Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st 2014: World Aids Day! A Highlight & Awareness

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December 1st marks the key awareness day, World Aids Day, a day to highlight the status of  HIV and AIDS around the world. Also, its focus is to shed light on preventive measures and steps for eradication. First launched in 1988, to alert the world that 2 out of 3 children who were living with the virus were not getting treatment. Today, 35 million people around the world are living with HIV, and it is estimated that 19 million of them are unaware of ever contracting it. 

According to the UN, young women are at extreme risk in certain parts of the world.  Due to the conditions in which they live- poverty, lack of education and security, they are far more susceptible and vulnerable. In addition, access to treatment and preventive care is scarce. 

However, the objective is to stamp out the ghastly virus and disease by 2030. Yet there is one issue that  many experts are gathering. HIV and AIDS are left to compete with the deadly Ebola virus for treatment and resources. Even though the picture seems bleak, new approaches are being made to stamp out HIV and its disease. A fast-track program for 2020 will target the 30 countries around the world that are pervasive for HIV and AIDS. The five year plan, called 90-90-90 will target 90% of the HIV population who knows their HIV status, 90% of those with HIV and on treatment and 90% of people who are on treatment with suppressed viral loads. Though this is just one tactical measure, other plans are being made to  increase deductions by 2020.

For resources and ways you can help, check out the World AIDS Day 2014 Website.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Take Action! Sign The Petition to Elevate Women's Equality Day to a Federal Holiday

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Women For Action launched a campaign to petition political leaders to elevate August 26th, Women’s Equality Day to a federal holiday. Despite it’s forty-three year existence, it is dimly recognized. This special day highlights key contributions that should be celebrated and commemorated with more depth in history books. These events were important to American U.S. history and policy, which ultimately spurred a shift and tone for U.S. society.

Women’s Equality Day was set aside by the United States government in 1971 to commemorate women’s right to vote which was due to the certification of the nineteenth amendment on August 26th, 1920. The institution and installment of the commemoration day was largely due to a 1970 protest on August 26th organized by feminist activists who petitioned for equality in education, employment, and access to childcare. The nationwide movement garnered over 100,000 women across the country and was considered the largest gender equality protest in U.S. history.

The petition, “Elevate Women’s Equality Day to a Federal Holiday” proposes 100,000 signatures in honor of the 100,000+ women protest.

The special day may have all the key ingredients to be highlighted with significance. Women’s right to vote came almost a century after a young Susan B. Anthony asked for equal pay for women teachers. Her campaign for equality, among many others like her such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth went on for several decades. Many of these women warriors died well before their dream of inclusion was realized.  The women’s suffrage movement was not without its timeline of significant strife.  

Women For Action feels that Women’s Equality Day is a strong representation of American ideals--diversity and inclusion.  It serves as a token to remind the American people of road the that’s been traveled and where the country should be headed. Women have been through immense hurdles. Though strides have been made, women are still a long way from equality. Women are still making less than their male counterparts and for women of color, the gap is far greater.  Also, women have lesser numbers in significant forms of leadership. As the petition states, “Recognizing this day as a federal holiday does not resolve all efforts to establish equality…This initiative will bring us a step closer towards balancing the scale and commemorating efforts that support inclusiveness and equality.”

Please join us for this very important initiative to elevate a significant day not just for women, but for all Americans!

To support the petition, visit the following link.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Interview with Filmmakers Neena Nejad & Xoel Pamos and Cast Member, Ruth Trotter from The Price of Honor

Photo of Sarah and Amina Said, Courtesy of The Price of Honor Documentary

It is a chilling story to tell. The film would probably give you goosebumps after watching footage of Amina and Sarah Said or even reading dozens of letters and emails written by Amina.  They were two teen girls who were murdered by their own father, Yaser Said in 2008 simply because they did not want to be forced into marriages. They just wanted to be normal American teenagers and free of an abusive father. Yaser could  not depart from the perception that his daughters had been corrupted. For that, they were killed! [read]

Monday, October 27, 2014

ITALY & BRAZIL: Interview with Professor Massimo Canevacci and Flavia Kremer Discussing the Bororo Culture and Tradition (Part Two)

Bororo girl (Photo courtesy of Massimo Canevacci)

In Part Two of this interview series with Professor Massimo Canevacci and Flavia Kremer, both professors discuss their research and compassion for the Bororo people in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Bororos attempt to hold on to tradition. Yet there are many outside threats. They are often terrorized by vicious local predators, westernization (religion and dominance) and modernization. The passing of the late José Carlos Kuguri, the last great Mestre dos Cantos (master of songs) was a blow to many feelings of optimism. [read]