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UNICEF Turns Pinterest’s Consumer Focus On Its Head

THE (INTENTIONALLY) SADDEST PINTEREST PAGE IN THE WORLD

BY: JOE BERKOWITZ

UNICEF creates a page for Ami Musa, a young girl from Sierra Leone, to bring her “pinnable” interests and ours into sharp relief…

UNICEF has turned that naked consumerism on its head with a Pinterest board that showcases a human being’s most basic wants.

The world humanitarian organization and agency Weapon 7 recently created a page on Pinterest that ostensibly reflects the wishes and hopes of 13-year old Sierra Leona resident, Ami Musa. While that concept may sound like The Onion-style satire, in execution it’s anything but. While lots of Pinterest pages are chockablock with decorating ideas, wardrobe aspirations, and fantasy meals to cook, young Ami’s reminds us that for some people, running water alone would be a dream come true. Pinterest users can repin her posts and click on any of them to donate.

Read the full article here: http://www.fastcocreate.com/1681565/the-intentionally-saddest-pinterest-page-in-the-world

Follow Ami’s Pinterest board here: http://pinterest.com/AmiMusa/

September 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Egyptian grandmother turns eco-friendly online healthy-food entrepreneur #hwhtw

So many things to like about this story: great news for Egypt’s economy, human health, the environment, and women’s entrepreneurship!

Dried produce seller utilizes solar technology to create a healthy snacking alternative

Megan Detrie
Tue, 21/08/2012 – 11:11
Menar Meebed’s company, Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables, arose out of little more than an attempt to find healthy snacks for her grandchildren.

“My grandchildren used to eat a lot of junk, and I’m not a junk food person, so I wanted to offer them something nutritious, and dried fruits in Egypt is limited to the typical variety of Ramadan food, so I started to dry apples and bananas at home,” Meebed said.

What began as snack time in Meebed’s kitchen has grown to become a thriving business utilizing solar drying technology and local produce, and empowering women in rural areas of Egypt.

Read the full article: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/dried-produce-seller-utilizes-solar-technology-create-healthy-snacking-alternative

August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

“Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs” by @startupbiztalk in @ForbesWoman #myAWD

Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs

Cheryl Isaac, Contributor

Foreign aid can sometimes account for over 90% of a country’s GDP; yet developing nations are quickly learning that foreign aid is not a long-term solution. And over the past few years, we’ve seen just how interconnected the global economy is: a misstep in one economy, affects the global economy.

Dambisa Moyo, economist and author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working And How There is a Better Way For Africa, argues that foreign aid to Africa is hurting, not helping the continent.

“Policymaking…has to set the environment to make it conducive for people to invest, be entrepreneurial and to innovate,” Moyo told Forbes Woman.

Investment in entrepreneurship—particularly women entrepreneurship—can lead to long-term growth in developing countries, the type of change that affects economic development, and a collaborative effort that influences innovation and empowers citizens to contribute to their nation’s GDP.

Read the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/worldviews/2012/07/06/forget-foreign-aid-focus-on-foreign-entrepreneurship-for-women/

July 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm 4 comments

Video: “Break the Silence” @SayNO_UNiTE

“This week’s Say NO – UNiTE Video of the Week (2 – 8 July 2012) is from circleandsquare and was filmed backstage at VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS, a benefit concert for survivors of rape and sexual abuse held on 24 February 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania. It features the song, “Break the Silence,” which was composed for the event by American singer-songwriter Maya Azucena, Kenyan singer-songwriter Maia von Lekow and Kenyan guitarist-vocalist Lavosti.”

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/saynotoviolence

 

July 6, 2012 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

News: “Egypt’s Mursi to Appoint Deputies Including Woman, Christian” via @BloombergNews #hwhtw #Egypt

A hopeful step forward for Egypt…

Egypt’s Mursi To Name Deputies Including Woman, Christian

By Tarek El-Tablawy – Jun 27, 2012 11:18 AM ET

Egypt’s Islamist president-elect plans to name a woman and a Christian among his deputies, as he seeks to form an administration to heal the rifts that polarized the country after last year’s revolt.

Mohamed Mursi, who won a presidential runoff vote on June 24, will appoint as many as five vice presidents “including a Copt, a woman and a member of the youth” activists, his spokesman, Yasser Ali, said by phone today.

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-27/egypt-s-mursi-to-name-deputies-including-woman-christian.html

June 27, 2012 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

Say NO – UNiTE Video of the Week! @UN_Women @USNC_UNWomen @MaggieSchmitz #hwhtw #VAW

Thanks to Maggie Forster Schmitz of USNC-UN Women for sharing!

“Every week UN Women’s Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women YouTube Channel features a different video that speaks on the issue.”

“This week’s Say NO — UNiTE Video of the Week is a profile of the Thuthuzela Care Centres in South Africa produced by UNTV for UN Women.  ‪The Thuthuzela Care Centres are ‘one-stop shops’ designed to address the needs of sexual assault survivors. The centres provide emergency medical care, crisis counseling, police investigation and court preparation in an integrated and survivor-friendly manner.  Watch video >>

“Missed last week’s video? Check out our playlist for Say NO’s 2012 Video of the Week:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL12DEF6ACEBED95DC

“Say NO is always on the lookout for compelling and insightful videos addressing violence against women to feature in its weekly slot. Have a suggestion? Send the name of the video and YouTube url link directly to ryan.brown@unwomen.org

June 12, 2012 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

“Algeria: Increase of Women in Parliament Is a Step Towards Gender Equity” @iKNOW_Politics @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Congrats to Algeria!

“‘UN Women commends Algeria for reaching and surpassing the target of 30 per cent women in parliament as recommended in the Beijing Platform for Action and general recommendations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,’ said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michele Bachelet.”

Read the full article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201205170088.html

May 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

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