Wednesday, September 30, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 6)


5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

This goal aims to end discrimination and violence toward women and girls. It also calls for the elimination of child marriage and female genital mutilation.* As well as, trying to eliminate human trafficking other types of exploitation, while supporting reforms that give women equal rights to economic resources.**

But gender equality issues expand beyond female exploitation. There are people who are born inter-sexed and ambiguous, both physically and genetically. There men who struggle with the belief that they are truly female and woman who struggle with the belief that they are truly male. Then there are men and woman who reject gender completely and live in a world of neutrality.

This creates a social climate of misunderstanding, profiling, and bullying, where support and acceptance is needed.

Asking yourself what you can do to help the UN reach their goal?

On a National level: Support friends and family who feel the pressure of discrimination and violence. Practice acceptance and understanding in general. Volunteer or donate to a battered woman and children shelter. 

On a International level: Volunteer or donate to a group who is trying to prevent and respond to gender based violence like, https://www.usaid.gov/gbv

*NPR

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 5)

4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The literacy rate has improved globally from 83 per cent to 91 per cent between 1990 and 2015 (when the last Global Goals were implemented), and the gap between women and men has narrowed. * Still, our nation is ranked 36th in education in the world.** The new Global Goals continue to stress that students everywhere should have free access to education regardless of status or gender.

Asking yourself what you can do to help the UN reach their goal?

On a National level: Challenge yourself to learn new things. Get that degree. Utilize things like CLEP credits. Help friends and family with their education. Join a tutoring or a mentoring program. Volunteer or donate to after school programs. Support and learn about OpenSource projects found at http://opensource.com/education. Donate to http://www.educateamerica.org/.

On a International level: Volunteer or donate to groups like the Institute of International Education at http://www.iie.org/.

*UN
**Dosomething

Monday, September 28, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 4)


3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

More than 80% of women in the United States will become pregnant and give birth to one or more children. 31% of these women suffer pregnancy complications, ranging from depression to the need for a cesarean delivery. Each year, 12% of infants are born preterm and 8.2% of infants are born with low birth weight. *

Globally, an estimated 289 000 women died during pregnancy and childbirth in 2013, a decline of 45% from levels in 1990 when the last set of Global Goals was set. The UN looks to improve this.** 

This is not the only health concern. 

Recent figures suggest that, in 2004, approximately 1 in 4 adults in the United States had a mental health disorder in the past year—most commonly anxiety or depression—and 1 in 17 had a serious mental illness. Mental health disorders also affect children and adolescents at an increasingly alarming rate; in 2010, 1 in 5 children in the United States had a mental health disorder, *

The United States Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, trying to serve 8.76 million Veterans each year. In a study of 60,000 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 13% were found to have PTSD.*** According to the Wounded Warrior Project, 6 in 10 who have turned to them for assistance, were hospitalized as a result of their injuries.

Asking yourself what you can do to help the UN reach their goal?

On a National level: Exercise. Eat Well. Get your yearly checkups. Quit or limit your drinking. Quit or limit your smoking. Help your friends and family sustain healthy life habits as well. Volunteer at a nursing home or VA hospital. Donate your time or money to the http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

On a International level: Volunteer or donate to programs like http://www.care.org/work/health/maternal-health that try to lesson the 800 maternal deaths that happen each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy or childbirth.

**WHO

Sunday, September 27, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 3)

2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

This goal calls for a doubling of agricultural production by small-scale farmers.*

17 percent of American rural households are food insecure, or an estimated 3.3 million American households. More than 5 million American senior citizens age 60 and older face hunger. 15.3 million American children lived in food-insecure households in 2014.** 11.3% of the world’s population is hungry. That’s roughly 805 million people who go undernourished on a daily basis, consuming less than the recommended 2,100 calories a day.***

Asking yourself what you can do to help the UN reach their goal?

On a National level: Volunteer at soup kitchens. Volunteer or donate at a food bank. Help friends and families that are having a hard time providing well balanced meals for their families. Help your friends and family eat more healthfully. Create your own garden or join a community garden. Join a co-op program. Shop at farmers markets. Reduce your food waste. 

On a International level: Volunteer or donate to programs like http://feedtheworld.org/ that assist people around the world gain food security through self reliant agriculture systems. Creating a lasting impact over time.


*NPR
**Feedingamerica
***Dosomething 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 2)

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

This is one of the most ambitious goals. It includes a target of having no one living in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day — anywhere in the world by the year 2030. *

Think about that.

There are people in this world trying to survive on less than $456.25 a year, and all the UN wants to do is create a global space where people get to earn AT LEAST that amount.

Asking yourself what you can do to help the UN reach their goal?

On a National level: Help that friend get that job. Direct people to job skills programs. Volunteer your time or money to homeless shelters that actively assist the homeless back into the workforce.

On a International level: Look into micro loan programs like http://www.kiva.org/ where something like $25 can assist a person become monetarily independent through hard work and a little capital.


*NPR

Friday, September 25, 2015

18 Days of Global Goals (Day 1)


global goals

This is not the first time the UN has come together to map out Global Goals, and it won’t be the last, but this is why it is not just important to focus on Nationalism but also (and maybe moreso) Globalism.

We are all in this together.


 I encourage you. Nay, I dare you to repost this (or something of the like) to raise awareness about the interdependence of humanity and what leaders are trying to do to make positive improvements in areas that many of us take for granted. These areas include the following; food stability, clean water, education, reducing poverty, etc, and there are so many more. Even if some of the subjects aren’t to your liking, the majority are hard to argue with. For a more detailed list visit http://www.globalgoals.org/

Go team Earth!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

femalian

This is a blog post for the ladies. What am I talking about? The exciting world of menstruation. I have recently (and am mildly embarrassed to say) had a problem with wearing tampons. One day, I just couldn't use them anymore. I won't go to great detail on that, but I was looking for an alternative. Regular pads, suck. Seriously, the sticky backing shifts. They make your skin fell awful and sweaty. Not to mention the cleanliness. So, that left only one option. 

The menstrual cup.



For those that haven't used this it must sound dirty. Messy. An impossible option. However, I was surprised to find out that it was the opposite. Once I perfected my skills with the cup, I found that it was easier, cleaner and more comfortable than I ever imagined. Although, I did have to cut most of that nubbin off the cup bottom. 

I decided that I need a backup plan and something to use for the few times a little blood came through. So, I turned to fabric pads.

The smaller four pads are 8 inch pads from an Etsy shop called LoveYourMoontime. Sadly, the shop no longer exists. Which is a shame because they are extremely thin and amazing. Closer to a panty liner. The larger two are my "over night heavy" 10 inch pads. They are from an Etsy shop called RainbowsGrace. They are extremely comfortable, well made, but slightly thicker.

From LilikoiFashions I purchased a wet/dry bag.

The upper pocket is the wet bag area and has a lining of water proof pul fabric. The outside bottom pocket is the dry bag area and expands for more storage. 

I do not use this for day to day. It was purchased for travel. Surprisingly, the one pad/menstrual cup combo lasts all day. Then, at night, I stain-treat the pad, fold it up, snap it closed and toss it in the laundry bin. FYI: When using this method the amount of staining is at most similar to the lightest bit of spotting. Unlike tampons which (on a day of tragedy) turn into, dare I say, a gusher.

YAY FOR TMI!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

nighttime warrior or team street

Nighttime Warrior or Team Street by definelulu 

 Around the end of summer to the beginning of fall I always get restless and like to have night time adventures. Whether it be walking through the meadow or venturing through urban sprawl, it's always a good time.