Every person’s voice has the power to make a huge difference in the world, including in the fight to end extreme poverty. When you connect with your representatives, you are letting them know what changes you want to see in the world and telling them to make it happen. Here are just four of the ways you can contact your officials and make your voice heard: 1. Call them Picking up the phone and calling your elected official is a great way...
Throughout history, many inventions have undoubtedly helped women. Everything from birthing kits, to video technology, to agricultural developments, and so much more have helped women thrive and fight for better, more equal lives. Among all the great products that have impacted women around the world, there is an unsung hero: the bicycle. You might be thinking: What do bikes have to do with gender equality? As it turns out, a whole lot! The long journey of the bicycle, originally...
Across 37 African countries, from the grassy savannas to the towering forests, herds of African elephants can be found roaming in their natural habitats. These massive and intelligent creatures are essential to the continent in multiple ways. Without them, drastic changes could occur to local ecosystems and to local human communities. Unfortunately, they currently face immense danger at the hands of hunting and poaching. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'RrSK1CjkQYRgh_2fv6iR7w',sig:'ng74B8JMhf_zm6a7Yb7ZL1S8tulRC8Har4EJImOZ6u8=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'915710858',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Elephant hunting has long occurred around the world. In...
Throughout history, women have changed the world with their strength, resistance, passion, and determination to create a better future. While the fight for equality continues, it’s important to remember the accomplishments of well-known idols and discover new ones who are shaping the world today. Here are 10 women from different countries and time periods who championed the fight for equality: Embed from Getty Images Wangari Maathai Wangari Maathai greatly improved the economic and social status of Kenyan women in rural areas by combining...
In just a few weeks, people around the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day. This day marks a time for reflection on the sexism that still exists across the globe, while also celebrating the amazing strides that women have made in combating the inequality they face. Nowhere in the world do women have the same opportunities as men, and in many countries, women’s rights and opportunities are limited by law. Last year, we compiled a list of 9 anti-women laws...
In a world where women are not always given the same opportunities as men, a film that shows powerful women breaking down gender barriers deserves celebration. Audiences are gearing up to see the highly-anticipated Marvel film Black Panther, and for all the right reasons. In addition to having a predominantly African-American cast, the film features an ensemble of vital female characters. Fierce warriors, a powerful queen, and a young genius don’t just work beside the hero — they are heroes...
The first full-length trailer for Black Panther gave audiences a sneak peek at the fictional nation of Wakanda. There’s a lot to love about the look of this land, but its awe-striking technology stands out. Some backstory: Before protagonist T’Challa inherited the throne, Wakanda was ruled by his father, T’Chaka. After a meteorite containing vibranium (a fictional super-metal) crashed into the nation, T’Chaka feared that the rest of the world would attempt to seize the land for the precious resource. He...
Audiences around the world are getting ready to see Black Panther and dive into the film’s fictional kingdom of Wakanda. Though the film’s setting is a work of fantasy, the cultural influences behind it are entirely real. South-African actor John Kani plays T’Chaka, the old king of Wakanda who is succeeded by the film’s protagonist, T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman. Kani brought the language of isiXhosa into Black Panther, and made it the official language of Wakanda in Captain America:...
If anyone understands the power of narrative, it’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The highly-acclaimed Nigerian author has many achievements to her name, including becoming a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and having one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time, “The Danger of A Single Story.” Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'d6_dD-b6RYZzCWOUKJ29lA',sig:'UJ8Kmj48BmSxDc7rHB2O5tsTde3C6xx518UE_wlVlCQ=',w:'594px',h:'409px',items:'909740240',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); There’s no doubt that the narratives found in stories shape how we see the world. Adichie knows too well how problems can arise when a...
More than 130 million girls weren’t given the chance to go to school today. That’s why people around the world are adding their voices to the #GirlsCount campaign to tell our elected officials that they need to make girls’ education a priority. Girls’ Voices shares in our passion to educate girls around the world. Their organization believes that “when a girl stays in school, she has the power to transform lives, families, and communities.” Through digital media training, they’re empowering...