Category: Politics

UN Reveals Sexual Violence Increasingly Used As Torture

At a recent U.N. Security Council meeting, officials stated that sexual violence has been increasingly used as a war tactic and urged that it be addressed as a peace and security issue. This form of torture is used by extremist groups in places like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and Mali to advance their military, economic and ideological ends. According to a recent report, “approximately one in five refugees or displaced women… experienced sexual violence.” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed brought this pervasive issue forward in a 33-page annual report detailing numerous cases of sexual violence used as terrorist tactics across 19 countries. The Secretary-General told...

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New Hope! Dog Meat May Be Banned For Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Stolen. Captured. Caged. Skinned. Cooked. Eaten. This is a dog’s unfortunate fate at the annual Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China during the summer solstice — a celebration that some believe helps to repel summer heat and bring good luck. Thankfully, a ban is reportedly imminent in efforts to discontinue the infamous and inhumane mass slaughtering of animals. Dogs are not the only meal spotted on the menu at the festival that started in 2010. Cats are killed and eaten, too. However, according to National Geographic, Chinese activists are unsure if the ban will cover cats. Thousands of cats and dogs are...

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Why Are So Many Immigrants Dying in American Detention Centers?

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) just issued a horrifying report on the absence of health care provided to immigrants in United States detention centers. Revealing evidence from 2012 to 2015 that immigrants in detention centers were victims of dehumanizing healthcare, often resulting in premature and needless death, the report points to the “systemic indifference” causing the negligence. “The sheer number and consistency of cases involving inadequate medical care point to a crisis that warrants immediate action…The medical experts’ analyses confirm what we have been hearing from detained immigrants for years. It’s past time to put...

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Around the World, Renewable Energy is Taking Over

The way to stop global warming is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and to embrace sustainable energy. Thankfully, many countries are converting their energy to solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and other clean energies. As this trend continues we can halt the damage that greenhouse gas emissions are causing. Further, we may be able to reverse global warming with carbon capture methods that converts CO2 into stone or baking soda. An interesting clean energy success story occurred last year in Germany. Customers were briefly paid to use energy because renewable sources produced more energy than the country needed. Countries suffering...

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This Group Trains Women to Run for Office and Fight Climate Change

If you’re unhappy about the current political climate, it might be time to consider running for office. One advocacy group is encouraging women to do just that – to take politics and decision-making into their own hands. Run to Win empowers women to participate in politics Led by EMILY’S List, Run to Win trains women how to run for office — and most importantly, how to win. “We are not just a training program,” Director of Strategic Communications at EMILY’s List, Vanessa Cardenas, told Lady Freethinker, “in addition to the nuts and bolts on how to run a campaign,...

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#20PercentCounts Campaign Launched for Equal Pay Day, Targeting Gender Pay Gap

This year, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, which is the day that marks how far into 2017 women needed to work to earn what men were paid in 2016. To highlight the day, LeanIn.Org has launched the #20PercentCounts campaign, bringing together over 80 businesses to bring greater awareness to the gender pay gap. In the United States, a woman is paid an average of 20 percent less than her male counterpart. For women of color, the gap is even larger (for example, Hispanic women are estimated to be paid 46 percent less). Several large companies have teamed up with LeanIn.Org to offer...

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Nevada Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment 35 Years Later

On March 22, just 35 years after Congress enacted the deadline, both Houses of the Nevada Legislature voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the last hurdle before state Senate approval—a decision long overdue for Nevadans. The state’s Assembly voted 28-14. “It was overwhelming, but we did it. It shows that it’s never too late to support equality,” said Sen. Pat Spearman, a Las Vegas Democrat who tried to push the measure through the legislature two years prior. The state’s Senators approved the ERA earlier this month, a successful victory that assures “equality of rights under the law shall...

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