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The importance of eating less meat and more plant-based foods for our own health and the health of the planet is backed up by the science| Photo: Creative commons

A Healthy, Climate-Friendly Diet

[By Brahma Chellaney] BERLIN – This December, world leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will hammer out a comprehensive agreement to reduce carbon emissions and stem global warming. In the run-up to that meeting, governments worldwide should note one critical, but often overlooked, fact: the single biggest driver of environmental degradation and ...

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Zaiba Taj, 21, mentors several hundred children in and around her Haleem Nagar slum in Mysore and is a true agent of change, who has brought about a positive transformation in her own life as well as motivate others like her to follow in her footsteps. (Credit: Roshin Varghese\WFS)

Young Zaiba Changes The Game For Children

[By Roshin Varghese] Mysore (WFS) – Every morning, a young woman steps out of her small two-room home, which she shares with her grandmother, parents and three siblings, ready to take on another hectic day at work.As she briskly walks past a row of cramped tenements a gaggle of enthusiastic children follows her. She takes this opportunity to quickly find ...

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Mothers Light Up Indonesia

Thousands of people have been impacted by Nusantara Development Initative’s (NDI) project to empower rural women to become solar lamp entrepreneurs in Indonesia. The Singapore-registered non-profit works closely alongside island communities in the Riau Archipelago, to train women to sell solar lamps to households that have little or no access to electricity. They are called Ibu Rumah Terang, or Mothers of ...

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Cleaning up like a boss

Jeanilyn Bermudez is a domestic worker in Singapore. But back home in the Philippines, she’s the boss of a recycling business that’s giving others jobs and opportunity. It didn’t happen by chance. She went to business school – a business school for domestic workers. A mentor speaks I’ve been a volunteer mentor at Aidha for over two years now and it’s ...

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School pays girls for attendance, builds toilets for meritorious

[By Narendra Kaushik] Anoopshahr: “Did you love your daughter today?” postcard-shaped, billboards carved into walls on either side of the gate, bag to know.  “Yes we did,” the answer is written just under the question cordoned off by smileys on both sides. Walk in and you have yellow planks shored up on green-yellow painted lamp posts on your right proclaiming with a smiley ...

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The 12-member all-women Gram Panchayat of Sisva village in Gujarat’s Anand district has been efficiently chalking out and implementing a sound development agenda for their village since four years.

Counting On Girl Power For Good Governance

[By Anuradha Shukla] Anand (WFS) – Hinal Patel is a nursing graduate, Radha Patel is an engineer, Nisha Patel works as a manager at a motorbike showroom while Viralben Sarvaiya is a Pharma student. Busy with their jobs and studies during the week, the young women make it a point to meet each other every Sunday at Hinal’s home.Eight other ...

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No action as mercury still poisons fish in West Bengal

Going to buy fish today? If you are living in India’s West Bengal state, where fish is a daily staple for millions of people whether rich or poor, beware! More than one study has pointed to the alarming levels of mercury in fish, way above permissible limits and posing a grave danger to health. And no matter how much you ...

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Why we should weep for the sparrow

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist] Did you celebrate World Sparrow Day on 20 March?  It bothers me when I read that these birds are becoming extinct in Indian cities. Chirpy, cheeky little sparrows were part of our life, growing up as children in a dilapidated Kolkata flat. They nested high up in an old-fashioned ventilator. And caused us kids ...

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A mother’s account of continuing education post marriage

[By RamTulsi Yerra] I was in the  second year of my undergraduate studies when our engagement was solemnized by the elders of our respective families. I got married 6 months later around the same time as college reopened to the dawn of our final  year in college. My lecturers were a little disappointed  that  as an active participant in all ...

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What your wife, sister, daughter is not telling you..

[By Shweta Rawal] If you are my family and reading this, please don’t get anxious, that’s not the purpose of my sharing this today. I can share this today because I have grown way stronger than I ever was. I wrote this today because a lot of men feel like women make a lot of hue and cry about rape ...

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