Social Justice

What did you do on your 16th birthday?

Jul 12th, 2013 | By
Malala

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org If you are looking for a little inspiration, and who isn’t these days, a soft-spoken teenager fighting for girl’s rights has emerged as an unsung hero. At age 15, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who wanted to kill her for her outspokenness on
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Water, Women, and Youth in the Land of the Pharaohs

Jun 20th, 2013 | By
[photo credit: unmultimedia.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org With all the media focus on the NSA spying scandal, you might have missed the news that Egypt and Ethiopia – the second and third most populous countries in Africa, respectively – are coming into a war of words over a proposed dam on the Nile.  Though tensions have eased somewhat,
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Valuing Life: Spotlighting the Crisis of Girls in India

Apr 24th, 2013 | By
petals in the dust

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It’s a subject that few want to discuss, but one of paramount importance.  It is the topic of violence and discrimination against girls (including child marriage), which is occurring with increasing frequency. In India, the past few months have brought increased attention to gender violence, based on some horrific, yet sadly
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Taking Hope and Inspiration from Amazing Women

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
Indian women farmers

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org This International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a great time to consider the links between women’s rights and empowerment, reproductive health, global biodiversity, and stable population growth, and how tackling these issues can result in a more sustainable world. Investing in women – namely providing education, healthcare, economic opportunities, sustainable livelihoods,
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Battling for a Basic Right: Education for Girls

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
Malala update

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Sometimes change springs from the unlikeliest of people or places. Improving the educational opportunities of girls in Pakistan’s could now be taking shape, due to the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani teenage advocate for girls’ education. The fifteen-year-old was shot in the head when Taliban fighters boarded her school bus,
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Supporting the ‘Malala’s’ of the World

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
photo: United Nations Photo

By Suzanne York, howmany.org Moral outrage has been expressed around the world over the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani teenage advocate for girls education. The fourteen-year-old was shot in the head when Taliban fighters boarded her school bus, severely injuring her and another student. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the “…attack reminds
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The Triple Bottom Line: Investing in Women and Girls

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
New Image

By Suzanne York, HowMany.org One of the biggest returns on investment for people and the planet is supporting the health of women and girls, especially in terms of voluntary family planning services. As we recognize the International Day of the Girl this October 11th, it is a good time to go beyond traditional development ideas
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Dispatch from Degrowth

May 22nd, 2012 | By
Robert Lovelace, photo courtesy Fanshawe College

By Suzanne York, HowMany.org, May 16, 2012 Many topics were under discussion at the second full day of Degrowth in the Americas Conference: finance and degrowth, transition towns, resilient communities, public banking, and much more. The topic that most resonated with me, most likely because of their perspective on living in harmony with nature, was
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