Spotted – BORGEN http://www.borgenmagazine.com Humanity, Politics & You Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:30:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Halima Aden Announced as Newest UNICEF Ambassador http://www.borgenmagazine.com/halima-aden-unicef-ambassador/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:30:18 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128275 SEATTLE — Halima Aden, a Somali-American activist and supermodel who is also known for being the first woman to compete in a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, was recently announced as the newest UNICEF Ambassador. For Aden, working with UNICEF is a very personal reflection of her life and background. When war broke [...]

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SEATTLE — Halima Aden, a Somali-American activist and supermodel who is also known for being the first woman to compete in a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, was recently announced as the newest UNICEF Ambassador. For Aden, working with UNICEF is a very personal reflection of her life and background. When war broke out in Somalia in 1992, her family’s home was set on fire, which forced them to flee to Kenya. Aden was born in a refugee camp in Kakuma, and lived there until her family resettled in the United States. She has since visited the camp with UNICEF and UNHCR as part of a cooperation between them and modeling agency Endeavor.

Halima Aden’s Role as UNICEF Ambassador an Example of the Organization’s Successes

Since Aden was announced as a UNICEF Ambassador, she has worked to emphasize the goals of the organization and the needs of the 30 million children worldwide who have been displaced by conflict. Though it may be hard for some to understand just how difficult the situations of these children are, it is easy to be confident in the decision of making Aden the next UNICEF Ambassador because she is among the survivors of these refugee camps.

“To know Halima Aden is to know a fiercely passionate, intelligent and motivated young woman who pours her heart and soul into everything she does,” Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of UNICEF USA. told Look to the Stars. Stern then went on to call her addition to the UNICEF family a “full-circle movement”, referencing Aden’s childhood.

“When I was young, UNICEF gave me an education, empowering myself, my family and our community in the process,” Aden told the magazine. Her story illustrates that not only is UNICEF working hard to help in these camps, but that its efforts are making a difference. Without UNICEF, Aden may never have been able to establish the life she wanted to live or had the opportunity to help others achieve the same dreams.

Refugee Camps Still in Need of Help

As Aden told CNN, when she visited the Kakuma refugee camp she grew up in, she was flooded with happy emotions and memories of her time living there. However, she also stated that not much has changed in the 13 years since she had left, which was saddening for her to see. It is because of this that she is so inspired to be a part of bettering the living standards of the refugee camp.

Children in Kakuma and other parts of Kenya are still at risk of early death. The under-five mortality rate in Kenya is about 49 children per 1,000 live births, leading to 74,429 deaths. Disease and malnutrition are the most common causes of child mortality in Kenya.

UNICEF has innovated many different projects in Kenya in order to counteract these devastations. For instance, it is currently running a house-to-house polio vaccination campaign, helping to protect against a disease that can cause paralysis and death. This disease is especially dangerous because though it is deadly, 90 percent of the time no symptoms are present.

“Partnering with UNICEF has been a lifelong dream and is my proudest accomplishment to date,” Aden told Look to the Stars. Her passion for helping children in refugee camps is essential to bringing aid to those who need it most.

– Raven Patzke
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$15 Million to Be Raised by Artists for Safe Water Initiatives http://www.borgenmagazine.com/safe-water-initiatives/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:30:20 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128205 SEATTLE — One Drop, an international water foundation, is partnering with Phillips Auction House to present Art for One Drop. The auction will feature contemporary art that will be auctioned off to raise funds for safe water initiatives in Latin America. The charity auction will begin on September 21 under the orders of Phillip Kaiser, a distinguished curator [...]

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SEATTLE — One Drop, an international water foundation, is partnering with Phillips Auction House to present Art for One Drop. The auction will feature contemporary art that will be auctioned off to raise funds for safe water initiatives in Latin America. The charity auction will begin on September 21 under the orders of Phillip Kaiser, a distinguished curator and critic. It will be open for public viewing from September 15 through September 21 at the Phillips Auction House in New York.

Most of the artwork has been donated by famous artists, such as Barbara Kruger, Kara Walker, Ed Clark, Nicolas Party and Tracey Emin, along with 45 others who created art that “embodies our shared ambition to make a difference and bring positive change to the global water crisis,” as the Phillips Auction House described it in a press release about the event.

The One Drop Foundation

One Drop was established in 2007 by Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil. It focuses on making safe water available in Latin America, India and Africa. The foundation has created 13 active water access projects in these countries, which will reach more than 1.3 million beneficiaries once the projects are completed. In order to complete these projects, however, they must raise the funds needed, which is where the arts come in.

More than 2.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. One Drop has taken an innovative stance on fundraising by linking it to something people are already passionate about, such as art. In doing so, the One Drop Foundation has made international development, specifically sanitation and safe water initiatives, something that is intriguing to get involved with.

The Results to Come of This Partnership

All funds raised at Art for One Drop in the Phillips Auction House will go toward the Lazos de Agua program, which is working to provide more than 200,000 citizens with safe water in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and Colombia. The Lazos de Agua program holds a multi-stakeholder partnership between One Drop, IDB, Fundacion Femsa and the Coca-Cola Foundation. These organizations are all working together to attain three objectives:

  1. Encourage sustainability by cooperating with community leaders and governments to bring about lasting change.
  2. Use One Drop’s innovative water, sanitation and hygiene program and other global practices to change behaviors and protect water sources.
  3. Better the standard of living and health of those in poor and vulnerable communities.

How to Get Involved with Safe Water Initiatives

There are many ways for individuals to contribute to safe water initiatives besides art auctions. One Drop hosts many different events that can benefit from individual support, and encourages people to share news stories about the need for clean water with others in order to raise awareness of this key global issue.

International development is not an easy task to work on. This is precisely why it is so important that events such as Art for One Drop exist. By combining events that people would already attend with a charitable cause, the monetary goals that make programs such as Lazos de Agua possible are much more attainable.

– Raven Patzke 
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How Angelina Jolie Has Been Impacting the World http://www.borgenmagazine.com/angelina-jolie-has-been-impacting-the-world/ Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:30:15 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128192 SEATTLE — In addition to being an Oscar-winning actress, Angelina Jolie has been impacting the world as a humanitarian spokesperson. In 2001, while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia, Jolie became aware of the various humanitarian crises occurring across the globe. Jolie then got in contact with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an agency dedicated [...]

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SEATTLE — In addition to being an Oscar-winning actress, Angelina Jolie has been impacting the world as a humanitarian spokesperson. In 2001, while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia, Jolie became aware of the various humanitarian crises occurring across the globe. Jolie then got in contact with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an agency dedicated to protecting refugees in addition to solving refugee issues.

Charitable Efforts and Donations a Key Part of Angelina Jolie’s Philanthropy

Jolie has been impacting the world since then by taking part in field missions and meeting with refugees in more than 20 countries. She has continued her humanitarian work by founding the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, whose main goal is to end extreme rural poverty, protect natural resources and conserve wildlife in Cambodia. In 2003, she was the first to receive the Citizen of the World Award from the United Nations Correspondents Association for her work aiding refugees. Because of her many years of humanitarian work, in 2010 the United Nations promoted her from a Goodwill Ambassador to a diplomat.

Along with Jolie’s work with refugees, she also helps by not just donating her time, but also her money to those less fortunate. In 2006, Jolie and Brad Pitt donated more than $8 million to different charities. Coinciding with these donations, Jolie and Pitt kicked off the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, by giving $1 million to Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children. Jolie is also part of 29 organizations that strive to aid people all across the globe, including the Afghanistan Relief Organization, Care to Learn and the Women in the World Foundation.

Angelina Jolie Has Been Impacting the World Through Her Work with the United Nations

After being promoted to a U.N. diplomat, Jolie began to utilize her position by speaking out against sexual violence during armed conflict. In 2013, Jolie spoke out against sexual violence against women during wartime at the G8 foreign ministers meeting in London. In her speech, Jolie stated, “That young Syrian rape victim is here because you represent her. That 5-year-old child in the Congo must count because you represent her. And in her eyes, if her attacker gets away with his crimes, it is because you have allowed it. You set the bar. If the United Nations Security Council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority, it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue.” In response to her speech, British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated that the G8 nations will donate $36 million to fight sexual violence.

In addition to her other humanitarian advocacy efforts, Jolie has been impacting the world with her work to provide education to children in conflict situations. Specifically, she co-chairs the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which aims to administer education programs to children affected by these situations. The organization itself was founded in 2006, and in 2007, 19 separate foundations committed to donating $148 million for the education of 350,000 children and to improve education quality for 700,000 children. Jolie has been an avid humanitarian and philanthropist for nearly 17 years, proving how much an individual can improve the lives of people around the world by giving back to those in need.

– Alyssa Hannam
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Ed Sheeran Visited Liberia to Help Impoverished Children http://www.borgenmagazine.com/ed-sheeran-visited-liberia/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 14:30:54 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128153 SEATTLE — British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran visited West Point in Monrovia, Liberia for Red Nose Day 2017. West Point is a large and dangerous slum in Liberia’s capital city. Sheeran’s Liberia visit was made possible by Red Nose Day, a fundraising campaign operated by the nonprofit organization Comic Relief. Ed Sheeran visited Liberia to work [...]

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SEATTLE — British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran visited West Point in Monrovia, Liberia for Red Nose Day 2017. West Point is a large and dangerous slum in Liberia’s capital city. Sheeran’s Liberia visit was made possible by Red Nose Day, a fundraising campaign operated by the nonprofit organization Comic Relief. Ed Sheeran visited Liberia to work with the charity Street Child and help children living in poverty.

Sheeran Meets with Liberian Children to Learn About Their Lives

Sheeran visited an impoverished village in Liberia to meet with children who were affected by the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014. Sheeran spent the first part of his time at the slum attending an education project that Comic Relief is funding to help impoverished children. Sheeran observed these poor children being active and happy, despite the situation they were living in. Sheeran even joined a few of the boys in a soccer game after their school day ended.

Peaches, a young Liberian girl, talked and sang with Sheeran. Peaches revealed to Sheeran that her father died from Ebola and that his death had left her family in poverty. She was no longer able to attend school because her mother could not afford to pay for her education. Sheeran got emotional as Peaches sang a song her father taught her.

Street Child and Ed Sheeran Make a Difference Through Red Nose Day

Street Child Liberia has used money raised from Red Nose Day to return homeless children to their parents. Street Child also offers loans to help families who need it, and so far have helped 200 impoverished children return to school. Peaches and other children like her will be able to go back to school thanks to Street Child and Ed Sheeran.

While in Liberia, Sheeran also met JD, a homeless 14-year-old boy. After Sheeran saw an older man hitting JD in public, he knew he had to do something to help. Sheeran was with a Comic Relief camera crew at the time, and said to the crew, “My natural instinct is to put them somewhere in the city in a hotel until we can get them sorted. Can we do that?” JD and four of his friends are off the streets and are living with a guardian in Monrovia. He later expressed his gratitude to Street Child and Ed Sheeran for their help placing him in a safe living environment; otherwise, he would still be homeless.

Ed Sheeran Visited Liberia to Highlight the Need to Fight Global Poverty

Ed Sheeran visited Liberia and saw how crucial it is to get impoverished children off the streets and back into school. Red Nose Day strives to motivate people to donate so that Street Child and celebrities like Ed Sheeran can help children living in poverty.

Well-known charities and celebrities can use their power to lift people out of poverty. One way they can do this is by bringing attention to the conditions these people are living in, and how individuals can help end global poverty little by little. Red Nose Day brings charities and celebrities together to help get the world involved in alleviating global poverty.

Kelly Kipfer
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Angelina Jolie Visited West Mosul to Promote UNHCR Efforts http://www.borgenmagazine.com/angelina-jolie-visited-west-mosul/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 08:30:57 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128094 SEATTLE — UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited West Mosul, making her fifth trip to Iraq since 2001 with the U.N. Refugee Agency. While there, she saw the destruction in the streets and met with residents to discuss the future of the city. People throughout the city are working to rebuild after the devastation in [...]

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SEATTLE — UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited West Mosul, making her fifth trip to Iraq since 2001 with the U.N. Refugee Agency. While there, she saw the destruction in the streets and met with residents to discuss the future of the city. People throughout the city are working to rebuild after the devastation in hopes of restoring West Mosul and its population numbers.

Angelina Jolie Visited West Mosul to Highlight Its Struggles

For three years, West Mosul was imprisoned by ISIS, and its people’s fight to regain their freedom was an extensive and difficult task that endangered the hundreds of thousands of people who resided there. Because of this, many citizens either fled the country or lost their lives in the war that was taking place in their neighborhoods, reducing the population of the city.

“I met parents whose 17-year-old daughter lost her legs in a mortar strike. When they carried her to get medical treatment they were turned away, and she bled to death,” Jolie told Look to the Stars.

What UNHCR Is Doing in West Mosul

Many families are returning to West Mosul, and UNHCR is helping these people through a variety of programs. These programs help citizens with tasks such as rebuilding homes that have been demolished, stepping in as legal representation for those who have been mistakenly detained and even getting replacements for crucial legal documents that were lost in the chaos of war.

After Angelina Jolie visited West Mosul, she told Look to the Stars, “I have no words for the strength it must take to rebuild after loss like this. But that is what the people of this city are doing. They are grief-stricken and traumatized, but they are also hopeful. They are clearing their homes with their own hands and volunteering and helping each other. But they need our assistance.”

Her words illustrate the importance of the situation. People are capable of managing things on their own to a point. However, it is in times like these where a few extra hands can go a long way. This is precisely why UNHCR has had such a lasting impact, by helping in West Mosul and all over the world.

UNHCR’s Impact

Around the world, 68.5 million people have been forcibly removed from their homes. UNHCR and its 11,517 staff members work in 128 countries, and last year spent a record $7.7 billion to help refugees and internally displaced persons.

Many people fear that if they do not rebuild West Mosul, ISIS will return to the city. After an estimated 10,000 civilian deaths, it is clear that the return of ISIS is an event that the citizens of West Mosul are trying their best to avoid. All around the city, volunteers have come forward to clean up streets and buildings. It is a major undertaking, but people are doing whatever they can. Visits by people like Angelina Jolie can help raise global awareness of the situation in the city and help bring in much-needed aid to contribute to the rebuilding efforts.

– Raven Patzke 
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Metallica Keeps Giving Back to Charity in Hopes of a Better World http://www.borgenmagazine.com/metallica-keeps-giving/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:30:27 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128122 SEATTLE — Wildly successful American heavy metal band Metallica cares significantly about giving back to the world. Metallica keeps giving through the creation of its own charity, the All Within My Hands Foundation, as well as through donations to many other charities. Just recently, the band donated a $130,000 prize to charities working in developing [...]

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SEATTLE — Wildly successful American heavy metal band Metallica cares significantly about giving back to the world. Metallica keeps giving through the creation of its own charity, the All Within My Hands Foundation, as well as through donations to many other charities. Just recently, the band donated a $130,000 prize to charities working in developing countries.

A Look at Metallica’s Donations to Charities

Metallica has been giving back to communities, both globally and locally, for years. Surprisingly, for many years the public was not aware of Metallica’s charitable activities, because the band did not want people to misinterpret their good intentions to help those in need. Metallica did not want to be the type of celebrities who only do good for more fame. The band decided to quietly give back in ways that seemed right at the time. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explained to Ultimate Classic Rock, “So for many years, Metallica gave back almost 100 percent under the radar. In cities we would play, we would work closely with food banks and not only make sure that the massive amounts of uneaten meals from the backstage catering and dressing rooms would end up in the hands of the needy, but also support these local charities with donations.”

Metallica has helped with global issues by performing at the Live Earth concert, which helped raise awareness about climate change. The band has also played at the Global Citizen Festival to help promote the charity’s work related to global health, education and environmental issues. Metallica has donated profits made from concert tickets and album sales to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Amnesty International, the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and Foundation de France’s Give For France.

Currently, Metallica is running the Win with Metallica fundraiser as a part of its current tour, which has raised $38,685 so far. In November 2016, Metallica performed at the House of Vans in London. The $19,473 made from U.K. concert ticket sales and album sales went to help the international children’s charity Railway Children, an organization that helps children living on the streets due to previously being in an unsafe home environment.

What is the All Within My Hands Foundation?

The All Within My Hands Foundation was introduced to the public by Metallica in February 2017. The purpose of this foundation is to help improve the lives of members of the local communities. The band wanted to give back to the place where they came from and inspire fans and friends to get involved. The money raised will be distributed to different national and local charities, music education programs and food banks that are chosen by the band. Metallica keeps giving by donating $2 from each concert ticket they sell through their All Within My Hands Foundation.  

Metallica Keeps Giving to Help Alleviate Global Poverty

Metallica’s continued donations to charity are making a difference in the fight to end global poverty. The band has donated to many different charities to ensure that its charitable work reaches many people who are suffering, rather than giving to one charity that helps a select few. Global poverty is a huge issue, and one way to demolish it is to approach solutions from many different angles. Metallica did just that by choosing a variety of charities to donate to, and by bringing awareness to these organizations.

On June 14, 2018, the band received $130,000 as part of the Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Metallica decided to donate the prize money to three different charities. Fifty percent of the funds went to the Stockholm City Mission, 25 percent went to the World Childhood Foundation and the rest of the money went to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

Metallica keeps giving to charity through its own foundation and other charities. Through its support of global issues, Metallica is helping to fix the wrongs of the world.

–  Kelly Kipfer  
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The Story of Red Nose Day USA http://www.borgenmagazine.com/red-nose-day-usa/ Mon, 02 Jul 2018 08:30:36 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128008 SEATTLE — Instead of associating the classic red nose with clowns, more and more people are identifying the red nose with a campaign by Comic Relief Inc., a nonprofit organization. The campaign, appropriately called Red Nose Day, draws the public’s attention to the importance of fundraising and global awareness of poverty while using those donations [...]

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SEATTLE — Instead of associating the classic red nose with clowns, more and more people are identifying the red nose with a campaign by Comic Relief Inc., a nonprofit organization. The campaign, appropriately called Red Nose Day, draws the public’s attention to the importance of fundraising and global awareness of poverty while using those donations to support programs that help impoverished children.

In 1988, Comic Relief debuted Red Nose Day in the United Kingdom with intention of using entertainment to raise money and encourage participation. In 2015, the fundraising campaign reached the U.S. Globally, Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion since 1988. In the three years the campaign has been active in the U.S., Red Nose Day USA raised more than $145 million. Since the launch of the campaign in 2015, Red Nose Day USA sold about 30 million iconic Red Noses.

Red Nose Day USA Enlists Celebrities for National Fundraiser

One of the main actors in raising awareness and media coverage is NBC. Throughout the campaign, there are celebrations for Red Nose Day within various American communities. As the finale, NBC runs a special primetime program starring celebrity advocates and televised entertainment on the last day. Between 2015 and 2018, more than 450 celebrities and influencers have participated in Red Nose Day USA. Among them are Bill Gates, Kobe Byrant, Ellen DeGeneres and Will Ferrell.

“We continue to be inspired by the generosity of Americans, celebrities and corporate partners who have rallied behind this amazing cause,” said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment in a Red Nose Day press release. “We look forward to . . . keep[ing]the momentum going and make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.”

Red Nose Day Makes a Global Impact

The funds raised by Red Nose Day USA are used to end child poverty in international communities. The money goes overseas to the poorest communities in 34 Latin American, Asian and Africa countries.

The main mission of Red Nose Day is to end child poverty and ensuring that vulnerable children are kept safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day USA achieves this through collaborations with its partner organizations such as Dove and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization has a total of 47 partners helping to provide the needed resources.

These grantee partners work together to provide water, food, medicine, protection and education to impoverished children. For example, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance used funds from Red Nose Day USA to immunize more than one million children in sub-Saharan Africa with vaccines protecting against pneumococcal disease, rotavirus diarrhea, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B.

By using the power of entertainment to gain public interest, Red Nose Day USA shows the undeniable impact of people mobilizing and collaborating as a community that wants to help children in need.

“Red Nose Day makes it fun for people to come together and give back,” Janet Scardino, CEO of Comic Relief Inc., told Global Impact. “[W]e hope to inspire even more people to join us in our mission to end child poverty.”

Red Nose Day USA strives to end poverty, starting with children. This will break the cycle of poverty in communities by giving children the necessary resources and opportunities to achieve more and improve their lives. The funds raised by campaigns such as Red Nose Day USA provide hope for a better future for those in need.

– Jenny S Park
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Why Meghan Markle Is a Good Role Model for Young Girls http://www.borgenmagazine.com/markle-is-a-good-role-model/ Sat, 30 Jun 2018 08:30:58 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128040 SEATTLE — Princesses have always proved influential to young girls across the globe with their kindness and bravery, creating a long-lasting impact. Meghan Markle is an example of a good role model for young girls. Even before her marriage to Prince Harry, Markle has had success both in her career as an actress and in [...]

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SEATTLE — Princesses have always proved influential to young girls across the globe with their kindness and bravery, creating a long-lasting impact. Meghan Markle is an example of a good role model for young girls. Even before her marriage to Prince Harry, Markle has had success both in her career as an actress and in her humanitarian efforts, including advocacy and giving back to the less fortunate. This has positioned her to become a positive, influential icon for women.

Markle Demonstrates How Girls Can Make a Difference from an Early Age

Markle is a good role model for young girls because she shows the importance of advocating for women everywhere. Being a feminist herself, Markle is a U.N. Women ambassador and even gave a speech on International Women’s Day in 2015. In the speech, she talked about when she first became an advocate for women at 11 years old when she wrote a letter to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton about a Proctor & Gamble dish soap commercial that had a sexist tagline. Eventually, after writing letters to the company itself and several news stations, Markle got the company to change the tagline. This alone proves to young girls that they can become advocates for something no matter their age; all they need is the passion to move forward.

Markle Is a Good Role Model for the Impact of Individual Actions

Along with being an advocate for women, Markle is a good role model because she shows by example how humanitarian acts can positively affect a country and its people. She traveled to Rwanda in 2016 and India in 2017 as a World Vision Global Ambassador. In Rwanda, she witnessed the effect clean water has on children throughout Africa, as part of her work in Rwanda revolved around visiting the Kabeza Borehole, which was built by World Vision in 2013. The Kabeza Borehole has continued to provide clean drinking water to 1,000 people in the area. While in India, she continued her work advocating for gender equality. She focused on the lack of education opportunities for girls while interacting with educators and activists who work on enhancing latrine access for girls.

Markle also used her creativity and passion to teach students at a Mbandazi school how to paint using water from the brand new pipe installation to create watercolor paintings. After her visit, she brought the paintings to Canada to promote the students’ stories at an event called The Watercolor Project. The event raised $15,000 for World Vision, which then built a water source that could be used by an entire community.

Markle shows young girls the power advocacy has and the strong impact of giving back to those in need. She also shows women the importance of blazing their own trails and what can be accomplished when pursuing a passion. Now that she has become the Duchess of Sussex, Markle has a bigger platform to further connect with women everywhere and continue her humanitarian and feminist work across the globe.

– Alyssa Hannam
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Lilly Singh Promotes Education for Girls and Safety Against Child Abuse http://www.borgenmagazine.com/lilly-singh/ Mon, 25 Jun 2018 14:30:24 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=127997 SEATTLE — To be successful, Canadian YouTube personality Lilly Singh only needed three things: a camera, an internet connection and a determination to make a difference. She transformed the art of making comedic YouTube videos from a hobby into a career. But she did not stop there. Singh wields much influence beyond her YouTube channel [...]

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SEATTLE — To be successful, Canadian YouTube personality Lilly Singh only needed three things: a camera, an internet connection and a determination to make a difference. She transformed the art of making comedic YouTube videos from a hobby into a career. But she did not stop there. Singh wields much influence beyond her YouTube channel to help people in other countries gain prosperity. Her identity as a woman of Indian descent fuels her passion for girls’ education in Kenya and child safety in her parents’ homeland of India.

Lilly Singh Promotes Bracelets for Education

Despite improved enrollment rates for girls in primary education, there is still a gender disparity in Kenya’s higher levels. A mere 2.4 percent of girls in the Trans Mara West region and only 1 percent in Narok North attend universities. This is rooted in Maasai cultural traditions which assign economic value to women rather than fostering their education. They are viewed as trade products and given the same price as a cow or herd of sheep.

Another common Maasai practice is arranged marriage. Girls cannot attend school when they have to raise children and maintain a household. This contributes to financial stress because married girls have not learned job skills that could provide more income. They are expected to put their focus on family rather than providing services to their community.

Lilly Singh came up with a solution. Her #GirlLove campaign seeks to empower women and resulted in the creation and sale of Rafiki bracelets to raise money for girls’ education. Mothers in Kenya make and sell these bracelets so they can afford to send their daughters to school. The initial launch sold 6,500 bracelets with a total of $97,500 raised for girls’ education. The ME to WE shop has sold more than 29,800 to date.

Online Promotion of Childline 1098 Helps Indian Children in Need

Abused children in India struggle to get help, having little knowledge of where to report abuse. Is it the responsibility of the police, child welfare committees or hospitals? Many are unable to summon the courage to file a report in the first place. Victim blaming is a common response from community members when girls report sexual abuse. Boys are discouraged from reporting because societal norms say they are not supposed to be emotionally vulnerable. Child abuse at home might not be reported because children fear repercussions from their family members.

After visiting Indian villages in July 2017, Singh told Fast Company that she was surprised to see that almost everyone had a cell phone, regardless of financial status. Many of the children watched YouTube videos too. Singh realized she could use their exposure to the internet and her passion for digital content to help children in need. Her first initiative as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was to create an advertisement about Childline 1098 that would play before YouTube videos. Childline 1098 is a 24/7 hotline where children can confidentially report abuse and request help. Singh also posted an ad on her Instagram account in the hopes that her followers from India would share it. She says that increased awareness correlates to more lives saved.

Lilly Singh proves that one person with humble beginnings and determination can make a worldwide impact. She is a leader in alleviating the effects of poverty—and preventing it too.

– Sabrina Dubbert

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UNICEF Soccer Aid Raises £5.5 Million for Children http://www.borgenmagazine.com/unicef-soccer-aid/ Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:30:21 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=127931 SEATTLE — In 2018, UNICEF Soccer Aid has already raised £5,540,259 with help from the U.K. public, ITV and STV viewers and the U.K. government (who matched each donation pound for pound) to protect children who are struggling or in danger around the world. This is a record number for donations raised on the night of the UNICEF Soccer Aid [...]

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SEATTLE — In 2018, UNICEF Soccer Aid has already raised £5,540,259 with help from the U.K. public, ITV and STV viewers and the U.K. government (who matched each donation pound for pound) to protect children who are struggling or in danger around the world. This is a record number for donations raised on the night of the UNICEF Soccer Aid event.

UNICEF Soccer Aid Breaks New Ground in 2018

Even so, the donations were not the only aspect that broke records. A total of 71,965 people attended the match between the England and World teams, both of which were made up of celebrity players as well as famous names from soccer and other sports. The match ended in a shootout, which England eventually won after actor Blake Harrison scored the winning penalty.

Some others who participated in the game are:

  • Usain Bolt (Jamaican sprinter)
  • Robbie Williams (English singer-songwriter and actor)
  • Olly Murs (English singer-songwriter, television presenter and actor)
  • Gordon Ramsay (British chef and television personality)
  • Paddy McGuinness (English comedian, actor, television personality and presenter)

Aside from those who participated in the game itself, the event also had musical performances, comedic voices and ambassadors who presented short appeal films throughout the event. These videos informed the audience about where the money they helped raise was going to end up. The event was also broadcast live on June 10, 2018, on ITV.

UNICEF’s Long History of Working to Help Children

UNICEF has had the opportunity to work with more than 190 countries and territories. The money from this UNICEF Soccer Aid event in particular will be going towards providing food to malnourished children, training teachers in order to educate youth and keeping the violence and abuse out of vulnerable children’s lives.

Over the past 12 years, more than £29.5 million pounds (more than $39.2 million) has been raised for UNICEF’s work protecting children. This organization has executed many different projects related to child protection and inclusion, child survival, education, emergencies, gender equality, supply and logistics, innovation and research and analysis.

The focus of these initiatives includes child survival projects, which work to “make sure solutions reach all children, everywhere.” This deals with early childhood development, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, health, immunization and wash (water, sanitation and hygiene). Gender projects work to create change for women and girls in terms of participation in political, social and economic development worldwide, along with achieving gender equality. Supply and logistics projects transport and provide life-saving medicine, supplies and aid to children in need around the world.

It is for these reasons that the donations that have come from this event are so important. Participating in a sport loved by many, whether by watching or playing, can make fundraising activities such as UNICEF Soccer Aid a wholesome time for all parties involved

– Raven Patzke 

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