This reality show drama is actually worth watching.
Preparing to film its fifth season, Oxfam Tanzania’s series about women farmers highlights the gender inequalities this demographic faces and demonstrates women’s value in the industry. "Mama Shujaa wa Chakula," or "Female Food Heroes," brings 18 women to live together for three weeks to engage in various farming competitions, and grants the show's winner an opportunity to expand her operation.
Though women make up 75 percent of Tanzania's farmers, they often live in poverty and their contributions are often overlooked, Oxfam told Reuters.
Viewers vote for the winner who gets 20 million Tanzanian shillings (about $9,500) and farming and fishing tools.
For Anna Oloshuro, one of the top three winners in 2011, it wasn’t just about the prizes she took home. It was the way her community shifted their perception of her after the competition.
Before the show, Oloshuro told Oxfam that men would tell their wives to stay away from her and that she was “cursed.”
But after she appeared on "Female Food Heroes," Oloshuro was regarded as a revered leader of the community. Now, men won’t even call a meeting without her, she said.
The show comes at a time when women are playing ever-increasing roles in the farming industry, but their rights haven’t quite yet caught up with the progress.
Now that more men is rural areas are working in cities, about half of all farmers are women who produce more than half the world's food, according to World Watch. Still, women farmers are often deprived of such basic rights as land ownership.
Yet, if women were given equal access to resources, food output would increase to a point that it could pull 100 to 150 million people out of hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. concluded in a report released in 2011.
Tired of such inequities, the show’s winners often use their fame to help improve conditions for women farmers.
Last season’s winner, Bahati Muriga, took home the grand prize after building a grass-thatched hut for raising chicken and then producing hand-hoes for sale, the Citizen reported.
She vowed to use her winnings to expand her farm and support legislation to revolutionize the agricultural sector.
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In keeping with his theme of encouraging Kenyans to "choose the path to progress,” President Obama called upon the nation during his first trip there as president to abandon age-old practices that subjugate women.
He wrapped up his tour at a sports arena in Nairobi on Sunday where he...
As the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, Barack Obama used the opportunity to call out the country for some of its practices that harm women and girls, urging it to discard those traditions for measures that are more empowering.
Before finishing up his historic trip on Sunday, Obama took time to address, and criticize, some of Kenya’s oppressive traditions towards its women and girls. He called on the nation to put an end to female genital mutilation, violence against women and to increase its education opportunities, the Guardian reported.
“Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition: it holds you back,” Obama said while speaking to a crowd of 4,500 people who convened at a sports arena in Nairobi. “There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilised society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may go back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century.”
Whether intended or not, Obama actually chose an opportune moment to tackle the issue of FGM specifically.
Across the globe, more than 125 million women and girls are living with the effects of the procedure, which involves total or partial removal of the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, according to the World Health Organization.
Girls are actually more at risk of being forced to undergo the procedure during the summer than at any other point during the year.
If families that support the practice live in a place where FGM is illegal, they’ll transport their girls during the summer to their native countries so that they can get cut when they’re on break. Parents often also see summer as an auspicious time since their daughters will have time to heal before school starts again.
Though it certainly doesn’t have the highest rate in Africa, FGM is still widely practiced in Kenya where an estimated 27 percent of women and girls there have undergone the procedure, according to WHO.
However, Obama was also just as quick to offer accolades to women who have defied the odds and have demonstrated how much potential women and girls hold.
Among the women he mentioned, Obama praised Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, who fought for the environmental conservation and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who has committed to raising funds to reduce maternal and child deaths, the Daily Nation reported.
As schools prepare for the upcoming new year, Obama urged Kenya to making providing learning opportunities a priority.
While the country has made some strides, girls' education rates are still concerning.
According to UNESCO, 48 percent of girls are enrolled in secondary education.
Obama discouraged young people from seeking out education opportunities abroad and to take advantages of the opportunities available at home.
But part of the problem girls and women face, particularly in rural areas, is the mandate to search for water and grazing.
The education situation is so poor in Marsabit County that less than 15 percent of girls over the age of 6 have ever attended school, Reuters reported.
To help make schooling more accessible for this demographic, nonprofit group Adeso runs a mobile school program that is based on the weather patterns, so the lessons accommodate the girls’ work schedule.
Obama urged the country to look right outside their doors for such programs that will allow them to move forward.
"When it comes to the youth, I believe there is no limit to what you can achieve,” Obama said, according to the Daily Nation. “Because of Kenyan progress and because of your potential, you can build your future right here, right now.”
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Well, this turned out to be anything but a train wreck.
During the premiere of Amy Schumer’s latest film, one super lucky fan won the grand prize for a charity raffle, a lap dance from Amy Schumer.
But it wasn’t just any provocative number.
The comedienne promised it to be “disappointing” and for the funds to support the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, according to Crowdrise, the group that organized the campaign. While she certainly delivered on the latter, her smooth moves were hardly a letdown.
“It was as great as you might imagine and not at all disappointing,” Adam Fein, the raffle winner and CEO of Drug Channels Institute, said in a statement.
Fein was so moved by the campaign that he’s launched a follow-up fundraiser for the MS Society and had collected nearly $3,000 as of Thursday afternoon.
He vowed to match donations up to $5,000.
But don’t expect Schumer to be busting out “the swim” again anytime soon.
The actress was inspired to get involved in this fundraiser because of her personal connection to MS. Her father was diagnosed with the condition when she was a child -- that fact was included as part of the story line in “Trainwreck,” according to a press release.
And while Fein is eager to donate his money after this “life-changing” experience, he would like someone to remind Schumer that she still owes him change from his $20 tip.
Learn more about the MS fundraiser and how you can get involved here or donate through the Crowdrise widget below.
CLARIFICATION: This post has been updated to reflect the amount of money raised for the National Multiple Sclerosis...
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Eddie Maltsby Jr. can’t see, but his vision for his life’s plan is crystal clear.
According to his GoFundMe page, Maltsby became blind when he was 11 due to sarcoidosis, a rare condition that affects multiple organs. Despite his prognosis, Maltsby has committed to bringing light to people in need by playing music on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and donating what he can to them, WTSP reported.
"I'm going to keep giving until I can't give any more," he told the news outlet. "I mean, right now I'm giving where I can't give anymore so why stop?"
In addition to playing for the public, Maltsby also hosts a radio show on WRXB called, “Blind Boy Radio.”
While on the air, the generous musician gives away groceries, cash and other goods to grateful callers.
To date, Maltsby has donated $2,000, but his funds are running low –- even with help from sponsors.
That’s why he’s turning to the community for help.
Maltsby has set up a GoFundMe campaign with the hope of collecting $25,000 to aid struggling people in the community.
According to the most recent point-in-time count, there were 3,391 people on the streets of Pinellas County on a single night last year.
While Maltsby's benevolent spirit is heartening, it’s often the people with little to spare who demonstrate how easy it is to part with money.
Last year, for example, YouTube prankster Magic of Rahat rigged a "lotto" game so that a homeless man would win $1,000. The first thing the homeless man did was offer to share his winnings with Rahat who had given him the ticket.
And this past winter, when Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, a British student, was stranded and didn’t have any way to get home, a homeless man gave her all the money he had -- $4.60 -- for a taxi.
She returned the favor by setting up a fundraiser for the kind man, which has since collected more than 32,000 British pounds (over $50,000).
"I hope my campaign will help people think a little more about the people around them,” Harrison-Bentzen told the Mirror. “"If people can see what I am doing then maybe they can take the time to just stop and talk to a homeless person, hear their story.”
Learn more about Eddie Maltsby Jr. and his fundraising efforts
The thing that often stands in the way of a homeless person and housing is just a state-issued identification. But a new law in California is making sure that its residents are no longer stranded on the streets because of that issue.
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An innovation that costs less than $5, and requires items that could be found in any drug store, could save thousands of mothers’ lives.
Across the world, about 130,000 mothers die every year due to postpartum hemorrhage, a condition in which a woman experiences excessive bleeding following the birth of a baby. While developed countries with advanced health systems have the resources available to save these women, many low-income countries don’t -- which is why they’re looking toward a simple device that requires a condom and a catheter.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital developed a low-cost alternative to the uterine balloon tamponade, a device that’s used worldwide when women experience PPH, that’s just as effective as its pricier counterpart.
After a condom is tied to a Foley catheter, it’s inflated with clean water through a syringe and one-way valve. The process has been shown to stop the bleeding, according to an MGH press release.
This device costs just a few dollars, while the single-use medical balloons manufactured in the U.S. can run more than $400.
In 2012, MGH partnered with the Ministry of Health, PATH, UNICEF and a number of other groups to introduce the device to health clinics in Kenya.
Over the course of 11 months, the group dispensed 26 balloons to women who were either unconscious or in an altered mental states due to severe PPH. In every case, the bleeding was controlled and none of the women died or became disabled.
The following year, MGH was awarded a $2 million USAID grant to deploy the uterine balloon to 300 facilities in Kenya and 50 facilities in Sierra Leone over the next four years.
The device is expected to be able to save 169,000 women over the next 15 years, according NPR’s Goats and Soda.
“Here you are losing a mother and there’s nothing else you can do,” Dr. Nuru Abbas, a medical officer at Garissa General Hospital in Kenya, said in a video interview. “We did UBT, it was like [a] miracle, it was magic. Suddenly the bleeding stopped, the mother’s condition improved … all the mothers we used UBT on, it was a success...
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