Work-life balance by design: At 6 p.m., the desks retract up to the ceiling, making room for creative community uses and keeping staff from working too late.
"My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can’t go because we can’t afford new shoes," says a girl from Indonesia.
"I want to live freely," says another girl, in Egypt. "I don’t want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear."
In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: “Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals,” she says. “There are so many I can’t even name them all.”
Their voices are part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, from 14 developing countries. They’ve shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation.
The aim: to change the way the world thinks about girls, says Lyric Thompson at the International Center for Research on Women, which worked with Nike on the project.
Writing this week in the journal Science, Melinda Gates says that “no society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”
They are the “engines” of global development, writes the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And they should be at the center of development plans and goals.
Photo: "I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13, India (Courtesy of Nike Foundation)
HOW DO YOU IMAGINE A HEALTHIER FUTURE?
Tweet answer here and have answer drawn by Andrew Rae or Souther Salazar into the Image Wall mural at the 2014 TEDMED conference. SUPER NEAT STUFF!And check live feed of drawing gifs showcasing Imagine Wall mural
A fine example here from Daylight Design.
In this video, Jerri Husch from Intelligence for Humanity argues that the sine qua non for understanding complex crisis data is to understand the complicated underlying socio-cultural milieu, by using visual tools to create an adaptable standard. www.inthum.org/
Liberty & Justice, first fair trade certified apparel producer in all of Africa.
Set up the first factories in Africa that are worker-owned factories and meeting 92 standards in terms of environmental sustainability and economic justice
"I want to change the world by providing jobs for women at the base of pyramid"
—Chid Liberty, CEO
via So Bad So Good
by Alex Wain
Photographer Emilio Morenatti wanted the plight of these victims to be heard and seen. After much convincing, he was able to locate several women who had been attacked and victimised by the men in their lives and offered to photograph their portraits.
Not only to reveal the atrocities of what had happened, but to empower the women to stand united and force the world to sit up and take notice. Rather than hiding from society, they had the courage to let their their faces be photographed and their tales of abuse known.
It’s the work of people like Emilio Morenatti have given a voice to those who are often the voiceless. You can find out the story behind each photograph via his official site.