Author: Amber Brown

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We Can End Genital Mutilation by 2030 – But We Must Act Now

Here in the United States, advocates for women’s rights focus largely on issues such as equal pay and reproductive justice. Outside of the U.S however, lies an alarming health and safety concern for women and young girls. Female Genital Mutilation 200 million women and girls walking the world today are victims of female genital mutilation, or FGM. As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), FGM consists of any procedure that injures the female genital organs without medical reason. While this idea may seem foreign to some, it is an all-too-common practice in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In...

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“Refugee to Entrepreneur” Program Gives Free Web Design to Refugees

According to one Toronto media group, many refugees share the same qualities as successful entrepreneurs: They exhibit the drive and determination to both set and achieve lofty goals. Many refugees operated small businesses prior to relocation, and, though uprooted, their instinct to succeed remains. The only thing missing? Funding. This is where Little Dragon Media comes in. The media company, titled after Bruce Lee’s Mandarin byname, has launched the Refugee to Entrepreneur program to provide free business services such as marketing and web design for the entrepreneurial-minded refugee. Any migrant may apply, as long as they meet a few basic...

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How Your Rice can Save the Planet (and Help Women, Too)

The “Mother of All Basmati Rice” is heading to the United States for the first time. Lotus Foods, a sustainable rice company based in California, will introduce their specialty varieties of the coveted Dehraduni Basmati rice and Phka Malis jasmine rice. Keeping with their motto, “Healthier Rice for a Healthier Life,” these producers provide organic and fair trade crops with people and planet in mind. Rice from Lotus Foods is grown using the More Crop Per Drop (MCPD) methodology. In an interview with Lady Freethinker, Co-CEO Caryl Levine described MCPD as “a different way of cultivating rice that enables...

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Pipeline Spill Spews over 50,000 lbs. of Oil onto Native Land

In a dangerous and largely unreported oil spill,  a pipeline in Saskatchewan, Canada has leaked oil onto the native land of the Ocean Man First Nation. With about 200,000 liters (52,800 lbs.) spilled, this latest breakage is reminiscent of the July 2016 leak that shut down drinking water near the same area. Unlike July’s incident, the breach on Ocean Man First Nation has thankfully not yet impacted any homes. However, the spill has reached burial grounds and agricultural land within the community. The broken pipeline was first noticed by a resident of the Ocean Man First Nation. The aroma of...

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U.S. Government Responds to Youth Lawsuit over Climate Change

The civil rights action group known as the Earth Guardians, or “Climate Kids,” have received a response from the United States Government after filing a suit claiming the country has failed to address climate change even though they fully understand its severity. In response to the Climate Kids, the Obama administration admitted to several of their claims. Background In 2015, twenty-one plaintiffs ages 9-20 put forth a lawsuit to address the government’s lack of action in the climate crisis. The defendants included President Obama, the fossil fuel industry, and various federal agencies, including the EPA. The claim, led by...

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