While there has been great success and strides made in human rights, particularly for women, the glass ceiling is nowhere close to being shattered. The lack of ability and support for women and young girls in managing their menstrual health is holding them back from achieving economic empowerment and independence, especially in developing states. The stigma associated with menstruation, despite it being a very natural and healthy function exacerbate the issues around menstrual hygiene management. When there’s a lack of awareness compounded by the lack of affordability and access to resources, girls either miss weeks of schooling or they drop out entirely. A woman’s ability to complete her education is a large factor in her ability to have economic empowerment and have power within her family and community. These also help her to move her family out of a crisis economic situation and towards more resilient sources of income. While analyzing the plethora of challenges women and girls face in their schools and communities, realistic programming and policy can be implemented to create a better society for women and measurable change.
Despite being in the age where we are all connected through social media and information is available at the touch of our fingertips, we are more disconnected than ever before. As a nation we are spending increasingly more time in front of screens watching television marathons, looking through endless pages of photos of ourselves, and videos of our newest clothing haul. With ads constantly being fed to us, as a society, we have moved to a life of single use purchases and constant consumption. One of the biggest growing industries and the one that creates incomparable waste is the clothing industry. Quickly, the clothing industry has turned into a hidden environmental crisis and even a human rights concern. Little has been done to control the waste in this sector, and the few attempts at solutions have turned into problems themselves. Breaking down the crisis to its’ causes and resulting complications will allow for new recommendations and actions to be taken by individuals, and companies.
The last time Conor and I had friends over, they were a little horrified that we didn’t stock “real” food in our cupboards. In reality, we eat mostly organic and locally sourced food and very rarely have snacks in the pantry other than a bag of popcorn or granola. On occasion I’ll buy “bunny snacks, ” but recently I’ve been buying a few bars of chocolate to have on hand if one of us get a sweet tooth. More often than not the regular chocolate wasn’t getting eaten, so I decided to look for some new flavors, ethically sourced chocolate and fair trade options. We decided to switch to ethically made chocolate because of the hidden horrors of the industry, which include and are certainly no limited to child labor, poor wages and working conditions and slavery.
If you’re new to ethically made chocolate, here are a few things that you want to look for.
While standing in Forever21 have you ever wondered how a store could sell clothing so cheap? How in the world do they make a profit on a $10 blouse after getting the materials, shipping the materials to a factory, having the item made, shipped to the US and then pay all the store associates who sold it to you?
I wish the answer wasn’t bad business practice and overlooked human rights violations, but it is. With every dollar, we spend we are actively casting votes about what we are willing and not willing to accept from companies and our markets.
We had our first snowfall yesterday and it finally started to feel like Christmas. My tree is up, the lights are on, it smells like pine and I’m ready for it all. Before it snowed it didn’t quite feel like Christmas, it wasn’t frosty just yet and it didn’t seem like too many people had their lights up so I decided to make the perfect Christmas playlist.
A little while ago I started this series of conversations to have before you get married. This came out of my husband and I connecting while going through the marriage counseling process. This was something that I honestly didn’t want to do but it was one of the best decisions that we made prior to getting married. There were a lot of topics that we were on the same page for but other conversations we didn’t even think to have. After going through that whole process I sat down and wrote a list for us which turned into this series. I do believe that if you’re going to have a successful marriage, these are conversations that you need to have. You don’t have to agree with them but it’s important to talk them through and see what your partner may value.