PTSD, The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa

Slowly changing, but unmoving: The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa A Stop FGM – Female Genital Mutilation sign in Bakau New Town, Gambia gives a phone number to reach for those women who want talk with someone about FGM. Image: Nichol Brummer/Flickr London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Rainy season in upcountry rural Gambia, is green. It is a warm, inviting blend of a thousand greens; a mixture of beautiful, calm, peaceful mingling greens. As I look around and soak in the reality … [Read more...]

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Recounts 5-year-Old Girl’s Ordeal

SECURITY COUNCIL ADOPTS TEXT URGING TARGETED SANCTIONS AGAINST PERPETRATORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE DURING ARMED CONFLICT Rape Largely ‘Cost-free’, Says Special Representative As UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Recounts 5-year-Old Girl’s Ordeal   The Security Council today urged the United Nations sanctions committees to apply targeted sanctions against parties committing sexual violence during armed conflict. Ahead of a debate on the subject that attracted more than 60 speakers, the … [Read more...]

Mali: Shea tree empowers women

Many women in Mali know all about the benefits of the shea tree. They've been gathering its fruit for years to produce soaps and various products to sell. Now, production hovers at 80,000 tons per year – but it has the potential to reach 250,000 tons and improve lives. Vitellaria paradoxa (previously Butyrospermum parkii), commonly known as shea tree, shi tree, /ˈʃiː/ or /ˈʃiː.ə/, or vitellaria, is a tree of the Sapotaceae family indigenous to Africa, occurring in Mali, Cameroon, Congo, Côte … [Read more...]

Ann Platz – WOMAN of ACTION™

A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse of a woman, one that nurtures her strength under a veil of southern grace. Ann’s marvelous storytelling and gracious Southern charm derive from her earliest days in her extremely distinguished and strong Christian family. Ann’s personal testimony as a struggling single mother for a season and God’s gracious provision through it all - including His divine introduction to Ann’s future husband John during a trip to the … [Read more...]

END WATER POVERTY – Global Manifesto Signed @ Istanbul, May 2011

"... 4000 children die every day from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation." Organizations sign Global Manifesto to demand Action at the UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, May 2011 Organisations working against poverty have joined together to demand change at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in May 2011 in a manifesto released today. Read the LDC Manifesto here ( 546KB), in both English and … [Read more...]

World Malaria Day – April 25, 2011: Take Action!

  World Malaria Day     Stop a Silent Killer on World Malaria Day   April 25, 2011 Every year, malaria claims the lives of over a million people, many of them young children. Even more heartbreaking is the fact that this deadly disease is preventable.   Bestnet Reveals Plans for World Malaria Day   "April 25th is rapidly approaching!   Like many NGO’s, NMCPs and faith based organizations, Bestnet has been busy finalizing our plans for World Malaria Day 2011. This year, many Bestnet … [Read more...]

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