Thursday, January 29, 2009

War and Conflict

Wanna know a crazy fact? Women make up 60-80% of refugees in Africa! Meaning? Meaning that while men are taken or killed, and I'm not saying that that's no big deal because it is, women are left to take care of the kids and the elderly. Also, judging by the magnitude in which war and conflict affect women, they are shockingly under represented. They have absolutely no choice in decisions concerning politics! Stop the madness and voice your oppinion for those who aren't allowed to have a voice!

Save the Apes, Save the Africans?

Could saving the apes really save the whole African society? This Somerset woman believes that she has the answer. This is the idea order. Saving apes, you need an organization. An organization needs people to work for it. People working will HELP END POVERTY :D

"Debt is an efficient tool. It ensures access to other peoples’ raw materials and infrastructure on the cheapest possible terms. Dozens of countries must compete for shrinking export markets and can export only a limited range of products because of Northern protectionism and their lack of cash to invest in diversification. Market saturation ensues, reducing exporters’ income to a bare minimum while the North enjoys huge savings. The IMF cannot seem to understand that investing in a healthy, well-fed, literate population is the most intelligent economic choice a country can make."

Susan George, A Fate Worse Than Debt, (New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1990), pp. 143, 187, 235

The IMF and World Bank have demanded that poor nations lower the standard of living of their people. Is that fair!? If you think that it is, then you are among the people that criticize Susan Georges' fight to end poverty. And that is the idea that so kindly started poverty.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Cruel Never-Ending Cycle

Fact: In most countries in Africa, women work TWICE as hard as men do when they aren't even paid! Unfair? DUH!!!!! :P What's more, is that on average, they get paid 75% of what men get for the same work. Stinky!

Women are less likely to go to school because they have to stay home and do "women's work". So where does that land them (and their country) in the future? Poverty! Then, some of those who are lucky enough to have their education valued as much as a guy's, get married young and have to drop out in order to take care of the family/house. Gender inequality is a major problem in Africa. And where does this leave the economy? Stagnant, and unable to overcome poverty as easily. Furthermore, with eduacated parents, kids are better fed and taken care of.