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    The Action Thread Part Two

    0 GIRLS AND WOMEN This Ethiopian entrepreneur is breaking tradition to empower women 24 October 2018 4:48PM UTC | By: ABLE JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email In this series, we’re introducing you to strong and savvy female entrepreneurs from Ethiopia who have partnered with social enterprise and lifestyle brand ABLE. Semhal Guesh grew up in Ethiopia hearing a phrase many young girls her age did not: “You can do whatever you want.” Now 27 years old, it’s no coincidence that Semhal has become a designer, architect, and entrepreneur. She now runs Kabana, a leather production company in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital and largest city, and through her company, she helps other women realise their full potential. “Most of my life, my father told me I could accomplish any ideas that I had; that I had no limits,” said Semhal. “In Ethiopia, every family is male-dominated and sons are given more chances than daughters. But with my dad, that was not the case.” Semhal recognizes that if she had grown up in rural Ethiopia or with parents less encouraging than her own, she might have been expected to stop her education at 12 years old and get married. Instead, Semhal dreamed of becoming an astronaut or an astrophysicist because she hadn’t seen a lot of women in those professions. But it was architecture that won over Semhal for the ability to create something both beautiful and functional. While studying for her Bachelors in Architecture, she picked up a few leather samples at a local market and began designing with it. Suddenly, her dormitory transformed into a small workshop with a handful of women hand stitching products to sell at bazaars. “By day, we’d go to lectures and we’d make leather products at night,” said Semhal. “It was more about the joy of designing and turning our work into an actual reality. It wasn’t to earn money. It was something we could do together.” After graduation, Semhal began working in architecture full-time while still managing to grow her leather business. Her supervisor at the architecture firm saw her passion and encouraged her to spend more time focused on her growing leather company until she eventually made the decision to devote all her time to Kabana. “It was a hectic time, but my motivation was seeing how the job and income were changing the life of my first employee,” said Semhal. “She came to me with minimum knowledge or experience, but I taught her how to cut and stitch leather and design development. In time, I saw her changing, knowing what to do, and unafraid to share her ideas because she had the freedom to speak out. I thought ‘I’m paying somebody who supports their family. I’m part of the generation that’s creating opportunities and income for her.’” Today, Semhal and her staff of 31 are in high demand, thanks in part to her background in architecture, which gives her an eye for design and an understanding of technical specifications. Kababa creates handmade leather bags, wallets, folders, and custom products for clients in Ethiopia, the U.S., and Sweden. On a mission to give other women the same support she has received, Semhal is focused on motivating the women she hires to expect more for themselves. She enrolls her employees in different training programs to help them realize their value and potential, invests in their new business ideas through loans, offers paid time away from work, mentorship, and coaching. “Everyone is shy in Ethiopia, especially girls,” said Semhal. “I tell my employees about myself, how I got to where I am, and that not everything is easy. Then I push them to have a conversation with other women. I want them to know they don’t have to be closed off.” Thankfully, Semhal believes her country’s view of women is changing, evidenced by recent changes such as the government’s decision to back women’s education and the creation of various leadership and professional associations. As more doors open for women in Ethiopia, Semhal continues to raise the bar on women’s equality, safety, wages and benefits in the workplace. Through her company’s partnership with ABLE, Kabana has undergone the ACCOUNTABLE social impact audit and found opportunities to improve her wages, maternity leave policy, medical coverage, and employment practices. “Ethiopia doesn’t have a set minimum wage policy,” said Semhal. “When ABLE introduced liveable wages to KABANA, it gave us a new benchmark.” “I want to show that you can be an entrepreneur and be young and a woman,” said Semhal. “It takes a lot of convincing, but I’m not one to back away from a challenge. Breaking the tradition starts with hearing the stories about other women and their success.” ABLE is publishing its lowest wages to protect and empower the fashion industry’s most vulnerable workers, most of whom are women. To provide consumers with complete transparency, all their partners must go through the rigorous and exhaustive ACCOUNTABLE assessment, evaluating their workplace’s equality, safety, wages and benefits, with a particular emphasis on women. To learn more about ABLE’s #PUBLISHYOURWAGES movement that inspires consumers to demand greater transparency of their favourite brands, visit www.livefashionable.com/publishyourwages. ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.
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    0 CULTURE The Maasai brand is valuable — and it should belong to the Maasai people 28 July 2017 5:18PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email By Meg Brindle, Light Years IP I was at a conference in Kenya when I first met a member of the Maasai, a group of people who live in East Africa. He had a question for me – and the answers could have the potential to dramatically impact poverty for millions of low-income farmers, producers and others. You’d recognise the Maasai from photos. Many are tall, elegant and very distinctively dressed. Often, when a generic image is used of Africans in photos or advertising, it’s of Maasai. Their designs and style get used by others – but the Maasai don’t earn a penny. Embed from Getty Images That’s not right. It’s cultural appropriation – but it’s also bad business. Increasingly, the things that make products valuable aren’t the ingredients that go into them – it’s the intangible things, including the brands. And companies are careful to look out for their brands, spending millions to protect and defend them. Think about Coca-Cola or Apple. Their products are more than sugar, fruit juice, and water, or metal and plastic, chips and screen. Their brand value is much greater than the value of the physical resources. That’s because of the ideas, imagination, and presentation that come together in great products: what business calls “intellectual property (IP).” So what does this mean for a semi-nomadic tribe of nearly 2 million across Tanzania and Kenya? We’d been working with Ethiopian Fine Coffee to help them own their own brands and license them. We’d helped return $101 million to coffee exporters. That’s when I met the Maasai elder. He tapped me on the shoulder and said: “ We understand that IP works for coffee. The Maasai have a brand that is used by many western companies without our permission. Can you help us?” A group of Maasai people. (Photo credit: joxeankoret/Wikimedia Commons) We engaged Maasai University students in researching the dozens of companies using the Maasai name, image and brand without their permission. Our friends at Comic Relief were kind enough to help fund the feasibility study. Brand expert David Cardwell who did the Star Wars licensing deal helped. Our goal was to let the Maasai run the process with some good advice from others. To them, respect and removal of culturally inappropriate images are as important as income. For six years, we have been about helping the Maasai to organize and form MIPI -The Maasai IP Initiative. With outreach across Kenya and Tanzania and radio broadcasts, materials translated to Maa and Swahili, Light Years IP and the Maasai have reached 500,000 Maasai — a critical mass to own, control, license and where relevant, to create solutions with large companies that had used their brand name. One big car company, for example, returned the Maasai trademark and negotiations are underway with Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. In 2012, a Louis Vuitton fashion show featured Maasai scarves and shirts modelled and sold for upwards of 1,000 euros each. Of course, the LVMH brand is valued highly and IP and brand experts can help us to quantify what portion is due to cultural appropriation of the Maasai iconic values of bravery, strength, and warrior images. The Maasai are a proud people — respectful and honourable. The Maasai leadership has been offended at the cultural misappropriation of their brand and name. They understand that it is valuable – and it’s theirs. Our analysis shows it is worth about $250 million. Embed from Getty Images Maasai elder, Isaac ole Tialalo, leader of MIPI has been to Capitol Hill and to Parliament in London with The African IP Trust, headed by Lord Paul Boating. It’s an honour for our support and advocacy group to help the Maasai achieve win-win situations with companies. We think that the Maasai are an inspiration and model to other indigenous people who are about 6% of the world’s population and suffer both cultural appropriation and poverty. The Cherokee, Navajo, and Tourag, for example, add value to countless products and companies. It is not easy to regain control after cultural appropriation, but we think it is the right thing to do. Find out more about the Maasai here.
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    u2 song of the day

  8. Is there a problem with U2.com? Looks like no updates since march 13

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      no problem at present...

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    u2 song of the day

    Likewise. Fez Being Born.
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    u2 song of the day

    STAND UP Comedy !!! I Love the No Line on the Horizon Album !!!!!!
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    If I read the Bible today..

    Wisdom 6:12 Wisdom is bright and unfading. She readily appears to those who love her. She ' s found by those who keep seeking after her.
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    If I read the Bible today..

    Love one another.
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    2019 Subscription - Subscribers Gift

    I like how they worded when this year's gift would start happening. Unless I'm way off track, it was Spring but they left it open either way. I thought that was smart and respectful of subscribers' voiced frustrations. Part of me hopes and thinks this is going to start May/June. A bigger part of me hopes it goes well when it does-the better they get it right than rush it mentality which I've read other Zootopians post when we've been waiting for for a past U2 event. I've been listening to the first two tracks from online uploads. I'm very happy with how great they sound, even with YouTube. It's nice to be able to hear them even though I do not resubscribe for a few weeks.
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    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44, 904 - Happy counting as our internet is finally back on For some reason, it hadn't been working since Friday!
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    2019 Subscription - Subscribers Gift

    Still no news on anything yet... No down-undertour announcement, no dvd-news, no fanclubcd-news. In the meantime the Rolling Stones keep releasing blurays, dvd's , cd's etc. etc.. I'm convinced there will be solid and great releases, but why the long wait... Or surprise once more....
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    If I read the Bible today..

    Colossians 3:13 (KJV) 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

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    2.1k GIRLS AND WOMEN These powerful activists are at the frontlines of gender equality 8 March 2019 8:48AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES ADD YOUR NAME Take action for women everywhere EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email This IWD, we’re passing the mic to African activists who are doing incredible work for gender equality. Together, they’re standing by a bold demand to world leaders, urging them to make real progress. Get to know more about the fantastic co-signers backing this demand, including our spokeswomen! Spokeswomen: Melene Rossouw Melene became an Attorney in the High Court of South Africa in 2009. In 2017, she founded the Women Lead Movement to educate, empower, and inspire women. They lead social change in their communities through human rights and leadership training. The movement also shows women how to publicly campaign and hold the government accountable for the promises they make to their citizens. Dr Marlene-Joannie Bewa Dr. Marlene-Joannie Bewa is an accomplished HIV/AIDS advocate from the Benin Republic. She founded the Young Beninese Leaders Association, a youth and women-led organisation. This program has trained more than 3000 girls and women on sexual and reproductive health, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She is also a “Goalkeeper for the Goals” for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Wadi Ben-Hirki Wadi Ben-Hirki founded the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation when she was 17 years old. The foundation seeks to impact marginalised and disadvantaged communities through humanitarianism and activism. The charity organisation runs many campaigns, mostly in Northern Nigeria. She serves on the African Leadership Institute Youth Advisory Board and was the Special Guest from Africa at the 2018 Y20 Summit. Lola Omolola Lola Omolola is the founder of FIN, a private Facebook group that connects nearly 1.7 million women from across the world. She began the group in 2014, searching to create a virtual support network with other Nigerians after Boko Haram kidnappings. The group quickly grew into a hub for women’s issues, offering its members a safe outlet to discuss the struggles they face and connect with other women who share those experiences. Samira Haruna Sanusi Samira Haruna Sanusi is a Sickle Cell Awareness advocate and WASH advocate. She is the founder of the Samira Sanusi Sickle Cell Foundation, which builds awareness and supports hundreds of people with medical bills. She’s also the co-founder of WAFSLI Nigeria (Water for Sustainable Living). She is the author of S is for Survivor, a memoir about her personal experiences with Sickle Cell Anaemia. Togola Hawa Séméga Journalist Togola Hawa Séméga is on a mission to provide the young people of Mali with informative news and unite them. She achieves this with a creative mix of journalism, rap and humour. Kunafoni, her website and WebTV series, gets young people involved in social issues while also building their confidence. Dieynaba Sidibe Dieynaba is Senegal’s first female graffiti artist. She uses her art to show solidarity and highlight the issues women face. Health and access to education are some of the issues she’s covered through her art. Naomi Tulay-Solanke Naomi Tulay-Solanke is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Health Initiative. This non-governmental organisation in Liberia provides reusable and affordable health products for women and girls, empowering them to take control of their reproductive health. She’s also launched PADS4GIRLS, which trains women to produce sanitary pads. Chmba Ellen Chilemba Chmba is the Founder and Executive Director at Tiwale, a youth-led organisation supporting Malawian girls and women. She started Tiwale at 17 to end the vicious cycle of child marriage through economic and educational opportunities. Tiwale has supported over 250 women so far! Fridah Githuku Fridah Githuku is the Executive Director of GROOTS Kenya, a national grassroots movement led by women. The movement gives grassroots women visibility and decision-making power in their communities. They have invested in nearly 3,500 women-led groups across Kenya, sparking local, human-led change. As an Equal Measures 2030 partner, Fridah is passionate about the role of land rights in achieving gender equality. Aya Chebbi Aya Chebbi is an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the founder of the Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring, coaching the next generation of positive change agents. She’s also the founder of the Afrika Youth Movement, one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements. She is the first African Union Youth Envoy and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. More Co-signers: Lydia Charles Moyo, TV and Radio Presenter at Femina Hip TV Elizabeth Wanja Ngeth, Kijiji Afrika Olaoluwa Abagun, Founder of Girl Pride Circle Mercy Abang, United Nations Journalism fellow Karimot Odebode, ONE Champion Dr. Stellah Wairimu Bosire, Executive Director of the Kenya Medical Association Dolapo Olaniyan, Founder of The UnCut Initiative Scheaffer Okore, Chief of Trade & Investment for the Pan African Chamber of Commerce Diana Ninsiima, Senior Program Manager & Gender Lead at DOT Tanzania Salimatou Fatty, a GPE youth advocate and founder of the Salimatou Foundation for Education Mildred Ngesa, Head of Communications for FEMNET Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director for FEMNET Mama Koité Doumbia, Chair Member for FEMNET Julie Cissé, Coordinator for GIPS WAR Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, one of the 120 under 40 for the New Generation Leaders in Family Planning Mylene Flicka, a Women’s Rights Writer Mercy Juma, Broadcast Journalist and winner of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, Founder of the Stand to End Rape Initiative Amina Abdulazeez, ONE Champion Hauwa Liman, Founder of Inspire for Impact Linet Kwamboka, CEO of DataScience LTD Saran Keïta Diakite, President of Malian Advocacy Group on SDGs Sagara Saran Bouare, President of Women in Law and Development Maimouna Dioncounda Dembele, Human Rights Activist Mariam Diallo, Director of the Association for Women’s Leadership and Development Nana Toure, Secretary General of the Sahel Youth Network Valérie Traoré, Executive Director of Niyel Imameleng Masitha, Communications and Advocacy Officer for The Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition Refilwe Ledwaba, Founder of the Girl Fly Programme in Africa Foundation Martha Muhwezi, Senior Programme Coordinating Officer for the Forum for African Women Educationalists Anta Fall Basse Konté, Director of the Forum for African Women Educationalists Senegal Danedjo Hadidja, President of APAD and an International Women’s Health Coalition partner. Françoise Kpeglo Moudouthe, Founder of feminist blog Eyala Nana Semuah Bressey, nurse Want to stand in solidarity with these activists? Add your name to the open letter here.
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    If I read the Bible today..

    Matthew 12:33 Either consider the tree good and its good fruit,or consider the tree rotten and its fruit rotten. A tree is known by its fruit.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    What is it like to live with HIV in Zambia? Hear first hand from Connie, a longtime (RED) ambassador. https://www.red.org/reditorial/life-in-africa-hiv-aids?fbclid=IwAR1j53B6UeqhaAC0en1mffGtEY995S5LVE0-UUDid9oi-fs2YL2Dmx5-TiQ
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    u2 song of the day

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    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44903 - Feeling empty and defeated after a horrible Easter Sunday shift at work today. I don't know why I keep having these episodes of just feeling terrible about everything, and it scares me.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    Happy National Tea Day! 🙌#NationalTeaDay brings up a vital question! 🚨What is the secret to a perfect brew? 😉 Let us know.Find out more about #MencapTeaParty: https://bit.ly/2oT2Om3
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    By Joe McCarthy and Erica Sanchez NOV. 20, 2018 14 WATER & SANITATION World's Water Could Become Scarce if the Amazon Rainforest Is Destroyed The world is already facing a severe water crisis. Why Global Citizens Should Care Access to water is a fundamental human right that’s being threatened by climate change and environmental degradation. The United Nations’ calls on countries to make clean water access universal. You can join us in taking action on this issue here. The Amazon rainforest is home to 10% of the world’s species, generates 20% of global oxygen, and creates half of its own rain through an intricate water cycle dynamic. It’s a natural system that’s a world unto itself — and it faces potentially catastrophic levels of deforestation under the new administration of Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who has vowed to allow industrial interests to have more access to the forest. If that happens, the effects would be felt far beyond Brazil. In particular, countries around the world could face droughts and water shortages, according to National Geographic. Take Action: Urge Governments And Businesses To Invest In Clean Water And Toilets That’s because the Amazon influences global rain patterns and is itself a major source of water. The push and pull of the water cycle throughout the 2.125 million square mile forest creates a “giant flowing river in the sky,” Nat Geo reports, which eventually feeds rivers and lakes around the world. The Amazon is also a major carbon sink and its ongoing absorption of greenhouse gas emissions helps to mitigate global warming and climate change. As temperatures rise, precipitation patterns get skewed — some countries receive more rainfall, while other get less. This is already playing out in the world as many countries face increasingly dry conditions, which undermines agricultural systems and leads to water shortages. These effects are expected to be felt as far as away as Africa and North America, Nat Geo reports. Read More: Brazil Federal Court Blocks President’s Effort to Open Amazon to Gold Mining If the Amazon continues to decline, it could enter a dangerous feedback loop, where chainsawed trees release greenhouse gas emissions causing temperatures to rise and the forest to dry, weakening the water cycle, and causing further drying. Earlier in the year, a study showed that the Amazon is very close to reaching this point and could even resemble a desert within the next few decades. The world is already facing a severe water crisis. More than 30% of the global population is unable to access clean drinking water and the UN estimates that more than 5 billion people could be affected by water shortages by 2050. Read More: 10 Pictures of How People Get Water Around the World A large part of this problem is due to mismanaged natural resources. In Latin America, Africa, and Asia, for example, most rivers are compromised by pollution from industrial runoff, the UN reports. Further, 80% of global wastewater and sewage is discharged directly into bodies of water, rendering it unsafe. Around two-thirds of forests and wetlands, which are essential to cleaning and maintaining water supplies, have been lost or degraded. The continual damming of rivers throughout the world, which is common in Brazil, also disrupts water systems. Read More: Pope Francis Says Selling Water Is 'Incompatible' With Human Rights In various countries, water has become scarce. For example, Lake Chad has shrunk by 95% in recent decades, putting millions of people at risk of famine. In Shanghai, 85% of the city’s drinking rivers are too polluted to draw water from. Melting glaciers throughout Asia, meanwhile, could deprive millions of people of drinking water. Earlier this year, Cape Town narrowly averted becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water. Read More: Photos of Cape Town in Crisis as the City's Water Runs Out Emerging water insecurity could eventually lead to conflicts. Some analysts argue that the civil war in Syria was partially fueled by a devastating drought linked to climate change. The good news is that these consequences are not inevitable. If forests like the Amazon are protected rather then cut down, rivers are cleaned rather than polluted, and greenhouse gas emissions are curbed rather than released, then water sources could remain robust well into the future. TOPICSCurrent eventsWASHClimate changeDroughtWaterWater and sanitationForestAmazon rainforestWater shortagesagua potableRainforestRain patternsrecursos de la selva amazonicabosques y agua potableagua en el mundoselva amazonica
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