For many women refugees in Jordan who are struggling to just buy food and clothes, purchasing sanitary pads is a luxury they simply can’t afford -- a tradeoff that leads to discomfort, indignity and infections.
But a simple innovation will enable women there to cheaply produce pads...
Worldwide, 300 million fewer women than men own a cell phone. a disparity that deprives women of educational, health and financial opportunities.
To level the playing field, two major companies have committed to providing 100 million women with mobile technology over the next five years.
Homelessness is on the decline in the U.S., but people who are still living without shelter say the raging stigma they face hasn’t changed much at all.
BuzzFeed recently interviewed a number of homeless people to give them the chance to address the standard stereotypes passersby are quick to label them with, and dispelled each one.
“I’m not a drug addict,” one person shared.
“I’ve never committed a crime,” said another.
“I’m not a sociopath or a homicidal raging maniac,” a woman quipped.
Across the U.S., 578,424 people were homeless on a single night last year, a 10 percent drop since 2010, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s most recent estimates.
But what those figures don’t reveal is how homelessness can affect anyone, yet people on the streets are often treated with distaste.
“Anyone can be homeless at any moment,” one person noted in the video.
In the U.S., 44 percent of people without shelter are employed, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless’ 2009 estimates. And the Corporation for Enterprise Development found in 2012 that an overwhelming number of Americans are one major financial blow away from living below the poverty line.
According to the report, 43 percent of households in America are liquid-asset poor. So, if these households face a layoff, a medical emergency or other significant financial issue, they could fall below the poverty line within three months.
Yet, while homeless people are often just those who have faced a string of bad luck or were victims of abuse or other calamities, people on the streets are overwhelmingly targeted and the streets have become an increasingly dangerous place.
Homeless people experienced a 23 percent surge in targeted attacks in 2013, compared to the year earlier.
But more than money or sympathy, the homeless people interviewed want others to know that they are just people.
“We’re all human,” one homeless person shared. “We’re not trash.”
Like mother, like son when it comes to Prince Harry’s philanthropic efforts.
Harry recently opened up to the Mirror about how his mother inspired his charitable efforts, which involves helping African orphans and demining conflict zones, among other noteworthy causes. Currently, he’s supporting wounded veterans who...
This could be the calm after the storm.
A new type of concrete system can drain 1,056 gallons of water a minute, an innovation that could be integral after a storm since it can reduce the risk of flash flooding and other serious consequences.
Developed in the U.K., Topmix Permeable was formed in response to the 2007 floods where more than two thirds of the 57,000 damaged homes weren’t flooded by swollen rivers. Rather, they were affected by water running off pavement or overflowing from the overloaded drainage systems.
The issue is that the majority of existing drainage systems are designed to remove rainwater as quickly as possible and funnel it into watercourses or drains. As a result, during heavy rainfall, public sewer systems quickly reach capacity and consequently overflow.
To offset the flooding issue, the permeable concrete functions as a reservoir, and delays storm water from discharging into watercourses or drainages systems, according to the U.K. company.
Another added benefit is the technology’s effectiveness in removing pollution from rainwater runoff. Stormwater is easily contaminated by petrol, diesel, detergents and other pollutants.
Still, the technology has its limitations and is best suited for lesser-trafficked locations. It doesn’t work for highways and heavily trafficked streets, and is more conducive to such urban terrain as residential roads, parking lots, driveways and patios.
As concerns over climate change grows, experts say that engineers, city planners and architects need to start paying closer attention to developing more efficient water draining systems, ThinkProgress noted.
“In general, for a long time when we thought about environmental consequences in buildings, water wasn’t one of the big ones [that regulatory authorities] thought about -- we thought about fire, we thought about human health and air quality,” Dana Buntrock, an architecture professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told ThinkProgress. “Water is getting more attention now.”
They weren’t interested in rewards or fame, but their commitment to protecting basic human rights couldn’t go unrecognized. Four people who have committed their lives to lifting up underserved communities have been honored with the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”
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In a matter four days, the Clinton Global Initiative brought in enough commitments to help more than 15 million people access education, health services, poverty programs and other basic human rights.
CGI, which convened in New York City during U.N. week, elicits funding from corporations and governments...
La menstruación es indudablemente una parte más del ciclo vital de una mujer, pero para aquellas que viven en zonas con escasos recursos sanitarios, resulta ser el periodo más temido del mes.
Debido a la falta de acceso a productos sanitarios, es frecuente que las chicas se vean...
A German concentration camp where thousands of people were murdered during World War II is now housing a number of homeless people and refugees.
About 50 people who have nowhere to go are taking up residence in Dachau’s former herb garden, according to the AFP....
Nigeria has officially rid itself of the transmission of polio, which means Africa is one step closer to being completely free of the disease, the World Health Organization has declared.
Once considered the epicenter of the disease, Nigeria accounted for more than half of all...
Madeleine Albright wants the U.S. to step up its response to refugees and migrants in need, and used...
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Malala Yousafzai set the tone for the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on Friday by calling for every child, especially those affected by war, terrorism and the refugee crisis, to get access to safe, free and quality education.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner addressed the U.N....
A group that advocates for homeless youth is London is telling its clients to “hit the road,” because it sees no other alternative.
Due to rising housing costs and a lack of emergency shelters, advocates are strapped and don’t have the resources to provide young people with...
Sexual abuse of children is rampant in India, yet parents are often unaware when their child is being harmed. But a new campaign hopes to mobilize advocates and survivors to change that.
An estimated 7,200 children, including infants, are raped every year in India, according to Human Rights Watch, and many more cases may go unreported. To demonstrate how easy it is for parents to miss the signs, and to encourage them to become more aware, Full Stop, a new advocacy campaign, has released an eye-opening PSA as part of its national initiative.
The video features a sullen boy who’s reluctant to go to soccer practice, and a mom who’s outraged that her son is suddenly resistant about attending the pricey extra-curricular activity. The boy attempts to explain the situation, but just resorts to scribbling on the back of a seat in the car.
Launched by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailesh Satyarthi -- who founded child advocacy group Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) -- Full Stop hopes to empower sex abuse to survivors to speak out and to give families, teachers and first responders the resources to help victims escape the cycle.
Save the Childhood Movement has rescued more than 83,000 children, according to India Today, and works to curb human trafficking and child labor and to promote quality education.
Full Stop will eventually feature survivors’ stories on its website and is encouraging supporters to get involved by donating, volunteering and posting photos of a red hand with the hashtag #FullStop to social media networks.
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Find out more about Full Stop and how you can get involved here.
The world could be one step closer to quick and inexpensive Ebola detection thanks to a teenager from Connecticut.
Olivia Hallisey, a junior at Greenwich High School, was awarded $50,000 in scholarship funds in the 2015 Google Science Fair for her innovation that detects...
Princes William and Harry gave the royal treatment to a group of veterans in need in the U.K.
On Wednesday the benevolent brothers joined the BBC’s “DIY SOS,” a reality show that refurbishes homes, to help build abodes for vets struggling with a range of health...
Thousands of homeless people in Hawaii have a better chance of getting off the streets now that they own cell phones.
Blue Jay Wireless, which now operates in 17 states, has recently doled out about 30,000 cell phones to people in need, including homeless people,...
When Mejgon was 11 years old, her father sold her to a married 60-year-old Afghanistan man for two boxes of heroin.
“In my whole life, I’ve never felt love,” Mejgon, who endured years of abuse, told National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair when she was 16.