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Notable Activist and Activism this week; Anti-Violence Facebook Pages – Feminist Activism On HIV – Students Aim at College Portfolios

2012 December 6

16 Notable Facebook Pages by Anti-Violence Against Women Organisations
Every morning, no matter where we are in the world, most of us begin our days on Facebook. In between pictures of cats and babies we read the latest updates on what our friends and families are doing… and post our own updates too.

The power of the one-click Facebook update is also felt with major news stories and opinions: Before a news story reaches the television airwaves, it is often already going viral on Facebook with hundreds of people sharing their opinion on it. The power of Facebook seems to be limitless as one share equals 12 shares, which turns into 24, then that equals 48, and the next thing you know 100 people have seen and shared a piece of information, news link or picture.

Thanks to social media networks such as Facebook, the power for change in the world today is more in reach than previously imaginable. For difficult human rights issues such as violence against women, Facebook helps organisations and activists keep the subject – be it acid attacks, female genital mutilation or domestic violence – at the forefront of people’s minds. More…

Getting To Zero: Celebrating Young Feminist Activism On HIV And AIDS

From December 1st- December 10, 2012, AWID’s activity Getting to Zero will feature young women’s initiatives on HIV and AIDS and the concrete ways in which young women around the world are contributing to advancing women’s rights and social justice. Every few days we will add a new profile.

Below is a list of the profiles we have featured thus far.

Pati’s Story and Association HERA XXI

Pati Paichadze is a gynecologist who works with the Association HERA XXI in Georgia. Through HERA XXI Pati provides reproductive health services for HIV positive patients and confidential online consultations for youth. HERA XXI offers their services free of charge to HIV positive youth. HERA XXI also works closely with youth on developing an analysis and understanding of HIV/AIDS issues from a gender perspective and tries to address specific stigma and discrimination that young women face due to their gender. Read more about Pati and HERA XXI by clicking here.

Web for Life Network

Web for Life Network is a program of SAYWHAT which began in 2007. The Web for Life Network is made up of young female students in tertiary institutions including colleges, universities and polytechnic institutes. These young women leaders promote advocacy and active participation of women students in gaining access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services including HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care in their colleges and universities. Read more about Web for Life Network by clicking here.

HIV Young Leaders Fund

Today we are profiling the work of HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF). HYLF is the only youth-led international fund working to ensure youth-led initiatives have the resources and support that they need to startup, sustain and amplify their work. The Fund strives to ensure that people from all genders are involved in our grant-making decisions and governance. They also recognize that young women are often most affected by HIV in many contexts, and encourage leadership among diverse groups of young women affected by HIV. Read HYLF’s profile by clicking here. More…

To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios
SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A group of Swarthmore College students is asking the school administration to take a seemingly simple step to combat pollution and climate change: sell off the endowment’s holdings in large fossil fuel companies. For months, they have been getting a simple answer: no.
As they consider how to ratchet up their campaign, the students suddenly find themselves at the vanguard of a national movement.

In recent weeks, college students on dozens of campuses have demanded that university endowment funds rid themselves of coal, oil and gas stocks. The students see it as a tactic that could force climate change, barely discussed in the presidential campaign, back onto the national political agenda.

“We’ve reached this point of intense urgency that we need to act on climate change now, but the situation is bleaker than it’s ever been from a political perspective,” said William Lawrence, a Swarthmore senior from East Lansing, Mich. More…

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