Pledge your support: http://causes.com/breakthebox Sexual violence isn't just about rape or physical harassment. It begins when we hurt people through the wo...
This is a video that displays what society actually thinks and expects from girls and boys. It shows us that there are certain expectations from both sides of thestory, but the girls featured are effected the most because they are put down when they strive for something that is considered to be a boy's thing to do. Football is a main example for what is considerd, by society, to be a boy's sport. Boys would benefit from this because they relize that steriotypes affect them just as much as girls are effected by them. This is one way to get boys and men motivated to help support equality for women.
This article was particularly interesting because it questions the efficiency of microfinancing and its effect on women in poverty stricken areas. People considering donating to the start microfinancing for women in poverty stricken areas should look at both ends to the story and try to alleviate the consequences they might inflict on the women they are donating to. In Half the Sky, some successful personal microfinanicing is identified, but the adverse effects were not dicusssed.
"Every minute in the world a woman dies of childbirth. 99% of these women live in developing countries. More than half of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. For every maternal death, 20 women suffer pregnancy-related injuries, infections or diseases and, in some case, long term disabilities. The majority of maternal deaths and disabilities can be prevented through access to basic health-care services during pregnancy and delivery.
The more affected are women living in poverty, who lack the decision-making power and the financial resources to access basic health care. The lack of progress in reducing maternal mortality highlights the low price placed on the lives of these women and testifies to their limited public voice. In the urban western world a woman reaches a hospital in less than 7 minutes. In the Congo women who manage to reach a health center have walked, pregnant and alone for hours, often for days." - Martina Bacigalupo
This article interests me because of the major differeances in the avaerage time it takes for women to get to the hospital when they become pregnent. In the urban western world a women gets to the hospital while in the Congo, women get to the hospital after walking for hours or even days. Many people want to help in a specific way want to donate to a cause that they know that they can directly impact people. The half the sky book concentrates on specific examples, while this article concentrates on one aspect of the overall goal that the Half the Sky book is trying to promote.
“Trying to tackle violence against women is exactly the same agenda as promoting gender equality. I can not imagine how women can be equal to men at work or in professions, if they continue to be to such a large extent ...
This article reinforces that women inequality and violence against women coexist together and reinforce each other. So, we can not blindly ignore or concentrate on only one factor of the inequal treatment of women, we have to reinforce the equally harmful smaller problems in homes as we move on to the bigger and greater eqaulity of women politically.
Women inequality can be solved in many fields. In the BBC Women Concerance Sigridur Egilsdottir mentioned that there are many struggles to come before solving the problem of women inequality, but first we need to overcome our historic stereotypes on ideas and thoughts on a women's roles in society and the government. The stereotype that men are stronger and better rulers of society is not nesessarily true. There where and still are great women leaders, that ruled or could rule society and the government if people first learned to accept that women are just as good and equal as men are equal considered important in the world. This provides anouther strategy to adchieve women equality in LDC's. Married women in LDC's can benefit from this becuase it is really their treatment that is being condidered. If we, as a society come together and decide it is time to stop bride burnings, acid attacks and the beatings that women recieve in LDC's, then the ill treatment will stop because it will be looked down apoun.
Renewable energy is empowering women SmartPlanet.com Expanding access to electricity in the developing world with renewables is creating economic opportunities for women through assisting businesses, microfinance and longer workdays.
This was a particularly interesting article scince it promoted renewable energy and empowering women. Power is a main factor that prevent women from continuing their education, getting fuel and other things. Scince this company has successfully created renueable energy sources that can be implimented in rural areas, women in these areas finnally get their power and create economic opportunities for women to work for the company. This would effect the women in these areas andit also might get people to think about simple ways to enpower women who live in these communities. This type of simple empowerment is a main themse that is focused on in the book, Half the Sky.
South Asian nations are making the least progress in the Asia-Pacific region on meeting MDGs, an Asian Development Bank official says...
The UN's developmental goals are include reducing child and maternal mortality, halving poverty and hunger, providing universal primary education, gender equality and halting the spread of HIV/AIDS. In the Asia/Pacific region there are 17 countries that are not meeting the goals and all South Asian countries (except Sri Lanka) are labeled as 'off track.'
This article mentions that the UN has made develpoment goals in poverty-stricken areas and they have included maternal mortality as one of them. Although they are making progress, they are falling behind in their goals. But the main accomplishment that was made by the UN in this effortb was identifying the areas that needed the most help from non-profit organizations. This would benefit people who want to donate to maternal health which is ussually impacted by the other factors the UN wants to reduce. When people are told the specific were their donations were going they are more likely to donate more generously. The Half the Sky book particularly highlightes specific examples in particular places to help aid their potential supporters, to start donating.
A recent UN Women ad series has gone viral, with the results of Google autocorrect searches revealing widespread sexism still rampant.
A new UN campain reconizes the inequality of women worldwide by using one of the most famous websites on the web- Google. This intrests me that one of the largest humanitarian organizatations in the world use on of the most used websites in trhe world to convey that women inequality exists on the Internet as well. This quickly grabs the attention and personalizes the issue of women inequlailty to many people worldwide in one sweep. This emotionally effects people in MDC's to act on the issue of women inequality. The Half the Sky Movement also uses these types of strategies to directly impact people on a greater scale.
Sometimes all it takes is a letter. This letter interested me because I normal citizen, next to a possible red light district, took a simple step to make sure that did not happen. He wrote a letter to the mayor explaining the ethical consequences of sex trafficing, and within the short time the msyor replied that he would never support sex trafficing. This could encourage citizens in other established red light districts to bring up the issue to the government officials, and get their thoughts on the subject.The Half the Sky book indentifies and encourages these individuals who stand up for themselves and others in the community.
This article refers to women inequality in MDC's due to western fasion. The fasion sense of the 21st century culture is essentially dominated by what men would like women to wear. It is interesting how such a simple concept such as dressing up in the morning, for women, displays women's inequality and the clothes that they choose to wear is not nessessarily their choice. Girls and women alike who struggle to find their own style and personality learn that they don't have to be bound to what society thinks they should wear and more importantly act. Mistreated women can't break out of their soceity because they think that their place is already decided for them and that they have no other choice than to fill in that place in society. This prevents women from breaking out of prostitution, and poverty.
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