The fall of gender stereotyping in Zambia | Women’s migration from unpaid to paid work

Women can do what men can do! This is a popular gender slogan in Zambia today. The picture was different until recently. Under the British rule, Zambian women were trained in domestic skills for cheaply supporting and maintaining a healthy male workforce. Even after the independence, women continued to focus on unpaid care work, which is devalued in the market economy. So they were dependent, passive and socially isolated. However, in the 1980s the country’s indebted-economy was restructured and then copper prices fell as the industry was increasingly mechanised. All these contributed to halving the mining jobs over the 1990s and the era of full (male) employment coupled with social security came to an end. This made women to seek paid work, diluting gender stereotyping. Still, women are now burdened with both paid as well as traditional unpaid work. Shouldn’t men do more to share this burden?

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Original story | Holding Up Half the Sky: How Zambia’s Women went from Housewives to Breadwinners http://thinkafricapress.com/zambia/glass-half-full-gender-equality-copperbelt


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An answer to UK’s food poverty | A social supermarket that offers more…

The first supermarket of an unusual chain went into business in South Yorkshire UK in December 2013. This social supermarket, ‘The Community Shop’, is open only for benefits recipients from its local area. Launched as a subsidiary of a commercial redistributor of surplus food, this shop stocks the surplus food of major retailers, selling the same brands but at prices up to 70% cheaper. It also offers its members additional useful services such as CV writing skills development, debt advice and cookery classes. This social supermarket model complements the food banks, which have grown in the UK in the recent past with the rise of food poverty. Although this model is a better intervention in addressing food poverty in the long term, it should not distract society from asking the vital question: Why do so many people cannot afford to eat in the first place?

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Original story | The social supermarket is a step forward for tackling food poverty http://positivenews.org.uk/2014/positive_perspective/14678/social-supermarket-step-tackling-food-poverty/ 
The Community Shop website http://www.community-shop.co.uk/


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Paraguay’s recycling-driven orchestra | Playing the way for a no-poverty world

Around 500 recyclers work in Catura landfill in Paraguay – the fastest growing country in the Americas but with a third of the population below the poverty line. Catura is the home to the world-renowned Catura Orchestra of Recycled Instruments. It is a community of 30 children of recyclers and the instruments they play have been made from recycled materials. Former recycler Nicholas Gomez now works for Favio Chavez, this band’s conductor. In the waste dump, Gomez looks for pans, pots and the like – the stuff he needs to make guitars, violins and cellos. Meanwhile Chavez conducts music classes for over 70 children while directing weekly orchestra practice. His goal extends beyond music. He strives to use a child’s endeavour to learn to play a musical instrument as a lever to lift them out of poverty. Can recycled music do it? Yes, it can…

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Original story | Paraguayan landfill orchestra makes sweet music from rubbish http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/apr/26/paraguayan-landfill-orchestra-music
Video | Paraguay’s landfill orchestra plays instruments made from recycled rubbish http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/apr/26/paraguay-landfill-orchestra-video

 
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‘Pouring’ light onto the bottled-up lives of Manila’s poor

The empty plastic bottle, earlier thrown away as ‘waste,’ is now pouring light onto the bottled-up lives of the Manila’s poor. Their slums are often packed so tightly that they have no windows, forcing them to live in near darkness day and night. Now the ‘Solar Bottle Bulb’, a recycled plastic bottle containing bleached water that is fixed into holes in corrugated iron roofs, is illuminating their lives. Sold and installed for around $1, it provides 55-watts worth of light. It is cheaper, safer and more sustainable. The bottle bulb, inspired by engineer Amy Smith from the D-Lab in MIT, was introduced to the Philippines by Illac Diaz of My Shelter Foundation through the project ‘A Liter of Light.’ According to its website, the bulb has so far shed light to 28,000 homes and 70,000 lives in Metro Manila alone.

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Original story: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/08/30/eco.philippines.bottle/index.html?_s=PM:WORLD
‘A Liter of Light’ on My Shelter Foundation website http://aliteroflight.org/

 

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Self-educated Malawi windmill boy’s battle for water and energy

In 2002, Malawi faced a severe drought that killed thousands and teenager William Kamkwamba’s family, like many others, were threatened with starvation. Unable to afford fees any more, he ended schooling at 14 but his dream lived on – the dream of bringing electricity and running water to his village. For education, he turned to the local library, where he came across a tattered text book with a wind mill. Soon, using waste such as plastic pipes and a tractor fan blade, he built a 5-metre windmill, bringing electricity to his community. In 2006, he built a more powerful windmill to pump water for irrigation. Eventually, he became the subject of a book published in the US, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Today, in twenties, William aims to bring power, not just to the rest of his village, but to his nation, where only 2% have access to electricity.

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Original story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8257153.stm
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061730320

 

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