When the Rana Plaza factory collapsed over 1,129 people were killed. Horrific manufacturing conditions aside, the way fashion is marketed to women is damaging to say the least. Through images we are taught that as women our looks our everything and the best way to look is skinny young and white.
An estimated one out of four girls and one out of six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18, the age in which most freshmen enter college. Even though I identify as a survivor of sexual violence, stories like mine are largely omitted in the current campus sexual violence movement.
East Meets West,
East West Philosophy,
East West Relations,
Worldpost Global Order,
The idea that "the self is an illusion" has become the bien pensant common sense of the day in many educated circles in the West. I think this is profoundly misguided, but I can see why it seems so compelling. In the English language, nouns label things while verbs label the things that they do. If you mistook this linguistic quirk for a deep philosophical truth then you would of course conclude that the self doesn't exist, because there is no single thing that "I" or "you" refers to. That is because on close examination "I" turns out to be a verb disguised as a noun.
The world has gotten this far because of massive investments in the HIV response. To actually end the epidemic, though, it is imperative that we resist complacency, cutbacks in funding and a sense that, on any level, our work is done.
As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the holiday through a patchwork of traditions, from fried turkeys to tamales. Yet for a growing number of our friends, spending hours doting over a turkey is a luxury they don't have time for.
Companies are beginning to understand that they are uniquely positioned to scale up proven solutions to social and environmental problems, and that they have a role in addressing the challenges associated with poverty.
World War II,
World War III,
WorldPost Asia Pacific,
Hindi Muslim India,
India Pakistan Relations,
Worldpost Global Order,
SONEPAT, India -- ISIS' manslaughter in Paris has placed on Muslims across the world the agonizing task of self-definition and self-explanation. It has placed Muslims in India in the doubly agonizing predicament of fearing a local backlash for what ISIS does as part of its global agenda. I do not believe intolerance will prevail in India. The people here are not stupid. But they live in a trapezium of wildly swinging emotions. And there, belligerents want to have their macabre fun, get their bloodied thrills.
This year, we hope you will join us on December 1 in making a difference with the UN through our campaigns and initiatives. Here are four great ways to get involved.
Nato Russia War,
WorldPost Middle East,
Worldpost Global Order,
MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.
During this holiday season don't limit your recognition of the positive things in your life to just this time of the year. Remember that any moment of any day throughout the year provides an opportunity to practice gratitude, which can benefit you all 365 days.
Rick Steves Europe,
Bread For The World,
Supporting the work of Bread for the World is one of the most effective ways we can help stabilize our world. If you're one of the many who have responded so generously, thank you. Consider sharing this challenge with your friends so we can further leverage our concern.
New York Times,
Room To Read,
The Life You Can Save,
This week's New York Times Magazine contains a short, but brilliantly provocative piece by "On Money" writer, Adam Davidson, titled "Saving the World, Startup-Style." The issue is important because roughly one billion men, women and children live in dire poverty on less than a dollar a day.
If somebody is trying to use a marker to marginalize the vulnerable, it is time to undermine the marginalization by appropriating the marker for the multitude. That's why we should all speak a little Arabic on the plane today.
Throughout history, we haven't always reciprocated generosity, as seen by how we've treated our native neighbors. That shouldn't preclude us from giving thanks to them now, and from continuing to be welcomers ourselves.
I am trying to stay above water. Trying not to drown in the poisonous pool of hate and ignorance. I am doing what I can, writing the op-eds, making sure the media hears our voices and continuing my daily work in pursuit of justice not only for my own community but for my sister communities.
In Toronto, the community event Supper with Syria, is a social experiment to allow Syrians, some of whom are refugees, to become co-creators of the narratives on Syria and refugees, by showcasing their culture and their stories.
When people see my husband and I -- he, the "good looking" male and me, the "fat" woman -- supporting each other and showcasing our love, it challenges stereotypes.
Sustainable Development Goals,
Palms For Life,
Palms For Life Fund,
As Palms for Life Fund implements its second development project in Swaziland, we are constantly faced with questions that give us tremendous pause for thought.
Following a FIFA Women's World Cup marred by a lawsuit over artificial turf, unequal prize money, and a corruption scandal, 2015 was on track to leave us with more questions than answers about what will come next to bridge these gaps.
I want to start off with a rhetorical question, and then lead you through a transformative process to use with your most at-risk elementary or secondary level students (or even college students as well). The rhetorical question is this: How do astronauts get into a spaceship; do they enter from the top or bottom?