"My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can’t go because we can’t afford new shoes," says a girl from Indonesia.
"I want to live freely," says another girl, in Egypt. "I don’t want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear."
In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: “Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals,” she says. “There are so many I can’t even name them all.”
Their voices are part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, from 14 developing countries. They’ve shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation.
The aim: to change the way the world thinks about girls, says Lyric Thompson at the International Center for Research on Women, which worked with Nike on the project.
Writing this week in the journal Science, Melinda Gates says that “no society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”
They are the “engines” of global development, writes the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And they should be at the center of development plans and goals.
Photo: "I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13, India (Courtesy of Nike Foundation)
Blue-winged kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)
The Blue-winged Kookaburra is a large species of kingfisher native to northern Australia and southern New Guinea. It is sexually dimorphic, with a blue tail in the male, and a rufous tail with blackish bars in the female. The Blue-winged Kookaburra hunts and eats a great variety of animals that live on or close to the ground. In the summer wet season, insects, lizards and frogs make up a higher proportion of their diet, while they eat arthropods such as crayfish, scorpions, spiders, fish, earthworms, small birds and rodents at other times. They have even been recorded waiting for and snatching insects flushed out by bushfires. The Blue-winged Kookaburra is a cooperative breeder, a group being made up of a breeding pair and one or more helper birds who help raise the young.
Just remember, till you’re home again;
You belong to me
what’s really amazing to me is that people are so afraid of body hair on women that even in a shaving commercial they won’t show a hairy leg. they demonstrate the razor by shaving a hairless leg. they show their product being completely useless instead of showing leg hair. it’s just crazy
((“I will not design any more city OCs” I say, as I design another city OC. /long sigh.
I’m doing a studio project on Atlantic City, New Jersey this semester; I can’t help it. That involves reading tons of books and hanging out there like every week. :P
I love Atlantic City. It’s really a delightful, intriguing city. It was founded in 1854 with one singular purpose— to be a place where people went to have fun. Since then it has had its ups and downs— lately more downs than ups, it seems. But despite its origins, it became much more than a resort city. It became a place where thousands of African-Americans found work in the hotels, railroads, and restaurants and developed their own thriving community. It became a city of contrasts— the boardwalk vs. the neighborhoods of endless rowhouses. The ideal of leisure that was available to even poor immigrants and factory workers from Philly and NYC vs. the reality for the majority of the city’s residents. The rush of tourists and money in the 3 months of the summer season vs. the cold deserted streets in winter. I could go on and on about how REALLY FREAKING COOL AC’s history is, but it’s getting really late and I’ve already made a terrible mistake staying up this late. :P Just know that I have HARDLY scratched the surface on this city.
Her design is based off of one of my friends and colleagues (who has the cutest freaking hair).