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Hope Mwanake ‘Kenyan Scientist’ Builds With Bottles To Beat Plastic Pollution

Hope Mwanake ‘Kenyan Scientist’ Builds With Bottles To Beat Plastic Pollution

Hope Mwanake understands the plastic pollution crisis facing Kenya better than most. An environmental scientist who ran a waste collection service in Kenya’s central town of Gilgil, she witnessed first hand the mountains of plastic buckets, bottles and jerry cans discarded by residents, hotels, shops and schools. “We were just dumping all the plastic in […]

Fight Man’s Presumption To Power – Michelle Obama

Fight Man’s Presumption To Power – Michelle Obama

Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday urged girls to resist the “imposter syndrome” she had felt on the way up and fight men for power, saying plenty of them didn’t deserve it. On a trip to Asia to promote girls’ education, Obama contrasted her path to the top as a black woman with […]

AW Gist : The Change Agents ( Sexual Violence)

AW Gist : The Change Agents ( Sexual Violence)

This is about picturing the realities in our society. Just before you begin : This is a discussion between three social agents, three women involved in different social innovations who’ve been brought together to discuss the different issues they’ve solved, the different stories they’ve heard and how we all can become good influencers, good change […]

The Rape/ Murdered Women Map In South Africa

The Rape/ Murdered Women Map In South Africa

It has its own currency, passports and a blood-stained map, but this is no ordinary country. Welcome to the Republic of Sexual Abuse, the creation of a group of campaigners in South Africa, where a woman is murdered every three hours. The fictional country is the centrepiece of an exhibition held in a Johannesburg mall […]

‘Big Sisters’ Ride To Rescue Of Nepali Child Brides

‘Big Sisters’ Ride To Rescue Of Nepali Child Brides

If it wasn’t for her self-anointed “Big Sister”, Punam Pun Magar would have quit school at 14 to marry a man nearly twice her age, bear him babies and tend the house. Now she’s hoping to become a lawyer. Two in five Nepalese girls just like Magar marry before they turn 18: one of the […]

The Runaway Husbands Of India

The Runaway Husbands Of India

In a pink-walled room of a government office at the foot of the Himalayas, Indian women spend their days cancelling the passports of runaway husbands. Midday on a Monday, the father of a woman who married a merchant marine is explaining how the husband lied about being single and failed to disclose the fact that […]

Push For Climate-Damage Fund Set To Fall Flat At UN Talks

Push For Climate-Damage Fund Set To Fall Flat At UN Talks

From dying coral reefs to damaged wells and crops, island nations are experiencing severe harm from extreme weather and rising seas – but U.N. climate talks in Madrid are unlikely to deliver on demands for a new fund to help them. Hussain Rasheed Hassan, environment minister of the low-lying Maldives, said that if the corals […]

Dame Helen Mirren Decries ‘Disturbing’ Global Rise In Homelessness

Dame Helen Mirren Decries ‘Disturbing’ Global Rise In Homelessness

Oscar-winning British actor Helen Mirren has hit out against the “exponential rise in homelessness” as she prepared to sleep out in central London on Saturday as part of a global charity appeal to fight the scourge. Mirren joined Hollywood stars Will Smith and Brian Cox and an estimated 50,000 people in the “World’s Big Sleep […]

Beauty Queen Banned For Being A Mum

Beauty Queen Banned For Being A Mum

A Ukrainian model has launched a legal challenge against the Miss World beauty contest after she was banned from the competition for being a mother. Veronika Didusenko, 24, who has a five-year-old son, was crowned Miss Ukraine in September last year but was stripped of her title when organisers found out she was a mother. […]

No More Chains: Anti-Slavery Campaigns Urged To Stop Relying On Shock Images

No More Chains: Anti-Slavery Campaigns Urged To Stop Relying On Shock Images

From chains to scarred backs, sensationalised images used to raise awareness of modern slavery risk doing more harm than good because they misrepresent the problem, researchers said on Monday. In fact, most modern slavery networks rely more on psychological methods of coercion than on physical violence or restraint, according to a study by the University […]

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