Imagine if trees gave off Wi-Fi signals. We would be planting so many trees and we’d probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe. As we celebrate the birth month of one of the greatest environmentalists of our time, Wangari Maathai, we are reminded by a group of senior citizens that it’s never too late to make a change and plant that tree.
Om de wereld te verbeteren, heb je het bedrijfsleven nodig – dat krachtiger is dan alle overheden bijeen, maar ook ongekend veel schade aanricht. Linda van Beek, directeur van het Global Compact Netwerk Nederland, helpt bedrijven om een verantwoorde koers te vinden. ‘Neem de duurzame doelen als leidraad.’
Growing up, it was engrained in us that we had to take particular career paths if we wanted to succeed later on in life. They are too many to mention but one that was never on that list was fashion and design. From being viewed as a female only field, to the outright falsehood that it is a career for dense students. Now, not only has it evolved into a billion dollar empire, but it’s also used to express different emotions and ideas. With that, our very own young entrepreneurs in Africa have also decided to venture into it. Like Nassozi Carol.
Gone are the days when teen mums used to be shunned and looked at as social pariahs. With comprehensive sex education being turned from a right to a controversial issue by the society at large, some organizations decided to step up and bridge this gap. The narrative has changed and these girls are making something of themselves.
Aan de start van de 65e bijeenkomst van de VN Commissie voor de Status van Vrouwen, die dit jaar virtueel plaatsvindt, reflecteert Barbara van Paassen op COVID-19, de maatschappelijke organisaties die zich inzetten voor gendergelijkheid en de dringende noodzaak van vrouwen aan de mondiale tafel. Alleen met vrouwen aan tafel is systeemverandering mogelijk.
There comes a time in every male adult’s life when they have to call themselves to a meeting and reassess their life choices. You’ll do the math and realize that you’ve spent an amount similar to a small country’s defense budget, on entertaining women. Well worry no more my brothers, your comrades in Uganda decided enough is enough. Something needed to be done urgently.
Afgelopen week werd een wetsvoorstel over verantwoord en duurzaam ondernemen in de Tweede Kamer ingediend en stemde het Europees Parlement vóór een voorstel om bedrijven te verplichten mensenrechtenschendingen en milieuschade aan te pakken en te voorkomen. Er gloort hoop, vindt Anna Hengeveld van ActionAid. Het is aan de nieuwe Tweede Kamer om dit verder op te pakken.
The ongoing pandemic has brought to the fore the crucial and very important role that nurses play in our society. And like Nurse Jordan tells us, it is a calling that takes a lot of hard-work and perseverance. Our Ugandan correspondent Martha Nalukenge caught up with Cotilda Nanjeru, a nurse in her home country of Uganda, as she discusses on what it means to be a nurse in these tough times, her challenges and what the future holds for her.
She dreams big, inspires women and men and is not afraid of sacred houses – such as the balance of power in the world of human rights. A meeting in Nairobi with Rachael Mwikali, feminist and activist. It starts at home: “In global forums, our president says he supports gender equality, but our own parties are not inclusive, and women cannot walk the streets safely at night or are even murdered.”