In a Video Testimony, Mothers Expose Horrible Situation in a Venezuelan Children’s Hospital Human Rights 

In a Video Testimony, Mothers Expose Horrible Situation in a Venezuelan Children’s Hospital

Venezuela (GV) – The serious problems facing public hospitals in Venezuela continue to grow with very little help being given by the state and very little attention being paid by the media. Nevertheless, non-government organizations like Prepara Familia (Prepare Family) make use of the Internet to draw attention to these issues. For instance, the organization has made a video in the nephrology ward of Juan Manuel de los Ríos Hospital in Caracas, the country’s capital, and presented the difficult situation the patients and their families are in. The amount of time the patients have spent in the nephrology ward in Read More

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5 Reasons Climate Change is a Feminist Issue Environment Featured 

5 Reasons Climate Change is a Feminist Issue

(NM) – Climate change isn’t merely a problem of excess carbon dioxide in an otherwise progressive global system. It isn’t a problem for which we are all equally responsible, and neither are its impacts indiscriminate. Rather, climate change is bound up with dynamics of power, and it affects some much more than others. Here are five reasons climate change is a feminist issue. 1. Climate change disproportionately affects the global poor – 70% of whom are women. Climate change disproportionately affects those already in poverty. Global South nations are much more likely to be affected by droughts, floods, reduced crop Read More

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Female-Run Restaurant Bends Back Social Barriers in Pakistan’s Quetta Be Greedy 

Female-Run Restaurant Bends Back Social Barriers in Pakistan’s Quetta

Pakistan (GV) – Hamida Ali Hazara, her staff and some patrons at the Hazara Restaurant in Hazara Town, Quetta. Hamida is standing fourth from the left. Photo shared on Hamida Ali Hazara’s Facebook. Permission to reuse. Restaurants aren’t a rare sight in Hazara town, a middle-income neighborhood in the western Pakistani city of Quetta, but there’s one that has caught the attention of many. Subtle in its splendor, the eatery’s interior features traditional Hazaragi decorations and a poster of a giant Buddha. More unusual, however, is the fact that the restaurant is run and staffed exclusively by women. The Hazara minorities Read More

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3 Lessons Activists Can Learn from Taylor Swift Activism 

3 Lessons Activists Can Learn from Taylor Swift

(FEE) – Swift uses humor and cleverness to become the voice that dominates the conversation. Taylor Swift’s ascent from country darling to international superstar has captivated the media and the hearts of millions for more than ten years. Her journey wasn’t the straight-to-the-top narrative new fans may imagine: while Taylor’s name has been on lips for the last decade, the words that have passed those lips have not been wholly kind. Early on, Ms. Swift developed a reputation that has become the artistic catalyst for an album that promises to deliver banger after banger. She’s been called every name Read More

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Pork Pal Teaches That Not Only Dogs and Cats Can Serve as a Human’s Best Friend Good News 

Pork Pal Teaches That Not Only Dogs and Cats Can Serve as a Human’s Best Friend

(Sputnik) – While some pigs have little more to look forward to in life than the dinner table, this little piggy’s Instagram account has about 300k followers. This video reveals how a pot-bellied mini pig living in the US named Hank spends his time lounging about like an ordinary human. He leads an active and healthy lifestyle: he preserves a balanced diet, swims in a pool, celebrates Halloween and Father’s Day, and sleeps in a bed. But the most adorable spectacle is when his belly is being scratched! The pork pet is only 1-year old, but his Instagram account @mybestfriendhank is followed by almost 300k Read More

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US Army Lifts Ban on Recruits With Mental Health History Featured Human Rights 

US Army Lifts Ban on Recruits With Mental Health History

United States (Sputnik) – People with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol abuse and self-mutilation are now able to obtain waivers in order to join the US Army, according to a report published by USA Today Sunday. Though waivers for recruits with a history of mental health issues were banned in 2009, the news outlet reported that the latest unannounced policy change had been enacted in August as officials began to face the challenge of recruiting 80,000 new service members by September 2018. This is the second year that the US military has lowered its standards in an attempt to reach new recruitment goals. In order to reach Read More

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From beards to best friends, it’s time to give ‘fag hags’ their badge of honour Culture Featured 

From beards to best friends, it’s time to give ‘fag hags’ their badge of honour

(Conversation) – The fag hag. Never were two more scornful words so spectacularly smashed together. Stereotypes around the fag hag, fruitfly, fish, handbag – whatever you’d care to call her – abound. Search the Internet and you’d believe she’s a sad, overweight, trashy woman with too many cats unable to snag her own boyfriend or husband. Derision comes from queer quarters almost as often as from straight bystanders. However, a closer examination of the history of the everyday fag hag and her references in pop culture reveals a more subversive and courageous figure. Fag hags have gone from “beards” Read More

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Women’s Panel Unearths Dark Cages Housing Minor Girls in Delhi’s Brothel Colony Featured Human Rights 

Women’s Panel Unearths Dark Cages Housing Minor Girls in Delhi’s Brothel Colony

India (Sputnik) – Frequent raids by the Delhi Women Commission have confirmed that the brothels in Dehli’s GB road largely constitute trafficked women, most of whom are minors. The minors are kept in narrow underground cage-like structures whenever raids are anticipated. The narrow lanes of Delhi’s GB Road, just behind one of India’s busiest railway stations, is colonized by brothels that entertain lonely souls, mostly migrant laborers from adjoining states. But hiding behind the glitz and the hustle-bustle are the dark cages, mostly underground, that are witness to the horrifying tales of minors trafficked from near and far and forcibly thrown into the flesh trade. These dark cages called ‘Tehkhanas’ Read More

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