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Kenya’s Giving Free Sanitary Pads To Schoolgirls Who Can’t Afford Them

But for many young girls in Kenya, it was a stressful inconvenience that often interferes with education and perpetuates a cycle of poverty – until now.
In response to their campaign, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed an act on Wednesday, which requires the government to provide a sufficient amount of quality sanitary pads – free of charge – to state schools.
“I feel so happy that the government…is taking the step towards making Kenya a better place for all girls,” Joyce, 14, said in a statement through Plan International, a nonprofit that works to protect vulnerable children.
“Now girls will never miss school again because of their periods.” Andrew Aitchison via Getty Images In Kenya, about 65 percent of women and girls can’t afford sanitary pads.
The price of one package of sanitary napkins is equivalent to an unskilled worker’s daily wage.
Not being able to buy a basic hygiene product only compounds the issues they face.
In 2012, an average of 30 to 40 percent of girls in Kenya reported missing days of school because they didn’t have access to pads when they were menstruating, according to studies conducted by Huru International, a group that works to keep marginalized African girls in school.
Some menstruating girls who were desperate for protection would use whatever resources they had available to make their own pads.
Kenyatta’s decision builds upon years of progress toward making menstruation hygiene products more affordable.
Management teams at schools will be responsible for buying and distributing the pads.

41 Photos Of Boys With Dolls That Prove Gender Doesn’t Belong In The Toy Aisle

While some may still see dolls as a “girl toy,” there are plenty of boys out there who adore their baby dolls, Barbies and stuffed friends.
‘My baby!’” “My son loves his ‘Babyzilla’!
He loves to play soccer and golf with Winston Jr. and I love watching all 3 of my kids play ‘mommy and daddy’ and ‘school’ all together with their dolls.
I know Winston will be an amazing Dad one day!” “Griffin (1-year-old).
He has always loved dolls, started with Barbies and Disney princesses!” “My son has loved all things glitz and glamour since he was 2.
“My son loves babies.
I just wish someone could explain to me why all the accessories for baby dolls are made pink and purple.
I have no problem with my son playing with pink toys but I’d love if these ‘just like home’ or ‘just like mom’ toys actually looked like mine instead of using a color to try to push these things on girls.
Both my boys have dolls and love to play with them.
Some days they throw them across the room and other days I find this.” “We gave our son a baby of his own to take care of the day before his little sister was born.

Celebs Join Forces to Keep Promise for Chris Cornell

Celebs Join Forces to Keep Promise for Chris Cornell.
Though the Soundgarden frontman may be gone, his mission is still being carried out by his fellow celebrities.
Chris Cornell committed suicide at the age of 52 in his Detroit hotel room on May 18th – but before his death, he recorded a song called “The Promise” in honor of World Refugee Day.
The song, which was produced for the film “The Promise”, focuses on the trials and suffering of refugees worldwide.
In April, Cornell and his wife Vicky toured Greek refugee camps to raise awareness for the plights of Syrians.
Upon seeing the living conditions of the camps, the Cornells resolved to donate all of the song’s proceeds towards programs dedicated to helping children and refugees.
The song was released posthumously on Tuesday, and A-list stars are spreading the message of Cornell’s noble mission.
Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Cher, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hanks, Oscar Isaac, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Serj Tankian, and Pharrell Williams collectively created a video advocating for Cornell’s humanitarian work under the hashtag #KeepThePromise.
WATCH: Documentary Asks Our Favorite Celebrities in Their 90s How They Stay so Lively The video ends on a personal message from Cornell saying: “I’m Chris Cornell, and I vow to keep the promise to fight for the world’s most vulnerable children.” “As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important,” said Cornell in a statement.
“Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening.

People Are Crushing On This Pakistani Doctor Who Needs A Room In New York City

People Are Crushing On This Pakistani Doctor Who Needs A Room In New York City.
Meet Rehan Munir.
He’s a 26-year-old med school grad from Pakistan who also happens to be a model.
Talk about a well-rounded guy, right?
He’s currently looking for housing in New York City, though ― a search he called “quite the ride.” Reham Munir Some of Munir’s New York-based friends recommended he post an ad on Gypsy Housing, a closed Facebook group for people looking for housing and roommates, so earlier this month, Munir did just that.
“I’m Rehan and I’m looking to rent a furnished room on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side or Midtown Manhattan,” the post read.
“Most of all, cleanliness is of utmost priority to me.
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Just will have more than a few roomies, so be warned,” one woman wrote.
“I’m single but trying to focus on my career at the moment,” he told HuffPost.

Mom Declares Her Kids Are Doing ‘Literally Nothing’ This Summer In Viral Post

Mom Declares Her Kids Are Doing ‘Literally Nothing’ This Summer In Viral Post.
Kristen Hewitt was feeling like a failure.
It was the first day of summer vacation, and the Florida mom had made big plans for her two daughters ― a scheduled beach day filled with enriching activities.
In her post, the mom shared how her family actually spent that first day of summer: “Lounged in our pj’s until 11am, baked the girl’s pick ― chocolate chip cookie brownies, started an art project we never finished, then moved to the pool.” In lieu of a schedule, Hewitt declared that her family is doing “literally nothing” this summer ― no camps, classes or planned activities.
They will instead see where each day takes them.
Ways to challenge our kids and enrich their summer,” she wrote.
Your kids will be fine and so will you.” The Facebook post had received over 13,000 likes by Friday afternoon.
“I would like to say though ― I have the utmost respect for working parents, and know not everyone can stay home.
I’m very grateful that I can work from home around their schedules.” On the second day of summer vacation, Hewitt’s daughters were a little bored, but they started filling their days with art projects, library visits, fort-building, swimming and meet-ups with friends.
“I just wanted parents to know that it’s OK to not have a Pinterest perfect summer,” she told HuffPost.

‘CSI: NY’ Actor Opens Up About Becoming A Single Dad After Adopting A Son

‘CSI: NY’ Actor Opens Up About Becoming A Single Dad After Adopting A Son.
For the first time, “CSI: NY” actor Hill Harper is sharing with the world what it was like becoming a single father via adoption.
Harper’s son, Pierce Hill Harper, was born in December 2015.
He even cut the umbilical cord.
It’s a beautiful challenge, but it’s a challenge.” Harper had always wanted to be a father, but figured he would first get married and later start a family.
He told Roberts that when his friend encouraged him to look into adoption in 2015, he said it wasn’t “the way it’s supposed to happen.” Harper quickly proved himself wrong, though.
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That’s when Harper had to decide whether he wanted to become a single father or continue to wait.
The actor told People that choosing to adopt Pierce then was “the greatest decision” he’s made in his life.
Harper admitted to People that he was “so scared” about becoming a single father, but now after a year-and-a-half with Pierce, he sees the impact his son has had on his life.

Vancouver to Eliminate Harmful Single-Use Packaging

Vancouver to Eliminate Harmful Single-Use Packaging.
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The city has begun the process by consulting local businesses on the most strategic replacements for styrofoam containers, plastic bags, and single-use coffee cups.
Additionally, over 2.2 million coffee cups are dumped into city landfills every year.
Assuming the city issues a ban on wasteful single-use coffee cups, businesses will need to utilize compostable or recyclable coffee cups instead.
As community proposals are reviewed throughout the summer, a public survey will eventually be made available in September.
All of these proposals are a part of Vancouver’s 2040 Zero-Waste goal.
The plan, which was first launched in February 2016, consists of several ambitious environmental and renewable strategies that will make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020.
“Cities around the world must show continued leadership to meet the urgent challenge of climate change, and the most impactful change we can make is a shift toward 100% of our energy being derived from renewable sources,” says Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
Moving toward 100% renewable energy is another way that Vancouver is working to become the greenest city in the world.” Click To Share The News With Your Friends – OR, (Photo by Vancouver Landfill and Recycling Depot)

After Daughter’s Death, Dad Bikes 2,000 Miles To Hear Her Heartbeat One Last Time

After Daughter’s Death, Dad Bikes 2,000 Miles To Hear Her Heartbeat One Last Time.
This dad couldn’t contain his emotions when he heard his daughter’s heartbeat for the first time in six months.
In the very same week, Abbey Connor was found unconscious at the bottom of a hotel pool while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.
Connor was then taken into a Fort Lauderdale hospital where doctors discovered that she had irreparable brain damage.
RELATED: In Twist of Fate, NFL Star’s Organs Go to the Ailing Sports Hero Who Inspired Him Connor’s organs were harvested and Jack Jr. became the lucky recipient of her heart.
After the successful surgery, Jack Jr. was contacted by Abbey’s father, Bill Connor.
He had reached out to several of the patients who had received his daughter’s organs, but none of them had responded – except Jack Jr.
The two stayed in correspondence and agreed to meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Father’s Day so Bill could hear his daughter’s heart one more time.
Then, in order to raise awareness for organ donation, Bill biked over 2,000 miles from his home in Madison, Wisconsin, to Baton Rouge.
The father and youth shared a one minute hug in silence before Jack Jr. brought out a stethoscope and let Connor listen to his heart.

This ‘Queen Sugar’ Scene Challenges The Idea Boys Can’t Play With Dolls

This ‘Queen Sugar’ Scene Challenges The Idea Boys Can’t Play With Dolls.
In season two’s second episode, which aired on Wednesday, one of the main characters, Ralph Angel, is at a restaurant with his son, Blue, and Blue’s mother, Darla.
This doesn’t sit well with Ralph, who defends his son’s choice to play with dolls.
“We’re going to get two ice cream sundaes, all the toppings y’all got ― one for my son and one for his doll.
You got me?” Ralph Angel tells the waiter.
“Queen Sugar” creator Ava DuVernay spoke about her decision to have Blue play with a doll in an interview with the Los Angeles Times from September.
DuVernay, the first woman of color to direct a $100 million film, explained that her goal of the OWN show is to reflect “all parts of our identity as black people.” She added she also wanted to challenge certain ideas of masculinity.
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“It felt like there was a good opportunity with Blue to do the same, particularly around issues of identity as it relates to the ways in which we conform to certain notions of masculinity in the black community.” In the interview, DuVernay mentioned she didn’t want Blue and his doll to be a “flag-waving” part of the first season, but she and the rest of her writers are ready to explore the topic more as Blue gets older and as more people start to notice his devotion to his toy.
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Corbyn surge shows the need for positive politics – and positive media too

Corbyn surge shows the need for positive politics – and positive media too.
A vote for better media: support Positive News From environmental breakthroughs to community action, our journalism uncovers solutions to society’s challenges.
But it wasn’t just the Conservative Party’s negativity about Jeremy Corbyn that dominated the election.
The Labour party received the most negative coverage.” Cynicism: the dominant force in politics and media “For far too long, cynicism has been the dominant force in British electoral politics, willing failure at every turn” wrote the Guardian’s Gary Younge after the election.
Having founded the Solutions Journalism Network, their organisation is training newsrooms in the US in how not just report on problems but also to investigate solutions.
Here in the UK too, the Constructive Journalism Project has delivered training to journalists and journalism students across the country.
For journalism to help society self-correct, it’s not enough to be a watchdog.
Borsntein believes that solutions remain an under-represented part of the news.
No doubt the fall-out from the June 2017 election will have a significant impact on the next general election.
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