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Wangari Maathai’s Greenbelts: Linking People, Preservation, and Prosperity

Wangari Maathai

Written by Jonanne Gage Environmental concerns are often deemed to be issues of the developed world.  Meanwhile, within the developed world, environmental protection is often pitted against economic growth and prosperity.  Environment and economy are frequently viewed as mutually exclusive adversaries, with hard-working job-seekers in one corner and maudlin, entitled tree-huggers who know nothing of how the real world works in the other. Meanwhile, environmental movements within impoverished countries in dire need economic opportunities are almost too unexpected to be conceived of. Read More »

Think Big/Start Small – March 1st

Think Big Start Small

Small or big, every effort to make a change matters. On March 1st, SonjaBe.com will be launching the “Think Big/Start Small” online campaign in support of YWCA Canada’s Y Act Up initiative. In an effort to use our voices, raise awareness and inspire youth, this campaign will focus on highlighting 8 remarkable women from 6 different continents who have overcome adversity, inspired youth and improved our communities in the following sectors: education, poverty, youth, technology, equality, violence, and environment. The campaign will feature a new article each day written by a different guest writer starting Friday, March 1st. Stay tuned and thanks for reading! For more information: http://ywcacanada.ca/en/pages/yactup/introduction Read More »

Guatemala: Relinquishing a Violent Inheritance


By Rebeca Fernández Societies that have been immersed in violent conflict bear an emotional mark. The sentiments of sorrow, despair, mistrust, and anger developed during the struggle are carried into peace times; accompanied by a set of conducts that help citizens both to survive and hurt others. In Guatemala, the most visible conduct stigma left by the Guerilla Wars is an ever-increasing bout of gender violence. Sixteen years have passed since the signature of a peace agreement, yet Guatemala still ranks as the 4th most violent country in Latin America, according to a 2011 World Bank Report. Most of the violence afflicts young men involved in gang activities and drug Read More »

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