Author: Jennifer Philipp

SEATTLE, Washington — Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas proposed the Equal Rights and Access for the Women of South Sudan Act in the U.S. House of Representatives back on February 27, 2014. Since then, the bill has been removed and reintroduced through the congressional cycles. Recently, on February 21, 2020, the bill was introduced to the 116th Congress in the House of Foreign Affairs and referred the subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations on April 3. While the legislation has yet to be passed, the South Sudanese women’s rights and equality issues the…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The Enhancing North Korea Humanitarian Assistance Act was introduced to Congress by Democratic Representative Andy Levin of Michigan on June 15, 2020. The bill seeks to use U.S. foreign policy to better contribute to North Korean civilians’ well being, regardless of the U.S. and North Korean military tension. What Issues Do North Korean Civilians Face? Due to the North Korean regime’s repressive tactics and limited U.N. access, the world does not know the full extent of North Koreans’ deprivation and the public health crisis. However, from what is known, conditions are dire. According to the U.N., more…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Katy Perry is an international celebrity for mainly one reason: her zany, playful pop music. However, Perry also has a similar passion for and dedication to various philanthropic efforts. Breast cancer awareness, weapons reduction and disaster relief are just a few of the global causes Perry has supported. This article details some of Katy Perry’s advocacy efforts throughout her time in the public eye. Work With UNICEF Much of Perry’s most publicized advocacy efforts associate with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Perry first worked with UNICEF in April 2013 when she joined the group on…

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SEATTLE, Washington — In southeast Pennsylvania, House of Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick, Madeleine Dean, Mary Gay Scanlon, Chrissy Houlahan and Susan Wild are working to support international policy efforts relating to global poverty through cosponsoring and acting on committees. The four women freshmen Democrats have received the nickname of the “Fab Four” and entered Congress in 2018, while Republican Fitzpatrick received election to Congress in 2016. All five of them represent districts close to one another and therefore have similar priorities. In terms of global-poverty reduction legislation, the “Fab Four” and Fitzpatrick recognize many of The Borgen Project’s prioritized bills. One…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Mahira Khan is a Pakistani actress who many often refer to as Pakistan’s biggest superstar. She is famous for her roles in movies and television shows like “Humsafar,” “Bin Roye” and so much more. However, one thing many of her fans may not know about her is that she is an advocate for victims of breast cancer. Additionally, Mahira Khan is helping refugees in Pakistan and around the world. This article will describe how she is using her platform to inspire her fans to take action. Helping Refugees in Pakistan In 2018, Mahira Khan visited Afghan refugee…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Access to electricity has the power to change lives and transform economies. In developing regions of the world, vast swaths of the population lack adequate access to electricity and energy services. To reach these disconnected regions of the countries, often rural, the government will either commission costly and environmentally unfriendly extensions to centralized power grids or send unreliable diesel-powered electrical generators to these desolate areas. Through technological innovation, however, companies and countries have developed sophisticated solutions to such energy distribution problems: sustainable microgrids in Latin America. Microgrids in Latin America Microgrids often connect to larger centralized grids…

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SEATTLE, Washington — While the long-term impacts of COVID-19 are unknown, the virus is shaping society in the Middle East and North Africa. The pandemic has hit the already changing region, which spans as far east as Morocco to as far west as Iraq. As per UNICEF’s June 2020 COVID-19 region report, there were more than 600,000 cases of the virus in the region.  Struggling Economies and Key Industries Like most of the world, the MENA region’s economies are struggling. A report from the International Monetary Fund has determined that the region’s GDP will fall by 4.7% in 2020. The…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Active conflict is a reality in the Arab world, but it is also a reality that women are fighting to end. On May 2020, more than 90 women’s organizations across the Arab world, from Iraq to Yemen, joined the U.N. in a statement calling for an immediate global ceasefire. The organizations called for parties in conflict to form a united front against the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring access to humanitarian and medical assistance to communities affected, the joint statement said. The region has experienced conflicts and wars that have drained resources and exhausted many communities. Moreover, women’s…

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SEATTLE, Washington — With the unprecedented rise of COVID-19, some global crises have been neglected in favor of combatting the recent pandemic. One of these issues is ending global poverty, a crisis that has been a top priority for many years now. While the current global situation may be overwhelming, it is crucial, now more than ever, to maintain a strong front when fighting global poverty.  The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Poverty In April 2020, the World Bank estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic would send 40 to 60 million people into extreme poverty, living on less than $2 a…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Jeannie Mai is an American Vietnamese make-up artist, fashion expert, producer, television personality and co-host of “The Real,” an Emmy-nominated daytime television show. While she is well-known in many regards, there is one thing many of her fans may not know about her. She is an advocate for victims of sex trafficking in Vietnam and all around the world. In Jeannie Mai’s fight against sex trafficking, she takes initiatives to combat this issue and encourages her fans to help as well. What Led to Jeannie Mai’s Involvement A few years ago, Jeannie Mai visited a close family…

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