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Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Nigeria Contained Ebola; Can We Contain Lassa Fever and Zika Virus?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | February 8, 2016 | Impact
On the 14th January 2016, the World Health Organisation declared an end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Less than a day later, a new case in Sierra Leone was detected, indicating that the path to eradication must be paved with vigilance and patience. ...
Kristi York Wooten

What Pancakes and Snowflakes Taught Me About the African Spirit

Kristi York Wooten | February 7, 2016 | Impact
In the new documentary film, Imba Means Sing, viewers go behind the scenes with the African Children's Choir as it embarks on a tour of America and Britain. When the preteen singers prepare to leave their homes in Uganda for 500 days on the road, we...
Taffan Ako Sharif

I Am Not Illegal, I Am Not a Crime - I Am a Refugee

Taffan Ako Sharif | February 7, 2016 | UK Universities & Education
The people that are coming are people who have invested a lot both humanly and financially to get to Europe. You pay thousands of dollars per person just to get on these small rubber boats from Turkey to Greece in hopes of not drowning. You become illegal. You are a crime. You hide in trucks filled with people dead and alive, all fighting for one thing: freedom. The issue becomes even more personal for me when I know that my mother and I have walked the same path as these children have.
Stephanie Rector

How to Save a Life in the Time It Takes to Watch the Super Bowl

Stephanie Rector | February 7, 2016 | Women
Not all of us are lucky enough to breathe freely during the holidays, on Super Bowl Sunday, and every other day of the year. The victims of domestic violence in communities across the U.S. deserve legal assistance so that to ensure they are safe and secure.
John Wellington Ennis

Powerful #OscarsSoWhite Street Art by Plastic Jesus

John Wellington Ennis | February 6, 2016 | Entertainment
The ongoing controversy over the Academy Awards' lack of diversity was realized in a street art installation piece left on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood by Plastic Jesus, known for past attention-getting art critical of the Oscars.
Tamesha Keel

Move the Ball: Testing the Rooney Rule to Increase Diversity Within the Legal Profession

Tamesha Keel | February 6, 2016 | Impact
Diversity and the lack thereof has remained a hot topic at every turn. From sports and entertainment, academia, to legal and tech industries, the data illustrates the sobering reality that more work remains to be done to attain truly diverse and inclusive environments within our global society. Therefore, it is imperative to move beyond discourse to action.
Katherine Marshall

Ending FGC: The Religious Factor

Katherine Marshall | February 6, 2016 | Religion
Since 2012, February 6 has been marked each year as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. This reflects a wide global consensus that the ancient practice of cutting female genitals is a patent violation of human rights and human dignity.
Lisa Yue

Charles Tillman: Super Bowl Star and Heart Hero

Lisa Yue | February 7, 2016 | Impact
I'm normally am not a big football fan. But this Sunday I will actually be watching the game in support of Charles Tillman, a Carolina Panthers cornerback who brings his "A-game" to everything he does on and off the field.
Marian Wright Edelman

Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | February 5, 2016 | Politics
Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: The Pope Blesses China

Nathan Gardels | February 7, 2016 | World
Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom's ancient civilization to the global stage as enriching for us all. (continued)
Baroness Featherstone

The Fight to End FGM Is Still Far From Over

Baroness Featherstone | February 6, 2016 | UK Politics
Our record on bringing perpetrators to justice is woeful - even though we know FGM goes on all the time either here or in the girls' mother countries - both of which are illegal. A prosecution was brought - but the defendant was acquitted and so we are still awaiting our first successful prosecution...
Taylor Gleeson

Coming Together to Heal Our Nation of the Gun Violence Epidemic

Taylor Gleeson | February 5, 2016 | Impact
Growing up in a country where Isla Vista, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech are common vocabulary, we strive to add the underrepresented youth voice to an issue that has so heavily affected our generation's upbringing.
Irene Monroe

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Building Should Become LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter

Irene Monroe | February 5, 2016 | Queer Voices
The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC's largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth. And the Ali Forney Center has launched a fundraising drive to grab the space.
Ariel Zwang

Sex Trafficking Increases Around The Super Bowl. Truth Or Myth?

Ariel Zwang | February 5, 2016 | Impact
Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously went on record to call the Super Bowl "the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States." This simply isn't true. The Super Bowl sex trafficking hype is just that.
Yasamin Beitollahi

Millennials Paving The Way: Advice To My Younger Self

Yasamin Beitollahi | February 5, 2016 | Impact
I recently reached out to some of the most influential and inspiring people in my life for smart and practical advice they would give to their younger selves. These role models are proof that even in times of change, the glass ceiling can be crushed.
Fran Drescher

A Heart Attack? Me? I Don't Think So...

Fran Drescher | February 5, 2016 | Impact
I'm a health activist and this is important stuff that needs to be heard. So listen up ladies, women's heart health is no laughing matter. It's not some lady problem that can go away with a Midol.
Chandran Nair

The Other Entrepreneurs: The Resilient Farmers of Timor-Leste

Chandran Nair | February 5, 2016 | World
Maria Fatima is the chief of Maudemo, a village in Timor-Leste where life has long centered on small-scale farming. But with output from village farms facing rising competition from cheap, factory-processed foods, Maria spends much of her time helping her community look for ways of producing better tasting, higher-value food both for them to eat themselves and sell in nearby markets.
Ryan Rudominer

Corporate Social Responsibility Matters: Ignore Millennials at Your Peril

Ryan Rudominer | February 5, 2016 | Impact
The bottom line is that the corporate world cannot ignore the demands and expectations of Millennials, who are devout in their desire to associate with companies aligned with their values.
Bryan Dooley

Observations From Below: If You're Not at the Table, You're On the Menu

Bryan Dooley | February 5, 2016 | Impact
As a disability advocate, the best way to get a politician's attention is to vote for or against them. Come to the table by being an informed voter or you'll likely end up on the menu.
Katherine Ripley

Why I Became a Vegetarian (After So Many Years of Being an Enthusiastic Carnivore)

Katherine Ripley | February 7, 2016 | Impact
I never thought I would become a vegetarian. To be honest, I used to think vegetarians were snooty people with "holier than thou" attitudes. I never asked the questions I was afraid to know the answers to. Now, I know the truth.
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