FEMME FEED | HOW GIRLS CAN SOLVE GLOBAL WARMING!

FEMME FEED | HOW GIRLS CAN SOLVE GLOBAL WARMING! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Global Warming, CO2 emissions, Education for girls, educating girls in africa, third world countries, paul hawked, drawdown, solutions for global warming, feminism, female empowerment, how to empower young girls, Climate change
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Who run the world? Educated girls! In author Paul Hawken’s recent book Drawdown he shared a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming and the damage we have done to our earth — all solutions within our everyday reach. Number six on his list is us! Yep, girls can save the world, but we need to get educated first. While in the United States provides students with educational resources no matter their gender, many third world countries do not have the same offerings.

Hawken’s research shows that it is specifically educating women that will help bump up the worlds economy, while simultaneously aiding in managing population issues that add to the decline in resources. An infographic by the Global Partnership of Education tells us that 15 million girls will never get the opportunity to attend primary school, compared to the 10 million boys who will. Many of these cases are due to schools not being made female friendly, the cost of the school vs. the poverty of the girl’s family, not being able to attend school while menstruating, and early marriage. However, getting them in school young and keeping them there can halt issues such as girls being married off  when they are still children.

FEMME FEED | HOW GIRLS CAN SOLVE GLOBAL WARMING! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Global Warming, CO2 emissions, Education for girls, educating girls in africa, third world countries, paul hawked, drawdown, solutions for global warming, feminism, female empowerment, how to empower young girls, Climate changeSo what exactly can ensuring education for the young women mean? Well firstly, it can keep them and their future children alive! Educated females have a lower rate of maternal and child mortality. That same infographic tells us the kiddie of an educated mother is 50% more likely to live past 5 years of age, and their child will be past down a level of knowledge as well. Simultaneously, educated women are less likely to have large families while living in poverty — a huge detriment to our hemorrhaging population. It will also lower the percent of HIV/AIDS transmitted due to a better understanding of sexual education. School will give them the ability to understand the benefits of a more sustainable lifestyle, reducing CO2 by an estimated 119.2 gigatons by 2050. That’s the biggest save research has stumbled upon thus far.

Once educated, these women will give back opportunities to communities and Mother Earth in countless ways. Staying in school means they’re eligible for higher wages, and more upward mobility in their field — plus/plus for the economy, and their families. These women will be able to give back to industries such as agriculture, and rebuilding their local economies. Not to mention they will deliver a fresh POV to worldly issues in their communities and on a global front.

The education of girls worldwide has been on an upward trajectory, but we need to ensure it doesn’t stop here! By making schools affordable, providing women with satisfactory hygiene products, and by making schools female-friendly we can help save our biggest Girl Boss — Mother Earth!

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Femme Feed | Why Women in Saudi Will Just Now Be Able to Drive

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Femme Feed | Why Women in Saudi Will Just Now Be Able to Drive, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, Women's rights, women in Islamic Culture, Hijab, Can Islamic Women Drive, News, Feminism, Manal al-Sharif, Government, Politics.
When you begin to scan the opening lines of this article you may think, “oh heavens, I’ve suffered a time warp.” Allow us to reassure you, you have not. Today, the 26th of September, 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has finally lifted its laws on women’s driving privileges. As of this coming June, women in Saudi will be allowed to obtain drivers licenses.

The decision seems to have been made as somewhat of a PR move by a country hoping to redeem their reputation the world over. Due to the international pressure Saudi has received regarding the ban on women’s freedom to drive and its needy economy — women’s participation in the workplace will better their economical value. While the concept of having a chauffeur might sound just absolutely luxe to us, when it’s at the forfeit of your own independence it’s no longer a luxury but a prison cell on wheels. Women in Saudi are also not allowed to take public transportation or travel without a “guardian”. What is this chaperone you might ask? A male family member to first allow you, and then to escort you wherever you might want to go. This role can be filled by a brother, son, husband, or most frequently a father.

A little bit of background:

The history of the laws are rooted in what is called Wahhabism: a regression back to the purest form of Islamic culture which supports segregating genders in places like shopping malls, the veiling of women, and the illicit socializing of the sexes. The propaganda of women conforming to these laws runs deep, including commercials of young girls singing about how as females they are not made for driving but for keeping up the home. in 2013 Jamie Kucinskas, a teacher of religion and society at Indiana University told The Atlantic “The incident catalyzed a moral campaign meant to reinforce the feminine ideal of a pious, secluded wife and mother.”

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Image of Manal al-Sharif from Youtube, & National Geographic 1987

Back in 2011, female activist Manal al-Sharif posted a video on Youtube of herself driving a car. She claims the ban is “… a way to emancipate women…” and was arrested for this act. Women like Manal continue to speak up, and out, although at their own risk — the government does not take kindly to it. Manal was only freed due to international backlash.

It’s up to all of us:

Now, we don’t want to come off as mocking — any women’s movement success is shared by all of us, and Saudi’s female population is well-deserving of this triumph. The work of female activists to further women’s rights in the country have been tireless, and this step forward should be celebrated. The female population of this Islamic state are also forbidden from activities such as competing in sports unless they can wear their traditional dress, and swimming — there is still a long way to go for equality — but with the continual support from their sisters internationally we can further this fight along.

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Femme Feed: How Trump’s Health Care Promises Nothing But Issues For Women.

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Photos and words by Michaela d’Artois.

The last few months have been murky waters that one must wade through trying to decipher which latest political whim may derail their well-being, and which may just be the ripple of fake news. We know it can keep you up at night, especially when it could shake the very core of your health — your reproductive system. At this point it’s practically a riddle that the female population and their families are left to to decipher. The predicament is as such: The Republican Senate looks to eliminate abortion and defund clinics like Planned Parenthood. However the aftermath of this may lead to many women loosing access to free or affordable birth control. Their plan doesn’t seem to be willing to support the care of women’s contraceptive pills. So what options are we left with?

On June 22nd The Senate Budget Committee released The Better Care Act of 2017 Discussion Draft — in this draft it is made clear that it will be easier for employers to make the decision whether to cover birth control or not, or charge a copay in its employees insurance plans. Even further, it is a shared fear that women may be charged more for coverage than their male counterparts, something that Obamacare had specifically eliminated. For women in low income households this could be absolutely detrimental. The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) estimates that 15% of women with low incomes will be left without access to birth control under Trump’s plan.

A study by the IMS Institute in 2013 showed that women saved approximately $270 / per month on birth control under Obamacare. Anyone who has ever had to take the pill knows it is already an expense that women have little way around other than to just pay up, or find an alternative solution. In this predicament women are already looking for other more permanent options such the long debated IUD.Femme Feed: How Trump's Health Care Promises Nothing But Issues For Women. -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Donald Trump, President of the United States, POTUS, Health Care, Affordable Care Act, Trumpcare, Better Care Act, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Feminism, Abortion Laws, Birth Control.

Trump has shared in the past that he does support OTC (over-the-counter) birth control. It may sound divine at first glance, but really means that this will diminish the offering of contraception pills covered by insurance companies, in turn making it very expensive to purchase. In Texas birth control was defunded back in 2013 — since this move the use of contraception has gone down and birth rates have consistently been on the rise. It seems our government refuses to look at the proof and continue to forge forward in order to have their way. Those in support of Trump’s goal to end terminated pregnancies are seriously inthe dark about how this will unfold.

It can’t be ignored that there seems to be a huge disconnect between the older men writing this discussion draft, and the voices of young women who it serves (or very much doesn’t). The reality being that birth control is just not that easy! Finding a brand that aligns perfectly with your body, and doesn’t leave you riddled with side effects can be a true trial and error process — also an expensive one. It is rarely the case that a woman finds the right match the first try, and not having the resources through her insurance to settle on a healthy option can be harmful.

Without the access to Planned Parenthood’s services and an inability to afford the pill women will be forced into terrifying and dangerous measures. This information is important for every woman to be knowledgeable about so that you can be prepared to find the safest option for yourself. We will strive to keep you in the know always, so you don’t have to look far!

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Femme Feed | What You Need to Know About Trump’s Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement.

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STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THE KNOW.What You Need to Know About Trump's Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Obama, Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obama Letter To Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Politics, Feminism, News.A few months back, we can recall a slip of naiveté — a time just before the election of the now President Trump when the world tried to justify the possibility. For a moment many of us thought: maybe Trump is trolling these Republicans, and if elected will funnel efforts in the right direction. The ultimate manipulation, something we knew he was capable of. Our way of trying to make things orderly in our minds. However, the months have passed and Trump’s efforts to dissemble everything Obama built (in an almost obsessive manner) continue. The latest? On Thursday June 1st, Trump announced the United States will exit The Paris Climate Agreement and the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund.

What does this even mean?

Let’s start by what it even is. The Paris Climate Agreement was established in 2015 with strong efforts by former Pres. Obama to join its 195 participating nations in a common goal to combat climate change. Amongst these efforts is the Green Climate Fund which invests into low-emission and climate-resilient developments.
In choosing to remove the U.S. from the fight against global warming Trump only pushes his personal beliefs further, at the expense of our earth — he has publicly denounced the issue many times including calling global warming a “Chinese hoax” and saying “I believe in clean air… I don’t believe in climate change.”
He removes a huge power player in monetary, and organized efforts to forward this agreement. This leaves us in a place where each individual must take clean initiatives into their own hands. Organizations, and businesses able to push progress in funding these programs must now take responsibility where the government has failed.What You Need to Know About Trump's Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Obama, Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obama Letter To Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Politics, Feminism, News.

The backlash has already rippled through social media, and even Obama has released an open letter speaking to the detriment this exit will bring. Other leaders such as Justin Trudeau, and Angela Markel have also added their feelings towards the tension-filled move.  Further the new French President has extended an offer to leading American scientists, and  its public to continue to join them in working towards a solution. Trump doesn’t just ruin this for American’s, but for all nations involved.

The kicker?

This exit won’t take full effect until the year 2020 when Trump will be up for re-election. It looks to us as if he’s already planting seeds he hopes will satiate his next campaign’s support from like-minded individuals.

What we can do…

Individually we can help fight back. We’ve all heard it before, but now more than ever it’s time to trade in accessibility for action. The biggest ways to aid are things like taking public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving. Car-pooling (hey, Uber and Lyft) can also help you do your part. Mainly we must not forget: His own ignorance is only going to harm us now. Further, educating ourselves – as always – is the first step to creating change!

 

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FEMME FEED | Four Reasons Why Netflix’s New Show Is So Important.

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STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THE KNOW.Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.

Whether you have binged, or are holding off on what might be a high-school melodrama, Netflix’s latest series 13 Reasons Why (based on the novel by Jay Asher) is an important narrative the mass public can no longer shy away form. We don’t want to be the one to spoil the story for you, so we will stay within the barriers of vague, but the general plot gist is as such: cyber bullying in a high school setting leads to a series of backlash for those who made a teenage girl’s life un-livable. However it goes much beyond just social media attacks. There are two scenes in particular that stand out far beyond the rest — leading to the most tormenting of them all. Almost unfathomable to watch, let alone film, are the rape scenes.

Reason One: Hollywood has long been in the habit of skimming over this subject for entertainment’s sake but also for protection of the viewer. However, how will we teach the ethics of consent if young people cannot deeply feel the detriment, and repercussions of these actions? We can only hope one won’t have to experience these moments for themselves — making a visual teaching even more necessary if we want both boys and girls to develop a deep empathy for the victims of sexual assault without knowing it first hand. Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.

Reason Two: The conversation of rape has been very public in the past few years, for both the good and bad. Women are taking stances, being more vocal about their experiences, and banding together to aid one another in healing. However, each coin has a flip side and as many resources as are being built it is also prominent that our judicial and school systems are failing many who find themselves in this place of trauma. 13 Reasons Why may be TV but it adapts a very real issue on campuses both high school and college in which a hierarchy of students allows many to feel entitled over their peers, even to the point of assault. This often comes with the mindset of either knowing they will get away with it, or thinking their actions were justified in the first place. And what happens after school? These predators trickle out into the world — into our offices, bars, and neighborhoods. As the episodes unfold it eerily introduces an archetype of men we face everyday in our lives — those who have been egotistically pumped up to believe they can do no wrong, even if their physical actions are in fact very wrong. Illegal to be exact.

Reason Three: We watch as two separate characters react to how the sexual trauma effected them — it’s painful, it’s cringeworthy, it’s very real. Everyone reacts to shock differently and it’s important for the consumers of the show to understand that all expressions are valid. There is no template for how one can digest a physical crisis as invasive as this. This leads to the importance of understanding that many times a drastic change in someone’s behavior can translate to a cry for help.

Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.Reason Four: There is a very wrong cultural construct that weighs down heavily on women — that is called slut shaming (for lack of a better term). Throughout our careers as students, then young adults, we as girls are told that a certain skirt length, or style of top could draw the wrong kind of attention. Over time this equates to girls feeling that when they are faced with harmful attention (even just verbal) that they are to blame in some way. Even their male counterparts often throw the blame in this direction (something the writers also included in 13 Reasons Why). Because of this construct, victims are often first to blame themselves in some sort of mangled mindset that they attracted this kind of energy. 13 Reasons Why is both underlining that the victim is never at fault, and that our society needs to rephrase how we nurture individuals to look at sexuality and action.

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