POSITIVE CHANGES HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD
SWEDISH WOMEN FOOTBALL TEAM REPLACE THEIR NAMES WITH EMPOWERING MANTRA'S
Sweden's national women's football team have replaced their traditional names on the back of their jersey's, with sayings that empower women. They have been a powerful force in women's football, with gaining a silver medal in lasts years Rio Olympics and they also beat Australia's Matilda's at the Algarve Cup held in Portugal this year. This was also the place they chose to unveil their new jersey's to the world. It was part of a celebration for their on field success, done in collaboration with Swedish Football Association and Adidas, for International Women's Day 2017.
The Mantra's they have chose include, to name but a few:
"Anything is possible"
"I'm not bossy, I'm the boss"
"Never look down on someone, unless you're helping her up"
"I believe women can do anything they decide to"
"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always"
"Join the self love club"
This was a big gesture towards empowering women, as a national teams jersey is a
proud symbol for any athlete.
Photo: Fridolinoi Rolfo
You are awesome girls and excellent role models for girls and women everywhere!
WOMEN SCIENTISTS BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME TO LEARN ABOUT LEADERSHIP ROLES
Photo: Ida Kubiszewski
In March this year, 76 female scientists made a voyage with the Homeward Bound group to Antarctica. This was the largest all female group that had ever made an expedition there. While there were experiences to be had once they arrived at Antarctica, it was what happened aboard the ship to and from that was truly groundbreaking. The group was made up of women from a variety of different ages, ranging from 25-65 and all were considered leaders in their fields; something which rarely ever happens where they are focusing on similar issues.
The Co-Founder Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas said that women make up 60% in the fields of science, technology,engineering and mathematics, but this percentage plummeted in higher positions, meaning half of a gender equal forum was missing when leadership issues were being discussed and made. She said " There's more and more evidence that diversity, in all it's senses, is really critical to us doing effective science, and science that can help us address the really pressing questions facing us at the global level". The problem is two fold, firstly the attrition rate as women move from junior to more senior positions and that women scientists lacked skills in leadership, visibility and strategy.
The fact that scientists are trained to look outwards at other things in detail and yet they are rarely taught to self evaluate.
meant that these lack of skills needed to be addressed if women scientists were to assume their equal place alongside men in
in global and international issues. This voyage has developed vital links of friendship and support networks amongst the participating scientists and with Homeward Bound planning to take 1,000 more women on similar voyages over the next decade, this should continue to grow.
Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages & sends girls back to school
by Marni Fogelson-Teel, 04/10/16
Theresa Kachindamoto, the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, wields power over close to 900,000 people… and she’s not afraid to use her authority to help the women and girls in her district. In the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and made strides to abolish cleansing rituals that require girls as young as seven to go to sexual initiation camps. With more than half of Malawi’s girls married before the age of 18, according to a 2012 United Nations survey — and a consistently low ranking on the human development index, Kachindamoto’s no-nonsense attitude and effective measures have made her a vital ally in the fight for women’s and children’s rights.
Kachindamoto, who was born in Dedza District, had been working as a secretary for twenty-seven
years in another district when she was called to come home and serve as a chief. Upon her return,
she was dismayed at the sight of 12 year-old girls with babies and young husbands and quickly
began to take action. Last year, Malawi raised the legal age to marry to 18, yet parental consent
continues to serve as a loophole to allow younger girls to marry. Kachindamoto ordered 50 of her sub-chiefs to sign an agreement ending child marriage in Dedza District. When a few male chiefs continued to approve the marriages, Kachindamoto suspended them until they annulled the unions. In addition to annulling the marriages (330 in June of 2015 alone!), this fierce chief sent the children back to school, often paying their school fees with her own money. She has also asked parliament to raise the minimum age of marriage again to 21.
In an area where girls are often married early to ease a family’s financial burden and where one in five girls in Malawi are victims of sexual abuse, Kachindamoto is also taking a stand against the cleansing camps where girls are routinely sent before marriage. The sexual initiation rites that take place there are extremely disturbing, particularly in a country where one in ten people has HIV. Kachindamoto is threatening to dismiss any chiefs that continue to allow these controversial practices. Kachindamoto has faced plenty of opposition to her efforts from parents and community members, even receiving death threats, yet she remains determined to continue changing minds and laws for the benefits of Malawi’s females and their futures. In Kachindamoto’s own words, “If they are educated, they can be and have anything they want.”
Via The Huffington Post and Al Jazeera
Hindu women can be legal head of the family, Indian court rules
WITW Staff 02.02.16
In a landmark decision, a New Delhi court has ruled that women can be the “karta” —
meaning the legal head of a family, according to ancient Hindu customs — a position
previously reserved for men only.
The “karta” occupies the superior position in a family and takes full control over property,
rituals and other family affairs.The ruling came about after the daughter of a business
family, whose father was the eldest of four brothers, had filed a lawsuit against one of her
cousins who claimed that he was now the rightful karta.
The high court justified its decision as the logical conclusion of a 2005 amendment to the Hindu Succession Act, which granted women equal inheritance rights, arguing that it was rather odd that “while females would have equal rights of inheritance in an HUF property, this right could nonetheless be curtailed when it comes to the management of the same”.
Read the full story at the Times of India.
Costco Rapidly Reduces Suppliers’ Use Of Bee-Killing Chemicals
Posted on January 29, 2017
The new policy comes after pollinator populations are declining at alarming rates.
Credit: Waking Times
Costco has just announced a huge decision to limit all pesticides in its products,
specifically discouraging those that contain chemicals that are harmful to bees.
The major big box retailer instructed their suppliers to significantly lower their
use of pesticides in the products that will be found on their shelves. They
placed specific emphasis on minimizing the use of neonicotinoids, which is a
specific class of insecticides which are known to be incredibly harmful to
bees and other pollinator insects.
This forward-thinking decision comes at a crucial time when bee and pollinator populations are currently going through a serious crisis, as species numbers are rapidly declining. These wildlife declines mean that pollinators, including a North American bee which has just been officially added to the endangered species list, are at critically low levels, which would have serious impacts on food produce that rely on pollinators. The retail chain, which has 705 stores worldwide, is in a prime position to set new restrictions in place which could aid the recovery of bee populations. Recent figures show that Costco has annual sales totaling almost $120 billion, meaning it is a great leader for introducing these regulations in a new movement, which will hopefully encourage other chains.
Last year, Costco released a policy titled “Costco Wholesale’s Live Goods Policy To Protect Pollinator Health”, and made the following statement:
“Costco Wholesale understands that the honey bee population is declining and these bees are necessary for the life cycles of people, plants and the food we consume. We have invested in a multi-year research project to improve honey bee health and sustainability and are committed to following the continuing research, developments surrounding bee colony collapse and other areas of environmental concern. We are also committed to business practices that support the growth and sustainability of bees and other pollinators.”
Further to this pledge to support the growth of bee populations, the policy also outlines several significant demands of their suppliers with regards to live plants. These include encouraging suppliers to utilize eco-friendly methods of pest and disease control, only applying chemicals whilst following strict local and federal laws and regulations, and discouraging the use of neonicotinoids on plants where bees are primary pollinators.
This policy also follows on from the announcement by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “mitigate the acute risks to bees from pesticide products”. Friends of the Earth, an environmental organization, is also supporting Costco’s leading effort by urging more retailers to do the same. They have brought Costco to the forefront of their organization by praising the company for leading the way for others in this initiative. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, a food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth U.S, said, “Costco’s decision to limit these bee-killing pesticides on garden plants and increase its selection of organic products demonstrates it is listening to its customers and taking into account the most up-to-date sound science. However, we know that Costco and other retailers can do even more to protect bees. We urge Costco and other leading food retailers to phase-out pollinator toxic pesticides in its food supply chain to address the bee crisis.”
Although this move is definitely a step in the right direction, environmental organisations are hoping for a complete ban on the use of harmful neonics, instead of simply reducing their use. Other reports have shown that Health Canada has proposed a ban on nearly all use of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid, showing that the use of these harmful chemicals can be completely stopped, whilst still manufacturing the same produce. Bee populations have been showing an alarmingly rapid decline in the past decade, with rates of dead bees almost tripling in 2014, and up to 40% of US commercial colonies disappearing entirely.
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Regenerative Villages That Produce Their Own Food And Energy Set To Roll Out In 2018
Posted on January 26, 2017
The first site will be in the Netherlands.
Credit: ReGen Villages
Off-grid housing that actually works for families is hard to come by,
but that’s what ReGen Villages is striving towards with their concept
for new self-sustaining communities.
The startup real estate company has a dream to create regenerative
communities that not only produce their own food but also generate
their own power, meaning what’s usually only possible for rural areas
with renewable energy sources would be a reality for people that want
these luxuries while having close neighbors. This idea is more than just
a dream, however, as the development company has its sights on their
first site in Almere, Netherlands with the goal of opening it in 2018.
Credit: ReGen Villages
ReGen’s founder, James Ehrlich, told Business Insider,
“Regenerative means systems where the output of one system can actually be the input of another.”
For the off-grid community, this means that household food waste would be composted to fertilize crops and feed flies, which would both promote crop growth and also feed the local fish. The fish would then fertilize aquaponic gardens, which are gardens that combine fish farming and hydroponic agriculture, and eventually feed residents.
Credit: ReGen Villages
Residents will also have their own greenhouse where they can grow their own produce and rainwater will be harvested and filtered for use in farms and gardens. Solar panels will power homes without harming the environment.
Each village will house 100 families on approximately 50 acres, with enough fresh food being produced to take care of 50-100% of residents’ needs. The rest can be made up by what the residents personally grow, and certain regions will be able to produce more for the community based on the area’s climate.
The website says, “ReGen Villages adds not only environmental and financial value, but also social value, by creating a framework for empowering families and developing a sense of community, where people become part of a shared local eco-system: reconnecting people with nature and consumption with production.”
Credit: ReGen Villages
The inspiration behind this idea is to offer people an alternative lifestyle that includes environmentally-friendly practices to offset the world’s growing population, waste, and harmful practices. As ReGen’s website points out, by 2050 there will be 10 billion people on the planet and water, space, and healthy food sources will all be scarce. The best course of action is to start building communities like these to promote healthy lifestyles and ways of creating food and energy.
ReGen Villages plans to break ground in Almere by designing, integrating, and facilitating 25 pilot homes and making them open to residents by 2018.
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WOMANLY COMMON SENSE & ACTION, WINS OUT AGAIN AGAINST SOCIAL INJUSTICE.
Mother And Kids Combat Anti-Homeless Spikes With Pillows And Food
Posted on February 4, 2017
A mother and her two sons left pillows, sandwiches, and a welcoming sign over anti-homeless spikes that were later removed within 48 hours.
Credit: Manchester Evening News
After noticing an installment of anti-homeless spikes in front of the Pall Mall Court in Manchester, England, a mother and her two children decided to do something about the unwelcoming site. In many cities, the spikes are used to deter those who live on the streets from residing in front of business places and frequently visited public spaces.
To combat the unsightly scene, Jennie Platt and her 11 and 10-year-old sons, George and Sam, went into Primark and came out with loads of cushions and food. In addition to covering the harmful spikes with pillows, they left sandwiches and a cardboard sign that read: “Take a seat and have a bite to eat.”
Their activism had a profound effect. Reportedly, the spikes were removed 48 hours after they had been installed due to public outcry. The trio’s efforts helped ensure that the spikes didn’t go unnoticed. Platt told Manchester Evening News that she had seen a story about the ‘homeless spikes’ and was inspired to do something about the public installation before visiting the mall on Sunday.
“I thought it was really mean and a Scroogey thing to do, it is really unnecessary,” she said. “It’s a spot where people can keep warm and sheltered, people don’t need to be that mean.”
Credit: Manchester Evening News
“A few people were watching us and wondering what the heck we were doing, but there was quite a few homeless people who saw it and said they were going to come back there later,” Platt added. “It’s not doing anyone any harm them being there.”
City center spokesperson Pat Karney condemned the spikes and said they would collaborate with the building’s managers to help remedy the homeless crisis in a less callous and more productive way.
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