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  2. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    Even flat tyres couldn't stop our group of hard-working volunteers from making sure that vital humanitarian aid reaches those in need this Easter! We would like to wish a very happy Easter to team who are en-route to Belarus with life-saving aid for children and families who have been worst affected by Chernobyl. They have selflessly given up Easter with their families and loved ones to undertake this very important work. It is so greatly appreciated and we know that your presence will mean the world to those in greatest need.
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  4. caz63

    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44900 afternoon all and happy Easter weekend and 4 days off not that I am going anywhere but at least the weather is looking good.
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  6. Malahide

    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44899 Lots of sunshine expected during the weekend
  7. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    T TOPICS 930 HEALTH A simple surgery is all it takes to repair obstetric fistula 21 May 2018 9:03PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Written by Margarite Nathe, Senior Editor & Writer at IntraHealth International Three days. That’s how long Malado was in labour. That’s how long she was unable to give birth. She was only 16 years old, after all, and it was her first baby. Her body wasn’t ready. This was back in the 1960s in rural Mali, and there were no cars to take her from her village to a health facility—even today, it’s rare to see a car pass on these dirt roads. Finally someone helped her into a donkey-drawn cart and carried her to a clinic in the nearby town of Dioila. “They had to force the baby out,” Malado says. Her newborn did not survive. Saiba and Malado (right) are neighbours with similar life and Fistula experience. Aside from the emotional pain, the trauma to Malado’s body was extensive. When the health workers helped her stand up after the birth, she realized urine was leaking out of her—and it didn’t stop from then on. Nerve and muscle damage gave her such trouble walking that soon she had to use a cane to get around. She didn’t know it yet, but less than a kilometre down the road, a young woman named Saiba was going through the same thing. Saiba had been married at 15 and was now having her third child. A few days into her labour she still couldn’t deliver. So she too made her way to Dioila, where her baby was finally born, but dead. A few days later, Saiba was leaking urine. “I didn’t know what was happening to me,” Saiba says. “I would spend all day crying.” No one knew what to make of Malado and Saiba’s situation. No one knew it had a name—obstetric fistula—or that it was a direct result of their childbirth injuries.Or that it could be cured. Eventually, no one else in their communities wanted to get close to them because of the smell, and so they became friends. For the next 50 years, both women lived with the condition, changing and washing their clothes constantly and feeling as if they had lost all dignity. Their only comfort was each other. A problem that persists Today thousands of women in Mali and throughout West Africa are still experiencing exactly what Malado and Saiba went through over fifty years ago. The World Health Organization estimates that every year some 50,000-100,000 women are affected by obstetric fistula worldwide. It’s difficult to confirm an exact number—no one knows how many more could be hiding or unable reach the care they need. For most of these women, a simple surgical procedure is all it would take to heal them completely. But in Mali, making these surgical procedures more widely available in such a vast country is tougher than it sounds. It requires boundless cooperation, determined partners, and great creativity. The Malian government has found all three in its partnership with IntraHealth International and several local NGOs and private-sector organizations. With funding from the US Agency for International Development and others, they’ve been working together since 2008 to revolutionize fistula care in Mali. Over the past ten years, they have: Trained 105 local surgeons and other health workers to perform repair surgeries. This isn’t a problem that can be solved through brief visits from foreign doctors. It takes local expertise and dedication to help women with fistula—both of which are becoming stronger than ever in Mali. Held 35 repair campaigns at local hospitals and other health facilities.Women come from hundreds of miles away (often with transportation help from us and our partners) to undergo a repair surgery at no cost to them. Built welcome centres for fistula clients at local health facilities. IntraHealth’s partner Orange Foundation, a major telecom company in Mali, funded the first of these centres at a hospital in Sikasso. Soon they’ll break ground on a second one in Koulikoro. The Spanish Cooperation built another centre inside the Kayes Hospital. These centres provide not only the comfort of a bed and roof for clients during some of the most difficult weeks of their lives, but also a haven among other women who understand what living with fistula is like. For someone who’s been shunned and abandoned because of their condition, this is huge. Provided 1,458 women with successful, life-changing fistula repair surgeries.The benefits of these surgeries stretch far beyond the women who undergo them to their children, families, and communities. Two friends transformed Just over two years ago, during the first fistula repair campaign organised by IntraHealth’s Fistula Mali Project, a local health worker, matron Djénéba Boiré, heard a radio announcement about it. The ad called on women with Malado’s symptoms to come to the Koulikoro CSRef health centre, where they would receive all the care they needed at no cost to them. Malado is now completely healed Djénéba told Malado, now 73, who quickly passed the news to Saiba, 75. And together they set off for Koulikoro. (Malado even met the First Lady of Mali there as she visited fistula clients at their bedsides.) Today, both Malado and Saiba are completely healed. They hold hands as they walk around the community, laughing and chatting with the matron. “We consider it our role in the community now to tell every pregnant woman we see that she must go for prenatal care,” Malado says. “And that she must deliver in a health facility.” At Koulikoro and other facilities that work with the project, officials are determined to keep providing these services, and encouraging women like Malado and Saiba to come forward. “The women are there, just waiting to hear when there’s a campaign so they can come have their surgery,” says Abdourhamane Dicko, a gynaecologist at the Koulikoro CSRef. “They stay in the shadows until then. This is an illness where people don’t show themselves. But there are still a lot of older women who’ve been living with obstetric fistula for years and years—and we still need to help them. “When you give a woman her dignity back, that’s better than giving her millions of dollars.” IntraHealth’s Fistula Mali project is funded by the US Agency for International Development. Our local partners include the Medical Alliance Against Malaria; Women Action Research, Study and Training Group; and the International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health.
  8. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    Think chocolate eggs for Easter is so cliche? 😉 Why not treat your loved one to a fairy tale book for all ages instead? ✨📓 ✨ 'Another seven simple and slightly silly stories' by John Foley is available now. 👍 Proceeds donated to Mencap. Visit: https://bit.ly/2z7hzGE 👈
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  10. Manohlive

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Hope you are having fun, dmway. The Head and the Heart are coming to Madson, WI., on Sept 15. It works perfectly for all their other shows I'm going to see in September. Madison is a great city for GA because people are very chill. At least four of their shows now in September. I'm anxiously waiting for Snow Patrol-under three weeks and counting. The only time I've seen them was when they opened for U2 360. .
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    u2 song of the day

    Gethsemane
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  13. dmway

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Hello from The Beacon Theater! Here is the trippy backdrop for tonight’s show! 😎
  14. dmway

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Very crowded at the exhibit even on a Thursday afternoon! The displays center on the 50s, 60s, and 70s, but at least one iconic 80s guitar is present (no, it’s not The Edge’s). More (much) later...
  15. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    NEWS: 18 Apr 2019 A HISTORIC HUMAN RIGHTS VICTORY – MISHA HAS HAD HIS RIGHTS RESTORED! 18 Apr 2019 It is with great pride and joy that we share the wonderful news that Misha “The Cobbler” has had his rights restored as a result of a journey that has lasted his entire life. Misha is the first person who has progressed through all stages of CCI’s Restoration of Rights Programme, which has a strong focus on education and skill-building. This is a historical precedent for not only our programme, but for people in institutions throughout Belarus. Misha is blazing a trail and his future is now full of opportunity. Most importantly, it is a future of freedom. This is a massive victory for the human rights of so many vulnerable children and young adults, who have inherited both the medical and socio-economic fallout for Chernobyl. CCI will continue to support Misha in his transition from institutionalised life to one of liberty within the community. Misha was abandoned at birth because he was born with a cleft palette and hair lip. He came into CCI’s care when we began to work in Vesnova Children’s Mental Asylum, where he was placed as a child. CCI worked directly with the Director of Vesnova and the Dept. of Social Protection in Mogilev to secure a place for Misha in the Community House in Glusk, from which he has demonstrated as his ability to live independently within the community. Misha is a skilled cobbler and his strong work ethic has enabled him to grow a business in his local town, which will provide him with an independent income to support himself. Misha has travelled to the loving Coleman family in Castlebar, Co Mayo on CCI’s Rest and Recuperation since 2008. Congratulations Misha and thank you to our supporters who believed in Misha, and so many others like him.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    Congrats Bill Gates & Melinda Gates for earning the #1 spot on Fortune's 2019 World's Greatest Leaders list! Gates Foundation http://fortune.com/longform/bill-melinda-gates-worlds-greatest-leaders/?utm_campaign=fortunemagazine&xid=soc_socialflow_twitter_FORTUNE&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0naNOSkwmWSgvi_r1Laf7dVkrwEjzcF_5Od-pjit-uHui5amEm_7PESRs
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    By Erica Sanchez MARCH 8, 2019 31 HEALTH These Are the Top 10 Healthiest Countries in the World According to the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index. Why Global Citizens Should Care The United Nations aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all by 2030. While many countries around the world have made progress, access to health care and a healthy lifestyle remain out of reach for too many people. You can join us in taking action on this issue here. It’s official: Spain is now considered the healthiest country in the world. According to a study of 169 nations released last month, Spain now ranks at the top of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index with 92.7 points out of 100. There’s a range of reasons: public health care, the Mediterranean diet, life expectancy, smoking habits, lower rates of obesity, environmental conditions, and access to safe drinking water. Spain also has a higher life expectancy for newborns, and life expectancy is 83 years old. "Primary care is essentially provided by public providers, specialised family doctors and staff nurses, who provide preventive services to children, women and elderly patients, and acute and chronic care," according to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies 2018 review of Spain, noting a decline the past decade in cardiovascular diseases and deaths from cancer, according to EL PAÍS. View image on Twitter See Catedra Metropol's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy Researchers also believe that the secret is the local diet: “A Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, had a lower rate of major cardiovascular events than those assigned to a reduced-fat diet, according to a study led by the University of Navarre Medical School,” the Bloomberg Index stated. The other top countries in the ranking include Italy (second), Iceland (third), and Japan (fourth). Globally, in North America, Canada ranks 16th, the United States ranks 35th, and Mexico ranks 53rd. In the United States, life expectancy dropped because of the opioid crisis and overdose deaths. Cuba is five spots above the United States and the only nation that high in the ranking that is not classified as “high income” by the World Bank. In Latin America, Chile and Costa Rica are among the healthiest countries, while in Asia, Japan and South Korea are the leaders. The unhealthiest nations in the ranking, meanwhile, are sub-Saharan economies, as well as Haiti, Afganistán and Yemen. You can find the top 10 rankings below, and more about the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index here. The Top 10 Healthiest Countries in the World 1. Spain 2. Italy 3. Iceland 4. Japan 5. Switzerland 6. Sweden 7. Australia 8. Singapore 9. Norway 10. Israel TOPICShealthy countryBloomberg Healthiest Country Indexhealthiest country in the worldspain COMMENTS
  18. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    By Sushmita Roy APRIL 17, 2019 FINANCE & INNOVATION Ashton Kutcher Is Fighting Online Child Sexual Abuse With Backing From a $280 Million Fund Thorn is one of eight recipients of funding from the Audacious Project, a TED-backed fund. Why Global Citizens Should Care Online child sexual abuse disproportionately affects young girls and is frequently driven by poverty. While the crime against these children may occur online, the devastating effects of this exploitation are real. Join the movement to end all forms of sexual and gender-based violence here. Ashton Kutcher’s nonprofit, Thorn, aims to eliminate online child sexual exploitation, including trafficking. The organization has already helped to identify thousands of victims, and on Tuesday it became one of eight organizations to receive money from the Audacious Project, a $280 million TED-backed fund. Thorn, founded in 2012 by actor and tech investor Ashton Kutcher and actress Demi Moore, partners with tech companies to build products that help identify, track, and erase child sexual abuse material on the internet. "Child sexual abuse obviously is a human crime, but the internet is introducing this entirely new dynamic," Julie Cordua, the CEO of Thorn, told Business Insider. "Now you can find entire chat rooms and places where there are people who will convince you that this type of behavior is OK." Take Action: Tell World Leaders to Redouble Their Efforts By Amending Laws to Prevent Sexual Violence Actúa: Firma 1 punto United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyCanadaAustraliaAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo (the Democratic Republic of the)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands [Malvinas]Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambia (The)GeorgiaGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHoly See [Vatican City State]HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia (the Federated States of)MoldoviaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRéunionRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint BarthélemySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth KoreaSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe En asociación con: Equality Now yCHIME FOR CHANGE With the added funding, Thorn aims to build and expand Spotlight — its web-based tool, which is now used by law enforcement officers in almost all US states and in parts of Canada — and a new product called Safer. "Time is of the essence and capital helps us move faster. The funding allows us to internally build faster," Kutcher wrote in an email to CNN Business. "This is no longer a blind unintended consequence of the democratization of information ... We need to make it a priority." Kutcher and Moore first learned about the extent of child sex trafficking after watching a documentary on the issue in Cambodia, where children account for one third of the the country's sex industry, estimated to total 40,000 to 100,000 people. After digging deeper into the issue, they realized the story wasn’t much different at home in the United States. Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world. In 2014, children comprised 28% of detected victims. In the US alone, the human trafficking hotline registered 14,117 calls about potential victims and 5,147 cases last year. Read More: Two South African Teens Create Groundbreaking Schoolbag That's Also a Light Source In an effort to highlight the gravity of the issue, Kutcher testified before Congress at a hearing on about combating modern slavery in January 2017. Addressing the constitutional right to pursue happiness, he spoke about the injustices victims of human trafficking face. “The right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away, its raped, its abused, it’s taken by force, fraud or coercion, it is sold for the momentary happiness of another,” he said. According to Thorn’s user survey, Spotlight has already cut down on 63% of critical search time and has helped identify 31,197 victims of human trafficking — 9,380 of them children — and 10,496 traffickers in the past three years. The company has its sights set on even greater impact. Cordua imagines a future where companies will be rewarded for eliminating abuse materials from their online platform. Safer, which helps companies eliminate sexual abuse material from their platforms, is currently being beta tested by image-hosting sites Imgur and Flickr. The company plans to scale Safer and to eventually charge for the tool to help make the organization’s funding and work more sustainable, CNN reported. TOPICSChild AbuseSex TraffickingChild TraffickingTechOnline AbuseAshton KutcherHuman trafficking
  19. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    GIRLS & WOMEN Netflix Just Announced a Zambian Superhero Series Featuring Four Female Leads In efforts to bring more content from Africa, Netflix introduced its first African cartoon series. Why Global Citizens Should Care: Historically, women of color have been underrepresented in the media. But things are gradually changing. Movies like Black Panther, Moonlight, and A Wrinkle in Time are putting people of color at the center of Hollywood’s storytelling. As the success of Black Panther has already shown, superhero movies with strong black female characters are powerful wins for equality and representation. Take action here to join the movement to promote equality and help end discrimination. For decades, classic superheroes like Spiderman, Superman, and Batman have shared these two traits — they are white and male. But Netflix’s new animated production, Mama K’s Team 4, aims to break free from the stereotypical superhero mold. In keeping with its latest effort to include more content from the African continent, Mama K’s Team 4 will be the first African children’s series to feature on the streaming service. The show follows four teenage girls who live in a futuristic version of Lusaka, Zambia, and are on a mission to save the world. According to Variety, the story is written by Zambian screenwriter Malenga Mulendema, designed by the Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, and produced by South African animation studio Triggerfish. Take Action: Empower South African Kids With Digital Literacy Actúa: Tweet United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyCanadaAustraliaAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo (the Democratic Republic of the)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands [Malvinas]Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambia (The)GeorgiaGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHoly See [Vatican City State]HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia (the Federated States of)MoldoviaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRéunionRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint BarthélemySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth KoreaSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe En asociación con: Vodacom Group The announcement of the new show comes not long after Netflix introducedits first-ever original African TV series called Queen Sono. Last month, Netflix also releasedThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a film based on the true story of a young boy who dropped out of school and built a windmill that saved his village from disaster. “In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix, said in a press release. “Mama K’s Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to,” she added. Image: Courtesy of Netflix Read More: 'I Am Not for Sale': New Anti-Slavery Campaign Encourages Women to Build a Life in Nigeria Mulendema was one of the eight winners of the Triggerfish Story Lab contest, a talent search conducted across the African continent by the Walt Disney Company and Triggerfish. Mulendema said she was inspired to write an African superhero story based in Zambia because of the lack of representation in media that she witnessed growing up. The writer said never saw a cartoon character who looked like her or came from a world that resembled her native Zambia as a child. “In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way,” she said. “Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero.” TOPICSEqual Representationpeople of colorNetflixSuperheroWhat to watchwomen of color COMMENTS
  20. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    "After 10 years of constant sexual assault, I couldn't take it anymore."
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    MEDIO AMBIENTE Estos supermercados están reemplazando envases de plástico por hojas de plátano El sudeste asiático lucha con niveles extremos de contaminación plástica. Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens En respuesta a los crecientes riesgos ambientales, los gobiernos y las empresas están comenzando a reducir la producción y el consumo de plástico. Los Objetivos Mundiales de las Naciones Unidas exigen a los países que inviertan en sistemas económicos sostenibles. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí. Los supermercados en Tailandia han comenzado a envolver vegetales en hojas de plátano para reducir los envases de plástico, según publicó Vice. El desarrollo se documentó por primera vez en una publicación de Facebook el mes pasado que mostraba espárragos, pimientos y pepinos envueltos en hojas de plátano verde en la sección de productos frescos del supermercado Rimping en Chiang Mai, Tailandia. Desde entonces, otros supermercados en el país y en Vietnam también han comenzado a experimentar con este empaque natural. Los bananos son comunes en toda Tailandia y pueden producir hojas de hasta 2.7 metros de largo. Las personas de todo el mundo ya los utilizan para cubrir varios tipos de alimentos, y su robustez los convierte en una forma ideal de empaque para productos frescos que se venden rápidamente (al ser biodegradables, no pueden permanecer en el estante durante meses). Este cambio hacia materiales ecológicos es parte de un creciente movimiento hacia desechos cero en todo el mundo que busca eliminar los desechos no biodegradables y reducir significativamente la cantidad de desechos en general que se envían a los vertederos y contaminan los ecosistemas. Además de las hojas de banano, muchas marcas se están deshaciendo de las bolsas de plástico reemplazandolas por papel y bolsas biodegradables hechas de almidón de maíz, yuca y algas. Estas inversiones están impulsadas por la creciente conciencia en todo el mundo sobre el problema de la contaminación plástica, especialmente en países de todo el sudeste asiático. Desde 1950, los seres humanos han creado 8.3 mil millones de toneladas métricas de plástico, más del 75% de las cuales se han desechado. Cada año, aproximadamente 8 millones de toneladas métricas de plástico ingresan a los océanos, dañando a los animales marinos que van desde las ballenas hasta el coral. Los seres humanos también son vulnerables a los residuos plásticos y absorben decenas de miles de microplásticos cada año a través del aire, el agua y los alimentos. Tailandia es el hogar de algunas partes del río Mekong, que, junto con otros siete ríos en Asia y dos en África,representa el 90% de todos los desechos plásticos que ingresan a los océanos del mundo. En Malasia, los lugares ilegales de quema de plástico han aparecido en todo el país durante el año pasado, contaminando el aire en diferentes pueblos y ciudades con gases nocivos. Las fábricas surgieron después de que China dejó de importar chatarra de plástico de países occidentales, como Estados Unidos y Canadá, que comenzaron a enviar su chatarra a otros países. En 2018, Malasia importó 754,000 toneladas de residuos plásticos y el país no tenía la capacidad de reciclaje para procesar estos residuos de manera segura. Tailandia, por su parte, prohibió la importación de la mayoría de los plásticos el año pasado después de que se inundó con basura peligrosa y difícil de reciclar. El intercambio de envoltorios de plástico de un solo uso por hojas de plátano ayuda a eliminar una forma importante de residuos plásticos. El siguiente paso sería introducir alternativas plásticas para todos los demás productos que se encuentran en los supermercados, lo que podría significar una revisión completa de cómo se almacenan y administran las tiendas de comestibles. Pero las tiendas sin plástico no son inconcebibles: los mercados de desperdicio cero se están volviendo más comunes, lo que demuestra que el reinado de los plásticos de un solo uso podría terminar. TEMASCurrent eventsPlasticSupermarketplasticoThailandPlastic packagingBanana leavesBananaGrocery storessupermercados sin plasticotailandia COMENTARIOS
  22. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    Nothing is more gratifying than seeing a young empowered female pay it forward and enable other young people to become leaders ⭕ 📢
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    WATER & SANITATION 6 Young Women Fighting for Water Access Around the World “Empowering women is critical to solving the water crisis.” Why Global Citizens Should Care Women risk their lives on a daily basis to provide water for their communities. Access to clean water and sanitation for all must be achieved by 2030. You can join us and take action on this issue here. When a young girl or woman spends most of her day collecting water for her family or looking for a place to use the bathroom, she can’t fit much else into her schedule. Women collectively spend 200 million hours per day finding and collecting water, which puts them at risk of sexual abuse, disease, and missing out on school. “This time-consuming process leaves little time for education or income-generating activities, exacerbating existing issues of poverty and gender inequities,” Heidi Rickels, executive director of the organization Freshwater Project International, told Global Citizen. World Water Day is March 22, when everyday people and activists are coming together to leave no one behind in the effort to guarantee safe, clean water for all. Fetching water is one of the many chores that fall on women because of genderd norms and traditions. Marginalized communities, including people with disabilities, refugees, and women, are often discriminated against the most while trying to secure the basic necessity. Pregnant women without water access are especially vulnerable — they can suffer infections and pass them on to their children. Take Action: How Much Do You Know About The World's Most Vital Resource? “Empowering women is critical to solving the water crisis,” Rosemary Gudelj, senior adviser of public affairs at the nonprofit organization Water.org, told Global Citizen. Using social media or attending local advocacy events are just a couple of ways to educate each other on the world water crisis, a spokesperson at Water Mission, an organization implementing safe water solutions around the world, told Global Citizen. If you want more ideas for how to take action, here are six women working on the crisis who you should know. 1. Georgie Badiel Embed from Getty Images Fashion model Georgie Badiel spent three hours fetching water as a young girl in Burkina Faso, where almost half the country lives without clean water, she told Forbes. When her sister became pregnant and still needed to wake up in the middle of night to get water, she was inspired to do something about it. Badiel launched the Georgie Badiel Foundation in 2015, which has made water accessible to over 100,000 people by building wells in local communities in Burkina Faso. The foundation also trains women to restore wells in their communities and educates students on menstrual hygiene management. In 2016, Badiel also co-wrote the educational children's book The Water Princes about her experience growing up without clean drinking water. “Right now my biggest dream is to provide access to clean water to every person in my country Burkina Faso. I created this social project Georgie Water that will give back to the cause,” Badiel told Forbes. 2. Stella Bowles A school science project led Stella Bowles to test water samples from LaHave River in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was always told she couldn’t swim, according to Green Matters. The 14-year-old found fecal matter and didn’t understand why straight pipes, which dump water from home toilets into waterways, were being used. Bowles posted her discovery on Facebook and put up signs near the river notifying her community. Her efforts garnered national attention and prompted the government to announce a $15.7 million in funding to clean up the river. “I hope it can show them that your age shouldn’t put a limit on what you can do,” Bowles told CBC. “Age is just a number.” Bowles’ book My River: Cleaning Up the LaHave River, which she co-wrote about her experiences, comes out in September 2019. See StellaofLaHave's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy Read More: American Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz Highlights Global Water Crisis in Pictures 3. Autumn Peltier Autumn Peltier, 13-year-old water advocate from the Anishinaabe tribe of Canada, addresses the event to launch the International Decade for Action titled “Water for Sustainable Development 2018–2028." Image: Manuel Elias/UN Photo Autumn Peltier started educating the public on why many Indigenous people living in Canada lack access to clean water at a young age. Inspired by her aunt, who walked the Great Lakes educating people on water conservation and Indigenous water rights, the teen started talking at community events about the importance of protecting Canada’s water at just 8 years old, according to the BBC. After advocating for water protection at the UN General Assembly, and meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Peltier isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize nominee told the BBC, "I want to be prime minister or minister of environment." See Beyond 4walls's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy 4. Ramona Kasavan Growing up in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Ramona Kasavan saw how menstruation stops people from going to school and working because they lack access to menstrual hygiene education, hand washing facilities, and waste management. When people don't have access to clean water and soap, they can't manage their periods safely and with dignity and become susceptible to disease. Kasavan wanted to prevent young girls and women from entering child marriages, suffering violence and health complications, and living in poverty. Kasavan launched the sanitary pad and menstrual health education company Mimi in 2013 to empower girls. “The problem was about creating accessibility and that’s what the business does,” she told Global Citizen. In several rural communities in South Africa, 56% of water carriers are women, who miss out on work while carrying out the task. The company gives women in disadvantaged areas the opportunity to build sustainability and sell Mimi sanitary pads. Mimi’s low-cost sanitary pads have also helped32,500 girls go to school. View image on Twitter See Ramona Kasavan's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy 5. Varshini Prakash Embed from Getty Images Varshshini Prakash grew up in Boston, but her grandparents are from Chennai, India. In 2015, Chennai’s highest rainfall caused a massive flood — and flooding, when exacerbated by climate change, is making water availability less predictable. While an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Prakash became involved in the climate movement. “My nightmares are full of starving children and land that is too sick to bear food, of water that poisons that which it should heal, and of seas that are ever more creeping on our shores,” she said during a speech she gave at a climate change protest in Washington, DC, in 2018, according to the New Yorker. Prakash co-founded the Sunrise Movement that year to protect environmental resources like water, and air by promoting solar energy and creating sustainable jobs. The youth organization has raised less than a million dollars since it started and is currently advocating for the Green New Deal, a policy which proposes to keep public water clean by reducing greenhouse gases, and restoring waterways. View image on Twitter 105 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy 6. Mari Copeny Eight-year-old Mari Copeny known as “Little Miss Flint” waves as she is acknowledged by President Barack Obama at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. Image: Carolyn Kaster/AP At the age of 10, Mari Copeny wrote a letter to US President Barack Obama, requesting a meeting to discuss the Flint water crisis. Lead piping has caused a deadly water crisis since 2014 in Flint, Michigan. Obama went to visit Copeny’s hometown, where nearly 100,000 residents of the majority-black, low-income population were exposed to dangerously high lead levels in the water. Humanitarian crises like Flint disrupt the schooling of 75 million children, but Copeny wants to see her peers continue their educations. View image on Twitter 143 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “Anyone can change the world no matter how small you are,” she toldFortune. Since meeting Obama, Caponey has donated more than 1,000 backpacks and school supplies to children in her city using the hashtag #PackYourBackChallenge. The campaign paved the way for Caponey to land the role as the youngest Women’s March Youth Ambassador, and work with the Nations’ Girl Up Initiative. TOPICSWater and SanitationActivistsMari CopenyWorld Water Day COMMENTS
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    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

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    What Good Thing Happened To You Today (Continued)

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