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Young People Panel - Women Deliver Video

domingo, 13 de junho de 2010 07:15 Postado por Italo Ribeiro ;)


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Rage for Justice Motivates Young People - Young Women Deliver!

07:11 Postado por Italo Ribeiro ;)


WASHINGTON, June 9 – Cell phone networks, edu-tainment, basketball teams, at least one kidney and great helpings of courage in the face of threats and even murder are bringing young people to the cutting edge of political change for women worldwide, a Women Deliver 2010 panel discussion demonstrated today.

Sarah Nikhoma of Malawi told the 3,000 conference participants that organizing university students to speak realistically about HIV/AIDS risks and sexual behavior earned her an arrest and a severe beating that left her hospitalized. “People don’t want to deal with the fact that young people have sex,” she said. “They owe me a kidney.”

Maihan Wali, a youth in Afghanistan, faltered in describing what happened when she braved anonymous telephone threats to organize events and college women’s basketball teams of 20 players each in 40 Afghan colleges. “It’s not only just playing basketball,” she said. “We were getting information and sharing it with each other.”

She set up programs to build women’s awareness of human rights. The threats continued, and then a friend of hers was murdered. Entertainer Ashley Judd, moderating the session, led the audience in saying the murdered friend’s name three times in remembrance.

In Pakistan, Shamila Keyani established a clinic to bring health care to poor rural women, and wound up telling them about their rights and also treating many men injured in tribal conflicts. The women brought gifts to the doctors, she said: “Women [there] have no sense they deserve decent medical care as a human right.”

Josh Nesbit, a self-described child of U.S. privilege, was stunned to learn that Malawi doctors often walked 30 to 40 miles and two or three days to deliver patients’ documents where they were needed. Nesbit packed 100 cell phones, a computer and some software in a backpack and immediately doubled the doctors’ caregiving capacity. He went on to set up a global electronic network that handled and directed more than 80,000 emergency calls to first responders after the Haiti earthquake.

Then, he said, he realized he had to stay involved. “It was that ‘Oh, crap, this works’ moment,” he said. “At that point there’s no turning back.”

Mexico’s Lourdes Barrera told of a woman activist who was arrested and beaten on charges of kidnapping policemen. “We have laws but not justice,” she said. “What motivates me now is rage for justice.”

“That’s rocket fuel,” Judd said. The emotional panel session, she added, was “an espresso shot of inspiration.”

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Invest in Women - It pays!

07:04 Postado por Italo Ribeiro ;)


"We all share the same world, however we make it unequal for those we do not respect. We need a world that delivers. Hmn…No! We need people who deliver for people. "

Invest in Women – It Pays!

Women, the social group that most commonly is conceived as synonym of innocence, fragility and weakness around the world have now the chance to have a deep breath and affirm: We are the heart of global economy and development.

Being at Women Deliver Conference has been fantastic. It is just the confirmation that, yes, we can be different somehow but in the end we all share the same concerns. How can I be so sure of that? Because we are more than 3000 people here, from the simplest community activist to the greatest high-level global leader, and we all speak the same language: The betterment of women’s lives worldwide.

The Women Deliver Conference 2010 is the continuation of the global conference held in London, in 2007. The Women Deliver Organization, one of the most famous organizations in the world in terms of health advocacy, has given the opportunity to 3000 people from all over to discuss upon the need for investments in women rights. And as a bridge to open the vast possibilities for that, the theme of the conference is: Delivering Solutions for Girls and Women. Women’s rights have outstanding approaches on Millennium Development Goals #3, #4 and #5: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, Reduce Child Mortality and Improve Maternal health, respectively. These are the most underfunded issues amongst all the other goals. But curiously it is extremely remarkable that without prioritizing these goals, it will not be possible to achieve the others.

•#1: We cannot eradicate poverty without empowering women and making them economically productive so that they can improve their family lives and thrive;

•#2: If families in underprivileged areas do not understand that women have key roles in society, it will get harder to increase the number of women who are sent to schools. Thus, the efforts made to achieve universal access to education will be in vain;

•#6: If women do not have access to great family planning programs, comprehensive educational information on sexual reproductive health and both antenatal and post-natal care, it will be impossible to combat AIDS because the high rates of infections will get maintainable and people will keep dying guiltless.

•#7: When a woman is economically productive and participative and in society, it is not only her family what will flourish, but her community will be stabilized and the resources will be balanced in accordance with the needs people may demand.

•#8: Women can be considered half of every country’s engine for growth and development.

These reasons boost us to speak up, share experiences and learn how to bring about immediate impacts on the global health systems. Obviously, wherever there is an opportunity to show young people’s energy and make the global leaders listen to their ideas, there is a Global Changemaker. And now we are four at the Women Deliver Conference.

Mohammed (Gambia), Sarah (Malawi), Maihan (Afghanistan) and Italo (Brazil) are carrying the Global Changemakers flag, mentored by our dear Francesca Martonffy. Mohammed and I applied for a scholarship to attend the event. The selection was very arduous and competitive. In the end, we won more than 6000 applicants and were awarded with the privilege of representing our youths internationally again. The girls were invited by the British Council and then we all joined the same activities.

Well, the second day of the Conference is about to begin and I have got to leave now for the Convention Centre. We will keep you updated on everything that is happening here.

I thank all of you guys for being so kind with the wishes and greetings on facebook and e-mails. We are striving hard to represent you excellently and you can expect a lot from us.

Big Hugs,

Ítalo Ribeiro, Global Changemaker

And the Women Deliver Conference 2010 begins...

domingo, 6 de junho de 2010 19:43 Postado por Italo Ribeiro ;)


Hi All,

I am glad to come here and post one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I am now in Washington DC., USA, representing Brazil at the Women Deliver Conference 2010, advocating youth engagement, social entrepreneurship and HIV/AIDS. I am also joining a group of British Council Global Changemakers whom are incredibly special.
I had very tiring flights. I definitely cannot sleep on those uncomfortable seats and I was beside the window, the place I hate travelling in. After 13 hours flying over America's sky, I got the US at 6:30 am.
I met 5 Paraguayans who are participating in the same event as me but cannot speak English, so I ended up becoming their translator. The Women Deliver Organizers quickly sent us to the supper shuttle vans which took us to the hotel.
OH MY GOD, my hotel is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I just thought: When in the century would I be able to pay for that? So fascinating, luxury, beauty, the way I like it. Well, things should have been better. There was no room reserved for me and the Paraguayans, even thought we were conference supported. We had to go to the Washington Convention Centre to get registered in the Conference and be reimbursed for our expenses regarding the visa and trip in our respective countries. Then, at 10:00 we came to know that there should be another registration time at 1:00 pm.

 In the meantime, we could not have breakfast until we register. The solution was: To spend money. I bought cookies, cake and hot chocolate. That was great. Using that time, the Paraguayans and I had the opportunity to discuss about aborption, education and the accessibility of Sexual Reproductive Health to young people in our countries. That was a great time to think about the acceptance of abortion in society. The girl I met is going to lead a session during the conference, and I am going to attend it.

Well, we did not have to wait until 1:00 pm. At noon we got registered. My room is like a palace! I slept a little, took lots of pictures in front of the mirror and then left for the Ice-Cream Social Reception at the Washington Convention Centre. There I met Mohammed, Francesca Marttonffy and the other Global Changemakers from the Gambia, Malawi, Switzerland and Afeghanistan. We had a nice conversation and then went to have dinner: PIZZA! It was great to talk about lots of things. The problem is that I was so sleepy that could barely pay attention to what they said, but participated in some discussions. After that, we moved to the Whitehouse! How couldn't we come to Washington DC. and not visit the Whitehouse?

We walked around DC., and knew its main monuments. Of course I took lots of pictures of them.

After the girls left, Mohammed and I kept sightseeing around Washington. We walked too much that I got extremely tired and could hardly walk. Then, he came to my bedroom to visit me. We talked for a while! Mohammed is such a great company and definitely a Global Changemaker.

I am too sleepy now and cannot write anymore. I am just leaving my exciting feelings that show this conference will be amazing. Today was the day to have fun, but now things get serious. We will deliver for women!

Being here has been one of the best conquests God has given me. Thank you my Lord!

Then, I would like to affirm I miss my mother. I'll bring her here someday!
I would like to thank Francesca Marttonffy and the 3 other Global Changemakers whom are here.

Thank you readers,

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