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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/

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

Be the Change: Promise Rings from Tumbleweed Bead Co. @shoptumbleweed #hwhtw

Jewelry makers Tumbleweed Bead Co. have launched The Promise Project to donate a portion of proceeds from their promise rings to charities that empower women.  $1 from each ring sold (they start at $10!) goes to Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley.  But why promise rings?

“Inspiration for our Promise Rings came from a fabulous friend. She bought herself a ring, made herself a promise, and wore the ring as a constant reminder to keep that promise to herself! ”

Read more and buy your ring here: http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com/pages/promise-project

August 6, 2012 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Empower Girls Through Football In A Slum In India” @realitygives @YuwaFootball #hwhtw

Reality Gives and YUWA are raising funds for a girls’ football program in the infamous Dharavi slum in Mumbai – the setting of Slumdog Millionaire.  (I visited Reality’s community center and school in Dharavi last year and was impressed with their work.)  Check out this video telling the story of how soccer changed one girl’s life for the better!

Watch the video: 

Learn more and donate to the project: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/football-for-girls-empowerment/

June 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm 1 comment

TODAY: “#AskUNWomen Twitter chat on gender equality and sustainable development” @UN_Women

In the lead-up to Rio, grab this chance to chat with  UN Women’s Director of Policy, Saraswathi Menon, on Twitter!  Starting at 10 AM Eastern (US) time, submit your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskUNWomen.

“How can women contribute to sustainable development? How can they benefit from it? Want to know more about UN Women’s work in this area? In the week leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UN Women’s expert and Director of Policy Saraswathi Menon will answer your questions live during an interactive twitter chat on gender equality and sustainable development.”

Where: #AskUNWomen & @UN_Women on Twitter

Read more: http://www.unwomen.org/events/55/askunwomen-twitter-chat-on-gender-equality-and-sustainable-development/

June 13, 2012 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

“Roominate: Make It Yours!” @Kickstarter @RoominateToy #STEM #hwhtw

Fantastic Kickstarter idea: a toy that gets girls excited about engineering, math, and science!

“Roominate is a kit of wooden building pieces and circuit components with which a child can use her creativity to design, build, wire, and decorate her own unique interactive room.

“AND, the rooms are attachable and stackable, enabling girls to build and design expandable structures. The pieces are made to be simple and intuitive so as to allow a girl to explore and discover on her own.”

Read more: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/369073015/roominate-make-it-yours

May 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Tahirih Justice Center is hiring! @tahirihjustice #DCjobs #hwhtw

Want your career to make a difference for women?  Just got this announcement from Tahirih Justice Center:

Are you committed to protecting vulnerable women and girls fleeing violence? The Tahirih Justice Center is looking for talented and committed people to join our team!

We are looking to fill the following positions:


Immigration and Family Law Paralegal (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Web and Data Specialist (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Social Services Case Aide – Temporary (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Volunteer Attorney (Washington, DC Area or Baltimore, MD) (PDF)

Major Gift Officer (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)  

Immigration Legal Advocate (Houston, TX) (PDF) 

Bahá’í Service Fellowship – Immigration and Social Services Program (Washington, DC Area) (DOC)       
For more information on these career opportunities click on the links above or visit our website.

Tahirih also has multiple internship opportunities and options for you to support our work as a volunteer.

 

May 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Every Mother Counts launches “No Mothers Day” @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw #moms

Every Mother Counts, founded by Christy Turlington Burns, and CHI & Partners are launching an innovative campaign this Mother’s Day to bring attention to the importance of maternal health care.

“The cornerstone of the campaign is a short social issue film that features moms encouraging other moms to join in solidarity by disappearing May 13th, Mother’s Day, because ‘our silence can speak the loudest for all mothers.’ Click here to watch the video.

“Our goal is to leverage Mother’s Day—the day when people are thinking about their mothers most—as a moment to bring the facts about maternal mortality to a wider audience. We believe that once people know the facts, they will want to do what they can to engage. Our hope is that the No Mothers Day campaign will spark energy into Every Mother Counts’ overarching goal of driving 5 million individual actions on maternal health by 2015.

“How You Can Help:
·      Spread the word about our short social issue film and sharing it with your network;
·      Sign up to take part in No Mothers Day yourself on our Facebook page;
·      Inform your friends about the issue of maternal health and with their help, we can prevent 90% of the fatalities that occur due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth; and
·      Post about the No Mothers Day campaign on your social media outlets with the language below.”

Whether you’re a mom, or just have one, find out how you can participate: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a37060f836a37740beac206a0&id=7e702b3c8d&e=f50fa4b46c

May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

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