Wednesday, October 16, 2013

#BlogActionDay ::: Meet 4 Remarkable Ladies of Distinction; Champions of Human Rights

(1) Malala Yousafzai ::: While riding a bus from school, the now 16-year old Nobel Peace Prize contender from was shot in the head in October 9 of 2012 by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt that drew attention worldwide to the struggle for women’s rights in her homeland. She chronicles the attack and its aftermath in her book, “I Am Malala.”

10 Ways Malala Yousafzai Has Changed the World

"She accepted that she attacked Islam so we tried to kill her, and if we get another chance we will definitely kill her and that will make us feel proud. Islam prohibits killing women, but except those that support the infidels in their war against our religion," Sky News quoted Shahidullah Shahid.

Malala spoke to the BBC recently about what she’ll do after completing her education.

"I will be a politician in my future. I want to change the future of my country and I want to make education compulsory," she said. "I hope that a day will come [when] the people of Pakistan will be free, they will have their rights, there will be peace and every girl and every boy will be going to school."

(2) Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician and a former elected member of the Parliament from Farah province.

The US and Canadian versions of her book were published in October 2009 by Scribner under the title "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.". Australian and British versions have were published by Pan Macmillan and Rider under the title "Raising My Voice: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dares to Speak Out." You can follow her on Facebook.

(3) Sharmin Hossain is a tireless advocate for social justice - (currently a member of the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY), she carries that elusive "revolutionary spirit" that permeated 1960s counterculture. It is generally believed that the "Occupy Wall Street" movement was inspired by the methods and successes of the Arab Spring movement that swept across North Africa and the Middle East. The seeds of Occupy Wall Street were initialized in July 2011 when a Vancouver-based magazine featured a simple poster, inviting people to assemble on Wall Street September 17th, and "bring a tent." UAlbany student activist Sharmin Hossain was among those who heeded the call and headed to New York City. She recently joined Malalai Joya at CUNY in New York City, where both spoke about women's issues.

(4) Lima James is the newest face on this short list: she is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Spanish and minors in International Studies and Latino Studies. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany. Lima is also working as a Policy Human Trafficking Intern at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. In this position, she focuses on the issue of human trafficking and its intersection with child welfare.

She is a very passionate individual who has been involved in many trainings and conferences on this topic. One of her notable recent achievements is her success in organizing a conference at SUNY Albany with the purpose of delivering public awareness on the topic of Human Trafficking. Her passion for this topic has also led her to serve on the statewide and local anti-trafficking taskforces as part of her internship. In an effort to disseminate anti-human trafficking initiatives, she is actively promoting an independent study and an elective course on this topic at SUNY Albany. In addition to these involvements, Lima also commits her time working as an Intern at Hunger Solutions New York and as a Graduate Assistant for the Small Enterprise Economic Development Program. She is also currently serving as the Vice President of the Social Welfare Student Association at SUNY Albany.

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After the jump, there is an article written by Lima for Blog Action Day, about Human Trafficking.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world and the fastest growing one. It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 foreign victims are trafficked into the U.S. annually and that 100,000 to 300,000 minor domestic victims are at risk of falling prey to this criminal industry at any given time. In fact, the industry is estimated to make 32 billion in profits annually.

Individuals in the United States often times think that this is a crime that happens in other countries and don’t necessarily relate to the term ‘Human Trafficking’. They don’t realize that it could be happening right in their neighborhoods. This heinous industry endangers men, women, and children of all ages in all countries. This is why it is important to look out for some of the signs of a potential trafficking situation. Signs to look out for include: Few or no personal possessions, no control of financial records or ID documents, limited knowledge about whereabouts, loss of sense of time, controlled/restricted communication, limited/restricted freedom to leave working or living conditions, excessive or inappropriate security features, works excessively long/unusual hours, unpaid or underpaid, multiple residences within a brief period, signs of trauma, fatigue, injuries or abuse, excessive fearfulness of law enforcement, non-cooperativeness, minor engaged in sexual situations beyond age-specific norms, and a minor with a noticeably older “boyfriend” (i.e., 10+ years).

Signs to looks out for especially in regards to child victims include: Unexplained absences from school for a period of time, chronic running away (from home or foster care), frequent travel to other cities, controlled/restricted communication, expensive gifts, more than one cell phone, living in a hotel or having hotel keys, suspicious jewelry or tattoo (“branded”), signs of trauma, fatigue, injuries, abuse or depression, signs of hunger/ malnourishment, inappropriately dressed, fear/mistrust of law enforcement/social service/CPS workers, engaged in sexual situations beyond age-specific norms, and has a noticeably older “boyfriend” (i.e., 10+ years). ~ Lima James

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