Category: Women

To the Rescue: Zimbabwe’s All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit

The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting endangered wildlife species across the world, has recently launched a new program with a special name: Akashinga. Akashinga, meaning “brave ones,” is a revolutionary project designed to provide disadvantaged women in Zimbabwe with meaningful employment as wildlife rangers and managers. The women in the program come from checkered backgrounds: some once gained income through trophy hunting, and many more are either orphans or widows, victims of violence or unemployed wives of imprisoned poachers.   Now, IAPF is providing these women and their communities with an alternative to killing —...

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Olympic Medalist Dotsie Bausch Wants Papa John’s Pizza to Offer Vegan Cheese

With plant-based versions of fast-food classics hitting menus of international chains like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the cruelty-free lifestyle is clearly making an impact around the globe. Now, Dotsie Bausch, Olympic silver medalist and vegan, is asking Papa John’s to join in. Partnering with animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing, Bausch recently sent a letter to Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter requesting the chain offer dairy-free cheese. In her letter, she writes, “Everyone, hungry athletes included, craves a slice of cheesy, gooey pizza from time to time. But I — along with millions of other Americans — fuel my body...

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Bias Against Girls Begins as Young as 4th Grade, Says New Survey

On October 11 of this year, the world celebrated the international Day of the Girl. This holiday was officially declared on October 11, 2011, when the United Nations launched its mission to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Throughout history, girls and women have experienced oppression and inequality, and although in recent decades significant improvements have been made in how we perceive and receive the concept of independent womanhood, the stereotypical expectations of the female continue in the minds of youth and...

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Human Trafficking is On the Rise – And Could be Happening In Your Neighborhood

Human trafficking (read: modern-day slavery) is happening. People are being bought and sold into the commercial sex trade. Others are being forced to provide labor against their will. And it’s happening in America. Worse, it’s on the rise. From 2015 to 2016, reported human trafficking cases rose by over 35 percent, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The number of victims and survivors jumped from 5,544 to 7,572. Nearly one-fifth of reported cases came from California, while Texas had the second most reported cases. No one should be considered property. No one should be forced, coerced, or fraudulently pressed into work...

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Samsung Rushes to Remove Sexist Bixby Voice Descriptions

Samsung recently faced criticism for their descriptions of male and female voices for Bixby, its new mobile phone assistant. The female voice was described as “chipper and cheerful,” while the male as “assertive and confident.” Many took to Twitter to air their concerns over the sexist hashtags. On Wednesday, the company heeded the customer feedback and swiftly removed the descriptors. Samsung told Gizmodo it was “working diligently to remove the hashtag descriptions from the Bixby service,” and it is “constantly learning from customer feedback.” Humanizing mobile assistants has shown to help consumers become more comfortable with the robots. Unfortunately, this...

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Britain to Ban Sexist Ads

In the wake of a recent study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, Britain announced on Tuesday that it will ban sexist commercials that perpetuate stereotypical gender roles for either men or women. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) completed a comprehensive review on gender stereotyping and questioned whether current regulations are sufficient to provide protection against harmful depictions of gender. The ASA urged greater vigilance to prevent ads that can potentially cause harm. This call to action also applies to portrayals of individuals being mocked when stereotypes are not conformed to. The Committee of Advertising Practice,...

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A Black Woman-Owned Company is Solving Flint’s Water Crisis

Replacing over 18,000 water lines to ensure clean drinking water for Flint’s nearly 100,000 residents is no small task. However, Rhonda Grayer and her company, W.T. Stevens Construction, are taking on the challenge. Grayer inspires women and minorities as she takes on Flint’s 90 million dollar project This project is a big win for Grayer and her company, not just because of the importance and impact of the project, but also because it brings national attention to a family-owned business with a black woman serving as vice president. While women are increasingly becoming business owners – they owned 30 percent of all U.S. businesses in...

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