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Israeli Nurse Breastfeeds Baby of Injured Palestinian Woman

"The human connection is very strong."

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Sometimes, differences don’t matter.

For a heroic nurse in a Jerusalem hospital earlier this month, one of those times arrived as she showed up at the hospital for her night shift.

Earlier that day a deadly car crash had killed a Palestinian man and sent his wife to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem with a critical head injury. The couple’s baby, Yamen, had only minor injuries, but with his mother unable to feed him, he had no source of food, according to NBC News.

Yamen’s aunts arrived at the hospital and tried to feed the 9-month-old with a bottle, but he would not take it, and they were forced to sit and watch for seven hours as he cried in hunger.

That is, until Ola Ostrowski-Zak arrived for work that night. The Israeli nurse said she immediately knew she had to do something.

“I thought to myself, ‘I must help this baby,” she told The Today Show.

Ostrowski-Zak, who has an 18-month-old baby at home, decided to feed the 9-month-old Palestinian baby herself.

After Yamen fed and calmed down, his aunts hugged and thanked Ostrowski-Zak for being willing to feed a Palestinian baby, according to the report. The nurse then posted to Facebook asking more women to volunteer to help feed little Yamen, and more than 1,000 women responded that they would drive to the hospital to help.

“This story represents the real Israel,” Ostrowski-Zak said. “Any mother in Israel would have helped him. The human connection is very strong.”

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Estos 50 alimentos no solo son buenos para tí, también lo son para el medio ambiente

Una dieta basada en plantas es saludable para tí y la Tierra

 

 

Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
La cría de ganado es el segundo mayor contribuyente al cambio climático después de los combustibles fósiles. Adoptar una dieta basada en plantas puede ayudar a reducir su huella de carbono y disminuir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero. Puedes tomar medidas sobre estos temas y apoyar los Objetivos Globales de Desarrollo aquí.


Cambiar tu dieta podría ayudar a salvar el planeta, según un nuevo informedel World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

 

El informe "Future 50 Foods" ha identificado 50 productos alimenticios a base de plantas que contribuyen a un sistema alimentario global más sostenible y promueven dietas más saludables.

 

Según el informe, producido en sociedad con la compañía de alimentos Knorr, el 75% de los alimentos que consumimos provienen de solo 12 fuentes vegetales y cinco fuentes animales.

 

La cría intensiva de animales está asociada con importantes emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero. Un estudio reciente publicado en la revista Nature estimó que el consumo de carne debía reducirse en un 90% para evitar una tasa alarmante de calentamiento global, deforestación y escasez de agua.

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"La mayoría de nosotros puede creer que son nuestras elecciones de energía o transporte las que causan el daño ambiental más grave. Pero es nuestro sistema alimentario el que genera el mayor impacto", dijo en el informe el Dr. Tony Juniper, director ejecutivo de defensa de WWF en el Reino Unido.

 

Según el informe, tres cultivos, a saber, el trigo, el maíz y el arroz, constituyen casi el 60% de las calorías de origen vegetal que consumen la mayoría de las personas. Y estas elecciones de alimentos tienen un gran impacto en el medio ambiente.

 

La monotonía dietética que resulta de la falta de diversidad en nuestro consumo de alimentos es una amenaza para nuestra salud y el medio ambiente, según el informe. También fomenta el monocultivo, el acto de cultivar y cosechar un solo cultivo en la misma tierra una y otra vez, lo que resulta en el agotamiento de nutrientes en el suelo.

 

Para compensar la pérdida de nutrición, los agricultores a menudo usan fertilizantes y pesticidas, que en última instancia entran en el ciclo de los alimentos por medio de animales herbívoros y pueden ser peligrosos para la salud.

 

Si más personas variaran y expandieran sus opciones de alimentos, particularmente al consumir más dietas basadas en plantas, se alentaría a los agricultores a cultivar diferentes cultivos y ayudar a la agrobiodiversidad.

 

"Las dietas diversificadas no solo mejoran la salud humana sino que también benefician el medio ambiente a través de sistemas de producción diversificados que fomentan la vida silvestre y un uso más sostenible de los recursos", dijo Peter Gregory, asesor de investigación de Crops for the Future, en el informe.

 

El informe espera hacer que el sistema alimentario sea más sostenible y enumera los cereales, frijoles, verduras, champiñones, cactus y raíz de loto como "alimentos para ser más saludable y tener un planeta más saludable". Como parte de sus esfuerzos para discutir la sostenibilidad, Knorr también ha creado nuevas recetas basadas en estos productos.

 

En un momento en que el cambio climático está alterando continuamente el paisaje del planeta, más personas están cambiando hacia una dieta basada en plantas para reducir sus huellas de carbono.

 

Con esta lista abundante de opciones de alimentos, WWF y Knorr están alentando a las personas a comer más comidas basadas en plantas que sean sabrosas, saludables y tengan menos impacto negativo en el medio ambiente.

 

"Future 50 Foods es el comienzo de un viaje y una manera en que las personas pueden hacer un cambio, a través de un delicioso plato a la vez", dice el informe.

 

Consulta aquí el informe para ver la lista completa de 50 alimentos.

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WATER & SANITATION

These South African Women Are Using Menstruation Cups to Change the World

In Africa, 1 in 10 girls are having their education interrupted because of their periods.


Why Global Citizens Should Care
Girls and women everywhere are proving that, when they're given equal opportunities, they can achieve whatever they put their minds to. But still, education access and employment opportunities aren't being made equally accessible. Period poverty is a significant barrier, with girls having to drop out of school because they simply can't afford the menstruation products they need. You can join us by taking action here for the UN Global Goals for gender equality, and adequate water and sanitation for everyone. 

Around the world, millions of girls are being forced to miss school because they can’t afford period products.

In place of tampons and pads, young girls are resorting to using old clothes, rags, newspapers, leaves, bark, and grass to try to stop the leaks. 

Across Africa, a 2016 study by Human Rights Watch estimated that 1 in 10 girls are having their education interrupted because of their periods. And some are having to drop out of school altogether. 

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Ultimately, it’s having a massive impact on their education and can leave a legacy that lasts a lifetime. 

That’s why the MINA Foundation has launched an initiative to provide free menstrual cups to young women and girls to prevent a setback in their education.

“We are passionate about bridging the gap between classes and life,” Zaakira Mahomed, who founded MINA, the Zulu word for “mine”, told Global Citizen.
 

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“Our approach includes sessions with teachers and parents, to ensure an inclusive strategy that is mindful of cultural barriers that are sensitive to young girls to this day,” she continued. “Along with a team of phenomenal facilitators, we dive into the lives of the girls with passion and conviction, sharing their expectations, obstacles, and feelings.”

“We want as many young women and girls as possible to join the menstrual cup movement. We are a team on a mission to MINA-rise the world,” she said.

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Mahomed founded the organisation because she was struggling to raise funds for her own local sanitary pad drive. 

“Back when I was a studying at GIBS [the Gordon Institute of Business Science], we had already started an initiative to raise funds to give away free pads and tampons to young girls,” she continued. “That’s when my friend told me about menstrual cups. These were invented in 1932, so why haven’t we been using them all along?”

 

The MINA Foundation was then officially launched in 2015 and is run by just three women who produce and distribute the menstrual cups, as well as teaching young women and girls about feminine hygiene and sanitation. The team, which is based in Johannesburg, has now visited over 100 schools and has distributed over 20,000 menstrual cups to young girls.

On October 24, Global Citizen partnered with Mina Foundation, the Department of Health, and the Department of Social Development, for an event in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni. 

Over 400 people gathered for an educationanal and inspirational day hosted by Tiyang Basadi and the Mina Foundation — covering a whole range of health-related topics, in support of the UN Global Goals for health, the environment, and gender equality. 

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And attendees who had opted to try a complementary Mina menstrual cup were entered into a draw — with 20 pairs of tickets to Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, presented and hosted by the Motsepe Foundation, given away to winners. 

The MINA team also facilitates teaching sessions with the young girls, so that they know how to use the cup, and also shows them how much safer, reliable, and easy it is to maintain the cups. 

“Most of our girls don’t have the opportunity of having open conversations about their womanhood,” Mahomed added. “It’s important for us to educate them in a sensitive way.”

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MINA aims to save the planet and give young girls their power back, one cup at a time. 

The cups themselves are made out of 100% silicone, making them soft and flexible enough to insert. They also have a lifespan of up to five years, making them more eco-friendly than traditional period products. 

“Sanitary wear takes over 500 years to degrade,” Mahomed continued. “With the MINA cup, we are able to help young girls and take care of the environment at the same time.” 

They can be worn for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow, which makes your period less admin-intensive, compared to the frequent changing of tampons and pads. Because of the longevity of the cup, it reduces the cost dramatically — making it a valuable product.

 

This allows for girls around the world to continue with their education seamlessly which, in turn, helps them gain the necessary tools to make themselves a success in the future.

Empowering young women and advocating for gender equality is a key focus of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, in proud partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, coming to Johannesburg on 2 December.

Learn more: Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 on Dec. 2 in Johannesburg

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and if the world doesn’t unite to uplift them, they can become trapped in the cycle of poverty.

Once the world eliminates gender inequality, the millions of young girls being held back from education and employment opportunities will finally be on a level playing field with their male counterparts.


The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is presented and hosted by The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola Africa, Big Concerts, BMGF Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and associate partners HP and Microsoft.

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This Woman Bought 204 Pairs of Shoes and Donated Them to Nebraska Flood Victims

“This is just part of being a human being.”


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Extreme weather caused by climate change is causing natural disasters more frequently. Donations by global citizens help protect crisis-affected communities who are more likely to experience extreme poverty. You can join us and take action on this issue here.

Addy Tritt just showed how donating to a good cause doesn’t have to cost a fortune. 

When Tritt, a 25-year-old woman from Hays, Kansas, noticed a closing sale at her local Payless shoe store, she saw it as an opportunity to give back to a community in need, according to CNN. After heavy negotiating, she convinced the store to let her purchase the shoes at a price she could afford. 

The graduate teaching assistant bought 204 pairs for $100, and on Monday, the shoes (the majority of which were baby shoes), were donated to Nebraska flood victims.

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 "I've done huge donations in the past and this is the biggest I've ever done," Tritt told CNN. "I have this need to help people and if I can help, I'm going to do it."

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Hays' Addy Tritt bought every single pair of shoes at her local Payless - more than 200, in all - to give to flood victims in Nebraska. https://www.wibw.com/content/news/Hays-woman-buys-out-closing-Payless-store-to-donate-to-Nebraska-508005571.html 

 
 
 
 

Tritt didn’t think about who she’d donate the shoes to until after she left Payless. She landed on Nebraska because it was one of several areas in the Midwest hit by the “bomb cyclone” in March. More than 2,000 homes were damaged by record flooding, and at least three people died. 

At first, Tritt posted on Facebook, asking for help transporting the shoes to Nebraska. One woman offered to pick up some of the shoes and deliver them, but Tritt ended up donating the rest to her alma mater, Fort Hays State University. The school’s Sigma Alpha agricultural sorority chapter was in the process of gathering supplies for those affected by the Nebraska floods.

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Emily Bennigsdorf, president of the Fort Hays Sigma Alpha chapter, toldGood Morning they sent the shoes, and other supplies they collected, to the youth organization Future Farmers Association’s Wilcox, Nebraska location. 

“These families will have to build from the ground up so just being able to give them anything is a huge gift in itself,” Bennigsdorf said

She said Sigma Alpha is in awe of Tritt, but Tritt didn’t donate for recognition. 

“This is just part of being a human being,” Tritt said. “It brings me so much joy.” 

The shoe donation probably won’t be Tritt’s last. She told CNN that she’s previously organized supply drives for animal shelters and infants, and volunteered her time giving out school supplies to children in her local community. She’s just getting started. 

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What is fragility and why does it matter in the fight against extreme poverty?

April 10 2019 | By: EMILY HUIE

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If you’ve watched the news lately, you might have heard the term “fragile state.” When a crisis hits a fragile state, the effects can be devastating, and often contribute to the cycle of extreme poverty. In order to end extreme poverty [by 2030], the world must do better about reaching the extreme poor who live in fragile states. This is a big challenge, but not an insurmountable one.

There are currently more than 735 million people living in extreme poverty. Almost two-thirds (over 514 million) of these people are concentrated in fragile and conflict-affected states, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, 35 of the world’s current fragile states are in sub-Saharan Africa. Experts predict that by 2030, more than 80% of people living in extreme poverty will be in fragile states.

So what exactly is fragility and how can it affect countries? A country or region is generally classified as fragile when it is vulnerable to shocks – violent conflict, natural disasters or economic crises – and lacks the capacity to cope with them. Citizens of a fragile state have to deal with a lot of instability, and they are exposed to higher risks when the unexpected happens.

Countries can be fragile for a number of different reasons. Some governments do not have the capacity to create a resilient environments . In some cases they lack the resources, in others corrupt leaders are more concerned with consolidating power and wealth for themselves than using state resources to provide basic services. Other factors such as natural disasters, regional instability, ethnic conflicts or violence can also make a country fragile.

Regardless of what causes fragility, when things go wrong, the citizens are hardest hit.

If you keep up with current events, you’re probably familiar with the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In the DRC, decades of exploitation and ethnic rivalries have led to protracted and violent conflicts over political power and natural resources. Although the civil war officially ended in 2003, violence is still widespread, particularly in the eastern part of the country. These conflicts have been at the expense of citizens’ basic needs.

When an Ebola outbreak began last August in the DRC, medical professionals, aid workers, and government officials were unable to reach communities because of poor infrastructure, weak health systems, and conflict. To make things worse, while medical workers struggled to reach those affected, communities struggled to trust those workers because often their experiences lead them to distrust the government and other officials. The result is an ongoing health crisis that has led to over 900 infections, and over 560 deaths.

People living in fragile states, like the DRC, face even more difficulty escaping extreme poverty.

Displacement, increased likelihood of disease, and food scarcity are just some of the things that can come about from a crisis. That’s why working to end fragility will have immense effects on combating extreme poverty, and prevent bad situations from becoming catastrophic.

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At this exclusive training, led by Regional ONE staffer Shawn Phetteplace, you will learn about our plan to help end extreme poverty, end AIDS and make sure that the most at-risk people get the help they need. We'll give you a background briefing on ONE, these issues and you'll be able to even take action right then and there! Want to step your activism and make a difference? Sign up now! 

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