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MARCH 5, 2018

 

 
 
GIRLS & WOMEN

These Subway Cars Are Reserved for Women, But They’re Filled With Men

At rush hour, “it’s basically all men trying to squeeze in,” one rider said.

Ladies first.

At least that was the idea behind the creation of women-only train cars in Guangzhou, China. But nearly nine months after Guangzhou’s subway operator designated women-only cars to help curb sexual harassment, it seems that men are still the ones rushing in, the New York Times reported.

The Guangzhou Metro announced last June that it would begin reserving one car on every train during rush hours for women “to raise awareness about caring for and respecting women," an official said.

The reserved cars were also intended to “stop any chance of women falling victim to harassment while riding the subway," Su Zhongyang, a political advisor to Guangzhou Metro, said.

But it doesn’t seem to have worked.

When the women-only cars were launched, officials anticipated that "couples, friends and families may want to stay together,” meaning that some men riding in the all-women cars were expected. However, riders told the New York Times that the designated cars are packed with passengers, many of whom are male.

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“It’s basically all the men trying to squeeze in,” Lu Lili, a 28-year-old woman, told the New York Times.

Guangzhou is China’s second most populous city — with roughly the population of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined — meaning that public transportation can get particularly packed making it easy for people to get away with inappropriate sexual contact. During rush hour, each car has about 310 passengers, Ye Zichuan, the head of the the publicity department for Guangzhou Metro, told the New York Times.

 

Guangzhou Metro opens the women-only carriage for women passengers in Line 1 during the rush hour to avoid harassment.(Ke Xiaojun/CNSPHOTO)

 
 
 
 

Between 2015 and 2017, 74 incidents of sexual harassment on the Guangzhou Metro were reported, according to the Guangzhou police — though it’s likely that many more instances went unreported.

One woman told the New York Times that she had been groped on the train.

“But because there were so many people, you don’t know who did it, so it’s difficult to call anyone out,” she said. “You don’t dare to make a scene in the car,” she added.

And while the cars are labeled “for women,” Ye said they cannot legally force men out of the designated cars.

In Shenzhen, “women priority” cars launched around the same time as Guangzhou’s “women-only” cars are also packed with male passengers, according to the South China Morning Post. In fact, according to the Beijing Youth Daily, there were nearly twice as many men as women riding in “women priority” cars.

Read more: A Video of a Woman Being Sexually Assaulted on a Moroccan Bus Has Sparked Fury

While the state-run publication, China Daily, controversially said that sexual harassment is a Western problem that has not affected China, the US-based non profit, Stop Street Harassment, found that 70% of Chinese citizens surveyed in 2002 in Beijing said they had been sexually harassed. Nearly 60%said they were harassed on the bus. 

Polls taken before Shenzhen created “women priority” cars also showed that 81.9% of people believe sexual harassment occurs on the train.

Though the all-female cars have been met with mixed response, there is still hope that, if enforced, the cars will have a positive impact on the frequency of sexual harassment.

Global Citizen campaigns in support of women’s rights and gender equality. You can take action here to call on world leaders to amend gender discriminatory policies to prevent sexual violence against women.

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11 DE JUNIO DE 2019

 

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MEDIO AMBIENTE

La 'zona muerta' en el Golfo de México pronto podría crecer más que el tamaño de Massachusetts

"Todo es parte de cómo tratamos nuestro ecosistema".

 

 

Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
La contaminación generada por actividades humanas como la urbanización y la agricultura a menudo terminan en los cuerpos de agua, donde perturban el ecosistema y pueden terminar con la vida marina. Los nutrientes químicos comúnmente utilizados en la agricultura pueden alterar los ecosistemas marinos hasta el punto de crear grandes "zonas muertas" donde ninguna vida puede desarrollarse. Puedes unirte a nuestro movimiento para proteger los océanos y la vida debajo del agua aquí.


Según un nuevo informe, la "zona muerta" en el Golfo de México, donde el oxígeno es demasiado escaso para soportar la vida marina, podría convertirse en una de las áreas más grandes de la historia, según un informepublicado por la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA) el lunes.

 

Las "zonas muertas" ocurren cíclicamente en el Golfo y son causadas por la contaminación excesiva de nutrientes que se abre paso desde los sitios agrícolas a los cuerpos de agua. Este año, se espera que crezca a aproximadamente 7,829 millas cuadradas, o aproximadamente del tamaño de Massachusetts, según informó la NOAA. Sin embargo, un estudio similar publicado por la Universidad Estatal de Louisiana (LSU) la semana pasada, predice que la zona será aún más grande que eso, alcanzando alrededor de 8,717 millas cuadradas, aproximadamente del mismo tamaño que Nueva Jersey.

 

Ambas estimaciones ubican el tamaño de la "zona muerta" de este año apenas por detrás del récord de 8,766 millas cuadradas observadas en 2017. Sin embargo, las predicciones superan el promedio de cinco años de 5,770 millas cuadradas en una cantidad considerable.

 

"Creemos que este será el segundo más grande", dijo a la CNN Nancy Rabalais, ecóloga marina y coautora del informe LSU.

 

La NOAA culpa a las inusuales lluvias intensas de primavera y las enormes cantidades de contaminantes en la escorrentía del agua de lluvia por el alarmante pronóstico.

 
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El agua de lluvia transporta el nitrógeno y el fósforo de los fertilizantes al Golfo de México, donde estimulan el crecimiento de cantidades excesivas de fitoplancton (algas microscópicas). Estos eventualmente mueren y se hunden hasta el fondo del Golfo, donde, a medida que se descomponen, consumen el suministro de oxígeno del agua. Los bajos niveles de oxígeno amenazan a todos los organismos vivos en el cuerpo de agua, creando una "zona muerta", que incluye peces, camarones y cangrejos, una importante fuente de alimentos e ingresos para las personas de la zona.

 

El agua del 41% de los Estados Unidos desemboca en el río Mississippi, que eventualmente se une al Golfo de México. El Servicio Geológico de EE. UU. informó que la descarga promedio del río transportó 156,000 toneladas métricas de nitrato y 25,300 toneladas métricas de fósforo en el Golfo solo en mayo pasado, 67% más que el promedio a largo plazo de las últimas cuatro décadas.

 

La Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos ha empleado un grupo de trabajo para monitorear el problema y varios estados de los Estados Unidos también están trabajando para reducir la cantidad de nutrientes que llegan al Golfo.

 

Si bien se puede hacer poco para reducir el tamaño esperado de la "zona muerta" y revertir el impacto de esta escorrentía de nutrientes en el Golfo este año, los agricultores pueden tomar medidas para evitar una destrucción similar en el futuro. Cambiar a fertilizantes ecológicos y naturales puede ayudar a reducir el riesgo de la cantidad de nitrógeno y fósforo que ingresa al Golfo. Los agricultores también pueden plantar más cultivos como, por ejemplo, el pasto de trigo que tiene raíces más largas y puede retener los nutrientes del suelo más fácilmente.

 

"Todo es parte de cómo tratamos nuestro ecosistema y nuestra naturaleza consumista", dijo Rabalais.

 

"Todo está relacionado con nuestra huella de carbono y el nitrógeno utilizado en la agricultura que se utiliza para alimentar a los animales que no necesitamos comer. Todo está relacionado con la economía mundial y ahora las tarifas y la forma en que se otorgan subsidios a la agricultura".

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MARCH 8, 2018

 

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GIRLS & WOMEN

Afghan Women Will Only Be ‘Empowered’ When They Are Free From Violence

Economic empowerment is the buzzword of the day, but violence still plagues women.

By Ayesha Ahmad

In Afghanistan, “economic empowerment” is a buzzword of the day, most frequently used by starry-eyed donors and development workers as they implement employment schemes, skill-development programs and community participation initiatives throughout the country, all in the name of gender equality.

But what does “empowerment” mean for Afghan women?

While international organizations are focusing on developing programs that help women gain education and employment skills, many local women are busy fighting against the taboo ofrevealing their own name.

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The Where is My Name? campaign has been gaining momentum since it was established by a small group of women in the city of Herat in 2017. It refers to an Afghan tradition that prevents women’s names from being used on official documents. In death, a woman’s identity is buried with her: Her husband’s or father’s name is used on her headstone.

#WhereIsMyName is evidence of a fundamental battle against discrimination, and it reveals an uncomfortable truth about international efforts to “empower” Afghan women.

Financially independent women, or those who ease the economic hardship within a family, may appear to tick the boxes of a functioning, gender-equal society. But the cultural ground that these women walk on still rejects the full weight of their existence.

Read More: 17 Amazing Tweets from International Women’s Day

And while campaigners are fighting for their own identity as Afghan women – women who have names as well as jobs – Western-run programs are focusing on narrow definitions of “empowerment” that fail to address such deep-seated, damaging norms.

Does this mean Afghan women are not being heard by development organizations? Certainly, there are words missing from the dialogue.

Living With Violence

It is vital that economic development programs consider the meaning of power for an Afghan woman, which means freedom from violence.

Afghanistan has extremely high rates of violence against women and girls, a situation perpetuated by a combination of impunity for offenders and the general acceptability of extreme unequal gender norms in the post-Taliban era. The poetry and stories of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project starkly illustrate the woven narrative of violence that follows from birth to death for women and girls.

Read More: "I will never accept defeat" - the Afghan girl defying a community that says women cannot play music

It’s true that tackling gender-based violence is strongly linked to improving the economic basis of women’s lives.

While men commit violence against women of all backgrounds, poverty can increase the risk. Without economic independence, women can be bound to violent domestic settings amid serious wider security threats.

But that does not meant that economic advancement programs will end gender-based violence on their own, nor should it mean that those programs should not try to address violence.

A New Gender Infrastructure

When Afghanistan was under the control of the Taliban, between 1996 and 2001, systematic, instrumental strategies were implemented to omit women from public life, and as a result, the country’s economic development.

The Taliban is no longer in power, but serious challenges remain on both a societal and governmental level; with a recent analysis showing that the Taliban still threatens 70 percent of the country, its restrictions are far from a distant memory.

Today, there is international pressure on the Afghan government to rebuild the rights of women. This requires the construction of an entire infrastructure in which women and girls can freely exist – where they are able to get an education, travel freely and eventually earn a living, free from danger.

This is far from the case now. In November 2017, Kabul University veterinary student Zahra Khwarai killed herself by ingesting rat poison after her thesis was rejected for the eighth time by her supervisor. Her roommates had tried to take her to hospital, but they were not granted permission to leave the premises by the person in charge of the women’s dormitory, who claimed they did not have the required accreditation.

Working Within the System

The fundamental problem with “empowerment” programs is that they try to operate within restrictive gender norms, rather than helping to build a new infrastructure for women’s advancement.

“The fundamental problem with ’empowerment’ programs is that they try to operate within restrictive gender norms, rather than helping to build a new infrastructure for women’s advancement.”

Various organizations and schemes continue to fund women-led businesses, programs to improve women’s livelihoods and increase women’s participation in decision-making. While these programs can generate economic growth within their community, the projects typically fund activities such as vegetable production, sewing clothes or handicrafts that conform to existing gender roles. There is little scope for women to carve out their own identities.

More ambitious programs can also be fraught. In 2015, Promote, a U.S. aid scheme, invested $416 million into programs to strengthen women’s economic development in the form of mentorship, leadership programs and schemes to get more women into the civil service. But it has been questioned whether the 75,000 women it targets will benefit.

Saley Ghaffar, who represents the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan, is a staunch critic of U.S. and NATO’s involvement in the county. She says women are used as “showpieces” by the government to provide the illusion of progress on gender equality.

“Afghan women are navigating their survival in one of the most hostile and dangerous places in the world. That is very powerful.”

A telling example is that of Niloofar Rahmani, Afghanistan’s first post-Taliban female fixed-wing pilot. After undertaking training in the U.S. as part of efforts to increase women’s representation in Afghan security forces, she was impelled to apply for asylum due to a widespread backlash against her public role, resulting in threats not just from extremists, but also from her relatives.

Unearthing the Roots of Violence

Whilst economic development is most certainly one of the routes forward for Afghan women, such attempts will be futile unless the root of violence is unearthed.

In a sense, focusing on women’s economic “empowerment” at all is a misnomer. Women are cut off from society, including the workplace, because of structural violence, not because of a lack of capability or inherent power. Afghan women are navigating their survival in one of the most hostile and dangerous places in the world. That is very powerful.

Theviewsexpressedin this article belong to its author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Women’s Advancement Deeply.

This article is part of “Beyond Empowerment,” a collection of pieces that interrogate the dominant narratives around women’s economic advancement and propose alternative ways of thinking about gender equality. Read more in the series:

But as long as they live under the threat of personal and institutional violence, and as long as they are unable to use their own names, their potential will never be reached.


This article originally appeared on Women's Advancement Deeply. You can find the original here

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EDUCATION

Your World Map Is Wrong. Like, Really, Really Wrong.

Size matters. Boston schools have got new maps - it’ll change the way you think about the world.

Forget everything you know. The world is not as it seems, humanity has been brainwashed by a Flemish mapmaker, and we’re (probably) living in a colonial Matrix. I hope you’re sitting down.

In the last 500 years, a certain kind of map has been used to teach children about our planet. But public schools in Boston have made a big change — and it might alter the way you think about the world.

It’s about power.

Most might recognize the old map from faded school textbooks. It’s called the Mercator projection. In 1569, Gerardus Mercator built a whole world drawn along colonial lines — literally. Every straight squiggle between continents depicts a shipping route for trade, with the biggest economic powers given the space on paper to flex their border biceps. 

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The problem? It’s nowhere near to scale. Europe is not the center of the universe — Mercator just moved the equator. North America is nowhere near that big — although it might feel that way if you watch the news. In reality, South America should be twice the size of Europe. Greenland should be 14 times smaller than Africa and three times smaller than Australia, whilst Alaska appears three times larger than its actual big sibling, Mexico. 

The Mercator projection vastly exaggerates aged imperialist power, at the expense of developing countries and continents like Africa that are shrunk to inferiority. There’s a reason why the Northern Hemisphere is associated with wealth and significance — it’s because it’s literally on top, permanently etched into our subconsciousness as superior from our earliest encounters with learning.

But there is another map. A map that laughs in the face of the old world order, that is scaled without topographical bias, that actually tries to tell the truth. Say hello to our survey saviour: the Gall-Peters projection.

 

Discovering the Western-centric distorted perception of countries & continents by looking at the Gall-Peters Projection.

 
 
 
 

More commonly known as the Peters projection, it was published in 1974 by Dr. Arno Peters. It’s an “equal-area” map, borrowed from the work of 19th century Scotsman James Gall, which means it accurately scales land according to surface area, creating a far more balanced reflection of what the world really looks like. It’s totally free of colonial bias.

All new maps bought by public schools in Boston will be Peters projection. According to Colin Rose, assistant superintendent of opportunity and achievement gaps for Boston public schools, it’s “the start of a three-year effort to decolonize the curriculum in our public schools,” to draw away from the cultural whitewashing of history in places of education.

Read More: What’s in a Map? Facts, Half Truths, and Outright Lies

"Eighty-six percent of our students are students of color," said Hayden Frederick-Clarke, director of cultural proficiency for Boston Public Schools, in an interview with WBUR. “Once students feel like the school isn't being truthful, there's a tendency to shut down and reject information.”

No map is perfect — a two-dimensional reflection of a spherical world will always be flawed. Even the derivation of the world implies vulnerability; it comes from the Latin “mappa”, meaning “napkin”, to describe the surfaces first used to draw them. The Peters projection is not without its blemishes either — it looks like it's got post-diet stretch marks, since there’s just not enough land to effectively translate onto a flat map.

If you’re still not entirely sure what on earth we’re talking about, let The West Wing explain. 

 

“In our society we unconsciously equate size with importance, and even power,” says The West Wing’s Notepad Man. Another official adds: “when third world countries are misrepresented, they’re likely to be valued less.” 

Basically, it’s like Toblerone. If you make something look smaller, everybody will think it’s worth less. If you shrink (admittedly brilliant) chocolate, people lose their minds. It’s an “apocalyptic wasteland”, it’s “dreadful”, it’s the biggest talking point on the internet. But when it’s a continent you might never visit, it’s relegated to the dregs of forgotten dialogue that nobody wants to talk about, thrashing limply with the final season of Scrubs and the American reboot of The Inbetweeners.

The presentation about the Peters Projection Map on the West Wing is the greatest thing ever

— Amy (@amywhoisawesome) February 5, 2017

But the problem extends way beyond the classroom. Incredibly, even Google Maps is stuck on the Mercator projection. When the internet has inherited internal bias, a bad idea can spread like an epidemic. The whispered notion that the West is somehow bigger and better than the rest of the world persists, subtly, sneakily, until suddenly world leaders can transform the invisible precedent into rhetoric that swivels between patriotism and nationalism in reckless lurches. 

Every journey starts with a map. But if you set off on the wrong foot, misdirection can become misadventure. It’s easy to get lost. The hard part is making sure nobody else follows in your footsteps.

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If like us, you want our next Prime Minister to take action for people with a learning disability, why not suggest a question for the Tory leadership debate?

👉 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48547524 👈

We’re going to be ask them to tell us their plans to free people locked away in hospitals.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48547524?fbclid=IwAR3xlRZMnQKkt8gERTlhee-Bbigvj27uTb0wZjgq4pAbDHdfYU7kzAar3Co

 

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TECHNOLOGY

5 African innovators to watch in 2019 and beyond

3 May 2019 3:38PM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES

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The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation have announced their shortlist, and we’re paying close attention to five of the impressive nominees! Talented, ambitious and committed to technological excellence, we’re sure they’ll be making waves over the next year and beyond.

Here’s a look at some of the stand-out individuals and inventions that made the shortlist:

Muzalema Mwanza, Zambia

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Muzalema Mwanza’s creation of a Baby Delivery Kit is making waves. The kit includes the tools that expectant mothers in Zambia are often asked to bring to hospital themselves — including a hygienic sheet, scalpel and sanitary pads.

It will be particularly useful for midwives participating in home births and for midwives working in under-resourced clinics. The Baby Delivery Kit demonstrates how innovation can empower communities.

Mwanza is already leading a team that produces thousands of kits a month. Her commitment to reducing the amount of infections in newborns, coupled with a desire to empower mothers-to-be, show how well-deserved Mwanza’s place on the shortlist for this year’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation really is.

Collince Oluoch, Kenya

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Using your own life experiences to create systems that can improve the lives of others is a skill Collince Oluoch knows well. Through his own experiences as a vaccination volunteer, he was driven to innovate and create a model that would address the shortcomings that he witnessed.

He created Chanjoplus — an impressive online system that helps parents and healthcare workers maintain records and keep children up to date with lifesaving vaccinations. Chanjopolus is even built into Kenya’s national healthcare system, meaning Olouch’s creation is already helping to yield far-reaching, life-saving results.

Although currently in a pilot phase, volunteers are steadily receiving the training that will see Chanjopolus go through its second trial and continue to grow.

Beth Koigi, Kenya

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Beth Koigi created Majik Water in Kenya — a stellar illustration of innovation. Majik Water harvests water from the air to provide water which is affordable, clean and safe for drinking. This is then held in “Water ATM’s” which enable people to ‘withdraw’ the amount of water they need.

Water ATMs are already popular in Kenya, but Magik Water breaks the mould by actively seeking ways to supplement this technology with something affordable. This marks a sharp contrast from the other water ATM suppliers, and reaffirms Beth Koigi’s position on this shortlist.

Anne K. Rweyora, Uganda

Driven by a desire to empower Ugandan women in a sustainable way, Anne K. Rweyora created Smart Haven Technologies. This awesome innovation is centered around the creation of smart, sustainable homes which are built from appropriate yet equally affordable technologies.

Using designs that reduce temperatures indoors, solar water, and locally designed bricks are just a few examples of how Anne and her team are committing to building an environmentally conscious enterprise.

Rweyora’s passion for increasing home ownership among women was born out of her work as a social worker. To increase opportunities for those in areas where they’re building, the team intentionally train more artisans than needed during construction to provide local men and women with free training sessions.

Safiatou Nana, Burkina Faso

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Safiatou Nana is the mind behind SolarKoodo, an impressive moveable solar water pumping system. Her innovation has the potential to change farming completely! Through her mobile pump technology, users are able to pull water from boreholes in off-grid regions where water tables drop very low. SolarKoodo can also be used to electrify homes!

During the dry months in the Sahel region arming can become a near impossible task due to lack of water. Nana’s commitment to improving access to water in these more difficult areas is reflected in SolarKoodo’s design.

Read more about the other innovators on the shortlist, and keep up with developments on the prize here!

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IS THERE A CURE FOR HIV/AIDS?

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve likely seen a few headlines about the AIDS fight—but unlike 30 years ago, it’s been mostly good news. Thanks to developments from doctors, scientists, and researchers, the world is inching closer and closer to finding a cure to HIV/AIDS. However, despite the incredible progress, the fight to end AIDS is still in jeopardy.

So, is there a cure? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. Here’s what you need to know about the “cure” to HIV/AIDS:

THE REAL STATUS ON THE “CURE”

Let’s be clear on what the latest cases of reported “cures” mean. Scientists are careful to describe the current “cure” as a case of “long term viral remission,” meaning that the HIV virus is suppressed, but still present in the body. The patients currently reported as “cured” are off treatment and not experiencing any symptoms.

THE BERLIN PATIENT

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Talk of the first known, sustained cure started with Timothy Brown, known as “the Berlin Patient.”

Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 and in 2007, his HIV went into remission after undergoing a bone marrow stem cell transplant.

Prior to his transplant, Brown had been diagnosed with leukemia. His body wasn’t responding to aggressive chemotherapy, so his doctor came up with the novel idea to swap his vulnerable tissue with healthy stem cells from a donor carrying a rare CCR5 mutation called CCR5-delta 32. CCR5 is a protein receptor that HIV uses as an entry point to the immune system. If someone carries the CCR5-delta 32 mutation, this entry point is blocked off, making it essentially impossible for the carrier to be infected with HIV. Only a very small population of the world has this mutation.

After finding the right donor with this mutation, Brown received the transplant and then stopped taking his ARVs. Brown was observed to see if his HIV would resurge, and after a year, his doctor deemed him HIV-free. In February 2009, the final results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Today, Brown is still off HIV treatment and continues to show no signs of the virus.

THE LONDON PATIENT

Over the next decade, similar attempts to replicate Brown’s results failed—that was until “the London Patient” earlier this year.

While he has chosen to keep his identity anonymous, we know the London patient was diagnosed with HIV in 2003, and then with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012. Like Brown, his body resisted chemotherapy, and as a result, his doctors recommended a stem cell transplant from a donor with the CCR5 mutation, which was conducted in 2016.

After observing him for 18 months, scientists declared the London Patient to be HIV-free. In March 2019, the final results were published in the science journal Nature and made front page news with headlines like “HIV is Reported Cured in a Second Patient.”

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THE FIRST LIVING HIV+ ORGAN DONOR

A few weeks after word was out on the London Patient, the world received more hopeful news.

Nina Martinez became the world’s first living HIV-positive person to donate an organ to an HIV-positive recipient, giving the anonymous patient one of her kidneys. Until recently, the medical world considered it unsafe for someone with HIV to live with only one kidney, but thanks to antiretroviral treatment, those with HIV can be organ donors without the past fear of complications.

 

WHAT IT ALL MEANS

These results are incredibly hopeful and show that new approaches to HIV treatment are slowly becoming increasingly effective. That being said, it’s important to remember that these successes occurred under very special circumstances. The procedures were intended to treat cancer, and they came with a large price tag and an even larger risk. After the Berlin Patient, many of the attempts to replicate his treatment ended with the virus coming back, or with HIV+ patients dying from their cancer. Brown himself almost died because of the toll the procedure took on his immune system.

These discoveries also do not change the current situation for most of the 37 million people currently living with HIV, nearly two-thirds of whom are in sub-Saharan Africa. Given nearly half of all people living with HIV still need access to HIV medication, a rare, dangerous and costly procedure isn’t a realistic solution to the AIDS fight.

This is why the Global Fund, the organization that receives 100% of (RED) dollars, is so important. While the medical community continues to work on finding a safe, cost-effective cure for HIV/AIDS, Global Fund programs in over 100 countries are focused on scaling up access to antiretroviral treatment—the current, closest thing to a cure for people living with HIV. These programs also provide prevention services, care, treatment and education to the people most affected by HIV, which are crucial to limiting the spread of the virus.

We should applaud these discoveries, but we’re not at the finish line yet. AIDS is still a crisis but it doesn’t have to be. When you shop (RED) products on Amazon.com/red, you’re helping to change this.

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💥It is Learning Disability Week time! 💥

🏏Let's talk all things sport and inclusion. 🏓

🏃‍♀️Physical activity is a great way to make new friends and get involved with your local community. 👋

Let our running group show you what we mean.😉

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When Nikita arrived in Shannon Airport in June 2017, he had no idea of the life-changing experience he would have in Fermoy, Co. Cork with the loving Hogan family.

Nikita, now 16, is returning to Ireland for a third time next Tuesday 25 June, following the success last Summer’s health-boosting trip. Nikita, like so many other children living in Chernobyl’s bleak shadow, has had to live with adverse health effects as a result of the deadly 1986 accident.

Nikita has what is now known as a ‘genetic marker’ which he carries with him for generations to come. Abandoned at birth by his parents, Nikita lives in orphanage ‘No. 7’ in Minsk, Belarus along with Maryna who is also hosted by the Hogan family each year.

Nikita spent last Summer with Richard and Sheelagh Hogan, who instantly noticed a boost in the teenager’s health and wellbeing. The Summer Rest and Recuperation Programme gives children, who come from impoverished backgrounds and state-run institutions, a health-boosting reprieve from the toxic environment and high levels of radiation to which they are exposed. During the month-long stay, radiation levels in the children drop by nearly 50% and up to two years is added to their life expectancy.

Foto de Chernobyl Children International.

Foto de Chernobyl Children International.

Foto de Chernobyl Children International.

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On Sunday Symphonic Waves will perform a midsummer concert in Ballinasloe Town Hall, Galway. 
This will be an exciting milestone, marking their first public performance as a full symphony orchestra having recently recruited woodwind, brass and percussion sections. It's set to be an evening to remember!
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Music Generation, Galway County, Galway City & Roscommon Galway and Roscommon ETB

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Clara: HIV shaped me, but it did not stop me

30 November 2018 5:05PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER

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Written by Clara

I tested positive for HIV in 2004. I was working in a HIV counselling centre and I noticed that I was experiencing some of the same symptoms as my patients. I gathered the courage to sneak home an HIV test and tested myself, and my baby, in private.

When I first discovered my HIV status, aged 25, I was worried that I might die. But I was also filled with anger, and a determination to fight back. I refused to leave my child motherless.

At first, my doctor refused to put me on HIV treatment because I did not outwardly appear sick, but inside I felt I was draining away. I lost stamina to the point that I could not lift up my one-year-old daughter.

I had to travel 400km to get my immune system levels tested. When the test showed how weak my immune system was, I was allowed to begin HIV treatment.

HIV affects all of aspects of your life. It is not just about you, but your loved ones as well.

My husband and my daughter, who are also HIV positive, both suffered from drug-resistant TB. As a wife and mother who was nursing them, I experienced the horror of dealing with this killer disease. And every time I got the flu, I thought I might be next.

Social stigma and gender inequality compound the impact of HIV in Malawi. I have worked with many women whose husbands blame them for bringing HIV into the home and divorce them when they find out they are HIV positive. And even though it is now illegal, some communities still practice ‘sexual cleansing’ where a woman must have sex as a cleansing ritual after becoming a widow.

I’ve faced stigma myself. When my community first found out about my status, my own neighbour would not talk to me. But when she was sick and needed help, I was the one who took her to hospital.

My experience made me want to help others – to stop them from going through the same struggle. Thanks to funding from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, I have been able to access free lifesaving medicine and my life is very different than it could have been.

Thanks to the medicine, I also have a second child – who is HIV negative.

Now I am channelling my energies into helping others.

I am the National Coordinator of International Community of Women Living with HIV, Malawi Chapter. I help others who are in similar situations to the one I was in 14 years ago. My work is about helping women living with HIV address the challenges they face in their own lives and also campaigning on national issues to make sure the Malawian Government deliver on their health commitments.

My story is not just one of ill-health, but one that shows how women are taking charge of their own destinies. Working together we can create change so that my daughter, and all our daughters, will not face the same challenges that I did.

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On Sunday Symphonic Waves will perform a midsummer concert in Ballinasloe Town Hall, Galway. 
This will be an exciting milestone, marking their first public performance as a full symphony orchestra having recently recruited woodwind, brass and percussion sections. It's set to be an evening to remember!
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Music Generation, Galway County, Galway City & Roscommon Galway and Roscommon ETB

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It is National Selfie day and we want to see your best selfies! 😎 
Use those creative skills and make them sport themed.  
Why not even see if you can add in the #LDWeek19hashtag! 😜 
We know you know how to work that selfie game. 😉#SelfieDay

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Kind-hearted Cork couple to give two Chernobyl kids summer of a lifetime

The two siblings endured abuse and neglect in their early childhood

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0_Inga-and-her-siblings-now-have-a-lovinInga and her siblings now have a loving and caring home (Image: Chernobyl Children International)

Two Chernobyl children will be visiting Cork this summer for some rest and recuperation.

Last Christmas their stories touched the hearts of Ireland- highlighting abuse and neglect that the two siblings received in their early childhood. 

The mistreatment that 12-year old Inga and her 9-year old younger brother Bogdan endured led to them needing to steal food from local shops just so they could survive.

 
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27/6/2018 A group of 145 special needs children from orphanages and homes in the Chernobyl affected regions of Belarus, flew into Shannon Airport today. Among them were Photos Liam Burke Press 22 (Image: Liam Burke Press 22)

When they were found by the Irish charity - Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International (CCI) - they had been beaten abused, malnourished. and terrified. 

The charity took immediate action placing the Inga and her brother in a loving home with foster parent Luda and Sergey Sobolevy.

Alfie and Marcie Streete, who lead CCI’s Cork Outreach Group, felt compelled to support the children by giving them a health-boosting stay in their loving family home.

 

“It’s heartbreaking to think about what these children have been through. We can’t undo the distress that they’ve been through…but we can help to give them very happy memories and support them to ensure that they never have to endure such hardship again. It’s all thanks to the generosity of people at our fundraisers that make this possible.” said Alfie.

 
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The CCI Cork Outreach Group fundraise year round to bring the children to Ireland in Summer and Christmas(Image: Liam Burke Press 22)

Speaking ahead of the group’s arrival, Voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International Adi Roche said:

“Our wonderful volunteers have opened their hearts and their homes to these children every summer. These are children who so desperately need our help. While the Chernobyl accident happened 33 years ago, the consequences last forever”. 

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Today marks United Nations World Refugee Day.

The 1986 Chernobyl disaster resulted in 400,000 people from the affected regions becoming the first ever environmental refugees...displaced from a land that remains too toxic to safely sustain human inhabitance. 2,000 towns and villages were deserted and bull-dozed into the ground.

7 million people’s lives were changed forever on that fateful day. 5.5 million people across Belarus, Ukraine and Western Russia - including more than a million children - continue to live in highly contaminated zones.

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EDUCATION

This Amazing Teacher Is Helping Her Refugee Students Shape Their Own Stories Through Poetry

Global Citizen meets Kate Clanchy, from an Oxford school where pupils speak over 30 languages.

Why Global Citizens Should Care 
Education is essential to reaching your potential, no matter who you are or where you've come from. Global Citizen campaigns in support of the UN's Global Goals, including campaigning to ensure that children who are refugees or migrants, or growing up in conflict zones, can access education and achieve their potential. Join the movement by taking action here to support Global Goal 4 for education. 

 

In the east of the university city of Oxford is a school, the Oxford Spires Academy. Despite its glamorous name, however, the school is a state comprehensive where students speak more than 30 languages between them. 

Nevertheless, and thanks in large part to the tireless dedication of one woman, the school has been putting itself on the map — through poetry. 

Kate Clanchy, who was born in Glasgow and grew up in Edinburgh, is the school’s writer in residence. She has spent the past decade teaching poetry to children — predominantly children from refugee and migrant backgrounds — to help them gain confidence and empower them to shape their own narratives. 

 
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“I think it’s particularly important for migrants to tell their story and have control of their story,” she tells Global Citizen. “Their stories get taken from them when they arrive because they have to tell a version of the story when they’re entering the country. They can’t deviate from that, and I think that’s extremely hard.” 

“Very often they’re talking in another language, they’re in fear, and their story is being distorted in different ways,” she says. “So I think for migrants to have control of their story and to have a good way of telling their story is very important.” 

Oxford Spires is home to pupils from all over the world, says Clanchy, meaning that there isn’t really a “majority”. The school has many asylum seekers, she says, with “refugees from war and refugees from poverty.”

 

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But, given their disrupted and at times violent backgrounds, many of the children arrived at the school with a whole host of unspoken experiences, memories, and histories. For Clanchy, she was worried about letting the children’s experiences remain hidden, untold, and festering. 

“The more terrible the place they have fled, the more likely they are to have seen things that leave an awful, lingering sense of shame,” Clanchy writes, in a Long Read for the Guardian. And so she turned to poetry for a solution.

When she first began teaching at the school, according to Clanchy, she had believed that speaking English as a second language would put the pupils at a disadvantage when it came to creative writing. 

But her first pupils surprised her, creating a series of beautiful poems that spoke heartbreakingly of the countries and homes that so many of them had left behind. 

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“I think poetry is especially important to many, many traditions,” she says, describing how many of the pupils’ cultural experiences actually enhanced rather than hindered their storytelling ability. “Poetry’s very important to Afghans, especially Afghan women. They speak poetry to each other, they play poetry games. It’s really, really important.” 

“So if you can give them a way of making their poems in English, telling their stories in English, or just doing it in Arabic, I think that’s a really important and helpful thing to do,” she adds. 

 

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In fact, the poetry being produced by many of her pupils was of such high quality that Clanchy decided they deserved some recognition, and the opportunities that would come hand in hand with that. 

That’s why, in 2013, Clanchy launched a poetry group for a small number of “very quiet foreign girls”, officially named the Other Countries Poetry Group. She gathered some of the most promising poets from across the school, bringing the group together every Thursday lunchtime to talk and to write their poems. 

“This was girls, and they were all quite recent migrants and I was really wanting to see how far they could go,” says Clanchy. “I had a theory that recent migrants might be better poets, that they might be hearing the language differently.” 

Put briefly, Clanchy’s plan worked. Over the next five years, the girls in the group grew in confidence, grew in ability, and started to shape their own narratives in a way that was very soon being recognised with prizes and awards across the country. 

“That was a few years ago and now I do lots and lots of different groups, and what I try to do is make the groups work for the kids that are in front of me,” continues Clanchy. “But those particular girls were an early focus. They taught me a lot.” 

Since then, she’s been able to see her first girls flourish. One of them, says Clanchy, is now a barrister. Another got four As at A-level and is now at St Andrew’s University studying languages, English and creative writing. One of them is at Goldsmiths now on a refugee scholarship, while another is doing her final year studying politics at Reading. The other two are now studying education. 

“They don’t need to have poetry as a focus, they don’t need to become writers, it just gives them a different kind of confidence,” she adds. “It’s there in their lives and they read and they still write, and it’s helped them to gain confidence and change. I just think it’s something they’re entitled to have.” 

 

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In 2018, pupils at Oxford Spires — led by Clanchy — published a poetry anthology entitled England: Poems From a School that was met with national acclaim. It's a portrait of England, as experienced by children who have made the country their new home. You can find out more about the creation of the anthology, and some of the poems featured in it, here

But, she highlights, there was never a “grand plan," instead the poetry, the publications, and the success is something that has just “evolved as we’ve gone along.” 

“It’s become a focus because we succeed and we win,” she says. “It’s like how you get schools that are very good at cricket, we’re very good at poetry.”

In fact, she says, the head boy and the head girl for the past five years at the school have been competition winning, committed poets, and that’s why they’ve been named as leaders of their peers.

“The school’s been through lots of different journeys, but it is very civilised, it is very lovely,” adds Clanchy. 

“I think it’s very important for refugee kids to come to a local school and a local school that’s welcoming,” she says. “Because the school is the community, and the school is England.”

She adds: “My students come to a multicultural school which is very civilised and a kind place, and it allows them to speak, and poetry allows them to speak, and their whole education allows them to speak, and be heard, and to hear each other.” 

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