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SASA! – Talking about Power to Stop Gender Violence and HIV

SASA! – Talking about Power to Stop Gender Violence and HIV

October 20th, 2014

. By Rachel Pott

Sector: Gender

In Kampala, Uganda, a non-profit organization has taken an innovative approach to not only reducing both violence against women and the spread of HIV, but preventing it from beginning in the first place.By understanding that violence doesn’t occur in a vacuum, the project is working through community leaders and activists to engage those who traditional programs haven’t been able to... (more)

Tags: Africa,domestic violence,gender equality,HIV/AIDS,Uganda

Banana Fibre Pads Tackle Menstruation Taboo in East Africa

Banana Fibre Pads Tackle Menstruation Taboo in East Africa

October 18th, 2014

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Gender,Health,Inventions

Across the world, women living in poor and marginalized households struggle with limited access to hygiene products that help them manage their monthly period. The lack of affordable and healthy products is a very common challenge. Women often will use whatever they can, including leaves, rags, mud, and bark, which are ineffective and can expose them to health risks. To... (more)

Tags: Africa,banana-fibre,Kenya,Menstruation,sanitary pad,stigma,Women

Who Knew Fresh Breath Could Save Lives?

Who Knew Fresh Breath Could Save Lives?

October 17th, 2014

. By Sarah Anstett

Sector: Health,Inventions

A group of scientists at McMaster University have discovered that mouthwash strips may lead to more than just fresh breath. With a grant from Grand Challenges Canada, they are developing an easy to distribute method for administering vaccines thanks to a specific polymer in the strip that preserves the vaccines at room temperature. The project is currently undergoing testing but,... (more)

Tags: GCC,Grand Challenges Canada,McMaster,Vaccine

“Free Rice” Uses Trivia Games to Feed the Hungry

“Free Rice” Uses Trivia Games to Feed the Hungry

October 16th, 2014

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Agriculture

 This article celebrates World Food Day, 16 October, 2014. World Food Day has been officially recognized by the United Nations every year since it was first conceived in 1945. It’s meant to celebrate and recognize the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) branch of the UN, which works towards ending world hunger.While the officially recognized day draws much needed attention to food... (more)

Tags: FAO,Free Rice,Gamification,hunger,Online,United Nations,WFP,World Food Day

Barefoot College, an Institution Built by and Exclusively for the Poor

Barefoot College, an Institution Built by and Exclusively for the Poor

October 15th, 2014

. By Courtney Mollenhauer

Sector: Education,Livelihoods

 This article celebrates the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October, 2014. In 1972, Indian social activist and educator Bunker Roy began a radical initiative in the Indian village of Tilonia that now, over 40 years later, is revolutionizing rural development on a global scale. The Barefoot College, as it came to be known, is an educational institution built by and exclusively... (more)

Tags: Education,India,International Day for Rural Women,rural poor

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