Telling women who have prepared all their lives to be good mothers, wives, and Relief Society Presidents that they are expected now to do more work within the church without being paid and without much thanks is not liberation, not really.
Addressing inequality, a complex web of intersecting oppression and societal discomfort with the inclusion of people who engage in commercial sex is harder than blaming the sex trade for the exploitation and marginalization of women.
Tech projects aimed at women's safety are hot right now: a new one pops up every couple of weeks. It's easy to get excited about them, because violence against women is a persistent problem, and tech holds the promise of a shiny, new, and groundbreaking solution. But there's a lot below the surface.
The good news is that countries can reverse historic trends. Indeed some governments are already exceeding expectations on key health goals. The bad news is that the Sustainable Development Goal target, of 70 deaths per 100,000 is less than half that.
Gloria Steinem has been at the forefront of the women's rights movement for decades, and at age 81, she's still striving to break down the barriers that have blocked full equality for women.
Over the past several years, many studies have shown the advantages of teams which are diverse in terms of skills, age, culture, personality and, most especially, gender. Diverse teams, when well led, are more innovative and creative.
Sudara was established to provide training and jobs for survivors of human trafficking. By creating employment, and thus the opportunity for economic independence, Sudara offers an alternative pathway for women and children who have been otherwise unable to leave the sex industry.
Farm from a Box, which has been 3 years in the making, came from their personal passion to find a different and sustainable way to reinvent food aid particularly in areas where natural resources, infrastructure and technology are scarce.
They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy women who are making a positive difference.
I marvel at how many different ways there are to become "famous" these days...reality TV (hello, Kardashians!), YouTube, and so forth and yet how hard it can be to be recognized for substantive and positive, world-changing accomplishments.
Since men do not have direct experience of the damage that female pornography causes, they might have to trust us, to listen to and honor what we are telling them. They may also have to tell themselves the truth about the suffering their behavior causes.
"What do you do?" I dread that question because the answer is complicated. People often ask this question in order to place the subject into a neat bo...
Marriage is complicated. Divorce is more complicated. Divorce in Jewish law is, like most things in Jewish law, detailed and exact. Orthodox Jewish law dictates that a divorce is only valid when the husband gives his wife a "get" (divorce decree).
Traditionally, we have simply considered hunger the lack of food. Our development efforts have reflected that idea by focusing much of our food aid on providing sufficient calories to survive. Just as important, however, is the need for food that provides necessary nutrients for healthy lives.
The first step to being fully alive is the recognition that you are the one holding yourself back. This is the cornerstone for all the other steps. When you get that at a deep level, you can decide your path to freedom. Whether it's therapy, a 12-step group or the support of good friends, use the resources that are available.
Not only will you find more joy and passion, so will those around you, breathing in your fresh mojo glow. You deserve it. You need it. Your family will thank you. Your work will feel easier. The world will be brighter.