Delhi must regulate agencies to stop abuse of maids, activists say
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities in the Indian capital must enforce an order to regulate hundreds of employment agencies behind the trafficking, abuse and exploitation of children and women working as domestic servants in middle-class homes, activists said on Monday.
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The nightmare of sex trafficking never fully goes away.
For some, post-traumatic stress disorder continues for years after they’re rescued. For others, like this Malawian girl recently freed from forced prostitution, they must learn to live with HIV.
REBLOG to raise awareness and help make this the generation be the one that ends slavery forever.
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"Can you tell me more about your everyday life on the station? How are you planning to do your hair?"
That was an actual question asked of Yelena Serova at press conference about her upcoming trip to the ISS. Apparently only female cosmonauts can be asked about their hair and grooming routines, even if they’re about to make history.
Oops, I design-raged.
Poster mock-up from here.
Edit: Though I wasn’t explicitly thinking of it at the time, it occurred to me after the fact that the tagline “Women Are Not Outside for Your Entertainment" almost certainly came to my mind because of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s awesome Stop Telling Women to Smile campaign. Credit where credit is due!
From the tropics to to the poles, from small islands to large continents, in big cities and small towns, climate change is happening
Smart actions can protect our food supply, our drinking water, our quality of life and the jobs of millions of people. But we must act now. It will cost too much later on.
This is why activists, celebrities and policy makers from around the world are showing their support for climate action in this new video ahead of the UN #Climate2014 Summit.
Feminism and equality is a conversation, and an issue, that affects us all. Emma Watson nails it with her speech introducing the He For She campaign.
Don’t suffer in silence.
"Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed." - Mason Cooley
According to the World Health Organisation the disease which takes the most active years from the global population is depression; and in the 20 years between 1990 and 2010 there was a 38% global increase in the diagnosis of depressive disorders. With ongoing threats of war, fear of famine, epidemics such as HIV and Ebola, limited public health services and high rates of crime, it is little wonder that three quarters of sufferers come from low or low-middle income countries. The effect of depression in such countries is amplified as often the sufferer cannot work, family members become carers and there are seldom families who have a safety net of monies to assist during hard times. Yet despite this growing issue many developing countries have a lack of mental health policy and practically none-existing budgets for mental health services.
This issue has come to prominence due to an increase of spending in basic health services within developing countries. Better nutrition, control of infectious diseases and reproductive health has led to an increase in life expectancy; and with many children now reaching their late teens and early 20s the prevalence of depressive disorders is increasing.
Current research suggests that women are almost twice as likely to develop depression, which is cause for concern. In particular the shift of hormones during and post pregnancy places women at an elevated risk of suffering mental anguish. Research by the World Health Organisation suggests that between 20% to 40% of mothers in low or low-middle income countries suffer depression during or following childbirth, which may in turn have a detrimental affect on the child’s growth and development.
A study into postnatal depression of mothers in India (Gender, Poverty, and Postnatal Depression; Patel, Rodrigues and DeSouza - 2002) found that 23% of mothers examined 6 - 8 weeks after birth were considered to be suffering with postnatal depression. Gender based factors, including pressure for male children, marital violence, poverty and low-level education, were proven to be the determinative causes of postnatal depression. It has long been the case that male children are coveted in India and often the birth of a daughter will be blamed upon the mother. It therefore follows that expectant mothers who already have daughters feel under unjustifiable pressure to give birth to a son, and this significantly increases the likelihood of her developing depression.
Unfortunately in many low-income countries there remains a lack of education surrounding the topic of mental health, including the causative factors and treatment thereof. Often the stigma attached to mental illness is such that sufferers will keep a diagnosis secret from their immediate family, and for those who do seek medical treatment they are more likely to present their symptoms as physical ailments. The inability to engage in such vital resources can have a devastating effect, for example in South Asia the rate of suicide is higher than death rates for road accidents and HIV/Aids.
A lack of education surrounding depressive illness in low-income countries is debilitating. Due to a myriad of more obvious illnesses treating mental health is considered something of a luxury, and this is particularly concerning when considering the distinct lack of mental health services for new mothers. Mental health is not being adequately provided for by gynecologists or midwives and immediate redress is required. A considered and sustained campaign to educate low-income countries on mental health is necessary, but this will only be effective if complimented with the introduction of additional mental health services. Failure to address this issue in the immediate future will only hamper the progression of other vital and basic health services.
Americans often risk arrests to protest for a range of causes – from climate change to better wages. The arrests, however, might cost them.
"Look at Ferguson. Look at all of the arrests that have happened. All of these individuals who might have a record that they might not even realize that in six months, or several years down the road, will follow them and could cause them to lose a job.”
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Let’s talk about ….human rights of ethnic minorities.
Burma consists of numerous ethnic minorities, who for decades have cried out for the rehabilitation of their territory and the recognition of their rights.
Since 1949, the year of the constitution of the National Union Karen, the Karen people, a native group of Burmese and Tibet origins, have fought in a peaceful way for their independence.
Throughout this time, the Burmese authorities have answered with further repression and policies of ethnic cleansing, including targeting women and turning them into victims of rape.
Numerous ethnic groups have been forced to leave their territories in Burma to take refuge within nearby countries or moved forcibly within the country.
Among them are the Padaung women (collectively called “women giraffes “), a subgroup of the Karen, who have sadly became notorious as tourist attractions due to their peculiarity.
“I am 19 years old and I have two children. My education was stopped due to my marriage at a young age. But now I have started studying again, because I want to be educated and I need to be,” says Manahil from Pakistan.
Manahil’s voice is part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, who have shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation. Activists say the world’s girls are not represented in the current Millennium Development Goals, which focus on education and poverty, by failing to address child marriage, genital mutilation and adolescent pregnancy.
The United Nations plans to replace the current goals with a new agenda for 2015, and activists are pushing for world leaders and policy makers to turn their attention to girls.
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Landmark Uganda case shows why, for women in Africa, the choice to have a baby is often also a choice to die
In Uganda 16 women die during childbirth daily. Only in Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea and Egypt is childbirth getting less dangerous.