Clean Water And Sanitation: This New Documentary Shows the Power of Clean Water to Change Lives #2030Now #Agenda2030 #GlobalGoals #SDGs

1 in 10 people lack access to clean water, which can mean the difference between life and death.

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More than 70% of earth’s surface is covered by water and 90% of the human body is water.

It’s an integral part of life on this planet, yet more than 800 million people lack adequate access to clean water.

For more than a decade, Procter & Gamble has been working to increase access to clean drinking water by providing its innovative water purification sachets to people in over 90 countries through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. Now, P&G is shedding light on the struggles of people around the world with limited access to safe water through “The Transformation of Water,” a documentary created in partnership with National Geographic/Fox.

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The film follows several girls and their families in Kenya, Indonesia, and Mexico, and shows the power of water to transform people’s lives.

Veronika, a young girl in Indonesia, gets out of school at 3pm, but instead of going home to study or play, she hours gathering wood from the forest so her family can boil their water. She’s left with little time to study, jeopardizing her dream of becoming a professional midwife.

But her hope was reignited when a teacher introduced her to P&G’s water purifying sachets. With the sachets, Veronika didn’t have to the drink dirty water that gave her stomach aches so severe she had to skip school and didn’t have to forgo studying to search for firewood anymore.

She could simply be what she was meant to be. A child, in school, pursuing her dreams.

On the other side of the world, Antonia, a mother in Mexico, spent hours searching for firewood to boil water for her family and her business. And when she couldn’t find wood or didn’t have the money to buy wood or clean water, she simply had to use untreated water — which made her and her family sick.

But Antonia says once she started receiving P&G’s water purifying sachets through World Vision, she’s saved time and money, and been able to spend that time with her children.

Veronika and Antonia are just two people among millions who struggle to find clean water. One in 10 people around the world lacks access to clean water, but P&G is working hard to change that.

Clean Water & Sanitation: Mad Max Fury Road? “Focus #SouthAfrica” Cape Town Is About to Run Out of Water #SDGs #GlobalGoals

They may have only three months left.

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After years of severe drought, Cape Town, South Africa is running out of water — and Day Zero is fast approaching.

That’s when the municipal dam’s water level will fall below 13.5% and cause the city’s government to turn it off its water supply, unless residents and businesses across the city begin rationing their consumption by April 22.

For individual residents that means using no more than 87 litters per day — the equivalent of a four-minute shower. The government also instructs businesses to cut back on their average water use by at least 45%, according to the government’s water management website.

So far only about half of Capetonians have complied with the new rules, putting Cape Town on track to become the world’s first major city to run out of water.

“It’s not an impending crisis — we’re deep, deep, deep in crisis,” Free State University environmental professor Anthony Turton told The New York TimesWorldwide, roughly 2 billion people lack access to clean water, including more than 750 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. Water crises related to droughts, conflicts and contamination have affected regions across the world, including California, Somalia, and Syria.

According to the Cape Town’s municipal water website, which provides water-rationing instructions, the city’s dams are less than 30% full and the city has a long way to go to secure alternative water sources, such as desalination of seawater.

Though the current drought will eventually end, Cape Town University’s Climate System Analysis Group predicts that the region will experience similarly dry years more often, which would further jeopardize the existing water supply.

While individual water rationing remains important, residential water use pales in comparison to industrial use. Worldwide, agriculture accounts for 70% and industry, 20% of all water use.

As Cape Town waits for rain, the city continues to urge its industries, residents, and visitors to take the threat of a water shutdown seriously.

But not everyone is listening.

“I think it’s kind of like, you know when you have a health scare, so you just ignore it till you’re dying on the ground?” blogger Natalie Roos told The New York Times. “I think that’s pretty much where we’re at.”

 

Environment and Pollution: “Focus Taiwan”; Taiwan Announces Ban on All Plastic Bags, Straws, and Utensils {About Time!} #2030Now #2030Agenda #Agenda2030

All single-use plastic must be phased out by 2030.

Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, buying a soft drink — these are all activities that will change over the next decade in Taiwan when the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and cups, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.

It will be one of the farthest-reaching bans on plastic in the world, and it demonstrates the momentum of the anti-plastic movement as the scale of environmental harm caused by the substance is fully realized.

“We aim to implement a blanket ban by 2030 to significantly reduce plastic waste that pollutes the ocean and also gets into the food chain to affect human health,” said Lai Ying-yaun, a Taiwanese Environmental Protection Agency official, in a statement.

Taiwan’s ban will be phased in over time and builds on existing regulations like an expanded recycling program and extra charges for plastic bags, according to the science website Phys.

The first part of the regulation includes banning chain restaurants from giving straws to customers in 2019, and then an overall ban on straws in dining outlets by 2020.

Retail stores will be charged for providing free plastic bags, disposable food containers, and utensils in 2020 and additional fees will be added in 2025.

These measures will culminate in a flat-out ban on single-use bags, utensils, straws, and containers by 2030, Hong Kong Free Press reports.

“You can use steel products, or edible straws – or maybe you just don’t need to use straws at all,” Ying-yaun said. “There is no inconvenience caused at all.”

Taiwan’s announcement is in response to the scale of plastic pollution.

Globally, around 380 million metric tons of plastic are being created annually. Meanwhile, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, which is like emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.

The announcement is also part of a larger movement against plastic in the world as governments realize that the convenience of plastic is not worth the harm it causes.

The UN recently proposed a global ban on plastic pollution entering the oceans; Canada is planning to introduce a similar proposal at the G7 gathering later this year; and a range of local, state, and federal governments are enacting targeted and sweeping bans on plastic use.

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Plastic straws in particular have been the focus of environmental advocates.

Each day, US citizens use about 500 million straws, according to Eco-Cycle. Considering the US accounts for just 4.4% of the global population, the global number of straws used daily is probably much higher.

Almost none of these straws can be recycled because they’re generally made from single-use plastic and are so flimsy that they can’t endure the recycling process.

So businesses, cities, and even countries are getting rid of them.

Scotland, for instance, recently announced a ban on single-use straws to be enacted in 2019.

Taiwan’s ban goes farther by banning a suite of other popular plastic items. Now, the country needs to convince bigger consumers of plastic to follow their lead.

In Zimbabwe, Brides Come With Price Tags. But This Woman Is Turning things around! #SDGs #Women #Girls #GenderEquality #ReducedInequalities

Bride prices reduce women to property and reinforce gender discrimination, she argues.

As she prepares to remarry, Pricillar Vengesai, a lawyer in Zimbabwe, is challenging the constitutionality of her country’s “bride price” custom.

Vengesai argued that the tradition of buying a bride — known as lobola or roora — diminishes women, treats them like “assets,” and “exacerbates gender inequities.” She said that the practice violates her constitutional rights and has submitted an application for a hearing in Zimbabwe’s highest court.

The bride price tradition demands that the groom and the bride’s family members negotiate an appropriate dowry, which can include cash, goods, and property, before the marriage.

Members of Zimbabwe’s Shona community consider lobola necessary for a marriage to be acceptable, but Vengesai said she does not want to wear a “price tag” — as she did in her first marriage.

“I did not participate in the pegging of the lobola price. I was never given a chance to ask for the justification of the amounts which were paid,” she told the state-run Herald newspaper. “This whole scenario reduced me to a property.”

Historically, men have paid a dowry to their wife’s family to compensate for the loss of labor, especially on farms, once the wife moved away from her family. Today, however, Zimbabwean families usually deal in cash when haggling over the lobola.

“This demoralized me and automatically subjected me to my husband’s control since I would always feel that I was purchased,” she continued.

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Bride price traditions are common throughout Africa and other parts of the world, even though some countries have expressly banned them. Niger has set a maximum bride price and the Kenyan constitution forbids bride prices, but the practice remains common in both countries, the BBC reported.

Vengesai said she understands the historic and cultural importance of the lobola tradition, and suggested that both families receive compensation in order to restore dignity and equal rights to women.

Women & Girls: Angelina Jolie Gave a Powerful Speech About Sexual Violence to the UN

One of the strongest voices in Hollywood has finally spoken out on the topic that has gripped the industry over the past two months: sexual violence against women.

Angelina Jolie delivered an urgent call for an end to sexual violence in all industries around the world during a speech at a United Nations conference in Vancouver on Wednesday.

“Sexual violence is everywhere — in the industry where I work, in business, in universities, in politics, in the military, and across the world,” Jolie said .

“All too often, these kinds of crimes against women are laughed off, depicted as a minor offense by someone who cannot control themselves, as an illness, or as some kind of exaggerated sexual need,” Jolie, who also holds the title as special envoy for the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, said. “But a man who mistreats women is not oversexed. He is abusive.”

The Hollywood actress took the issue a step further, noting how sexual violence against women is often used as a form of warfare and how it prevents women from achieving full equality and human rights in many places around the world.

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Jolie cited the sexual crimes against the Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar as an example of gender violence is “a critical obstacle to achieving women’s equality and our full human rights.”

“It is cheaper than a bullet, and it has lasting consequences that unfold with sickening predictability that make it so cruelly effective,” she explained.

Jolie didn’t reference Harvey Weinstein or the sexual abuse scandal in Hollywood by name but spoke about the insidious way crimes against women prevent women’s equality. She has previously spoken about Weinstein to the New York Times, saying she had a “bad experience” with the Hollywood mogul.

On Wednesday she called for an end to sexual violence to a conference of UN Peacekeepers, a group that has had members accused of sexual violence in the countries they are supposed to be protecting, according to The Guardian .

“This is rape and assault designed to torture, to terrorize, to force people to flee, and to humiliate them. It has nothing to do with sex. It has everything to do with the abuse of power. It is criminal behaviour,” the actress and humanitarian said.

Jolie urged the UN to work toward ending sexual violence once and for all.

“[It’s] hard, but it is not impossible,” she said. “We have the laws, the institutions, and the expertise in gathering evidence. We are able to identify perpetrators. What is missing is the political will.”

 

 

Partnerships For the Goals: Women, Transgender, Queer, Indigenous, and All Oppressed People Need to Come Together to FIGHT HATE, Say Activists

The feminist movement needs to forge relationships with all oppressed people — including transgender, queer, and indigenous populations — to form intersectional alliances.

Activists and campaigners have on Thursday come together to call for collaboration between all movements that demand social change.

“There’s a rise of the right-wing, hate is the new common sense,” Indian lawyer and human rights activist Vrinda Grover, told the audience during a panel discussion on re-assessing women’s rights at the Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust conference in London.

“There is nothing like a common enemy to strengthen the relationships between those who are oppressed,” asserted another panel member, Colombian reproductive rights consultant Monica Roa. “This is the time to come together to connect the dots.”

Bahrain human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja agreed, saying: “We need to have intersectionality in our struggles.”

The diverse panel included people fighting for women’s rights from the US, Bahrain, India, and Latin America, and spanned a vast range of issues — including child marriage, family planning, and domestic violence — and how we can come together to move forward in these areas.

“People don’t know what a big problem child marriage is in America,” said panellist Fraidy Reiss, the founder of Unchained at Last, the only non-profit in the US dedicated to helping women escape or resist arranged and forced marriages.

Read more: Child Marriage in America NOT AS RARE AS YOU THINK!

“In just the 38 states that actually track marriage ages, more than 160,000 children, some as young as 10, were married, and almost all were married to adult men,” Reiss continued. “I thought legislators just didn’t know. But that’s not the case unfortunately. They do know. What’s preventing these laws from passing is very simple. It’s misogyny.”

“If you can solve misogyny, you can figure out how to end child marriage in America,” she said. “The entire world needs to end child marriage.” 

Reiss also highlighted the “hypocrisy” of the US “telling the rest of the world to end child marriage,” through reports such as a Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls — a report launched in March 2016.

“The report defined marriage before 18 as a human rights abuse, and shook its finger at the rest of the world saying they were forcing girls into adulthood before they were ready,” said Reiss. “And at the same time, it’s legal in all 50 states in the US. Twenty-five states don’t even set a minimum age for marriage. And that puts the US in line with Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.”

While most US states have set 18 as the legal marriage age, every state has loopholes that still allow for children under 18 to get married — for example, in the case of pregnancy, or with parental approval.

The panel also discussed the recent law change in Saudi Arabia that will all women to legally drive in the country as of next year.

“A lot of people are applauding Saudi Arabia for giving women the right to drive in 2018,” said Al-Khawaja. “But driving is not the biggest issue. It’s only the very tip of the iceberg.”

She added: “They’ve done it the way they do everything else. There was no awareness campaign. There was no attempt the change the social construct that they’re created. [There was nothing to ensure] that women in Saudi Arabia are not going to be attacked by their spouses, by their family, by their community, for driving.”

Al-Khawaja said the biggest problem for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia is the guardianship system — which dictates that women must be accompanied by a male guardian such as their husband, father, brother, or even son, in order to apply for a passport, travel outside the country, get married, exit prison, or access healthcare.

Read more: Proposed Iraq Law Would Allow Girls as Young as 9 to Marry

As well as calling for greater intersectionality between movements, the panellists said that a greater presence of women is needed in the human rights arena.

“We need more female legislators,” said Reiss, “more people like [murdered British MP] Jo Cox. And we need to not let the small things go, but to keep pushing and keep pointing out misogyny and patriarchy wherever we see it and never give up.” 

Al-Khawaja reiterated the point, saying: “We need to change our discourse around women. We say, women took part in the revolution, they joined the protest, as though they’re not naturally meant to be there on the frontline.”

“Women human rights defenders are some of the strongest, most inspirational women I have ever met,” she continued. “They do not need saving. They need support, they need to be heard, and recognised for the heroes that they are.”

The Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Conference is a two-day conference on human rights, particularly addressing the issues of modern slavery and re-assessing the rights of women and girls.

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Good Health & Well-Being: #Tuberculosis Will Cost the World $1 Trillion by 2030 — Unless Countries “TAKE ACTION”

Tuberculosis, a preventable disease, killed more than 30 million people between 2000 and 2015.

Global health experts have warned that the highly contagious respiratory disease tuberculosis will kill millions — and cost the global economy $1 trillion — by 2030 if countries don’t act to eradicate it.

The Price of a Pandemic report, compiled by the 130-state Global Tuberculosis Caucus, coincides with a landmark gathering of global public health experts, world leaders and funders this week for the first World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ministerial Conference on tuberculosis in Moscow, Russia.

Tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB, is an airborne illness that typically affects the respiratory system and kills 5,000 people every day, according to WHO. It causes a prolonged, at times bloody, cough in addition to chest pain and weakness.

“There are a lot of intractable problems in the world but TB should not be one of them — we can treat and cure it,” Global Tuberculosis Caucus co-chair Nick Herbert said in a statement. “Governments around the world want to boost economic growth, and investments in TB care and prevention will not only dramatically improve the health of their populations, but also yield a major economic dividend.”

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In 2016, TB killed more than 1.7 million people In 2014, more than a quarter of those individuals who died from TB also had HIV/AIDS, which compromises people’s immune systems and makes them more susceptible to TB and other infectious diseases.

Read More: This Was the Deadliest Infectious Disease of 2016, According to WHO

According to the report, more than 171 million people contracted TB and 33 million people died from the illness between 2000 and 2015. Over half of these deaths occurred in G20 countries, including nearly 10 million in India, more than 1.5 million in South Africa and more than 1.1 million in China

TB exacts a devastating human toll and poses a significant burden to the global economy.

The total cost to G20 countries will reach $675 billion, but less developed nations, especially in sub-Saharan Africa like Lesotho and Mozambique will lose roughly 1% of their GDP to TB.

The report urges countries to increase funding for TB treatment and prevention, part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

“It is primarily a matter of political will, because the overall sum of money that has to be found between the world’s nations is perfectly within reach if we all act together,” Herbert said.

 

Reduced Inequalities: German Paper Lists 33,293 Refugees Who Have Died While Seeking Asylum in Europe

The list is 48 pages.

 

More K. Dibanneh, Gambia: drowned. 

 

Fata Abdul, Yemen: suicide. 

 

Mohammad Eyman, Sudan: harassed and beaten to death by thugs in a camp near Norrent-Fortes in Calais, France. 

These are just three entries in a list of 33,293 refugees who have died while attempting to seek asylum in Europe, which was published in the German magazine Der Tagesspiegel last week.

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The magazine published “The List,” an art piece originally created by Turkish artist Banu Cennetoglu, in order to “identify tens of thousands of dead as human beings with an origin, a past, [and] a life,” the authors wrote.

“We want to honor them, on the one hand, and at the same time make it clear that each line also tells a story,” they added.

The list is 48 pages, and spans from Jan. 1, 1993 to May 29, 2017. Many of the entries are anonymous, as the identity of the migrant or group of migrants was never determined.

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The magazine chose to publish the list on Nov. 9 in remembrance of two salient moments in German history: the fall of the Berlin Wall and Kristallnacht, a night where thousands of Jews were arrested by the Nazis

In all, 100,000 copies of the list were printed alongside the Der Tagesspiegel paper, according to the New York Times.

The idea behind the initiative is to cast light on human toll behind the staggering statistics on global migration.

Worldwide, the number of refugees and internally displaced persons is at an all-time high of 65 million people, according to the UN High Commissioner on Refugees. More than half of those refugees came from the countries of Afghanistan, Syria, and South Sudan.

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In 2015, about 1.1 million migrants and asylum-seekers settled in Germany to take advantage of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s so-called “open-door” policy for migrants. That year, Merkel also set aside more than 6 billion euros to help resettle migrants in the country.

Merkel later faced backlash from far-right groups like the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (PEGIDA) and walked back some of her policies.
The list published in Der Tagesspiegel is a reminder that amid the political debates over refugees and immigration, real human lives are at stake. And the paper issued a somber warning of that at the end of its article.

“The list is growing day by day,” the authors wrote. 

Quality Education: This May Be the World’s Most Inspiring Library (See Photos)

The Tianjin Binhai Library is not your average public library. It’s five stories tall and more than 30,000 square meters, and houses 1.2 million books.

As part of an emergent cultural district in the port city of Tianjin, China, the library could serve as a valuable resource for those living in poverty in a part of China that experiences high levels of income inequality.

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Designed by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV in collaboration with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute, the library features rows upon rows of wavelike bookshelves that spiral upward surrounding a spherical auditorium in the center called “the eye.”

“The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing,” Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV, told the Telegraph .

According to the firm’s website , the space features specific “zones” for watching, thinking, and interacting, as well as an “extensive programme of educational facilities” that includes reading spaces for children, audio rooms, and computer rooms.

It’s not the first time MVRDV has taken creativity to the next level in its designs. The firm is also responsible for designing a Jenga-themed building in Vienna and a “skygarden” in Seoul , which resembles New York City’s High Line.

When it comes to the Tianjin Binhai Library, the only question that remains is: what book to read next?

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Women & Girls: Meet the Heroic BBC Presenter who Rescued a 13-Year-Old Schoolgirl From #FGM in #Kenya

It was the middle of the night when BBC presenter Kate Humble helped a 13-year-old girl into a waiting car — just hours before the girl was due to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).

Humble was on a visit to the Christian district of Kuria, in south-west Kenya, to film a BBC documentary called Extreme Wives.

She visited during “circumcision season,” and described the atmosphere in the area as being “very tense.”

But, when local activist and FGM survivor Susan Thomas received a phone call asking for help, Humble decided to join her on the dangerous mission.
They had to pay for an armed guard to protect them, after they had experienced an aggressive response from the community they had questioned earlier in the day.
“She wants to go to school, she’s still young,” Thomas said to Humble as they drove to the arranged pickup point. “That’s why she has called for us to rescue her.”

FGM — a non-medical procedure that deliberately injures a woman or girl’s genital organs — is a real obstacle in girls accessing education.

In Kuria’s neighbouring Narok County, for example, over 500 girls drop out of school every year because of it. The young girl that Humble and Thomas saved will return to her parents when school starts to continue her education. But for thousands in Kenya, and millions more around the world, the cycle of mutilation continues unabated.

As well as being invasive, FGM is a dangerous procedure to undergo. It can cause severe bleeding, sometimes death, as well as complications with urination, sex, and pregnancy in later life.

During the course of filming the documentary, Humble discovered that the business can be lucrative to the older men who perform it. The documentary revealed that one elder made £1,140 in just one night cutting 300 girls. Others made approximately £3.80 per operation.

“It probably shouldn’t surprise and shock me but it does,” Humble said. “It’s incredibly difficult to come to terms with.”

At least 200 million girls have undergone FGM in 30 countries, with an additional 15 million expected to be cut in the next decade. According to UNICEF, most girls are cut before they reach their fifth birthday. It’s a human rights violation, according to the World Health Organisation, and matches the definition of torture under Article 1 of the UN Convention Against Torture.

FGM has only been illegal in Kenya since 2011, but the practice continues as attitudes struggle to keep up with legislation. A third of girls in the Nyanza province, where the Kurian people reside, have been subjected to FGM.

“They believe that a girl who is not circumcised is always horny, to satisfy her sexually is very difficult,” an unnamed man said to Humble and local journalist Peter Murimi in the documentary. “That is why you find them doing [FGM].”

FGM is often illegal but in the African diaspora, the ugly practice reigns supreme. Also, sometimes the law is superficial, barely enforced, and operates on the federal assumption of tolerance. Like Kenya, FGM is illegal in Egypt, and has been since 2007. Yet 87% of girls between 15-49 have undergone the procedure. Critics argue that it’s less about the culture, and more about a systemic political cycle of patriarchal abuse — 82% of girls cut under the age of 19 in Egypt were operated on by a doctor or medical personnel.

It’s not practised by one specific religion. Egypt is predominantly Muslim, but Kenya is mostly a Christian country. FGM meanwhile predates both religions, and can be found practised in Judaism too. There is nothing in the Quran or the Bible that permits any form of FGM, yet it persists. It’s a global problem that many argue is based in patriarchy — it’s a system of control invested into culture to maintain male power.

In the UK alone, there were 5,391 new cases of FGM recorded in England from 2016-17. FGM has been illegal here since 1985, but, just like Canada and the US, there is yet to be a single successful prosecution.

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