Apr 30, 2013
There’s a saying that I’ve heard from other friends who have children that goes, “Be nice to your children because they choose your future nursing home”. While I’ve tended to laugh when I hear that phrase, it’s not a laughing matter in China.
A law is set to be passed in China starting July 1st that entitles any parent to sue their child if they feel the’ve been...
Apr 23, 2013
Summer may not be here yet, but department and online stores already have their swimsuit line ready for the season. It’s not uncommon for consumers to start shopping for swimsuits earlier in the game, but would you reconsider your bathing suit choice if it was perceived as sexualizing your child?
Currently, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site, GOOP, has come under scrutiny for featuring...
Apr 10, 2013
Once again, a rape case in India has placed this country in the forefront of news media, but in this case, the victim is a child.
This past Sunday, a ten year-old girl was raped in Bulandshahr, India, and after she was brought by her mother to a women’s police station in Utar Pradesh to report the crime, it was the girl who was placed behind bars. There were no explanations as to why the child had to...
Apr 8, 2013
Rape should never be condoned nor thought of as acceptable by anyone, but happens when a rape victim is forced to marry her rapist to preserve the family honor?
A Moroccan woman, Amina Filali, was a rape victim but what made matters worse was the consequence that resulted from it. She was forced to marry her rapist as a way for him to avoid prison. According to Moroccan penal law, Article 475, this law...
Mar 27, 2013
Imagine if saving lives was as easy opening up a suitcase? Well, for Dr. Laura Stachel, the suitcase became a symbol of life.
Dr. Stachel, with the help of her non-profit organization, We Care Solar, created “the solar suitcase” which is a portable solar energy kit designed to light any location. While it may be seen as an unusual apparatus, it isn’t if the location is based in a...
Feb 27, 2013
In many countries, women are still subjected to laws that endanger their freedom as well as their lives.
In Indonesia, a law has been proposed in Lhokseumawe, in the province of Aceh, Sumatra, in which women are being forced to change how they ride motorbikes. Motor bikes are widely used as transportation by both men and women, but the mode of riding by women has sparked some controversy. Local leaders are...
Feb 14, 2013
How do you express your love on Valentine’s Day? For most Americans, giving loved ones chocolates and flowers symbolize their affection, but for some in Japan, they express it quite differently; they shout it out.
Every year, at the end of January, hundreds of Japanese men line up in a public space and profess their love for their wives by screaming it out. In addition, these vocal declarations of...
Feb 9, 2013
This past Monday marked an interesting and inspiring day because I was invited to attend a forum at the UN by the UNA (United Nations Association). The purpose of this event was to discuss future initiatives that will impact UN’s Millenium Development Goals (MDG’s) when the current ones expire in 2015. I received this invitation to hear panels discuss initiatives regarding education, youth and...
Jan 29, 2013
Water is an important resource for all of us, from bathing to drinking. We use water daily without a second thought, but how would we fare if we ran the risk of losing it?
A photo essay depicting the danger of water shortage in Sierra Leone had me question how we would cope if we were in the same situation. The photo essay showed a stark environment surrounded by desert in one photo and pockets of water,...
Jan 24, 2013
How many times have you seen films where the protagonist is male? More than I can count on my fingers. How many female protagonists have been featured in films? Not enough.
I was inspired to write about this topic after hearing a segment of TED Talks where the topic was “How Movies Teach Manhood”. The speaker, Colin Stokes (previously stage & screen actor, currently Director of...