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Sasha Bronner is a Senior Reporter for The Huffington Post. She previously worked at United Talent Agency, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Vanity Fair. She graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in English and creative writing and still plans to one day write a novel with the first line Mama goes mad.

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맷 데이먼은 당신이 '숙녀분께 한 잔 사기'를 원한다. 아니, 술 이야기가 아니다

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 12:06 PM

‘마션’에서 맷 데이먼의 캐릭터가 겪는 가장 큰 어려움 중 하나는(스포일러 주의!) 화성에 혼자 남았는데 물이 없다는 점이다. 흔한 상황은 아니지만, 데이먼의 팬들이 생각하는 것보다 데이먼과는 관련이 깊은 상황이다.

깨끗한 물을 구하는 것에 크게 신경 쓰는 것은 그에겐 그저 헐리우드 영화 플롯만은 아니다. 최근 25년간 그는 전세계 여성들에게 깨끗한 물과...

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A UK Columnist Suggested Female Doctors Are Hurting The System. They Had The Perfect Response

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 4:29 PM

When Sunday Times columnist Dominic Lawson claimed this weekend that female doctors are to blame for England's department of health problems, expect a great Twitter hashtag to be born, stat.

#LikeALadyDoc took off on Twitter Monday as people responded to Lawson's sexist article, which claimed that an increasing number...

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Matt Damon Wants You To 'Buy A Lady A Drink.' But, Not Like That

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 5:50 PM

One of the biggest problems for Matt Damon's character in his film "The Martian" (note: spoiler alert!) is that he doesn't have water while stranded alone on planet Mars. Not an everyday situation -- sure -- but it's one that Damon has more of a connection to than his fans might realize.

Caring deeply about access to clean water isn't just a Hollywood plot line for him. For the last 25 years, he has worked tirelessly to help bring clean water and sanitation to women all over the globe.

Around the world, 663 million people live without access to safe water. That's twice the population of the United States -- but Damon feels that this crisis disproportionately affects women. It's estimated that women in the developing world walk a combined 125 million miles a day to collect water for their families. 

This month, his organization is teaming up for the second time with Stella Artois for their "Buy a Lady a Drink" campaign, which encourages the purchase of hand-designed chalices from Kenya, Peru and Haiti.

Every chalice purchased provides one person with five years of clean water. Last year they brought five years of clean water to more than 290,000 women in the developing world.

The campaign's focus in 2015 was on women’s long journeys for clean water. This year, the campaign showcases the positive impact that access to clean water can have. Damon and Stella Artois will unveil three new short films from the project at the Sundance Film Festival next week.

Damon sat down with The Huffington Post in December on the set of one video shoot to talk about how water became his cause -- and how he hopes we'll all consider what kind of legacy we want to leave behind in this world. 

The Huffington Post: Do you view the global water crisis as a women’s issue?

Matt Damon: Absolutely. The water collection falls onto the women in the family. The matriarch of the household is doing the water collection or it’s the girls in the family. The girls are the ones disproportionally affected by lack of clean water and sanitation issues.

How did you first get involved in this cause over two decades ago?

I was on a trip organized by One, Bono’s organization. It was a listening and learning trip through a few different African countries. Each day had a different learning focus, like micro-finance, or rural or urban AIDs. One day [focused] on water. It started for me there -- by going on a water collection with a girl in Zambia. I started to realize that water was the baseline that underpinned everything. All of these other issues of extreme poverty were impacted by lack of clean water and sanitation.

I realized that millions of kids were dying every year -- completely unnecessarily -- for something that we’d solved in the West, 100 years ago. The scope of it was so massive. I wasn’t aware of anybody talking about it [at the time]. It just seemed like a great way to spend my time in life.

Tell us about the girl you went on the water collection trip with in Zambia.

She was about 13 and I really connected to her. She was lucky because somebody had put a water well about a mile from her house, so she was able to be in school. I waited for her in this very rural village in Zambia and when she came home from school, we walked together to the well and collected water.

But had somebody not sunk that well near her house, she wouldn’t be in school at all. She would be standing in line for water. She was very lucky. 

As I talked to her, I asked her if she was going to stay in her village when she grew up, and she looked at me and said, ‘No, no, I’m going to go to the big city. I’m going to be a nurse.’ There was just something about her. 

It reminded me of being 14 years old in Boston with Ben Affleck and being like, ‘We’re going to go to the big city of New York and be actors.’ Like a teenager. She, too, had these hopes and dreams and it struck me as I was driving away that had she not had that access to water, she wouldn’t have been saying any of that. It would have been all about this horrible scratching to survive to the next day.

Is it challenging to talk to people about this issue? Is there a lack of understanding or awareness about it in the United States?

Yes. It’s hard to talk to adults about it because we can’t relate. You and I don’t really know anybody who’s ever been thirsty. A glass of clean water is never more than 20 feet away from anybody in the West. You can go to a sink or a public tap and get clean water anywhere. To even explain the enormity of this issue itself -- it’s just very hard for people to wrap their brains around it.

What is one way you explain it?

Every year, your kid gets sick -- they have diarrhea, they maybe miss a day of school. But that’s a death sentence in some places. That is hard for people to connect emotionally, which is also an important part of becoming a donor or getting engaged with an issue. 

With something like cancer or AIDs, we all are affected directly or indirectly by it. But it’s not that way with clean water, unless you’re living or working in the developing world. 

What is something you wish people knew more about in regards to clean water?

I want people to understand intellectually and emotionally that this issue can be solved. In this country, we tend to respond to stuff that works. It doesn’t matter what your politics are -- if something works, we want to do it, promote it and pursue it.  

There are solutions that are completely available and practical. We are talking about leaving your mark. What is this generation’s legacy going to be? We can actually be the generation that solves this crisis. 

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What 3 Intimate Selfies Taught This Woman About The ‘Perfect’ Body

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 3:44 PM


Jennifer Kramer has always been a hard worker. She worked hard when she started running marathons at the age of 25. She worked hard to build her own skincare business from the ground up. And she worked really hard to overcome her fear of learning how...

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16 Ways To Hit The Refresh Button In The New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 3:46 PM

After a jolly season of turkey dinners, holiday parties, Champagne cocktails and more social obligations than you can even remember, it's natural to want to pause and hit the refresh button in the new year.

That doesn't mean making a new year's resolution to lose weight. Instead, there are...

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"왜 아직도 싱글이냐"는 질문에 완벽한 대답을 내놓은 여성

(3) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 11:01 AM

당신이 만약 나는 왜 지금까지 싱글일까 생각해본 적 있다면, (우리 대부분 어느 순간 그렇게 생각해봤겠지만) 그 관점을 뒤집어야 할지도 모른다.

70세의 한 인도 여성이 왜 애인이 없느냐는 질문에 완벽한 답을 내놓았기 때문이다.

인도 뭄바이에 사는 사람들의 모습을 담는 인스타그램 계정 '휴먼즈 오브 뭄바이'는 4일 전 이...

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「なぜ独身なの?」と聞かれた70歳女性の返答がシンプルながらも素晴らしい

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2015 | 1:37 AM

あなたがもし今までに、自分はどうして独り身なんだろうと考えたことがあれば、見方を変えてみるべきかもしれない。

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70-Year-Old Woman Has The Perfect Response To 'Why Are You Single?'

(7) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 1:26 PM

If you've ever spent time wondering why you're single -- which, please, most of us have at some point -- maybe you should consider flipping your perspective.

One 70-year-old woman in India has a pretty excellent answer for why she's unattached (not that you need one at all).

In...

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17 ocasiones en las que te gustaría volver a la infancia

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 8:21 AM

Cuando se es pequeño, parece que todos los adultos (o los hermanos mayores) te dicen "ya lo entenderás cuando seas mayor". Aunque es verdad que la edad ayuda a comprender muchas cosas más, las vacaciones de Navidad nos recuerdan lo guay que era ser niño.

Hay días en...

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Instagram's Favorite Travelers Will Inspire You To Pack Your Bags

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 1:55 PM


Instagram-stalking our favorite travelers can be almost as satisfying as traveling ourselves -- it's free, after all! When there are such talented people out there showing off the world's beauty, it's impossible not to add a new country to our dream list every week.


Russian photographer Murad...

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17 Times You Wish You Could Be A Kid Instead Of An Adult Woman

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 6:57 PM

As a kid, it seemed like adults (or older siblings) often said, "You'll understand when you're older." And while age does help usher in a lot of wisdom and knowledge, something about the holidays reminds us that being a kid was also extremely rad.

Some days you just wish you...

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7 Workout Moves You Can Do With Just A Foam Roller

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 12:00 PM

The foam roller is a magical tool used to ease muscle tightness or soreness before or after workouts. But not everyone knows that a foam roller can also be used during a workout to tone and strengthen muscles. 

General benefits of the foam roller include improving range of motion...

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At Uber Headquarters, Project HEAL Raises More Than $500,000 To Fight Eating Disorders

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Recovering from an eating disorder is an often long, painful and difficult journey. But what many people don’t know is that it is also an extremely expensive one.

It is estimated that 30 million Americans struggle with eating disorders and that it is the mental illness with the...

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내가 태국에서 코끼리 타기를 거부한 이유

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 2:32 PM

언제부터 코끼리가 내게 이렇게 중요해졌는지 모르겠다. 그 정확한 순간을 기억하기는 어렵다. 어렸을 때 가장 좋아하는 색깔이 무엇인지 정했던 그 운명의 날과 비슷하다. 아무도 그건 기억 못한다.

이상하게도, 나는 내가 코끼리를 처음 본 순간조차 기억하지 못한다. 어렸을 때 동물원에 갔다가 보았으리라 생각하지만, 기억은 나지 않는다. 할머니와 함께 '덤보'를 보며 뱃속 가장...

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14 Characters Who Are The Definition Of ‘Type A’

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 7:09 PM

Type A individuals are often derided as "workaholics," "control freaks" or "too competitive." Obviously, Type As, who possess wonderful qualities in addition to not so great ones, are often misunderstood. But if Hollywood success is any indication, Type A characters are universally embraced. 

Some of our favorite...

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Why I Refused to Ride an Elephant in Thailand

(9) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 3:31 PM

I am not certain when elephants became such a big deal to me. The exact moment is hard to remember -- much like the fateful day you chose your favorite color as a child. No one remembers that.

Oddly, I don't even remember the first time I saw an elephant....

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16 sinais de que você é, realmente, o caçula da família

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 5:57 PM

Os irmãos mais jovens fazem parte de uma turminha muito especial. O caçula nunca conheceu um mundo em que ele fosse filho único. Está acostumado a dividir seu espaço com outras pessoas, a não ser sempre o primeiro e a ser alvo de brincadeiras.

Criativos e rebeldes, também...

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Les conseils de Maria Sharapova pour être une femme d'action

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:23 AM

Maria Sharapova est présentement la quatrième meilleure joueuse de tennis au monde, et l’athlète féminine la mieux nantie. Elle a des ententes promotionnelles avec les marques Nike, Evian et Cole Haan.

Une carrière marquée par de nombreuses blessures à mis à rude épreuve sa force physique de même que mentale...

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Como ter sido chamada de 'a mulher mais feia do mundo' mudou a vida de Lizzie Velasquez

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 4:42 PM

"A única forma que eu poderia demonstrar a essas pessoas que isso não seria como eu me definiria nem a minha verdade, era fazer que eu me transformasse, de alguma forma, em alguém melhor."

Até o ano passado ninguém sabia explicar o porquê de Lizzie Velasquez ser como era. Ela...

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16 señales que indican que eres el hermano menor

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 11:30 AM

Los hermanos pequeños forman parte de un grupo muy especial. El hijo menor nunca ha llegado a saber qué se siente ser hijo único. Está acostumbrado a compartir su espacio con otras personas, a no siempre llegar primero y a ser objeto de las burlas.

Suelen ser creativos, rebeldes...

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