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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an issue that affects women, children, and even men. History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month In 1989, Congress designated the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this evolved from the “Day of Unity,” which was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic […]

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Pray For Las Vegas! — By Hook Or By Book

Too many bad news these days. My thoughts and prayers to those that are suffering in Vegas, Puerto Rico and any part of the World. We need peace. 

Running from the Rte 91 Harvest Country Music Festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after gunfire was heard on Sunday. David Becker/Getty Images. What is now being described as the deadliest mass shooting here in the U.S. took place shortly after 10:00 last night. While approximately 22,000 country music fans […]

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#Harvey2017 ~ How To Help — By Hook Or By Book

I know many of you, like me, have been watching in horror as Southeastern Texas has been pummeled mercilessly by Hurricane Harvey. Here’s a quick list of organizations who are looking for donations of any size: American Red Cross – Looking for donations starting at just $10. Visit http://redcross.org Call 1-800-Red Cross or text […]

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via STEM SUMMER CAMP TO SUPPORT LATINO AND AFRICAN AMERICAN GIRLS — FEMISCIENCE

USC Viterbi School of Engineering, IEC3 Summer Camp for Girls, and Tata Consultancy Services’ (TCS) goIT program are preparing middle school girls for STEM careers. IEC3 aims to lessen the barriers that have historically prevented Latino and African American women and girls from pursuing careers in engineering and computer science. In addition, IEC3 has also […]

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Saudi artists reflect on sojourn to New York City for a groundbreaking residency — Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

Nouf Semari was one of three women artists from Saudi Arabia who spent time drawing inspiration from the sights and sounds of the Big Apple

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National Children’s Awareness Month

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by Mariana Laviaguerre

Not all children have the wonderful childhood we all hope to provide for our own children. Many children live in fear and neglect, and each year, approximately 3.3 million children experience some form of domestic violence. Therefore, June has been established as the National Children’s Awareness Month to increase awareness about the vulnerability of children exposed to violence.
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Domestic violence is the single most important forerunner to child abuse and 30 to 60 percent of perpetrators of partner abuse also abuse the children in the household. Child abuse may occur at any time between infancy and adolescence, and for every hour, as many as 115 children are abused.
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Children who witness violent and abusive behavior in the home are the most likely individuals to become perpetrators of domestic violence in the future. Men who are exposed to domestic violence in childhood are twice as likely to abuse their own partner and children, while women experiencing abuse in childhood are more likely to become victims of domestic violence in the future.

 

Let’s Talk Equality: Midwives of the World – Part 1

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In order to reach a completely equal society, all basic human rights need to be secured. One of these is maternal health. The success of a country can often be traced back to successful maternal health programming. Therefore, my project partner Anna and I decided to create a documentary series about midwives around the world.

To create this documentary and to get a fair picture of the situation for mothers and midwives around the world, we have collaborated with the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA). The WRA is an incredible organization for maternal health, and a network for volunteers  from all over the world. We decided to focus on White Ribbon Alliance Indonesia, or “APPI” (Aliansi Pita Putih Indonesia), and visited their team in Jakarta earlier this year. With the three parts of our documentary, we hope to do two things. One is to present a fair picture and comparison…

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Politics in the face of FGM: Kenya Edition

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Kenya is scheduled to hold presidential elections this coming August. In every election cycle, citizens engage in dialogue and negotiations with their respective political aspirants regarding pressing local issues. Based on past election cycles, these issues include infrastructure, healthcare, education, sanitation, food, security and peace – among others.

In democratic societies, communication between leadership and citizens ensures that information vital to the existence, survival and development of constituents is available to them in a timely and balanced manner. Thus, the visible silence regarding harmful cultural practices by the candidates vying for the various positions in Kenya this year is hugely significant.

Given the officialdom associated with  legislators such as Members of County Assembly (MCAs), Members of Parliament (MPs) and other elected officials, the campaign period provides a perfect opportunity for members of the public to access  prospective power wielders. This is particularly important because, apart from being eventually responsible for…

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via Celebrating Midwives & Partnerships that Matter — Girls’ Globe

The lifetime risk of a woman dying from pregnancy and childbirth related complications in Kenya is high, at 1 in 55. According to latest data by UNICEF, the maternal mortality ratio in Kenya is 488 per 100,000 live births is unacceptably high. Only approximately 44 per cent of births are assisted by a skilled health […]

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