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UNICEF Turns Pinterest’s Consumer Focus On Its Head



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.

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

“2011: A bitter-sweet year for the Ugandan woman” #hwhtw

Lots to celebrate for women in Uganda this year, but more progress to be made, too.

2011: A bitter-sweet year for the Ugandan woman

By Stephen Ssenkaaba

“This is the year that Uganda scored highly on the international scene when Justice Julia Ssebutinde, the calm yet firm former Uganda High Court judge was elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It was a tight race that pitted her against highly experienced ICJ judge from Sierra Leone, Abdul Koroma. Sebutinde becomes the third woman elected to the ICJ and the first African woman to assume this position.

“Nationally, women continued to assume influential positions in cabinet, parliament and at different levels of leadership. It was this year that Uganda got its first female speaker of parliament.

“Rebecca Kadaga, also the Kamuli woman MP beat opposition’s Nandala Mafabi to the helm of Uganda’s legislative body. Since her election, the outspoken lawyer has held the parliamentary bull by the horns so far steering the August house into fiery debates. Kadaga’s election seemed not to have gone down well with some legislators; indeed the press has reported unconfirmed attempts to bring her down.

“The Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association and the Uganda Women’s Network came out to rally behind her  one of their own and to call for support for Uganda’s most high ranking woman politician.

“Speaking politics, this year recorded an increase in number of women ministers appointed to cabinet from 16 last year to 22…”

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February 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

“SIERRA LEONE: Women moving forward in politics” @irinnews #hwhtw

SIERRA LEONE: Women moving forward in politics

DAKAR, 8 August 2011 (IRIN) – When Marie Jalloh first ran for office in 2007, resistance to women in politics in Sierra Leone was so strong she faced harassment and intimidation from local authorities. Now, not only is she a member of parliament; she and other women, along with local NGOs, have brought the country closer to a legal quota for women in decision-making posts.

Campaigners say more women in power would go a long way to improving people’s living conditions and fostering development…

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August 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

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