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NOV. 29, 2017

 

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WATER & SANITATION

This NFL Star is Tackling Period Stigma — And Helping Homeless Women

He’s resisting period stigma and helping his sister provide sanitary products to homeless women.

As an offensive lineman for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, Joshua Garnett excels in one of the most macho cultures in the US, but he’s using his platform to tackle an issue long treated as too gross or too uncomfortable for men to talk about — periods and menstrual hygiene.

Garnett has teamed up with his sister Rachel’s organization Kitty Packs to help homeless women who experience “free bleeding,” which is what happens when a woman is unable to access expensive sanitary pads or tampons to manage her period.

Kitty Packs provides free menstrual hygiene kits to women in New York City’s homeless shelters who cannot afford clean hygiene products. More than 4,000 single adult women stayed in city shelters on Nov. 27 alone.

Take Action: #ItsBloodyTime to End the Taboo Around Menstruation

 

 
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It’s not an issue men tend to discuss, but Garnett, who studied human biology at Stanford, wants to change that.

“Football players are thought to be about as manly as it gets,” he wrote in Upworthy. “So I’m here to tell you: It’s not un-manly to talk about menstruation.”

Read more: This Pad Ad Shows Period Blood as It Is. Here's Why That's Very Important

On average, women in the US spend about $120 per year on sanitary products and another $20 to manage cramps and other side effects.Homeless women often forego safe and sterile products and instead use home-made — and unhealthy — means for absorbing their menstrual blood, like tissues, paper towels, or dirty clothes.

 

Global Citizen campaigns on providing access to safe menstrual hygiene products to all women and combating period taboos worldwide. You can take action here.

In addition to donating money and period supplies, Garnett is encouraging men to check their own period biases and knee-jerk reactions to menstrual hygiene.

Read more: Indian Girl, 12, Kills Herself After Being Shamed for Having her Period

“Do away with the idea that you can’t pick up a pack of tampons at the store,” he said. “Don’t make a face when your friend mentions their cycle.”

“The more comfortable we get with menstruation, the better equipped we are to fight free bleeding."

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FINANCE & INNOVATION

Volkswagen Says It Will Make Every Single One of Its Cars Electric by 2030

The company is still overcoming the turmoil surrounding an emissions scandal.

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Volkswagen isn’t particularly known for known for environmental sustainability.

In fact, the company is better known for refusing to give up fossil fuels — it’s still embroiled in a 2015 crackdown on its efforts to evade emissions standards.

But now the German automaker wants to turn a corner.

By 2025, Volkswagen plans to offer 80 pure electric and hybrid vehicles, and by 2030 it wants to offer a pure electric or hybrid version for all 300 of its models across all of its brands, according to Fortune.  

That means all Porsches, Bentleys, Audis, and Lamborghinis will be available in electric options.

Read More: 139 Countries Could Move to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Global Citizen campaigns on the Global Goals, which call for fully sustainable and emissions-free societies. You can take action on these issues here.

The conglomerate is making huge capital investments into this project, according to Fortune. Nearly $60 billion will be spent on procuring battery capacity and $25 billion will be spent on electrification.

Ultimately, Volkswagen recognizes that fossil fuel vehicles are on the way out.

"We are not being arbitrary. We are listening to the voice of reason,” Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller said ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.  

The turn toward electric cars is being taken by brands throughout the auto industry. Volvo, for instance, plans to only build electric vehicles by 2019. Renault-Nissan, meanwhile, recently surpassed Tesla as the leader of electric vehicles sold worldwide.

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There’s also significant pressure from the state level to make the switch. Tough and escalating global emissions standards have forced automakers to pursue cleaner vehicles and many countries have declared their intention to fully ban fossil-fuel based cars in the future.

France and the UK, for example, are banning all petroleum and diesel cars by 2040, and China, the world’s biggest consumer of cars, is in the process of banning the sale of these cars as well.

Improved technology and falling prices have also made the transition easier.

Read More: Elon Musk Vows to Build World’s Biggest Lithium Battery for Clean Energy in 100 Days

These changing market forces are ultimately remaking the automotive landscape and will play a big role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

Electric vehicles are still vastly outnumbered by fossil fuel-dependent cars. But that gap closes each year as consumers see the value in electric and companies see that it’s the only viable path forward.

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11 DE JULIO DE 2019

 

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ALIMENTOS Y HAMBRE

Los aguacates y el café aumentan el riesgo de la inseguridad alimentaria mundial, según un estudio

La demanda de estos alimentos obliga al monocultivo.

 

 

Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
Más de 800 millones de personas padecen hambre en todo el mundo. Ponerle fin al hambre en el mundo para 2030 es uno de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de la ONU, y una de las formas clave para enfrentar la pobreza extrema y apoyar el medio ambiente es mantener la biodiversidad agrícola. Únete a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre temas relacionados aquí.


Según un estudio publicado en la revista científica Global Change Biologyesta semana, la alta demanda de aguacates, café y cítricos en los países occidentales está causando un aumento de la inseguridad alimentaria en todo el mundo.

 

"Los agricultores están trabajando más cultivos que requieren polinización, como frutas, nueces y semillas oleaginosas, porque hay una demanda creciente para ellos y tienen un valor de mercado más alto", le dijo a The Independent David Inouye, coautor del estudio.

 

Los investigadores analizaron los datos de cultivos recopilados por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación de 1961 a 2016. El estudio encontró que el bajo número de poblaciones de especies de insectos polinizadores podría ser un indicio de que los rendimientos de la producción de cultivos están en un nivel bajo o están disminuyendo en total.

 

En general, la biodiversidad agrícola ha disminuido en todo el mundo, y los agricultores están recurriendo al monocultivo, que está cultivando solo un tipo de cultivo repetidamente en un área específica, para atender la abrumadora demanda de productos seleccionados. La soja, la colza (que se usa para el aceite de canola) y las palmeras se encuentran entre los cultivos más frecuentes en los monocultivos.

 

Estos cultivos son una fuente de alimento poco confiable para los insectos porque las especies polinizadoras solo pueden obtener nutrición de ellos durante su corto período de floración. Las poblaciones de insectos están disminuyendo a nivel mundial, lo que se ve agravado por el uso excesivo de fertilizantes.

 

"Este estudio señala que estas tendencias actuales no son excelentes para los polinizadores, y los países que diversifican sus cultivos agrícolas se beneficiarán más que los que se expanden con solo un subconjunto limitado de cultivos", explicó Inouye.

 

A medida que los números de población de especies polinizadoras continúan disminuyendo, es menos probable que los agricultores cosechen cultivos dependientes de polinizadores viables. El fracaso de estos cultivos sin duda contribuirá a una mayor inseguridad alimentaria en todo el mundo, que actualmente afecta a más de 800 millones de personas.

 

La falla de la cosecha probablemente tendrá el mayor impacto en las regiones más pobres, pero cada parte del mundo se verá afectada por sus efectos en alguna capacidad, según el estudio. Se encontró que los cultivos más inestables se encontraban en países de América del Sur, como Brasil, Argentina, Paraguay y Bolivia, donde se está produciendo una deforestación rampante para hacer espacio para el cultivo de granjas de soja.

 

El aumento global de la producción de soja es "problemático", dijo el profesor Marcelo Aizen, líder del estudio. "Numerosos hábitats naturales y seminaturales, incluidos bosques tropicales y subtropicales y praderas, han sido destruidos para los campos de soja", continuó.

 

El cultivo excesivo de palmeras, cultivadas por su aceite, en Malasia e Indonesia mostró resultados similares.

 
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A medida que el desarrollo urbano continúa reduciendo el tamaño de las tierras agrícolas, otros países, como el Reino Unido, también se han vuelto excesivamente dependientes de los polinizadores, incluidas las abejas, las avispas y las mariposas, debido al intercambio de cosechas de arroz y trigo por cultivos más demandados que dependen en gran medida de la polinización. Alemania, Francia, Dinamarca y Finlandia también están sufriendo los efectos de la transición a cultivos dependientes de polinizadores.

 

Los investigadores dijeron que esperan que sus hallazgos empujen a los legisladores a contrarrestar estos procesos agrícolas al limitar el uso de insecticidas y exigir la plantación de franjas de flores y otras especies para apoyar a las especies polinizadoras. Los consumidores también pueden ayudar a compensar estos efectos comprando artículos que promueven la biodiversidad, como el café orgánico.

 

"La conclusión es que si están aumentando los cultivos de polinizadores, también se necesita diversificar los cultivos e implementar una gestión amigable con los polinizadores", dijo Inouye a The Independent.

 

Sin este equilibrio, es poco probable que se logre el objetivo de las Naciones Unidas de ponerle fin al hambre en el mundo para 2030.

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Meet our volunteers: Chidinma and Rita

27 June 2019 11:54AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES

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Welcome to the second Meet Our Volunteers blog! In this series we’re introducing you to our ONE Volunteers around the world to shed light on the incredible work that our Youth Ambassadors, Champions and Campus members do.

This month, we were thrilled to sit down with Chidinma — a ONE Champion in Nigeria, and Rita — a ONE Youth Ambassador in the Netherlands.

Read on to learn more about these inspiring individuals and find out how you can get involved too.

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Rita, ONE Youth Ambassador in the Netherlands (left) and Chidinma, ONE Champion in Nigeria (centre).

How did you get involved with ONE?

Chidinma: The first time I heard about ONE was during the partnership with Big Brother Naija in 2017 to promote the #GirlsCount campaign. The winning contestant was promised the opportunity to speak at the United Nations General Assembly that year and it was fulfilled. At that point, I believed ONE was an organisation to be trusted. I am grateful to have had the opportunity of being a ONE Champion since 2018 and be a part of the global community of accountable members who are dedicated to fighting against extreme poverty. This has always been my passion.

Rita: The reason I decided to become a part of the ONE community is because of the injustice I see on a daily basis across the world. I think it’s very unfair that some people experience injustices. The opportunity to raise my voice against these injustices is a great way to help.

What’s been your proudest moment as a volunteer with ONE so far?

Chidinma: I would sincerely love to put on the record that ONE has given me so many life-changing, significant memories during my journey as a Champion. So far, my proudest moment as a volunteer would be when I was selected to represent ONE at the second Pan African Youth Forum at the African Union Commission HQ, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this April. This opportunity is dear to my heart because I had the honour of meeting dynamic youths from different regions who are solely interested in making the world a better place for all.

Rita: By far my proudest moment as a Youth Ambassador for ONE is when I went to European Parliament in Brussels for meetings last year. I saw volunteers gather from all over the world. Being part of one group together, discussing the key issues around fighting for equal rights. Being surrounded by amazing and inspiring people gave me the best feeling in the world. I am profoundly grateful for that experience.

What’s the one thing you would advise other youth campaigners to do?

Chidinma: Youths are the future of any society but the future we desire may not be achieved if we do not chart the right course today. It is essential for youths to get involved in activism because if we accept the wrong things at present, the wrong seeds sown may be ours to reap when the older population gives way. Together with our vigour and numbers, we can use our voices to advocate for a world where justice and equality are the priority. If we are resilient, the world has no choice but to hear us. We are not just the future, we are the present!

Rita: I would advise other youth campaigners to dare to not be shy — think outside the box. If you think you have an amazing idea discuss it with people, with other volunteers, with friends and so on. Nothing is too crazy!

Want to get involved too? Sign up to become a ONE Member now!

ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.

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The Disability Benefits Consortium has launched a new report into the impact of benefit changes on disabled people. The more disabilities a person has, the more they lose out. 

Their research shows someone who has six or more disabilities loses over £2,100 each year on average, whereas someone with one disability loses around £700 each year.

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These laws have made the world a better place for women

11 July 2019 11:12AM UTC | By: ONE

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Part Two of a two-part series on looking at gender equality before this year’s G7 summit. Part One looks at the sexist laws that have no place in the world.

There’s still plenty of shocking, sexist, and discriminatory laws around the world. These laws restrict women’s rights to work, live, and be safe. From legalised rape to domestic violence, child marriage to child labour, discriminatory laws punish millions of women and girls worldwide, every day.

While it’s important to highlight the horror, we must also celebrate the successes.

In many countries, great strides are being made to reverse these antiquated, sexist laws, and put in place progressive new ones. These shifts are often driven by local women’s groups, public activists (like you!), and support from bilateral and international institutions.

With these shifts in mind, we call on the G7 leaders to learn lessons from these victories and encourage all countries to take a stand in achieving gender equality by introducing progressive new laws. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.

If the G7 is looking for tips on how to change the law to better secure gender equality, here are just a few examples from the past ten years that they can learn from:

Legal rights – six countries give women equal legal rights as men – Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Sweden. A decade ago, none of these countries did so!
Combatting gender-based violence – In Burundi, the Comoros, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Zambia, laws were finally introduced on workplace sexual harassment AND domestic violence.
Getting equally paid – 13 countries—Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, the Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Libya, Mauritius, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, Vietnam and Zambia—introduced laws mandating equal remuneration for work of equal value.
Right to work – 22 countries removed restrictions limiting women’s rights to work, reducing the likelihood that women are kept out of employment.
Having children – 16 countries increased paid maternity leave, and 33 countries introduced paid paternity leave.
Starting a business – the Democratic Republic of Congo introduced a new law which allows women to register businesses, open bank accounts, and sign contracts in the same way as men.
Access to credit – The Democratic Republic of Congo also prohibited gender discrimination in access to credit, as did 23 other countries.
Living rights – Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Togo all changed their laws to allow women to choose where to live in the same way as men.

It may seem crazy that these laws were ever in place, or that we’re celebrating these victories, but it’s the reality that millions of women face each day. At the G7 Summit in August, we have a chance to do something about this. Will you stand in solidarity with these women and ensure this year’s G7 delivers real progress, not empty promises, in the battle for gender equality?

Share your ideas for a law for gender equality now!

Take action for women everywhere

Dear World Leaders,

We are the women at the frontlines of the fight against gender inequality and global poverty.

Every day we see the determination and dignity of girls and women facing down the toughest challenges. We see real advances and the power of people to achieve change. We won’t surrender this fight, but we need you to play your part.

You promised to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030, but at the current rate of progress, this will take 108 years. This is unacceptable. We need genuine progress, not grand promises.

We want implementation and accountability at every level - from this year’s G7 Summit to the Global Fund Replenishment; from our African Union leaders to our community leaders. We will be looking for your actions not your words; for funding to follow promises; and policy to turn into practice. It’s both the right and the smart thing to do for everyone.

To accelerate progress men must demand change with us so that we rise united not divided. And women must have a seat at the decision-making table – because you can’t change what you don’t see.

We’re not looking for your sympathy, we’re demanding your action. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.

Yours,

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We teamed up with AirAsia to create the INSPI(RED) Burger—a mouth-watering, AIDS-fighting, inflight meal crafted by (RED) Chef Ambassador Hong Thaimee.

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HIV/AIDS

3 reasons the Global Fund is leading the fight against AIDS

16 July 2019 8:57PM UTC | By: KATIE RYAN

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Since the peak of the global AIDS epidemic, the world has made impressive strides in the fight to end the disease. New data shows us that over the last year fewer people are dying from AIDS-related illnesses and millions more people are accessing treatment. But the same data also shows us that progress has slowed.

So what do we make of this? Continued progress shows us that the fight against AIDS is one we have the power to win, but AIDS is still a crisis and we need to accelerate momentum to fight the disease.

The good news is that we have the tools to do this. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is one of our most powerful resources in the fight against AIDS. Together with governments, citizens, and other international partners, the Global Fund works to prevent, treat and eliminate HIV/AIDS in the hardest hit countries.

Here are three reasons the Global Fund and its partners are stepping up the fight against AIDS, and how they’re doing it.

1) 1.7 million people contracted HIV in 2018.

While the number of people newly infected with AIDS is decreasing year over year, it’s not decreasing fast enough. We have the tools to prevent HIV transmission but we need to make sure everyone who needs them has access to them.

For example, pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a single pill that can be taken daily by HIV-negative people to reduce their risk of infection. When taken consistently, PrEP and condoms have been associated with a rapid decline in new HIV infections, particularly in high-risk populations.

Also, antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the chance that an HIV-positive person will pass the virus to someone else by 97% and helps them live longer, healthier lives.

Finally, when it comes to HIV prevention, knowledge is power. This is particularly true for adolescent girls who are at greater risk than boys their age in the hardest hit countries. Dropping out of school significantly increases girls’ risk of contracting HIV.

The Global Fund and its partners are helping scale up these tools, providing PrEP to high-risk groups, increasing access to ART, and finding innovative ways to ensure girls have the knowledge they need to stay HIV-free. For example, the “Keeping Girls in School” peer education program in South Africa empowers trainers like Sempiwe to provide counselling, HIV prevention education and academic support to girls her age at their homes.

2) 770,000 people died of AIDS-related causes in 2018.

AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by more than 55% since their peak in 2004. But today, with access to treatment, an HIV-positive person can expect to have the same lifespan as someone who is HIV-negative. With tools like these, no one should have to die of AIDS-related causes. Yet, due to inequities in access, marginalised populations, like adolescent girls, and criminalised populations, such as sex workers, people who inject drugs, and men who have sex with men in countries where these activities are deemed illegal by law, continue to be left behind.

As the second largest donor for HIV/AIDS, the Global Fund’s financing and influence with national governments and stakeholders ensures that those most vulnerable to infection and most in need of services are reached.

3) Over 23 million people were on treatment for HIV in 2018.

Over half of people living with HIV are accessing the treatment they need to live long and healthy lives. But to end the AIDS epidemic, treatment needs to be accessible and affordable to all who need it and we have a ways to go to ensure that’s happening.

The Global Fund is paving the way. In 2017, Global Fund-supported programs provided antiretroviral therapy (ART) to 17.5 million people in 2017. One of those people is Yalfal, from Ethiopia. Yalfal was pregnant, HIV-positive and living in the streets of Addis Ababa when she was connected with a health worker who helped her receive ART and found her a support group. Thanks to treatment and medical care, her baby was born HIV-free!

The Global Fund

To make sure it can continue its critical work, the Global Fund will be hosting its Sixth Replenishment conference in October. They’re asking world leaders and private investors to come together and help save 16 million lives over the next 3 years by investing a minimum of US$14 billion.

This is the bold ambition the world needs to get us on track to stop the spread of diseases like AIDS — and it’s why we’re calling on world leaders to #StepUpTheFight by fully financing the Global Fund.

Add your name now to tell world leaders they must back this bold initiative this year.

Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

Dear government and business leaders,

We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.

 

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MILWAUKEE! Want to #stepupthefight to help #ENDAIDS? Join us this Friday! We're having our second summer social, getting together to talk about our upcoming events, training and other ways you can get involved. Want to meet the local team and enjoy music by ACU2? Sign up below-->

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Apple’s New Emojis Celebrate Diversity, Increase Representation for Disability Community

The new emojis include a service dog, prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, and an ear with a hearing aid.


Why Global Citizens Should Care
There are 1 billion people in the world who live with disabilities, yet they are one of the most underrepresented communities. As part of its Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, the United Nations is working to reduce the inequality of all marginalized groups, including people with disabilities, through empowerment and promotion of inclusion at all levels. Join us in taking action on related issues here

In honor of World Emoji Day, Apple revealed new additions to its emoji collection on Wednesday, which will feature more diverse offerings specifically intended to increase representation for people with disabilities. 

Around 20 emojis will be added to the collection, with 13 representing the disability community, including a service dog, prosthetic limbs, a wheelchair, a man and woman signing that they are deaf, and an ear with a hearing aid. 

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"Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple's values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard," the company said in a statement.

The tech company submitted a proposal for the new set of emojis to Unicode Consortium — the nonprofit organization responsible for approving new emojis — in March 2018 in an effort to be more inclusive of people who are blind or have low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, or living with physical motor or hidden disabilities. Apple also said that it consulted with leading organizations for people with disabilities before finalizing the proposal. 

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Read More: Barbie Gets More Inclusive With the Help of a 13-Year-Old Disability Advocate

“Emoji are a universal language and a powerful tool for communication, as well as a form of self-expression, and can be used not only to represent one's own personal experience, but also to show support for a loved one,” the company said, explaining the importance of diverse emojis in its proposal.

Kristina Barrick, a spokesperson for Scope — a UK charity providing support to and dispelling misconceptions about people with disabilities — lauded the move as a step in the right direction towards authentic representation for the global disability community. 

"We've had ghosts, robots, a poo with a face and even 10 empty squares to choose from, so it's about time emojis started to better represent the 15% of the global population who are disabled," she told CNN

Apple has emphasized that the new emojis depicting people with disabilities are not representative of the entire population, but serve as a starting point which can be built upon. 

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Director of external affairs at the National Organization on Disability, Priyanka Ghosh, said the characters could provide other companies and businesses a way to promote more sensitive and accepting environments for employees with disabilities. 

Read More: Paralympian Praises ‘Extremely Important’ Moment as South Africa Signs Historic Disability Agreement

“These new emojis will enable 1 billion people with disabilities around the world to more fully and authentically express themselves,” she said in a statement to NBC News.

“Perhaps corporate America can also seize upon these new icons to embed disability seamlessly into their everyday lexicons, enabling employees to better communicate with each other and build more disability-inclusive cultures.” 

As part of the initiative to promote inclusion, the “Holding Hands” emoji is also being updated, offering over 75 combinations of gender and skin-tone combinations. The new additions to the emoji family will be available for use with iOS 13 in the fall. 

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15 DE JULIO DE 2019

 

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20 millones de niños perdieron la posibilidad de vacunarse en 2018, según un informe

La cobertura de vacunación se ha mantenido igual durante casi 10 años.

 

 

Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
Los esfuerzos de inmunización global son una de las iniciativas más importantes que se necesitan para alcanzar el Objetivo Global 3 sobre buena salud y bienestar para todos. Las vacunas seguras y eficientes como las MMR o HPV son la mejor manera de evitar los brotes de enfermedades terribles prevenibles por vacunación. Únete a Global Citizen y toma acción ahora.

 

De acuerdo con datos publicados recientemente, más de 20 millones de niños perdieron la posibilidad de inmunizarse con vacunas vitales como las que previenen el sarampión, la difteria y el tétanos.

 

Los datos, producidos por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y UNICEF, proporcionan una actualización anual sobre las estimaciones de la cobertura de inmunización a nivel mundial. Las cifras muestran que las tasas de vacunación se han estancado debido al conflicto, la desigualdad y la complacencia.

 

El informe indica que la cobertura de vacunación global de tres dosis de difteria, tétanos y tos ferina (DTP3) y una dosis de la vacuna contra el sarampión se ha estancado en aproximadamente el 86% desde 2010.

"Las vacunas son una de nuestras herramientas más importantes para prevenir los brotes y mantener el mundo seguro", dijo el Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general de la OMS, en un comunicado. “Si bien la mayoría de los niños de hoy están siendo vacunados, demasiados se quedan atrás. De manera inaceptable, a menudo son los que corren más riesgo, los más pobres, los más marginados, los afectados por conflictos o son forzados a abandonar sus hogares, los que de forma persistente se quedan fuera".

 

El informe señala que casi la mitad de los niños que no fueron vacunados vivían en solo 16 países: Afganistán, República Centroafricana, Chad, República Democrática del Congo, Etiopía, Haití, Irak, Mali, Níger, Nigeria, Pakistán, Somalia, Sudán del Sur, Sudán, Siria y Yemen.

 

Si bien la disponibilidad de vacunas para las poblaciones en las que es de difícil acceso sigue siendo un obstáculo anticipado, 2018 estuvo marcado por una preocupación diferente, particularmente en los países desarrollados.

Han aparecido brotes de sarampión en todo el mundo, en gran parte debido al movimiento anti-vacunas.

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"El sarampión es un indicador en tiempo real de dónde tenemos más trabajo que hacer para combatir las enfermedades prevenibles", dijo Henrietta Fore, directora ejecutiva de UNICEF, a través de un comunicado. “Debido a que el sarampión es tan contagioso, un brote apunta a comunidades que están perdiendo vacunas debido al acceso, los costos o, en algunos lugares, la falta de complacencia. Tenemos que agotar todos los esfuerzos para inmunizar a todos los niños".

 

Según el informe, se reportaron casi 350,000 casos de sarampión en todo el mundo en 2018, más del doble que en 2017.

 

La vacuna contra el sarampión, las paperas y la rubéola (MMR) está disponible desde 1963, y la vacunación de los niños es la mejor manera de prevenir futuros brotes. Antes de su introducción, el sarampión era la principal causa de muerte entre los niños de todo el mundo.

 

La actualización de la inmunización de este año también incluyó estadísticas sobre la cobertura de la vacuna contra el virus del papiloma humano (VPH): 90 países agregaron la vacuna contra el VPH a sus programas nacionales de vacunas a partir de 2018.

 

El VPH es un virus extremadamente común que no presenta síntomas dañinos, pero también puede provocar cáncer cervical. El 99% de los casos de cáncer cervical son causados por el VPH.

 

Hubo más de 500,000 nuevos casos de cáncer cervical en 2018 y en algunos países del África subsahariana, y es la principal causa de muertes relacionadas con el cáncer en las mujeres.

 

De los 90 países en los que se introdujo a nivel nacional, solo 13 son países de bajos ingresos, lo que indica que las niñas con mayor riesgo todavía no tienen acceso a esta vacuna vital.

 

La OMS se esfuerza por lograr una cobertura de inmunización global del 95%, ya que protegería suficientemente a todas las comunidades contra los brotes de enfermedades prevenibles por vacunación, lo que en última instancia conduciría al progreso hacia el logro del Objetivo Global 3 que tiene como finalidad la buena salud y el bienestar para todos.

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Bolivia Declares Femicide a National Priority

Seven in 10 women in Bolivia say they have suffered some type of violence inflicted by a partner.

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, July 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Bolivia, which has one of South America's highest rates of women being killed because of their gender, has declared femicide a national priority and will step up efforts to tackle growing violence, a top government rights official said on Tuesday.

Since January authorities have recorded 73 femicides — the killing of a woman by a man due to her gender — in the highest toll since 2013. The murders amount to one woman killed every two days.

"In terms of the femicide rate, Bolivia is in the top rankings," said Tania Sanchez, head of the Plurinational Service for Women and Ending Patriarchy at Bolivia's justice ministry, despite legal protections being in place.

A 2013 law defined femicide as a specific crime and provided tougher sentences for convicted offenders.

 
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"We are not indifferent," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "The national priority is the lives of women, of all ages, and for that reason the president has raised this issue of femicide as the most extreme form (of violence)," Sanchez said.

EMERGENCY PLAN

The latest femicide victim was 26-year-old mother Mery Vila, killed last week by her partner who beat her on the head with a hammer.

This week, the government announced a 10-point "emergency plan."

Worldwide, a third of all women experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives, according to the UN.

In Bolivia, violence against women is driven by entrenched machismo culture, which tends to blame victims and even condones it.

According to a 2016 national government survey, seven of every 10 women in Bolivia said they had suffered some type of violence inflicted by a partner.

Sanchez said the new plan "takes into account prevention, as well as care to victims and punishing violence, macho violence."

A commission will also look at increasing government spending on gender violence and prevention, and evaluate various initiatives' success.

"Funding is insufficient. There's a great need in the regions," Sanchez said.

Other measures include obligatory training courses for civil servants and public sector employees on gender violence and prevention.

School and university teachers will also receive training about "the psychological, sexual and physical violence" women and girls face.

The commission will also consider if femicide should be regarded as a crime of lesser humanity.

WIDESPREAD GENDER VIOLENCE

Latin America and the Caribbean have the world's highest rates of femicide, according to the United Nations.

Some 15 other countries in the region have introduced laws against femicide in recent years.

Victims of femicides in Bolivia and across the region often die at the hands of current or former boyfriends and husbands with a history of domestic abuse, experts say.

"We believe that this increase (in femicides) is related to a patriarchal system that appropriates the bodies and lives of women," said Violeta Dominguez, head of UN Women in Bolivia.

Femicide cases in Bolivia often go unpunished, with victims' families struggling for justice, Sanchez said.

Of 627 cases recorded since 2013, 288 remain open without a conviction, which Sanchez called "alarming."

Bolivian President Evo Morales posted on Twitter on Monday "It's time to end impunity, and tackle problems as a society."

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

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3 things you can do to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day!

17 July 2019 8:59AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES

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Today we celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century: Nelson Mandela!

In the later years of his life, Mandela spoke publicly and passionately about the fight against AIDS. He also took concrete action for change running campaigns dedicated to fighting AIDS. Mandela was convinced that ending the stigma that surrounded HIV and providing access to antiretrovirals (ARV) were solutions to combating the disease and saving lives.

So, we thought, what better way to honour Mandela’s legacy than continuing to transform these words into action?

Join us in sharing Mandela’s words and continuing his fight to end AIDS! Here are three things you can do to get involved:

1. #StepUpTheFight against AIDS.

Nelson Mandela said, “History will surely judge us harshly if we do not respond with all the energy and resources that we can bring to bear in the fight against HIV/AIDS.” Honour his legacy by adding your name to our petition and show your commitment to ending HIV/AIDS for good.

2. Send a message.

To change the world, we need to work together. To do that, we need you to spread the word about how we’re amping up the fight to end AIDS. Click here to amplify our call to action!

3. Learn more about the powerful fund aiming to end AIDS.

Since 2002, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria has helped slash deaths from these diseases by a third! This innovative partnership backs brave frontline nurses and doctors and the latest technologies to help people fight back against these killer diseases. Read more here about the incredible work they’re doing around the world.

BONUS: Find out what superhero you are!
Just like the Global Fund, our powerful crew of life-saving heroes work in all kinds of different ways to fight for a better world. Are you ready to find out which of these superheroes you’re most like? Click here to take our quiz!

Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

Dear government and business leaders,

We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.

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8 WAYS NELSON MANDELA CHANGED THE WORLD

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Today marks Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, and we’re joining people around the world who are celebrating the life, achievements, and legacy of the former South African leader. Mandela’s impact on his people, his country, and the world as a whole has been far too vast to measure, though it has also been too important to leave untried. Here are eight ways Nelson Mandela used his life to change the world forever.

 

1. FROM THE BEGINNING, MANDELA KNEW THAT A SINGLE PERSON COULD BE A CATALYST FOR CHANGE. HE WASN’T AFRAID TO BE THAT CATALYST.

THERE IS NO PASSION TO BE FOUND PLAYING SMALL - IN SETTLING FOR A LIFE THAT IS LESS THAN THE ONE YOU ARE CAPABLE OF LIVING.

Mandela was born in 1918 in a small village in the Transkei, then a British territory in what is now South Africa. He would go on to lead a nation, change lives, and inspire countless people along the way. While he was only one man, Mandela shaped a better world through his own initiative.

Mandela formed and joined many organizations and alliances during his lifetime and continues to be a symbol of the power that one individual has to make a difference. Almost every personal and professional road he traveled—whether that road meant establishing the first black law firm in South Africa, forming the African National Congress Youth League, or refusing a pardon due to continued injustice—was a brave and powerful example of the long journey to freedom.

As Mandela put it, “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

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2. HE REFUSED TO GIVE UP ON HIS CAUSE AND HIS COUNTRY.

Fewer images in history are more powerful than that of Nelson Mandela, fist raised in a dignified grey suit, walking after his release from 27 years of imprisonment. Mandela was only 44 years old when he was given a life sentence by the apartheid regime for his leadership of the African National Congress, an organization outlawed by the government for its anti-apartheid actions and positions.

Mandela was first arrested on treason charges just four years after starting South Africa’s first black law firm and working with others calling for a nonracial state in the country. He would later be acquitted of these charges, only to be arrested yet again in 1962 for his work as a leader within the African National Congress.

3. MANDELA SET AN EXAMPLE OF DEDICATION, COURAGE, AND SACRIFICE FOR ALL.

YOUR FREEDOM AND MINE CANNOT BE SEPARATED.

During his trial, Mandela refused to defend himself in order to not legitimize the charges levied against him.

In 1985, the government offered to release Mandela under the conditions that he would not engage in political activities once free. Nelson refused. "I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you, the people, are not free," he said. "Your freedom and mine cannot be separated."

4. HE KNEW THAT HIS STRUGGLE WAS HIS PEOPLE’S, AS HIS PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE WAS HIS. BUT MANDELA OPENED THAT STRUGGLE AND HIS MESSAGE OF JUSTICE TO THE WORLD.

In the mid-1980s, the world slowly awakened to the suffering of South Africans under apartheid rule. And while Mandela suffered behind bars, his message had never been louder. As anti-apartheid rallies grew, so did awareness of Mandela’s struggle for freedom for black South Africans. His message was so powerful that a protest song named “Free Nelson Mandela,” written and performed by the ska band The Special AKA after attending such a rally, became a top ten hit in the UK, and a legendary anthem worldwide.

Mandela’s message was one of peace, justice and freedom, an inclusive campaign that all people could support. He set the precedent for messaging and rallying for future activists to come.

5. HE SET UP A FOUNDATION IN ORDER TO SECURE THAT HIS WORK FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE COULD CONTINUE.

Founded in 1999, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is the legacy that Mandela has left behind. The organization focuses on what was central to Mandela’s work: justice, dialogue, and social cohesion. Just as Mandela did so successfully in South Africa, the foundation “aims to use the history, experience, values, vision and leadership of its Founder to provide a non-partisan platform for public discourse on important social issues, and in doing so, to contribute to policy decision-making.” The foundation hopes that by providing people and politics with the relevant tools, the public can have informed discussions that lead to justice and freedom for all.

6. MANDELA DELIVERED A GROUNDBREAKING SPEECH FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS AT A CRUCIAL TIME FOR SOUTH AFRICANS.

In 2000, a quarter of South African citizens between the ages of 15- and 45-years old tested positive for HIV/AIDS. In a time and place with four million infected people and incalculable stigma, Nelson Mandela called for bold new measures to be taken in the fight against AIDS.

While he regretted not doing enough while he was in office, Nelson Mandela single-handedly set a new agenda for the future fight against HIV/AIDS with a groundbreaking speech in 2000 at an International AIDS conference in Durban.

Combined with his public meeting with the revolutionary South African HIV/AIDS activist Zackie Achmat in 2002 and his relentless engagement with the fight through the later years of his life, Nelson Mandela was a devoted advocate for HIV+ South Africans all the way up until his death in 2013.

7. HE UNDERSTOOD THAT WHILE IT IS IMPORTANT TO FORGIVE, HISTORY MUST NEVER FORGET ITS TROUBLED PAST.

Nelson Mandela sought remembrance, rather than revenge, in response to injustices under Apartheid rule. He understood that the key to moving forward as a nation was understanding and learning from its troubled past. That’s why one of Mandela’s first actions as president of South Africa was to set up a Committee for Truth and Reconciliation, a governmental agency dedicated to investigating crimes committed under apartheid from 1960 to 1994.

The program is a beacon for human rights volition investigators everywhere, and stands as a shining example as a guide for healing from past atrocities and unifying divided peoples.

8. MANDELA CHANNELED HIS CHILDHOOD LESSONS OF UBUNTU, AND GAVE THOSE VALUES TO THE WORLD.

HE NOT ONLY EMBODIED UBUNTU, HE TAUGHT MILLIONS TO FIND THAT TRUTH WITHIN THEMSELVES.
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At his core, this was Nelson Mandela’s mission, and its story goes back all the way to his days as a child in that small African village. Ubuntu is the Xhosa idea that there is a oneness to all people. An impenetrable tie that binds us all to one another. A principle stating that conflict amongst people is temporary, only a brief diversion from the natural order of our true nature as human beings: togetherness. Mandela took this belief to heart, and with it shaped the world around him, believing that strength will overcome strife and refusing to be cynical.

As Barack Obama said during Mandela’s eulogy:

“Ubuntu, a word that captures Mandela’s greatest gift: His recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. . . . He not only embodied Ubuntu, he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.”

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6 things you did to help land a historic Global Fund pledge

15 July 2019 11:52AM UTC | By: BILLY HILL

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At ONE, we have a bold vision for a healthier, more equal world. I want to share the incredible news that we’ve won a huge battle in the fight for this.

The British Government recently announced its pledge to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria – and it’s a historic high. The pledge will play a key role in the fight against these diseases by helping to save an incredible 2 million lives over the next 4 years.

As our UK Director Romilly Greenhill said, this bold pledge is something that everyone in the UK should be truly proud of.

These diseases are some of the worst killers in human history. We can eradicate them for good, but only if the world rises to this challenge. This is why the strong leadership being shown by the UK is absolutely vital.

ONE members played a huge role in convincing the UK government to make such a bold pledge and we wanted to share 6 things you did to make a difference:

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1. 140,007 (… and counting) voices demanding more in the fight against AIDS

An incredible 140,000+ members have signed our petition calling on global governments to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. We took your voices and delivered them to Number 10 Downing Street.

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ONE Youth Ambassador Laura (left) and Harriet Baldwin MP (right).

2. Meeting the decision-makers

Over the last few months, ONE members have been getting out to meet the Ministers for the UK’s Department for International Development who make these life-saving decisions. Laura, a ONE Youth Ambassador, met her MP and government minister, Harriett Baldwin, to discuss why the Global Fund is such an important investment.

3. The next generation raising their voice

Whether you’re 18 or 80, we’re lucky to have huge support for our campaigns across the country. Earlier this year, we visited secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask students why they wanted to see a healthier, stronger world and we were blown away by their responses. Hundreds of students wrote personalised postcards to their MP, and Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, setting out why they passionately believe in change (it was even covered in the local paper)!

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ONE Youth Ambassador Abigail (left) and Dawn Butler MP (right).

4. Meeting the MPs who make a difference

Throughout May, ONE members met with MPs in the Houses of Parliament and beyond to talk about the importance of the funding for these diseases and asked them to write to Ministers in support of our call.

5. Championing British health heroes

In May, we brought 5 incredible health heroes — everyday Brits doing extraordinary things around the world to fight disease — to the Houses of Parliament. Here, they shared what they’ve been doing to raise awareness, campaign, and asked their MP to act. Vreni — a teacher from Surrey who runs a small NGO in Zimbabwe supporting children that have lost their parents to AIDS-related symptoms — met her MP, Dominic Raab.

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Michael Sheen (centre) with Stephen Crabb MP (right).

6. Michael Sheen

Last but certainly not least, ONE supporter and actor Michael Sheen joined us to deliver a speech to Parliament on why he fundamentally believes that supporting people and communities living in the world’s poorest countries is the right thing to do.

This is a great step forward, but we still have more work to do! Add your name now to tell more world leaders that we need to #StepUpTheFight together to end AIDS.

Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

Dear government and business leaders,

We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.

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