Harborview STD clinic staffers Susannah Herrmann and Sue Szabo discuss the drawbacks of earlier models of the Female Condom. (Photo by Mali Main)
Did you just picture an erect penis?
Me too. That’s because female condoms aren’t as popular as their male counterparts.
Frustrated with the limp response to past designs, Seattle-based global health non-profit PATH has designed a new female condom with input from couples in developing countries.
They say they’re determined to raise the female condom’s public profile.
Manou’she jibneh wi zaatar aka pita with cheese, spices and mint. (Photo courtesy Mamnoon)
Step off Melrose Street and into Mamnoon, and you could just as well be in the trendy Gemmayzeh neighborhood of Beirut as on Capitol Hill.
Mamnoon brings a hipness and class to Seattle’s sometimes tired fine Lebanese/ Syrian dining scene. They’ve got a focus on the “mezze” small plate approach and, most importantly, bread fresh-out-the-oven.
Yes, you read that correctly: Home. Made. Pita.
Bread-loving Seattleites have been waiting for this for a long time.
Women sing at a Women’s Day Celebration in Kenya, where topics from equality, child marriage and abortion were tackled. (Photo via Flickr by bbcworldservice)
Although the November elections yielded women-friendly returns, the War on Women continues, both in the US and around the world.
In the last week alone the Michigan Congress pass a bill limiting abortions and Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his goal to eventually make “abortion, at any stage, a thing of the past.”
In the same speech, Perry said that one of his top priorities this year will be a proposed bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.
Almost 40 years since the Roe v. Wade landmark case, Americans would do well to look past their own doorstep and consider the results of these debates worldwide.
I live in a country where abortion is mostly illegal. Since colonization, abortion in Kenya has only been legal when two doctors certify that the life of the mother is in danger.
This sounds frighteningly like what several public officials advocated for the United States during the last election.
Having spent the past two years working in women’s rights in Kenya, I’ve learned more than I’d like to know about the results of this law. Because it has been illegal for so long and is shrouded in so much stigma, statistics can be dubious. But what we do know is scary.
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, addresses a Global Washington conference last week. GlobalWA hopes to bring NGOs out of their “silos” and collaborate with our organizations. (Photo courtesy of GlobalWA)
I’m an amateur choir geek and a professional international development wonk.
Those things might seem unrelated, but they do have one thing common: when talented and creative people come together, beautiful harmonies are made.
In a choir, it’s obvious how making great music works. But in the struggle to reduce poverty around the world, it’s a little harder to harmonize. We call it a “silo.”
Seattle is home to all kinds of development work: an NGO that builds wells in rural Guatemala; an institute for Afghan women’s rights; a chocolate factory working with a famous actor to benefit Eastern Congo, to name just a few.
Last week, Global Washington brought many of these groups together at an annual conference, encouraging international organizations to move out of their silos and towards “collective impact.”
The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is temporarily home to over 60,000 Syrians waiting for the fall of President Bashar Assad and the civil war to end. (Photo by Joseph Mayton)
ZAATARI, Jordan–As the Syrian civil war and the fight to remove President Bashar Assad unfolds, more than half a million people have fled their homes during dangerously cold winter months.
There are roughly 60,000 Syrians in the Zaatari, one of the largest refugee camps that sits just across the Jordanian border.
According to a recent UNHCR report, more than 1,000 people have arrived in the last two nights alone.
It’s freezing. The tent flaps are tightly closed to protect the cramped living quarters against the winds. As the sun went down, the al-Dayat family huddled around the small burner making tea to stay warm.
Here they wait for the inevitable downfall of Assad.