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FOOD & HUNGER Over 600 Supermarkets in Quebec Are Giving Extra Food to Food Banks

By James O'Hare|

 March 14, 2017
 

Supermarkets in Canada are taking a big step in the fight against food waste and food insecurity.

As part of the Supermarket Recovery Program (SRP), more than 600 stores across the Province of Quebec will donate excess produce to foodbanks. Run by Food Banks of Quebec, the program aims to handle 14,000 tons of food per year and feed 400,000 people, 150,000 of them children.

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“We’ve got enough food in Quebec to feed everybody, let’s not be throwing things out,” Sam Watts, executive director of the Welcome Hall Mission, which has partnered with SRP, told Global News Canada. “Let’s recuperate what we can recuperate and let’s make sure that we get it to people who need it.”

SRP started as a pilot program in 2013, operating primarily in Montreal and Quebec City, and limited its food recovery to excess meat products. By 2016, the operation had expanded to include its own warehouse and provided waste reduction training for supermarket employees.

That year, the pilot program recovered almost 2.5 million kilograms (more than 2,755 tons) of food from 177 different supermarkets.

That success, along with a CAN$395,200 grant from Recyc-Quebec, a recycling advocacy organization, led to the 2017 province-wide launch.

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The greatest challenge is logistics.

“Supermarkets couldn’t accommodate individual food banks coming to them one by one by one,” Watts said. “The idea is that we will be able to do it quickly while the food is still fresh.”

With so much wasted food and so many people going hungry, SRP is the liaison between the supermarkets and food banks, collecting the excess food and delivering it in a timely fashion to where the need is greatest.  

It’s no easy task, and requires a variety of resources for distribution.

“Refrigerated trucks, collection bins, freezers, wrapping materials, cleaning and food safety equipment and many other items are needed to further expand the program’s capacity,” the project’s website says.

In addition to feeding those in need, half of which are families with children, the program will help the environment.

By saving tons of edible food from landfills, SRP lowered carbon dioxide emissions by 2000 tons in 2016. With the expanded operation, the program is expected to reduce CO2 by 13,000 tons per year.

Read More: US President Trump to Inherit a Strategy to End Global Hunger, Thanks to Actions by Global Citizens

13% of Canadians are currently experiencing food insecurity. Meanwhile, $31 billion worth of food ends up in landfills.

Globally, 1.3 billion tons of food gets thrown out each year.

It’s strange that those figures feature the same numerals (a one and a three). Then again, it’s also strange that one of the world’s greatest problems – food waste – is the solution to another – food insecurity. All we have to do is get excess food on dinner plates instead of in trash cans.

Efforts like Supermarket Recovery Project are doing just that. Somebody get them more refrigerated trucks!

 
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Written by James O'Hare

 

James is an Editorial Intern at Global Citizen. He believes education is the starting point in working for social justice and hopes to someday eliminate the spectacle in American politics. He habitually quotes Mitch Hedberg and believes there should be a national holiday in honor of whoever invented chicken-bacon-ranch pizza.

 

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12/04/2017

Job Opportunity: Music Development Officer, Music Generation Clare

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Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) is now inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Music Development Officer, Music Generation Clare

The post is being offered on the basis of a fixed-term contract for a period of three years.

Post details and applicant requirements are available to download from www.lcetb.ie (under recruitment). 

Please note that applications will only be accepted through the online recruitment system.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Friday, 21st April, 2017. It is proposed to conduct interviews at the earliest opportunity following the closing date.

Shortlisting may apply. Canvassing will disqualify. LCETB is an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

 

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Education How this program gave Constance the confidence to thrive in school and beyond

 

23 March 2017 11:06AM UTC | By: Guest Blogger
Girls Count All girls count.

130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

Story and photos by Rebecca Rwakabukoza

Constance Amusugut found out she was pregnant when she was about two months along. She was 15. The first person she called was her boyfriend — the father of the child — but after that initial conversation when she told him about the baby, he started avoiding her phone calls.

“Sometimes he would put the phone next to the radio,” she says. “When I got tired, I would just hang up the call.”

Her mother suspected Constance was pregnant because she was sick in the mornings and had stopped eating her favourite vegetables.

“I don’t know what your father is going to do for you,” her mother told her once she confirmed the pregnancy. At 15, Constance was about to change schools within her Ugandan town of Tororo, and her father had just given her tuition for the new school.

Afraid, but ready to face him, she approached him on a Sunday morning, handed the money back and said, “Daddy, here is your money. I have disappointed you; I am pregnant.”

He did not reply. For a whole year, he wouldn’t talk to her.

When the baby was six months old, Constance returned to school. Her mother paid her tuition because her father now said that paying school tuition for the young mother was “wasting money.”

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Constance and her classmates at their school in Tororo, Uganda.

For many young girls in Uganda, motherhood almost always means dropping out of school. As Constance experienced, parents can get angry and refuse to pay tuition, and sometimes school becomes more difficult to navigate for teenage mothers and single parents.

Constance’s experience at school was no less forgiving. During her pregnancy, she had to leave the classroom often to go to the toilets. Without breast pads, Constance had to walk around the school campus with patches of breast milk on her shirt. This was not helped by the whispers among students about “the girl who delivered,” so she tried to go unnoticed as much as she possibly could.

“Even when we were in class and a teacher asked a question to which I knew the answer, I wouldn’t talk,” she says. “I couldn’t. I was so fearful and shy. I thought the moment I would raise up my hand, the other students would start to talk about me — about how I am and how I have a kid.”

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Constance giving a speech in front of her classmates.

To combat her shyness, Constance joined MIFUMI’s Sure Start afterschool program for female students. Sure Start, which has been in more than 30 primary and secondary schools in Tororo, engages adolescent girls in leadership through sports and gender and rights awareness education. The program has three elements: karate, mentorship, and gender classes. Leah Eryenyu, the program manager, says the gender classes help the girls become self-aware and question the different expectations for men and women. Sure Start wants to challenge the oppression girls feel from subordination to gender norms, which can prevent them from exercising their full potential. The long term goal for MIFUMI is to create leaders.

“The program pushes them to be actively present in the spaces they occupy, as individuals and as a critical mass,” says Leah.

MIFUMI also teaches the girls in the program how to organise as a group, and how to mobilise and find platforms. One such platform was the presentation of a petition to the Parliament on menstrual hygiene management. Constance was one of two girls from her school chosen to represent other teenage girls.

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Constance practices her speech to Parliament.

“That was the day my father finally talked to me,” she says. When Constance gave him the letter from MIFUMI asking for permission to let his daughter make the 125-mile trip from Tororo to Kampala, he initially doubted its authenticity. After several phone calls verifying the trip, he was the one who woke her up in the morning on the day she left. He went with her to the meeting point and gave her money in case she needed to eat anything.

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Constance and her daughter in Tororo, Uganda.

He showed the same excitement when Constance was featured in one of Uganda’s two national daily newspapers. On the day her story was published, he purchased three copies of the paper: one for her, one for him, and the third for her grandparents.

When asked what she would tell her daughter about this period of her life, Constance says, “I’d tell her to put education first.”

 

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In the run up to United Nations "Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day" we will be sharing stories of children and young adults who have been a part of CCI's journey throughout the past 3 decades.


Today we meet Nastya, who was abandoned to an institution in Belarus as a baby.


Nastya, who is now 17, has Cerebral Palsy and before CCI's intervention was never outside the walls of the institution because she never had a wheelchair. She never experienced simple things like the wind.



Since she started visiting Ireland 8 years ago as part of CCI’s Rest and Recuperation Programme Nastya has blossomed. Her visits to Ireland have given her many opportunities, her language skills have improved and she has learnt English, more importantly it has given her the sense of family Nastya had been missing.


Nastya is an integral part of CCI's de-institutionalisation programme, which includes life-skills training to help build independence. Nastya loves working in the wood workshop on the grounds of Vesnova and chilling-out watching TV when she gets the chance. Nastya lives in a terraced-house complex on the grounds of Vesnova which enables her to live semi-independently from institutionalised life.


Nastya stays every year with her loving host family Sharon and Danny Lynch and their boys in Cork and Sharon visits Nastya in Vesnova multiple times a year.


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Made-In-Kenya: How this pair of running shoes are going to change lives in Kenya

 

8 June 2016 10:51AM UTC  | By: ROBYN DETORO
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Kenya is known around the world for producing some of the planet’s greatest running champions. Its reputation for running has sparked an interest in runners from around the world, who flock to the high altitude training regions in Kenya just to breathe the same air as their sporting heroes. 

It was the global attention Kenya attracted that led Navalayo (Nava) Osembo-Ombati, and Nairobi based ONE member Weldon Kennedy, to design a running shoe that will not only be made in Kenya, but create a sustainable income for the local community. As Weldon puts it; There is no other place in the world that you can make a Kenyan-made running shoe.

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Weldon Kennedy and Nava Osembo-Ombati – Enda Co-Founders.

We love that Nava and Weldon want to use their company, Enda (which means “Go” in Swahili), to initiate social change in Kenya.

Enda’s aim is to create change in the local economy through empowerment and ownership, and they (along with development experts and the government of Kenya) strongly believe the Kenyan economy will benefit from behaviours guided by the “buy something from Kenya rather than give something to Kenya” principle. Although the company is still in the Kickstarter phase, Nava and Weldon have some serious plans for the future…

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Runner Joan Cherop overlooking Kenya’s valleys.

Nava, who was born and raised in Kenya, is familiar with the conditions of poverty and sexism that affect local communities and can hamper individuals from achieving their full potential. “I’m a product of education. Luck has come, but education has given me lots of opportunities,” Nava told us. She graduated from the London School of Economics and is qualified as a lawyer AND an accountant! It is these academic and career achievements that have made Nava stand out as a leader and role model to young Kenyan girls – some of whom approach her regularly for advice on how they too can succeed in Kenya’s patriarchal society.

It is essential to Nava that Enda embodies a strong sense of social responsibility and empowers vulnerable individuals by providing them with equal opportunities to earn sustainable livelihoods and achieve security. The shoe company plans to employ men and women to do the same jobs, and also plans to operate a childcare facility on site so that single parents can earn an income while knowing their babies are in safe hands.Kickstartershoot-3-of-74-1024x683.jpg

Enda is also focused on ways they can share their success with the Kenyan community outside of employment. Nava and Weldon will be bookmarking a percentage of their profits for distribution to local community projects that are excelling at what they do. It can be difficult to secure funding for small development projects, so the co-founders of Enda want to make sure that projects seeing good results in local communities can continue to deliver.

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Runners Joan Cherop (right) and Justin Lagat (left) in Kenya.

In addition to empowering individuals and providing stable, sustainable livelihoods, Enda is also on a mission to change the world’s perception of Kenya. “We are more than politics or terrorism”, Nava emphasised; “Kenya is a country of innovation, creativity, and of people making change”.

Nava and Welden believe Kenya’s narrative can be rewritten – that there is room to be known as a source of great quality runners AND great quality products.

To stay updated on Enda’s journey follow them on Twitter or Facebook and check out their Kickstarter Campaign!

 

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Creating magic with our friend Dallas Clayton in Rwanda. 1f4f7.png: @brandenharvey #TBT#REDinRwanda

 

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GIRLS & WOMEN Why Amal Clooney Is the Perfect Role Model for Young Girls

By Madeline Schwartz|

 July 21, 2016

 

If you Google “Amal Clooney,” the first two pages of search results are about her impeccable fashion sense. While that’s nothing to be brushed under the rug, what’s objectively more impressive is her dedication to defending and upholding human rights on the world stage.

A graduate of Oxford and New York University School of Law, Clooney, who is British-Lebanese, speaks three languages fluently: English, French and Arabic. Born in Beirut, her family fled to London, England, to escape civil war when she was 2 years old. She is a barrister who specializes in public international law, international criminal law, and human rights. These specializations mean that Clooney often works with high-profile cases in international courts like the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

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Previously, she has represented former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the European Court of Human Rights regarding her politically motivated detention in Ukraine, as well as Mohamed Fahmy, a journalist from the Al Jazeera English television network detained in Egypt after an unjust trial. One of her more notorious cases was her representation of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, in extradition proceedings.

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Clooney has also been an advisor to top politicians such as Kofi Annan and the King of Bahrain. Most recently, she made the news for agreeing to defend Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman enslaved by the Islamic State (ISIS) for several months. Since Murad’s escape, she has worked tirelessly to try defend and liberate women affected by ISIS, as well as against the genocide of the Yazidi people.

Read more: How Nadia Murad Escaped ISIS Sex Slavery

“How can it be that the most serious crimes known to humanity are being carried out before our eyes but are not being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague?” Clooney asked in a statement explaining her decision to represent Murad to the New York Times’ Women in the World

Clooney’s passion for justice is evident throughout her career. She also represents Yazda, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the Yazidis. “It is time that we see IS commanders in the dock in The Hague, and I am honored to have been asked to represent Nadia and the Yazidi community in their quest for legal accountability,” said Clooney.

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Clooney’s highly accomplished resume may make it hard to believe she’s just a human being like the rest of us. At the end of the day, it’s her unwavering dedication to defending human rights that makes her exceptional. Clooney sets an example for young girls and women everywhere. When only 34% of attorneys in the US are women, it is inspiring to watch Clooney’s hard work and many achievements. So forget the pop stars – Amal Clooney is certainly the perfect role model for all young girls to look up to.

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Written by Madeline Schwartz

 

Madeline Schwartz is a Digital Content Intern at Global Citizen. She has always been passionate about this world and social justice, and has explored this passion while studying at THINK Global School, a traveling high school. She plans to study oppression's effects on culture at Oberlin College this fall. Madeline loves all things creative, and is constantly searching for new ways to express herself.

 

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GIRLS & WOMEN Meet the Founders of Colombia's 'City of Women'

 

April 3, 2017

Brought to you by: Thomson Reuters Foundation

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TURBACO, Colombia, March 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When fighting in Colombia forced Everlides Almanza to abandon her farm, she ended up in a slum near the coastal city of Cartagena where with only some plastic tarpaulin to shelter her, she longed for a new home.

She dreamed of a brick building with a sturdy roof and a tiled porch - she just never expected to be the one to build it.

After arriving in the slum in 1992, Almanza and dozens of other destitute families who had also been uprooted by the conflict met human rights lawyer Patricia Guerrero, who helped organise them into a group.

The League of Displaced Women - many of them single mothers and war widows - went on to build a new neighbourhood of 102 houses on the once barren bushland in Turbaco, a municipality near Cartagena.

It became known as the City of Women.

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"We learnt about construction, how to make bricks and mix cement," Almanza told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as she sat in a rocking chair under the shade of a mango tree.

"We had to fight to build our own homes. Some people said women weren't capable of doing this," the 60-year-old said.

 

 

Since the first house was built in 2004, the neighborhood of brightly painted green and pink facades and tree-lined streets has been cited as an example of rebuilding that other communities emerging from conflict could emulate.

While men live in the City of Women, it's the women who are in charge, bolstered by property deeds in their own names.

"Here women call the shots," said Maritza Marimon, another league member. "We fought tooth and nail to build our homes. Men can't come here and say this is mine. It's ours."

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RIGHTS RESTORED

A peace deal signed in December between the government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has raised hopes the 7 million Colombians displaced by war can return home or put down permanent roots.

Yet roughly half of all the displaced live in cities, many settling in makeshift shelters in hillside slums, often with no land tenure rights and no running water.

How Colombia ensures its displaced population has access to housing is key to forging lasting peace and rebuilding their lives, political analysts say.

For many, the City of Women - where residents joined forces to build houses together and petition for title deeds - could prove the model to follow.

Back in the 1990s when the women lived in Cartagena's slums, Guerrero vowed to help the women lift themselves out of poverty.

When she asked them about their most urgent need, most replied they wanted a house they could call their own.

"With a house, your rights are restored," said Guerrero, who founded the League of Displaced Women.

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Guerrero eventually secured funding, most of it from a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, to buy a plot of land on which the City of Women was built.

But as the women tried to get it off the ground, they were met with violence.

Drug-running criminal gangs issued death threats against the league, a community centre built by the women was set on fire and burnt to ashes, and one of women's husbands was murdered.

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UNITED

Despite such sacrifices, the women say the struggle was worth it.

"No one can take this away from me. And no one can chuck me out of my own house," said Ana Luz Ortega, standing on the porch of her home with fuchsia pink walls where she lives with her husband and children.

"I've seen many cases where husbands have left their wives and children on the street after going off with another women who then comes in to live in the house," she said.

Like other countries in Latin America, property rights are unequal between men and women in Colombia. Widows especially find it difficult to inherit from their husbands with land usually handed down to sons and the husband's family.

Yet property titles give women greater control and financial say over their homes, and are crucial to accessing secure bank loans.

"It was very important that the women had the properties registered in their names ... It gives women a sense of freedom and self-esteem," Guerrero said.

Since it was built, the City of Women has led to the creation of a tight-knit network of activists who continue to fight for other rights.

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"These women are warriors," said Jose Enrique Zafra, who lives in the City of Women. "They're united, they fight for what's best for their community."

Over the years, the women have successfully lobbied government authorities to provide the City of Women with services, including running water and a local school.

Now the league is demanding bus routes that serve the neighourhood after dark, street lighting and a school that teaches children aged up to 18.

For Ortega, who was raised in the countryside where women are still largely expected to stay at home and look after the children, joining the league was an awakening.

"Before the league, I didn't even know I had any rights," said the soft-spoken Ortega.

"I now know that as a woman I have the right to choose what I want and to be respected. Before I was submissive, now I feel liberated," she said.

(Reporting by Anastasia Moloney @anastasiabogota, Editing by Katie Nguyen.; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org.)

 
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28/03/2017

Jam Bands Mayo – we’re jammin’, we hope you like jammin’ too!

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Over the course of 2017 Mayo will be a hive of musical activity, thanks in no small part to the fantastic Jam Bands programme, which aims to encourage more young people in Mayo communities to write, create, play and perform music as a group. Established by Music Generation Mayo with Wall2Wall Music, Jam Bands Mayo intends to bring this musical vision to life through their work, and to provide aspiring artists with the skills to do just that.






Here's what one of the current Jam Bands groups had to say about the programme...

What has been your favourite thing so far?


'Writing songs...'
'Spending time with my friends...'
'Creating songs with lyrics and instruments as a group...'
'Listening to everyone else’s songs...' '


What have you learned from particpating in Jam Bands?

'How to play piano chords...'
'How to work together as a group and write songs...'
'How to work as a team...'
'How to be fabulous!'


Why do you like coming to Jam Bands?

'Music...'
'Meeting new people...'
'It’s good craic and enjoyable...'
'People get to join together to create music...'





Throughout the Jam Bands Mayo sessions young musicians were offered the support and guidance of experienced local musicians who helped them explore music within their own preferred genres, while also immersing them in new music styles. The participants were encouraged to mash up music, challenged to step beyond their musical comfort zones, and thrown into a new creative, free and inspiring world of noise!

Participants were given access to the instruments and tools required to write, record and perform their own compositions – everything from keyboards to drum kits, basses and guitars, to mics and amps.

As well as performing in small band ensembles, the young Jam Bands musicians worked together to create two large group pieces, sharing their ideas for lyrics, melodies, riffs, breaks and musical innovations.

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We asked some of the current participants for one thing they would like to say about Jam Bands...

'It’s fun' – Kayleigh 
'It’s really fun and cool' – Ailidh
'It’s fun and we love to have a laugh' – Almaz
'I’d like there to be more days like today' – Eibhlin (Songwriting day)
'Awesome! Have it more often' – Ailbhe
'Jam bands is honestly the most incredible thing ever' – Anon





What's coming up for Jam Bands in 2017?

EASTER JAM BAND CAMP 2017
When: Tues April 11th – Fri April 14th 2017. A 4-day camp, 10am-4pm daily
Where: Ballinrobe Community School
Cost: €80 per participant

SIGN UP ONLINE

To find out more about Jam Bands or to get involved contact: 
t: 09490 41013
einfo@musicgenerationmayo.ie
jambandsmayo.com 

For further information about Jam Bands and other Music Generation Mayo programmes and initiatives, contact:

Kate Mc Keon, Co-ordinator, Music Generation Mayo
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB, Administrative Offices, Newtown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

t: 094 90 24188
ekatemckeon@msletb.ie
www.musicgenerationmayo.ie

 

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This Latina Scholar Has Been Accepted to 11 Medical Schools

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Chelsea Batista, a senior biology student at Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, breathed a sigh of relief when she received her first med-school acceptance letter.

“When the first acceptance came in from SUNY Downstate, I thought, ‘Thank goodness, at least now I know I’m going to medical school, no matter what,’” Batista told CUNY Newswire. “But then a few weeks later, more started coming in and I didn’t expect it to be so many.”

If one acceptance was reason to exhale, what happened next was reason to shout, jump up and down, and party. Batista has been accepted to 11 of the 18 medical schools to which she had applied, two of which are offering full-tuition scholarships.

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The schools are: Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Weill Cornell Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York University, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine.

“We are very proud of the remarkable accomplishments of Chelsea, who represents the kind of high-achieving, hard-working, dedicated students who attend Macaulay Honors College,” said Macaulay Dean Mary C. Pearl, Ph.D.

Macaulay students, chosen for stellar high school performance, receive full-tuition scholarships. Thus, students who have the desire and ability to pursue higher education, but who lack the financial means, can still attend college.

Read More: New York Is Officially the First State to Offer Tuition-Free Public Education

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Batista’s parents are immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Both came from poor families and were the first in their families to earn college degrees.

Now, their daughter is going to med school. There will no doubt be more hard work when Batista eventually chooses a school and enrolls, but right now, she’s enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done. “With all that hard work I put in, studying all night – it was worth it,” she said.

Unfortunately, human nature often leads many to diminish the accomplishments of others. Because Batista is Latina, critics wrongfully reduced her outstanding academic record and med-school acceptances to affirmative action.

Batista is unfazed.

“At some points, I had to remind myself that I earned these accomplishments. That I worked just as hard as those around me,” she told the Huffington Post. “I had to remind myself that I was not chosen because I am a Hispanic woman who fulfills the requirements. I was chosen because as a Hispanic woman, I had to struggle through more obstacles and resistance than the typical medical school applicant and I still managed to excel.”

Read More: A Statue of a Small Girl Suddenly Appeared on Wall Street and Is Making a Big Statement

Latinas composed just 4.8% of medical school applicants in 2016-2017, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.  

Women of all races composed just 38.2% of physicians and surgeons in the US in 2016, while Latinos and Latinas made up 5.9%, the US Bureau of Labor reports.

Though the need for affirmative action is apparent, the stigma associated with it – that it’s reverse racism and that people of color receive unfair benefits – isn’t limited to the medical field. Sonia Sotomayor, for instance, received the same treatment when she was appointed to the Supreme Court.

Regardless of what critics may believe, Batista is on pace to be a doctor in seven years. Her success is a testament to her work ethic and proves what’s possible when people with limited opportunities are given a chance to succeed.

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Written by James O'Hare

James is an Editorial Intern at Global Citizen. He believes education is the starting point in working for social justice and hopes to someday eliminate the spectacle in American politics. He habitually quotes Mitch Hedberg and believes there should be a national holiday in honor of whoever invented chicken-bacon-ranch pizza.

 

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FINANCE & INNOVATION This Company Will Give You an Electric Bike if You Trade in Your Car

By Phineas Rueckert|

 April 13, 2017
 

One of the limiting factors of biking in San Francisco is its topography. The city is known for its rolling hills (74, to be exact) and beautiful views, but when it comes to tackling those hills by bike, it can put a real strain on the calves and the lungs. 

For commuters who want to stay active, but also want to avoid leg cramps and fatigue at work, one solution to this problem is to invest in an electric bike, though they can be an expensive initial investment, running anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000. 

That’s why one company, The New Wheel in San Francisco, is offering an incentive that’s good for you and for the environment. The New Wheel will buy your old car and give you an electric bike instead.  

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“The whole reason we started the shop was to offer solutions to get people out of cars,” co-founder of The New Wheel Brett Thurber told Global Citizen. “There are few vehicles as efficient as an electric bike.” 

Teaming up with Roadster.com, an on-demand car-buying service, The New Wheel has completed one car-for-bike trade since launching the initiative last week. 

If this sort of trade-in program were to be adopted on a larger scale, it could have a big impact on the environment, but for now the electric bike market is largely untapped in the US. 

While the overall environmental impact of electric bikes is still being researched, some things are clear. For one, electric bikes, Conservation Magazine wrote, “will reduce emissions if people use them instead of driving their cars,” but are no more economical than regular bikes when it comes to overall CO2 emissions (well, duh!).  

But one way electric bikes could further reduce emissions is by encouraging people to get out and bike more frequently. One study from Norway found that e-bikes led to a nearly 50% increase in the number of bike rides taken per day. 

Read more: Oslo Is Subsidizing Electric Bikes for All of Its Residents, Because Of Course 

Electric bikes work by propelling riders with a pedal assistance function, allowing them to maintain a steady heart-rate while biking. 

“You potentially can get higher-quality exercise, because you’re staying in your target heart rate zone,” Thurber said. 

Along with not releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, bike adoption can clear up public space in big cities, reducing the need for parking lots and garages and leading to economic revitalization

In some European cities, like Copenhagen, bikes outnumber cars in the center of town. Others, like Oslo, have subsidized electric bikes in an effort to increase e-bike adoption.  

San Francisco, while not on the same level as these cities, is a prime candidate to lead the US into an electric bike future. But bike commuters would need help at the local level in order for the market to really expand. 

Read more: This Teacher Is Raising $80,000 to Buy a New Bike For Every Kid at School

“In a place like San Francisco, civic leaders need to understand that cycling will be different than it was in the past and you need to build the infrastructure for that,” Thurber said. 

For a perfect example of how not to regulate electric bikes, city planners could be well-served to look across the country, to New York City. In New York, electric bike commuters are subjected to a bizarre double standard, in which, “e-bikes are legal to sell as bikes anywhere in the U.S. but effectively illegal to ride in New York,” CityLab reported

The question comes down to whether riding an electric bike is more akin to riding a regular bike, which is not regulated, or a motorcycle, which is. 

Furthermore, for electric bikes to be adopted on a wide enough scale to eventually reduce car usage in cities, it will require a change in how electric bikes are perceived. Individual commuters need to begin to think of bikes not as recreational objects, but as a viable transportation alternative. 

Car-for-electric-bike trade-ins, like the one in San Francisco, could make an impact, both environmentally and economically, but they are just one small piece to a much larger puzzle of making transportation greener and safer in the US. 

 
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Phineas Rueckert is a writer at Global Citizen. He graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Political Science and International Studies, and spent the past year teaching English in Toulouse, France. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York.

 

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How brilliant to see this excellent pic by photographer Clare Keogh featured in The Irish Times Gallery this week.


The image was captured at BRASS OFF, a major musical jamboree for 100+ wind and brass players, hosted at CIT Cork School of Music earlier in the week.


The event was a Music Generation National Partnership Project, presented by Music Generation CarlowMusic Generation Cork City and Music Generation Mayo. Congratulations all!


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Children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) are, like everyone else, unique individuals.


We worked with the PMLD Network to produce a series of how-to guides and films to help local areas meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.


Take a look at them here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/pmld


 


 


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HEALTH Africa is kicking off a massive campaign to eradicate polio

 

March 30 2017  | By: GLOBAL CITIZEN
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This story by Colleen Curry was originally published on Global Citizen.

One of the largest-ever campaigns to vaccinate kids against polio will take place in Africa this week in a global attempt to stamp out the disease, the World Health Organization announced.

The world is 99.9% free of polio right now, meaning that within the year polio could become the second-ever disease to be eradicated from humans (the first was smallpox, in 1980, following a similarly massive push to vaccinate kids).
For this week’s enormous campaign, more than 190,000 vaccine workers will spread out across 13 African countries to reach 116 million children with polio immunizations. All kids under 5 years old will receive the vaccine.

The countries include Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

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A woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) administers a polio vaccine in Commune de Ndjili, Kinshasa. (Photo credit: Alain Mukeba, USAID/DRC)

Most of those countries have not had a recent case of polio, but last year, after being free of the disease for two years, Nigeria again saw an uptick in polio cases in areas held by the terror group Boko Haram.

If neighboring areas have any vulnerabilities in their populations, the disease could spread, the WHO warned. The vaccine campaign this week is aimed at raising immunity in surrounding areas to prevent polio’s spread.

Just 20 years ago, every country in Africa was endemic to polio and Nelson Mandela launched the “Kick Polio Out of Africa” campaign. In the intervening years, the World Health Organization, governments of African countries, and NGOs have partnered to make dramatic progress getting rid of polio, which used to leave more than 75,000 children a year paralyzed in Africa alone.

The vaccine will be delivered to every house in cities, towns, and villages of all of the countries, according to WHO. The volunteers will travel by foot or bicycle up to 12 hours a day, carrying the vaccines in special ice-packed bags through 100-degree heat.

“This extraordinary coordinated response is precisely what is needed to stop this polio outbreak,” said Michael K McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee.

Only three countries in the world still have cases of polio: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. With vaccine efforts ramping up in all three, advocates are hopeful that 2017 can be the year the last case of polio is transmitted. It will still take years for the world to be declared fully polio-free, but this year could mark the beginning of freedom from a crippling, easily-prevented childhood disease.

 

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GIRLS AND WOMEN These first ladies vow to fight “barbaric” genital mutilation

 

April 7 2017  | By: ROBYN DETORO
GIRLS COUNT Every girl counts.

130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

 
  

Around the world, there are at least 200 million girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). The reasoning behind FGM varies by culture and community. But the outcomes are the same — short and long-term health risks range from extreme pain to infection and even death.

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First Lady of Niger, Lalla Malika

FGM has been banned in Burkina Faso since 1996 and in Benin and Niger since 2003. But despite the ban, the first ladies of these three countries say this practice — that is “barbaric” in the words of Niger’s first lady, Lalla Malika – still occurs in their countries.

Claudine Talon, the first lady of Benin, warned in a recent interview, cutters have developed new ways to circumvent the laws putting young girls and women at risk again.

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First Lady of Benin Claudine Talon

To avoid discovery, the once commonplace ritual has become riskier as it moves behind closed doors. Families take their daughters across borders into neighboring countries and infant girls are cut shortly after birth or as toddlers before they’ve learned to speak. FGM is so deeply embedded into cultural expectations that some young women who were not cut as children purposefully seek out practitioners to perform the procedure to make themselves more desirable for marriage.

If communities want to win this battle, they must be empowered to inspire change.

Education is widely recognized as one of the most effective tools in the fight against FGM, particularly amongst the youth population. Sika Kabore, the first lady of Burkina Faso, has specifically called for boosts to girls’ education to aid in the eradication of FGM.

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First Lady of Burkina Faso Sika Kabore

Armed with the knowledge about the harmful effects of FGM, future generations can better make educated decisions for their families and independently decide to abandon the practice.

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AFRICA AWARD CODE wins the 9th annual ONE Africa Award!

 

9 April 2017 3:53PM UTC  | By: NACHILALA NKOMBO
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We are delighted to announce that the winner of the  9th annual $100,000 ONE Africa Award is  Connected Development (CODE)!

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CODE is a Nigerian based  advocacy organisation with a mission to empower marginalized communities by improving access to information  needed to better local public services. CODE have won the 2016 award as they have  proven that they can effectively wield their expertise to empower local communities to claim funds that have been appropriated to them. Through these activities, CODE has contributed to reducing poverty in target communities by boosting citizen participation in governance. CODE have also been successful in achieving wins in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

CODE’s Follow the Money (FTM) campaign aims to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement by monitoring and tracking aid and governmental implementation of capital funds intended for local communities in three basic thematic areas: health, education and environment. The campaign has engaged local community members by providing training on how to track missing or misappropriated local funds and used their robust online presence to educate citizens and lobby governments to produce funds where they have been promised.

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The Freedom of Information Act has been a key tool CODE has leveraged to secure information from international development partners and governmental agencies on their budgets and development programs intended to benefit citizens they work with.

In its fight against poverty, CODE’s advocacy and campaign work encourages citizen participation by utilizing online and traditional media engagements, town hall meetings, stakeholders meetings and community outreach programs to connect citizens with each other and their political leaders.

Other CODE programs  include  Disaster & Emergency Response Human Rights & Conflict.

Congratulations to CODE and our other  ONE Africa Award finalists Kenya Connect and ELLILTA – Women at Risk (EWAR), together with the hundreds of organisations who applied this year for the incredible work they lead on to make a difference in communities they serve. There are countless African-led organisations and grassroots groups doing incredible, life-changing work across the continent and we wish them continued success.

Find out more about CODE and their incredible work and help them celebrate by congratulating their achievement on social media.

 

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WATER AND SANITATION Installing hand-washing stations at these Kenya schools led to some amazing results

 

April 10 2017  | By: GUEST BLOGGER
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By James Musyoka, Kenya Connect Co-Founder, Field Director and Director of Operations

While it’s a significant achievement to leverage local innovation to create and install efficient hand-washing stations at schools in rural Kenya, it’s another to keep them all in use.  Over the last five years, Kenya Connect has installed hand-washing stations at all of our partner schools: 44 primary and 11 secondary, and at our Learning Resource Center in Wamunyu. Promoting hand washing is one of several efforts to keep students healthy and in school.

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One of the Kenya Connect hand-washing stations.

The sturdy hand-washing stations are handcrafted by local metal workers in Wamunyu and funded by Kenya Connect donors.  Each school also receives a one-month allotment of soap supplies as well as training about effective hand-washing techniques.  Kenya Connect volunteers even sing a song, “If You’re Healthy and You Know it, Wash Your Hands!”, to engage the students. Partnering with the Henry the Hand Foundation, Kenya Connect has painted colorful murals on water tanks and stations to encourage students to wash their hands after using the toilet, before preparing food and eating, and after petting animals.’’

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Students stand in front of a Henry the Hand advertisement.

As the hand-washing program has progressed, we discovered that a number of stations were not fully operational due to the lack of soap.  After conducting extensive research and conferring with local public health professionals, Kenya Connect initiated a sustainable liquid soap project to address this issue. Thanks to a crowdfunding program through Johnson & Johnson’s CaringCrowd platform, 40 of our partner schools have successfully launched a school-based liquid soap-making project, with the remainder expected to come on board in May.

“What a wonderful and inspiring project the soap making initiative is!” says Kithiiana Primary School teacher Catherine. “Kithiiani Primary School is never the same again. Pupils, teachers, and the community at large have become dirt-free. We are using the soap to wash our hands after visiting the latrines, and before eating. We also use the soap to clean classrooms, offices, and even our clothes.”

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Justine Pereira conducts a demonstration.

Justina Pereira, an education officer and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) professional in Kitui County, met with students, teachers, and parents to instruct them on why and how to make liquid soap. Over the course of four days, school communities were trained and equipped with skills to manage a sustainable soap-making project. Justina brought a holistic approach to the project, focusing on all aspects of hygiene, including promoting the national initiative to make Kenya “Open-Defecation-Free by 2020”. After the training, each school forms a health club including parents, teachers, and students to spearhead the soap making and hygiene promotion.

“I have never, trained such a wonderful group before! It’s awesome, amazing and so thrilling to see how they have passionately embraced the concept,” says Pereira.

Liquid soap is a multi- purpose, affordable product that everyone needs. Community and school based Health Clubs promote the cause in the school and at home. Soap making takes place under teacher supervision and may be integrated with topics in science, math, social studies, and literacy. Soap sales promote good hygiene, increase school attendance, and provide an elegant self-sustaining solution to a critical issue in our rural community.

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Students at a soap-making station.

“Soap making has helped us very much,” says Josephine, a teacher at Kambiti Primary School. “We make some money to buy soap materials. Children are washing hands, uniforms, utensils, and even classrooms. They feel very good! The whole community is appreciating the soap making project so much and their general health has improved.”

As the workshops were being conducted, many teachers felt that to have the program fully operational and flourishing, that the school headmasters needed to be involved. A month later, we invited head teachers to a special meeting to explain the program, the importance of hand washing and how they could support it. At the end of the meeting, all 33 participating Headmasters indicated they were ready to support the program.

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Teachers and school administrators meet to discuss the program.

“The soap-making project has helped our school by selling it to make money to more materials for making soap,” says Matheka Wambua, a standard 7 student at Kambiti Primary School. “I am now able to wash my hands after visiting the toilets and before eating. I am using the soap to wash my school uniform and utensils at home.”

We will continue to monitor to see how keeping our students healthy and in school translates to success!

Learn more about Kenya Connect and its work here.

 

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CITIZENSHIP These Are the Best & Worst Countries to Visit in 2017

By Phineas Rueckert|

 April 11, 2017
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This morning, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its biennial Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report. The 387-page report examines 136 countries, looking at several factors that contribute to tourism potential, including: environmental sustainability, infrastructure, as well as safety and security. 

According to the report, the global tourism industry is worth $7.6 trillion and creates almost 300 million jobs. In 2016 there were 1.2 billion tourist arrivals worldwide. 

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For some countries, tourism accounts for nearly half of their gross domestic product (GDP). This is primarily true for small island countries, like the Maldives and Aruba, but also for some more unexpected destinations, such as the Palestinian territories and Cambodia. 

Of course, the global tourism industry also has a dark side. 

Air traffic has doubled every 15 years since 1980, the report states, and, overall, tourism is responsible for 5% of global CO2 emissions. Restaurant industries, especially in developing countries, can take a toll on local food production systems. Hotel construction can lead to deforestation and environmental degradation. 

“It is important to recognize that processes, mechanisms, and activities associated with tourism also damage the environment,” the report stated.  

Read more: Travel Between Cuba, US Just Got Easier

Recently, the popularity of ecotourism and green initiatives has presented a softer face of this sometimes-exploitative industry. When travelers go beyond “sea, sun, and sand” tourism, they can be a force for good, giving back to the community through “volun-tourism” and helping the local environment through “agri-tourism.” 

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index rankings take into account “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country.” 

Expectedly, many sub-Saharan African countries struggle with the Competitiveness Index because at this point they simply lack the infrastructure to support tourist arrivals, whereas countries in Western Europe and North America do not. 

Taking into account these, and many other factors, here are the 10 best and worst places for tourism, according to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. 

Best: 

 

 

1. Spain

2. France

3. Germany

4. Japan 

5. United Kingdom

6. United States

7. Australia 

8. Italy 

9. Canada 

10. Switzerland

Worst: 

 

1. Yemen 

2. Chad

3. Burundi

4. Democratic Republic of Congo

5. Mauritania

6. Sierra Leone

7. Mali

8. Nigeria

9. Lesotho

10. Benin

 
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Written by Phineas Rueckert

 

Phineas Rueckert is a writer at Global Citizen. He graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Political Science and International Studies, and spent the past year teaching English in Toulouse, France. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York.

 

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8 Photos of Badass Women Who Made Hatred Shrink in Their Presence

By Yosola Olorunshola| April 13, 2017

 

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An image of Saffiyah Khan, a young woman from Birmingham, made waves as it reminded the world of the power of peaceful resistance in the face of grotesque hatred. Stepping into a circle of supporters from the English Defence League to defend a woman wearing a hijab, her expression is rebellious and dignified at the same time. Laidback and seemingly happy — everything the EDL assumes Muslim women not to be — her smile and her stance are the ultimate revenge to the pillar of rage in front her. 

Captured by photographer Joe Giddens, in her denim jacket and Specials t-shirt, Saffiyah has become a symbol of resistance in the 21st century (let’s hope Pepsi have learned their lesson). The moment it has immortalised is powerful in itself, representing the clash between a multicultural and a racist vision, but also because it offers a refreshing picture of a human being who simply has no more time for bigotry. It’s a reminder that hatred shrinks in the face of true humanity. 

Read More: This Woman Stared Down a Far-Right Racist With the Ultimate Act of Defiance

It goes without saying that the internet swelled with hope at the viral photo. After Twitter user @_Xas_ launched a thread labelled "Just a a wee thread of women who truly don't have any time for your sh*t," the Twittersphere responded in kind. Here's a selection of iconic women like Khan who have chosen to step out and bravely stand their ground. 

1/ Tess Asplund vs. 300 neo-Nazis 

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Just a wee thread of women who truly don't have any time for your shit.

 

1) Tess Asplund, Borlänge, Sweden - 2016 (Photo - David Lagerlöf)

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42-year-old Tess Asplund marched to face off 300 members of the Nordic Resistance Movement in 2016, an avowedly anti-Semitic and racist movement. “It was an impulse. I was so angry, I just went out into the street,” Asplund told the Guardian. “I was thinking: hell no, they can’t march here! I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here, it’s not okay.” 

In tribute to her courage, she was named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in 2016 

 

 

2/ Jasmin Golubovska Fighting the Ugly Side of Power  

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2) Jasmin Golubovska, Skopje, Macedonia - 2016 (Photo - Ognen Teofilovski, Reuters)

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During a protest in Macedonia over allegations that the prime minister hid the circumstances around the death of a 22-year-old, Jasmin Golubovska’s stared straight into a policeman’s shield to… apply some lipstick. In an interview about the image that spread worldwide, she said: "In principle I do not use a lot of make-up, I wear red lipstick only when I need to repair the tired look of the systemic suppression of freedom" — an original response to the ugliness of oppression. 

 

3/ Ciara for Scottish Independence

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Just a wee thread of women who truly don't have any time for your shit.

 

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Ciara was just 8 years old when she appeared in this photo on the occasion of a visit from Nicola Sturgeon before the Independence referendum in Scotland. To celebrate her boldness, a Just Giving campaign raised £500 for her 10th birthday. 

 

4/ The Woman with the Eagle Feather 

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During an intense protest against potential fracking near Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada, 28-year-old Amanda Polchies dropped to her knees in front of a wall of heavily armed police, raised a feather and began to pray. 

The image was shared more than 160,000 times in four hours, and became a symbol of the ongoing battle for Native rights over their home territories. 

Read More: Native Girls Rise — How a Generation of Native Women Are Standing Up and Fighting Back

5/ Ethiopian-Israeli Woman Against State Police 

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After a video emerged of an Israeli police officer beating up a soldier of Ethiopian origin, thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest police brutality. More than 135,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel, but integration is a continuous challenge. 

 

6/ Iesha L. Evans Standing to Show #BlackLivesMatter 

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Captured during the #BlackLivesMatter protest in Baton Rouge after the death of Alton Sterling, this image of Iesha L. Evans was celebrated around the world as a symbol of grace and resilience in the face of police brutality. Shortly after the photograph was taken, Evans was arrested, but she did not regret her actions, stating: “this is the work of God. I am a vessel.” 

7/ Two Women Kissing at an Anti-Gay Marriage Protest

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Despite protests from conservative sections of society, gay marriage was made legal in France in 2013. However, those still opposed to the law see the upcoming election as an opportunity to repeal it. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has been accused of burying a pledge to  repeal same-sex marriage in her manifesto,  although she has received high-profile support from some members of the LGBT community. Whatever the results, the ongoing dispute are a reminder to persist. 

 

8/ A Palestinian Girl Who Just Wanted to Go to School 

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The long (and sometimes dangerous) walk to school [PHOTOS]

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For many children, walking to and from school is not such a simple task. In areas ravaged by conflict or disasters – both man-made and natural – the

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In this devastating photo, a Palestinian schoolgirl walks past Israeli border police officers on her way home from school — a powerful reminder of the conflicts that prevent 75 million children worldwide from completing their education.

Read More: Millions of Kids Are Stranded Without an Education

A visual reminder of the power of resistance — these images capture the courage and radical charm of a person who stands her ground. 

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Yosola Olorunshola

Written by Yosola Olorunshola

Yosola Olorunshola is a Communications Officer for Global Citizen. She studied History and French at Oxford University before completing a Masters in Creative Writing. Now based in London, in her spare time she writes fiction and runs a podcast called Diaspora Philes.

 

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AID AND DEVELOPMENT

Republicans and Democrats agree: We shouldn’t cut foreign aid.

March 1 2017 | By: SAMANTHA URBAN

 

THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET

 

The foreign aid budget would be cut by nearly 1/3

The proposed cuts would have a devastating impact. Tell your members of Congress that they need to stand up against these proposals and protect the international affairs budget.

 

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This post is from March 1. For an updated reaction to President Trump’s budget request, click here.

 

Earlier this week, the White House revealed that its first budget proposal would call for a $54 billion increase in defense spending offset by cuts to foreign aid and other programs—even though foreign aid is currently less than 1% of all U.S. spending. We’ve already shared eight quotes from U.S. military officials explaining how misguided that proposal is. Now hear from members of Congress who also have some thoughts on the matter:

 

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee:

 

“I’m very much opposed. So many of those programs are very important. They’re a popular target, but they’re very important.” [http://reut.rs/2mI8snj]

 

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Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.):

 

“[it is] very foolish from a security standpoint to cut diplomacy and foreign aid. I can’t imagine that Secretary Mattis was recommending that they reduce that, and that’s one of the things we would need to get into. Why would the White House not follow the advice of a guy who really knows what he’s talking about?” [http://bit.ly/2lwkMXH]

 

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.):

 

“Foreign aid is not charity. We must make sure it is well spent, but it is less than 1% of budget & critical to our national security.” [http://bit.ly/2mqgF3D]

 

 

 

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.):

 

“Foreign aid must remain an American national security priority. We need these tools in our toolkit!” [http://bit.ly/2l8ILQn]

 

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations:

 

“It’s dead on arrival, it’s not going to happen, it would be a disaster. This budget destroys soft power, it puts our diplomats at risk and it’s going nowhere. When I hear if we cut foreign aid we can balance the budget, it’s just a complete lie. Foreign assistance is an insurance policy. Investing over there, even though we have needs here, makes us safer. When the Trump administration has a budget that basically destroys soft power, it’s unnerving to me, because clearly they don’t understand how soft power is essential to winning the war. It’s a budget proposal that will probably meet the same fate as Obama’s proposals.” [http://wapo.st/2ll10xo]

 

 

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 11, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

 

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.):

 

“Undercutting diplomacy & foreign aid makes our military’s job harder. Trump’s ‘security budget’ completely misses the point.” [http://bit.ly/2mBXwbM]

 

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.):

 

“People seem to think foreign aid is charity. It’s not. It’s given largely in the interest of the United States.” [http://bit.ly/2lwkMXH]

 

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee:

 

“The State Department and USAID are critical national security agencies that keep the American people and our allies around the world safe and secure. So it sounds like the president is proposing cutting our national security budget in ways that would have serious and detrimental effects on our national security posture.” [http://wapo.st/2ll10xo]

 

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations:

 

“If we do development right, then there will be less need to buy bullets. If the proposal is to take the defense spending out of nondefense, you’ll end up with another [short-term bill] for fiscal 2018. We can make some changes there and make some reductions where necessary, but I don’t think we’d be smart to try to increase defense spending on that backs of all these nondefense programs.” [http://bit.ly/2lwkMXH]

 

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.):

 

“Republicans and Democrats agree: cutting America’s foreign aid cuts America’s national security” [http://bit.ly/2m4B7pv]

 

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee:

 

“I think foreign aid is pretty important myself, so I’d like to see what the president has to say. There are some pretty important programs that keep America open for business and that are vital to our national security.” [http://politi.co/2mao8Da]

 

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Senator Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee:

 

“Foreign assistance, just 1% of the federal budget and always bipartisan, advances U.S. interests and values. Slashing foreign assistance would be foolhardy, weakening our leadership and emboldening our adversaries.” [http://bit.ly/2m4B3Gqand http://bit.ly/2mBSeNe]

 

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.):

 

“Soft power helps us achieve diplomatic goals of promoting democracy & high standards worldwide.” [http://bit.ly/2lzY8O1]

 

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Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee:

 

“It is shortsighted to slash foreign aid and diplomacy.  Americans know it is a lot more cost-effective to clean your gutters than it is to ignore the problem until you have water coming in through the roof. President Trump’s lack of foresight could cost Americans dearly.” [http://bit.ly/2m4EvAW]

 

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee:

 

“I am very concerned by reports of deep cuts that could damage efforts to combat terrorism, save lives, and create opportunities for American workers.  The committee will thoroughly review the administration’s foreign affairs budget request when it’s made available to Congress.” [http://bit.ly/2mCM53x]

 

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine):

 

“If you talk to our top military officials, they’ll always tell you that the State Department programs are a form of soft power and are really important as well” [http://politi.co/2mao8Da]

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.):

 

Do you think the Senate could approve a budget that slashes State Department funding by about a third?

 

“Probably not.”

 

“I for one, just speaking for myself, think the diplomatic portion of the federal budget is very important, and you get results a lot cheaper frequently than you do on the defense side. So, speaking for myself, I’m not in favor of reducing what we call the 150 account to that extent.” [http://bit.ly/2lQIQqR]

 

Want to help? Tell your member of Congress to protect the foreign assistance budget!

 

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Interview: ONE chats with Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership

 

March 24 2017  | By: SPENCER CRAWFORD
THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET The foreign aid budget would be cut by nearly 1/3

The proposed cuts would have a devastating impact. Tell your members of Congress that they need to stand up against these proposals and protect the international affairs budget.

 
  

World leaders have committed to defeat tuberculosis (TB), the leading infectious disease killer in the world that infected over 10 million people last year alone – more people than live in the entire country of Sweden. Few are better positioned to ensure this happens than Dr. Lucica Ditiu, the Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership. As a physician who has dedicated her entire career to improving the lives of those most affected by TB, the Romanian-born doctor, researcher, and advocate leads this global partnership of over 1,600 partners committed to a world without tuberculosis.

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Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership (Photo credit: Stop TB Partnership)

Ahead of World TB Day, which is marked annually on March 24, I sat down with Dr. Lucica Ditiu as she passionately explained how she got into public health and TB work, bust dangerous myths about the disease and suggests opportunities for advocates and governments alike moving forward in the disease response:

What specifically drew you to work solely on tuberculosis?

There is one thing about TB that made me seriously consider it: It is the fact that it affects people that are not visible. It is a disease that is spread through air, so we all can be sick. But the biggest majority are those that don’t really have a voice, so you feel like, “I would like to speak for them.” I’m speaking of the poor people, people in remote areas, those that are in one way or another vulnerable. I come from a very basic, simple Romanian family—so I know what this means, when you have to go to a doctor and they don’t even pay attention to you and your disease.

And then I think I actually like very much the numbers. It’s a very logical disease. You start the treatment, in two months you see what’s happened, at four months, at six months, then at six months you have evaluations; it’s finished, go. So it made a lot of sense and I liked it very much. But unfortunately for us, it’s still a very misunderstood disease; we know really little about it even now.

What are some things that people don’t understand about the disease?

One is this myth, you know, a lot of people don’t think TB exists anymore. Two billion people in the world are infected with TB; they are not sick, but it means they carry it. People don’t realize that TB today kills more than HIV and malaria together, because it kills slowly. If we get it and we don’t treat it, we don’t die suddenly. We die over a longer time period, and while we are sick and not treated, we infect a lot of others around us—it’s a disaster, but we don’t die immediately. So people don’t know that there still is TB and that it’s this huge burden.

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Sister Eden regularly visits 50-year-old tuberculosis patient Desta in her home in Addis Ababa to oversee the final months of her TB care. Eden is one of 38,000 community health workers in the country who received training with support from the Global Fund, as part of a nationwide effort to improve access and the quality of health care to the entire population. (Photo credit: John Rae/ONE)

The other myth is people think TB is not their problem, as it is not in their own countries. You can say, “Oh, I don’t care, I live in Washington, D.C., I don’t care.” But it’s airborne, it travels and spreads through air, so anyone is at risk. We don’t really know the real amount of time between when a TB-infected person coughs around you and when you get infected. We used to think it was a month or three weeks; now we have data from several studies showing it can be as little as hours to get infected.

The third myth I want to underline is about the vaccine. You see, there is a TB vaccine, called BCG. I was vaccinated at birth. But the vaccine does not provide protection to anyone over 5-8 years of age. And even for young children it only provides some protection against the most complicated and extensive forms of TB, like TB meningitis.

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USAID assists communities in South Africa with increasing the number of people getting tested for tuberculosis and completing their treatments. Clinic staff, doctors, and community volunteers are trained on early detection and treatment of TB, promoting greater awareness that TB is curable. (Photo credit: USAID)

We have members who are really interested in some of our other infectious disease issues that we care about, like HIV and malaria. And a lot of people don’t know thatthat people living with HIV (PLHIV) are 19 times more likely to fall ill with TB than those without HIV.

In fact, globally, 10-12% of all those with TB are PLHIV. However, in some African countries, the co-infection rate is as high as 80%. In these countries, where you have this kind of co-infection rate, progress cannot be made on HIV/AIDS without pushing against TB . Sadly, people live with HIV now, and they are killed by TB.

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A lung with miliary tuberculosis. (Photo credit: Yale Rosen/Flickr)

How do we build excitement around this issue and what are some things that we can do moving forward, to kind of highlight the importance of TB and the threat it sort of poses?

So there are a few things that we can do. On the excitement, there are some opportunities that we have right now to finally go somewhere with greater political commitment. We have this UN high Level Meeting proposed and planned for 2018, for which Stop TB partnership and especially our chair and vice chair started the movement. We also finally see some great Indian leadership with Prime Minister Modi calling for India to end TB by 2025.

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Ambiya, a 15-year-old girl in Jakarta, Indonesia being treated for drug resistant tuberculosis, through support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. (Photo credit: Global Fund)

We at the Stop TB Partnership work very hard toward ensuring TB rises high on the comprehensive global agendas and conversations. And, in the Secretariat we have two other teams providing anti-TB medicines, diagnostics for TB as well as technical support for procurement and supply. And we have another team, TB Reach, funded by the Canadian government, with additional funding from the Gates Foundation, to fund, encourage and support innovative ways to find the missing cases.

I think anyone can help and be part of a global effort and movement to get rid of TB. ONE members can be of tremendous help to us, even if for only amplifying the TB messages. It is important that you all are aware of TB and what a health crisis it represents today. I keep saying that even if I speak with only five people in a room, it doesn’t matter, because now we’ll have five more people who know about TB and its risks.

The foreign aid budget would be cut by nearly 1/3

The proposed cuts would have a devastating impact. Tell your members of Congress that they need to stand up against these proposals and protect the international affairs budget.

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CULTURE

10 documentaries worth talking about

20 December 2016 5:00PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER

 

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Social movements begin with a conversation. Documentaries provide the perfect platform for dialogue. They serve as powerful tools that bring important topics to the table and inform us about our world in a way that kindles dialogue, and ultimately, larger social movements.

 

So we encourage you to come together and watch one (or ten) of these incredible documentaries and have a discussion about the critical issues of our time.

 

1) He Named Me Malala

 

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot at the age of 15. She currently works as a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

 

HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Jordan/Syrian border. Feb 16, 2014. Credit: Photo by Gina Nemirofsky. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved 

HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Jordan/Syrian border. Feb 16, 2014. Credit: Photo by Gina Nemirofsky. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

 

2) The Carrier

 

Set in a remote Zambian village, THE CARRIER offers a stunning portrait of both a family and community caught in a desperate struggle to Prevent Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and to liberate future generations from the vicious cycle by stopping the AIDS epidemic in its tracks.

 

THE CARRIER Credit: KAT WESTERGAARD 

THE CARRIER Credit: KAT WESTERGAARD

 

3) Virunga 

 

VIRUNGA is a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten.

 

Andre With Gorilla Virunga National Park Credit: Orlando von Einsiedel 

Andre With Gorilla Virunga National Park Credit: Orlando von Einsiedel

 

4) Call Me Kuchu

 

In Uganda, a new bill makes homosexuality punishable by death. CALL ME KUCHU follows the activists working against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives.

 

One of the many front-page stories published by Ugandan newspaper, The Rolling Stone, which terrorised the LGBT community 

One of the many front-page stories published by Ugandan newspaper, The Rolling Stone, which terrorised the LGBT community

 

5) Sweet Dreams

 

SWEET DREAMS follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the 1994 genocide to create a new future for themselves through drumming and ice cream. In the words of Kiki Katese, the founding member of the all-female drumming troupe Ingoma Nshya “Because of our history, people know how to fight against, but not for. We want to change that equation.”

 

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6) E-Team 

 

Anna, Ole, Fred, and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team, the most intrepid division of the respected, international Human Rights Watch organisation. E-TEAM is the personal, intimate story of how they lead their lives as they set out to shine light in dark places and give voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told.

 

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7) Pray The Devil Back to Hell

 

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL chronicles the story of the Liberian women who came together to end war and bring peace to their country. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war.

 

: Liberian women demonstrate at the American Embassy in Monrovia at the height of the civil war in July 2003 Photo Credit: Pewee Flomoku 

Liberian women demonstrate at the American Embassy in Monrovia at the height of the civil war in July 2003                                                                                                   Photo Credit: Pewee Flomoku

 

8) Sepideh

 

Can a young Iranian woman become an astronaut? SEPIDEH: REACHING FOR THE STARS is the story of a remarkable teenage girl named Sepideh who defies societal expectations and courageously works to make her dream come true.

 

Sepideh with Telescope Credit: Paul Wilson

Sepideh with Telescope Credit: Paul Wilson

 

9) The Devil Came on Horseback 

 

THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK follows former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle as he documents the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Upon his return to the US, Steidle campaigns for international intervention and becomes frustrated by the inaction of politicians back home.

 

Brian Steidle with the African Union team 

Brian Steidle with the African Union team

 

10) Double feature: The Act of Killing/The Look of Silence

 

THE ACT OF KILLING follows former Indonesian death squad leaders as they are challenged to re-enact real-life mass killings in the cinematic genres of their choice, from classic Hollywood crime scenarios to lavish musical numbers. We recommend that you watch the “Director’s Cut” version of this film.

 

FISH Credit: Photo by Joshua Oppenheimer (framegrab)

FISH Credit: Photo by Joshua Oppenheimer (framegrab)

 

THE LOOK OF SILENCE serves as a powerful companion piece to THE ACT OF KILLING by initiating and bearing witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence surrounding the 1965 Indonesian genocide. It tells the story of a family of survivors who discover how their son was murdered and the identities of the killers through footage of the genocide perpetrators in THE ACT OF KILLING.

 

Photo by Joshua Oppenheimer (framegrab)

Photo by Joshua Oppenheimer (framegrab)

 

Influence Film Club is a non-profit organisation with an online platform that seeks to engage new and diverse audiences around documentary film. Find resources and documentary recommendations to watch alone or with your film club at Influence Film Club.

 

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