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Cue the cliché question: “What is wrong with kids today?” Perhaps the problem is what we are teaching them or, more accurately, what we are not teaching: compassion.
The Anti-Defamation League went viral with an inspiring video that asks viewers to imagine a world where hate-driven violence does not exist. The 80-second clip features fake headlines about people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, imagining what they could have accomplished had their lives not been cut short by violence.
Somaly Mam, was honored as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2009, but her road from Cambodia to newstands has been a long arduous journey.
Over 2 million women and children are sold into sexual slavery every year and Somaly found the strength and means to fight back and help others find their own strength in battling this multi-billion dollar industry. Mam created AFESIP Cambodia and subsequently co-founded The Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit organization raising awareness to end the global crisis of human trafficking and sex slavery. The organization leads initiatives and campaigns in North America and around the world.
Interested in joining the cause? Projects Futures empowers its volunteers to creatively campaign on behalf of the Foundation’s challenging mission. You can take action in many forms, including creating an online campaign, run, bike or walk for the cause, or shop the empowerment store.
Learn more about Somaly Mam’s personal journey in her book, The Road of Lost Innocence.
Non-profit Heifer International has created a hub for IWD on its website, suggesting three ways to empower women who are making changes in the developing world. Heifer suggests supporting women’s education, starting women’s groups and giving women livestock as gifts (a large part of the non-profit’s work throughout the year consists of gifting livestock).
UN Development Programme UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas released a call to men to stand up against violence against women.
Framed around the words of B.C. poet Shane Koyczan, who was bullied as a kid, this clip called “To This Day” delivers a powerful anti-bullying message. The format features fleeting animated sequences (produced by Vancouver’s Giant Ant studio) set against Koyczan’s prose about the lingering emotional scars suffered by those subjected to bullying and physical abuse.
Check it out…
Happy Pink Day!
Spearheaded by Rose G G11, this year Mulgrave’s US Pink Day on Fri Feb 22 will raise awareness about bullying and homophobia in support of Rainbow Refugee http://www.rainbowrefugee.ca/, a local Vancouver-based advocacy organisation the helps people locally and globally who are discriminated against or persecuted because of their sexual orientation, because of who they are. Mulgrrave Upper School has a special assembly and a pink toque day ready to go!
Please note: Mulgrave is celebrating Pink Day before the province-wide day on Wed Feb 27. During that week, it’s the annual US Spirit Week, this year supporting One Drop http://www.onedrop.org: all water for water, water for all
Pink Day Assembly Mon Feb 18
On Mon Feb 18, Chris Morrissey of Rainbow Refugee will be speaking to the G7-12 assembly about Pink Day, homophobia and the advocacy work of Rainbow Refugee.
Founded in 2000, the Rainbow Refugee Committee (RRC) is a Vancouver based community group that supports and advocates with people seeking refugee protection because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
US “Pink Toque” Day!
On Fri Feb 22, Mulgrave celebrates Pink Day as “Pink Toque Day”. All Upper School students and staff are invited to dress up in cool for school pink clothes. The cost to participate is $5. Everyone gets a funky hot or neon pink toque with their entry, which you are encouraged to wear for the day!
This Valentine’s Day, skip the lazy drugstore candy. If you can’t afford the $9 stuff, so what? But if you really need to satisfy a known chocolate craving or chocolate lover, spend the time — and money — finding a chocolate as special as the person you are buying it for. They’ll thank you for it.
Read detail here about ‘blood chocolate’ and better choices: http://grist.org/food/a-guide-to-ethical-chocolate/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_me…
You’ve been waiting for it. So have we. The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights’ 2013 Global Youth Assembly (GYA) is coming your way this summer from August 7th to August 10th! Join hundreds of youth from across Canada and around the world to learn, discuss, reflect and collaborate. Check out our new website!
This year’s theme of Human Rights. Health. Ignite Change Now. will challenge you to think broadly about the connections between various aspects of health and human rights. While many approach the word health solely from the medical perspective, this conference will explore how the health of a community encompasses everything from political and civil rights to sports, immigration and, of course, public health.
MTV’s college station, mtvU, launched a digital experience Wednesday, created to teach students about the harsh realities of human trafficking.
“The Backstory,” the video experience, is the latest component of mtvU’s Against Our Will campaign, which unites students in the growing movement to end modern-day slavery. The interactive site was inspired by four James Madison University students who won mtvU’s annual Against Our Will Challenge, which calls for students to innovate with digital tools to spread awareness for modern slavery. The Backstory puts you in the position of a victim of sex trafficking or labor trafficking victim.
After completing the experience, you’ll learn ways to get involved with the ongoing fight to end human trafficking.
ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.