIGHTINGALES. The JOAN OF ARCS. The MOTHER THERESAS. They are our Mockingjays. And they often have their own Gales and Petas by their side.

The odds may not always be in their favour, but that’s EXACTLY why the world needs more TUGCE ALBAYRAKS.

It’s hard to know how to help in these sort of situations. If you want to show your support the official community page for TUGCE ALBAYRAK is here, but note it’s in German (Facebook has a handy translation option beneath posts though).

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Every now and then I just like to ramble. Actually, I go off on tangents A LOT. In fact, the other day I went to the shops. You know the small shops, near the playground? Hey, did you hear they found a chicken turtle in the pond there last week (yes, it exists just like the screaming hairy armadillo) and… where was I? Anyway, you can read all of my random rambles here.

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