Social Documentary Workshops: Non-Profit Media Solutions

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Social media is changing the way people engage, communicate, bond, connect and network with each other on a global scale. Much like other pivotal shifts in history, such as the Industrial Revolution, there is no turning back from these profound technological developments.  However, not everyone has the knowledge to use these communication tools effectively, namely… Read more »

Community Media Development

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Most of my human rights work in the developing world has been focused on creating media (exhibits, books, and multimedia) for audiences in developing countries.  Typically I would create media for NGOs that would put it to use for building awareness and fund raising campaigns in North America and Europe. At the same time I… Read more »

Ted Talk by Kavita Ramdas

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“Women make change, but not in circumstances of their own choosing. They have to negotiate. They have to subvert tradition that once silenced them in order to give voice to new aspirations. . . We can use our tradition to navigate change.” Ted Talk by Kavita N. Ramdas, president and CEO of the Global Fund… Read more »

One HEART continued – Students Taking Action

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When One HEART decided to begin its program to address maternal mortality with the indigenous Tarahumara  in Northern Mexico they contracted with Alisun Chopel to do a feasibility study for the program.  Alisun was a student working on her Masters Degree in Public Health at UC Berkeley.  She applied for an internship with One HEART… Read more »

Julia Bolz and Ayni Education International

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Hadia, age 11                   Out-of-School Girls Program, Kabul, Afghanistan By 2000, UNICEF reported that only 4 to 5% of Afghan children were being educated at the primary school level. Fewer still had access to secondary and university-level education. According to the World Bank, “Since 2002, more than 6 million students and teachers have returned to school.”  The… Read more »

Women, AIDS, and Children’s Disabling Burns

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In sub-Saharan Africa, 61% of all people living with HIV are women. Young women (15–24 years) are three to six times more likely to be infected than men in the same age group.* Unfortunately, 800,000 Zambian children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, and others are left to care for themselves because their… Read more »

How can we help ensure our security here at home?

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When I read in the book Half the Sky (Kristof/Wudunn, [New York: Knopf, 2009], xx-xxi) that the Joint Chiefs of Staff now consider the education of women and girls important to our military goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and consequently to our security here at home, it gave me hope that US military thinking has… Read more »