Muslim and Jewish girls come together on a stage to talk about prejudices

These two courages young women, one a Muslim and one Jewish are contesting prejudices and stereotypes against Muslims and Jews on a stage during the festival called Brave New Voices.

They say ” we’re just a little to caught up in the way the world sees us. The way my people see yours (Jewish girl). And the way my people see yours (Muslim girl).

We are both born from resilience, yet raised. by assumptions. “

The Muslim girl says everything she heard about the Jewish people

“Dirty Money, big nose bankers, gas chambers”

 

And the Jewish girl says what she heard about Muslim people

“Oppressive husbands, suspicious terrorists, go back home!”

 

The girls talk about how prejudices affect their lives.

Jewish girl says ” why every time a penny falls I’m assumed to be the one to pick it up and stealing from every man’s pocket”

And Muslim girl says” every time the airport security check line moves forward I’m the one who’s pulled aside and patted down.”

 

The girls hold hands in the end and say ” Our hands should be caught together. raised as one, fighting against a stereotype that this country have put up on my people.”

 

Here’s the full video.

Video breaks stereotypes about Africa

This short and to the point video breaks the stereotypes about Africa- being poor, hungry and struggling with their overgrowing populations.

I’ve written before about Africa’s stereotypes and this video helps more to break those misconceptions.

 

“Unsung hero”, a Thai video about kindness and happiness

A thai commercial called “Unsung hero” has taken the internet by storm. Which is a good thing, not because they have managed to get a good viral video/commercial and got probably more views than they thought they would, but because of the main message the video transmits.

Help people and don’t expect anything in return ( no material things anyway). Life will bring you something in return anyway, because you will get what money and fame can’t get you and that is happiness. To see that what you’ve done changed the world for the better, will bring you more satisfaction than any money can buy.

Award winning video explains why we waste food

Here’s an interesting award winning animation called ” Food rules for healthy people and planet”, that discusses the food crisis ( which allegedly exists)and how we use our resources.

Apparently in 2013 there was a food shortage, however we produced enough food to feed 11 billion people. So what went wrong and what is going wrong, why some people have enough to eat, they have even the luxury of choosing what to eat, while others starve?

The video explains how from the food we produced, about half was not eaten by humans, but it was fed to the animals ( pigs, chickens, etc) that we eat. The thing is that it is not a question of how much land we have to produce the food for us, but how we use the food that we produce.

The United Nations Environment Programme says that one third of the food produced in 2013 was thrown away. One third! But this is not food mainly thrown by consumers, as a part of it it is wasted due to mismanagement of storing conditions, harvesting techniques and a lack of coordination between parties involved in producing the food.

Help Gulabi Gang continue their amazing work!

Indien Frauenbewegung Gulabi GangGulabi Gang or the “Pink” Gang, how it has been called is a Indian feminist group that fights not only for women’s rights, but also for injustices of any kind. Because the laws and the practice of laws have been proven to be unsuccessful in protecting women and those who suffer injustice, the Gulabi gang, led by the amazing Sampat Pal Devi has taken the matter in their own hands, doing what they can to bring justice in their area.

One of their successes being that they succesfully freed Sheelu Nishad, a maid that was raped by her employer and thrown in jail on false accusations of theft.

Now, Gulabi gang has become famous thanks to the internet and has gained many supporters, volunteers and finally, they will get also financial support thanks to people around the world.

I have wrote before about this amazing and courageous group and I believe that anyone can do something to help these women, by bringing awareness,  or helping them in their campaign.

Now their movement has spread from fighting for women’s rights to fighting poverty and illiteracy, campaigning against rape and sexual abuse, helping people to receive medical care, educating people about their rights, whether they are sexual or social, helping people setting up businesses and bringing corrupt officials to justice.

Now, all their work needs financial support and their budget is almost non existent.  If you want to help you can go on their site and donate at their official website or at a special donation page set up by the Liverpool University Feminist Society right here.

Brazil to save and protect Awa tribe

Good news for a tribe in Brazil, as the government has decided to protect them by evicting people that have abusively and illegally occupied their territories damaging not only the territory ( destroying 30% of their territory!) but also the Awa tribe ( that has only about 450 people).

According to positivenews.org, this decision has been taken due to international pressure and thanks to a campaign called Survival International which spread awareness around the globe and included support from Colin Firth and Vivienne Westwood.

International court decides in favour of protecting the whales

The International Court of Justice has decided yesterday, 31 March, that Japan’s whaling program is illegal and  Japan has also agreed to abide the international law. Sydney Morning Herald has added that  Australia has asked the international law court to order Japan to stop its programme, which has been functioning under scientific reasons. Australia claims that Japan has killed around 10,000 whales since 1988 and thus they have broken international laws of preserving the environment.

In spite of this law, the general opinion is that it is unclear if Japan will actually respect the law, given the fact that this is a tradition that the majority of Japanese population agrees with.

According to abc.net, international law expert Steve Freeland says “

“I think after this decision … countries have to get together with cool heads and still need to talk and that’s always been the issue,” he said.

“Discussions over the past years have been on an all-or-nothing basis where Australia says ‘no whaling whatsoever’ and Japan says they reserve the right because it’s part of their culture and they’re allowed to do it anyway under the scientific whaling.”

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