In Life Sometimes the Rain Must Fall

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) Insight The skill here is in learning to ask tough questions and to give honest answers. It’s about asking yourself hard questions — about your strengths and weaknesses, for example, or about the role you play in your own … [Read more...]

INCEST is more rampant than one knows…Take Action!

Does INCEST strip the INNOCENCE of a CHILD?   That is the Question .... The problem is that this information is rarely tracked by third world countries. In developed nations, the case of sexual abuse, will always be naturally under reported. In the case of consensual incest, the topic is still taboo, but due to the nature of consent, we have a better picture.   High Incest Activity Countries That is a hard question to answer. Several countries share the spot for … [Read more...]

CEDAW turns 30 ~ Celebrating on July 9th ~ United Nations Headquarters, New York

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the creation of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, UN Women and OHCHR will host an event to celebrate its work. The event will highlight the Committee’s work on the protection and promotion of women’s human rights under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and will include a special focus on women’s political participation and leadership. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the … [Read more...]

UN Women calls for women’s central role in achieving sustainability

At a press conference on 18 June during The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women calls for women’s central role in achieving sustainability. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change, joins the press conference. Venue: Main Press briefing room, Media Centre, Pavilion 3, Riocentro … [Read more...]

What is going to happen in Rio?

What has in the past and what is going to happen in Rio 2012?   Rio+20: from environment to sustainable development To grasp the background and stakes of Rio+20, it is useful to have a look at the Stockholm-to-Rio continuum of the Conferences, and to go through some key milestones in the long march that gave birth to international agreements on sustainable development. How did we move from Environment to Sustainable Development, what are the consequences of this move, and where … [Read more...]

ARGENTINA – Gender Training for Peacekeepers

“Women hold the key to doors that are closed to men.” So says Victor Nuñez, Commodore in Argentina’s Air Force, who has seen his female colleagues use such keys for the benefit of many communities while on peace missions. For instance, during such operations, women have access to testimonies from survivors of domestic and sexual violence, who might be reluctant to discuss their case with a man. During humanitarian operations in orphanages and schools, women can often connect more quickly … [Read more...]

MARCIA MARTIN – New Year’s Rainforest Request

Marcia Martin Productions, LLC ~ New Year's Rainforest Request To Family, friends, and colleagues, This is a request for your immediate help. Three years ago I witnessed first hand the beauty of the Amazon rainforest and the Achuar people who have lived there untouched by our modern world for thousands of years. I also learned about the fragility of this pristine land and how vital the rainforest is to all of us; not only is it the home of an incredible diversity of plants and animals … [Read more...]

UN Women Partners with One Day on Earth; Captures Gender Issues on Camera

  On 11 November 2011 (11-11-11), UN Women joins 20,000 filmmakers worldwide to capture the human experience in a 24-hour period. The collaborative effort — that brings together a number of UN agencies and non-profits — is part of the second annual One Day on Earth initiative aimed at forming a geo-tagged shared film archive that covers wide-ranging issues related to the Millennium Development Goals, from poverty to human rights. Joining One Day on Earth as a partner this year, UN … [Read more...]

Avaaz.org – Urgent: Hours for Palestine‏

Dear Amazing Avaaz community, Emergency -- within hours, President Abbas will decide whether to stand up to US pressure and let the world vote on Palestinian statehood, or leave New York with nothing achieved. Let's flood our governments with phone calls and messages telling them to stand behind Abbas, and send a massive wave of support to him to stand strong -- it will be delivered by an Avaaz flotilla of ships that will sail past the UN tomorrow morning: Today, Palestine's … [Read more...]

Brazil – Extended Spiritual Journey, Grandmothers Council Taking Action!

10th International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers in Brazil Extended Spiritual Journey In light of the Tenth Grandmother's Gathering and for those who would like to continue traveling in Brazil after the Gathering is completed, Grandmothers Maria Alice and Clara have created an Extended Spiritual Journey travel package, including trips to different sacred sites in Brasilia and a journey into Céu do Mapiá, in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and the home of both of the … [Read more...]

13 Grandmothers Council – Brazil & Mother Earth Festival with Flordemayo‏

10th International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers   The Grandmothers'Voice In the Flow of the Water October 21-24th UNIPAZ (University of Peace) Brasilia, Brazil In honor of Grandmothers Maria Alice Campos Freire, Clara Shinobu Iura, and the peoples of Mapia and Brazil "Gratitude and joy are the words that come out to express what it is to be hosting the 10th Gathering of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, here in Brazil, in South … [Read more...]

Amazon at risk: 4 days left‏ – Avaaz.org

Incredible! Over 740,000 signers -- let's reach one million in time to join massive marches for forest protection across Brazil. Sign now and send to everyone. Dear friends, The Amazon is in serious danger. The Brazilian Senate is about to endorse a bill that would dangerously weaken protection of this global treasure. But in four days, indigenous people will lead marches across Brazil calling to stop the destruction. Let’s stand with them and make this a global march to save the … [Read more...]

Brazil-Canada, President Rousseff & Prime Minister Harper Taking Action!

Brazil-Canada joint statement     August 8, 2011 Brasília, Brazil At the invitation of President Dilma Rousseff, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making an Official Visit to Brazil from August 7 to 9, 2011. The two leaders held a productive exchange of views today, August 8, in Brasilia, and reaffirmed that Canada and Brazil will enhance their bilateral partnership based on common objectives of enhancing and promoting democracy, human rights, social inclusion and … [Read more...]

Brazilian Athletes Join the Global Call to UNiTE against Violence

Marathon runner Denise Campos (featured) was one of a number of athletes that spoke out on violence against women in the run-up to the World Military Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: UNiTE) Rio de Janeiro—Men and women of the Brazilian delegation to the 5th Military World Games are saying no to violence against women and girls by joining the UN Secretary-General’s global UNITE to End Violence against Women campaign. They have called on people everywhere to take the same step. Jadel Gregório … [Read more...]

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