Who inspires you to make a difference? I am inspired by Dr. Carey Jackson, who runs the International Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. In turn, Dr. Jackson is inspired and motivated by his patients, many of whom are refugees and first-generation immigrants.
This is a 3-minute film to be shown at the UN in front of world leaders who have probably already made up their minds. If it gains a life on the net afterward -- and that is the hope -- maybe it will empower people to put pressure on their world leaders.
For me, that morning when I saw a positive sign on the pregnancy test, I was filled with excitement, expectations and a sense of craziness. The thought of survival never crossed my mind. I didn't have to worry about affording care or being able to access a midwife, and I knew that this privilege was due to where I lived.
Some might say that my family has been unlucky, but I would say it's quite the opposite. Both my sister and my father have been diagnosed with cancer, and both experiences have changed my and my family's life forever.
If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are - can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It's about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too - reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves... I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, To be the he for she. And to ask yourself if not me, who, if not now when.
Years of research show that a baby who was unplanned or unintended is at risk for any number of things including premature birth, low birth weight, and later, doing less well in school than children whose births were planned. The sad thing is that it has never been easier to plan pregnancies.
Does the form seem long? It is really not that bad. Trouble getting to the polls? You can elect absentee.
Once again, it's time to look at Taiwan. Unfortunately, there is still a need to call for freedom from prison for Chen Shui-bian and a need to call out Ma Ying-jeou (the most unpopular president in Taiwan's history) to stop abusing human rights principles for shameful political hunts.
We come from all walks of life, and we vote for lots of different reasons. But today, all Americans deserve the chance to stand up for what matters most to them. And the best way to do that is to register and vote.
I'm a classic introvert. Not the kind of person who hits the streets to join a parade -- much less a protest. HOWEVER. We are confronted with a problem unlike any we have ever seen in our lives -- or in the history of the world.
New global data from Unicef shows that millions of children around the world suffer physical violence every day. Around 120million girls under the age of 20 (about one in 10) have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives; boys are also at risk, although there is no global estimate due to the lack of comparable data in most countries... I hope very much that the world leaders, starting to gather in the chambers of the UN as I write, will make a commitment over the next year to champion a target to end abuse, exploitation and violence against children.
Social enterprises, especially in developing countries, need long-term partners who support them to make key business decisions, understand the flexibility needed to achieve both for-profit objectives and social missions -- and stick with them over time.
We have an enormous challenge: to unsnarl our political and economic gridlock. We hope this week could be a time when we start finding some effective solutions. Meanwhile, how about an end-run?
For many viewers, this is the first time that they have witnessed domestic violence. For too many others, this video is a painful reminder of what millions of women face each day. In the United States, one in every three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
Recently, we have watched with alarm as images from West Africa and Northern Iraq fill the newscasts and are reminded that people affected by other disasters -- these complex humanitarian emergencies -- require support just as much as those affected by natural disasters.
Climate change will not be mitigated, let alone stopped or reversed, unless all the countries of the world become serious about systemic, total, and orchestrated reorientations of their economies and societies' ways of living on the Earth.
for those of us who have little doubt that changes in climate are happening, there is still a high degree of uncertainty about exactly how a warming climate will impact on our lives and in particular on the lives of the most vulnerable.
If we evaluate viewpoints using the veil of ignorance and a thorough analysis of the facts, we will more easily identify the root causes of disagreements. We will also be forced to focus our conversations around ethical considerations and honest dialogue.