A bit of inspiration to start the day! #WomenInspire

Meet Veronika, CEO and founder of The Empowerment Plan, who empowers women to become more independent. #WomenInspire

To meet more inspiring women that are making a difference, check http://www.gap.com/onestitchcloser

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#Malala, one girl among many! Uma garota entre muitas!

[EN] Today, Malala Yousafzai, is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize 2014, the youngest ever person to receive the award, n recognition of their shared courage and bravery in the struggle for education and children’s rights.

But also today, on International Human Rights Day, Malala issued an open letter to world leaders, asking them to raise their ambition in 2015. ‘This is our chance to commit to do better’, Malala says to world leaders in her letter ‘…I am issuing a call today to urge you to raise your ambition. If the right decisions are made and kept we could see the beginnings of a better future in 2015. A future of “lasts”, rather than half measures.’

The letter in english can be downloaded here: Malala´s letter in english

But also In honour of Malala Yousafzai, Plan International Brazil and more than 40 young girls around the world, reproduced her most famous speech about the education for all girls… so I leave you with a bit of inspiration!

[PT] Hoje, Malala Yousafzai está recebendo o Prêmio Nobel da Paz de 2014, a pessoa mais jovem a receber o prêmio, em reconhecimento a sua coragem e bravura na luta pela garantia do direito a educação de todas as crianças.

Mas foi também hoje, Dia Internacional dos Direitos Humanos, que a Malala enviou uma carta aberta aos líderes mundiais, pedindo que eles aumentem suas ambições para 2015. “ssa é a sua chance de se comprometer a criar um mundo melhor”, disse Malala em sua carta, “…É por isso que peço urgentemente que sejamos mais ambiciosos. Se tomarmos as decisões certas e seguirmos esses objetivos, poderemos ver o início de um futuro melhor em 2015. Um futuro que “perdure”, em vez de ter medidas paliativas”.

Para acessar a carta da Malala em português, baixe: Carta da Malala em Português

E em homenagem à Malala Yousafzai, a Plan Internacional do Brasil e mais de 40 meninas ao redor do mundo reproduziram seu discurso mais famoso pela educação de todas as meninas. Que segue para sua inspiração!

The Statement of the Rustler’s Valley #Youth Retreat – #ICSW

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We are 60 diverse young people from all continents of the world who met in Rustler’s Valley, South Africa from November 16 to 19, 2014 to discuss the state of civil society around the world and consider our role as young people within it. We do not claim to speak for all youth, or for the diverse views from within our own countries, but rather we seek to lend our voices to the on-going debate about the role of civil society in the social, political and economic transformation of the world. We also want to respond to and further develop the conversation begun by the Open Letter for Activists as young people engaged at grassroots, national and international levels.

Increasingly, the face of civil society around the world is a young one. Yet, we recognize much may be learned from other generations; their struggles, histories and lessons. Although we will face many of the challenges of the future, we believe that with intergenerational partnerships and a shared responsibility, we can transform civil society and therefore global society.

Current strategies to address restrictions on civil society space are failing. To create the necessary space at the national level, we should develop radical tactics to mobilize non traditional civil society groups, create platforms for international solidarity, and develop safe spaces where we can come together in a conducive environment to address these issues.

After much reflection, we collectively arrived at four primary topics of concern to those present: race, gender and sexual orientation; democratization of our own organisations and power structures; reform of relationships between civil society and donor organisations; and the divide between grassroots movements and civil society organisations (CSOs).

Eliminating discrimination: Race, gender and sexual orientation

As youth, we witness and experience the on-going reality of discrimination in civil society based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. We call on all sectors, especially media, governmental, non-governmental, and religious organizations, and the private sector to acknowledge and combat discriminatory practices. Civil society should lead the way by respecting diversity and completely eliminating all forms of discrimination from our own environments.

Democratization of CSOs and power structures

As youth, we acknowledge that current political, social and economic systems and organizational structures favour the few, not the many. We emphasize our duty to democratise:

  • Public dialogue through the use of inclusive and accessible language to broaden participation and break down the hierarchy among civil society and the communities we seek to serve.
  • Structures of power that prevent us from collaborating across issues and themes to establish civil society-wide avenues of influence and the elevation of our collective voice.
  • Access to intergovernmental and civil society processes for local and grassroots social movements.
  • Relationships between large civil society organizations and grassroots movements through the adoption of and respect for higher ethical standards.

Additionally, we should establish new methods of ensuring transparency, through the development of:

  • Conflict of interest indices;
  • Organization-wide gender parity measures;
  • Reporting on executive salaries and board fees;
  • Cooperation indices, and;
  • Mechanisms that ensure the full integration of all stakeholders into decision-making processes, including volunteers.

Rethinking relationships between civil society and donor organisations

As youth, the driving force of our work is our own vision, passion and values. To better serve those with whom we work, we must question the current relationships between donors and recipients. We pledge to:

  • Acknowledge the need to be financially autonomous through self-sustainability.
  • Mobilize unions through membership fees as a way of engaging our own constituencies to ensure their ownership and responsibility in our work.
  • Create alternative and innovative solutions to generate funds for our work.
  • Encourage donors to explore avenues of promoting collaboration between and with civil society organizations.

As youth, we see the increasing danger in becoming more accountable to funding sources than the communities we purport to serve. We recognize the need to first hold ourselves to account, and then:

  • Increase accountability of the international community to its by commitments and constituents
  • Develop the advocacy skills of community members to more effectively claim their rights

Relationship between Grassroots and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

The increasing importance of grassroots actors, both formal and informal, is undeniable in today’s world. Gone are the days where NGOs may claim to represent the “voices” of communities. Our communities can and do speak for themselves and stand on their own work. They invert power structures through community-driven development and building people-power globally. We believe in the following tenants:

  • Access. NGOs should work to access, identify and develop leaders and existing solutions within communities. Serving as enablers, we can support accessibility to and sharing of the core resources needed to foster greater impact.
  • Sustainability. NGOs should promote capacity-building and community ownership to both catalyse the emergence of new grassroots groups and ensure existing groups continue their work self-sufficiently and sustainably. Instead of providing ready-made solutions, the focus should be on connecting likeminded leaders in decentralized networks of information sharing.
  • Measuring success. NGOs should work with communities to develop new, community-supported, ways of measuring and interpreting success around the values of sustainable change and community ownership.
  • Reimagining the playing field. NGOs should work to reorient all funding systems to align with these tenants and the under acknowledged needs of grassroots organizations.

As young people fighting for social justice, we make these criticisms and suggestions with the hope that they will contribute to a reimagining of the role, vision and methods of civil society. We recommit our lives to the struggle against inequality, poverty, environmental degradation and all injustices in whatever shape they assume.

We perceive the vision of our letter as an invitation to all—including young people and those in decision-making positions—to take immediate action to transform civil society. Let this letter stand not only as our message to civil society, but also as a broader commitment to move forward with confidence and purpose towards a just, sustainable and peaceful world.

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To read the original “Open letter to activists” created at the 1st Rustler’s Retreat, check: http://blogs.civicus.org/civicus/2014/08/06/an-open-letter-to-our-fellow-activists-across-the-globe-building-from-below-and-beyond-borders/

To learn more about CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, check: http://civicus.org/index.php/en/about-us-125

Marcha dos Super-Heróis Urbanos #DiaMundialSemCarro

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Se você esta chateado porque não pode estar em NY para a marcha parte da Mobilização Climate dos Povos, não tem mais razão pra isso!!!

Em várias partes do mundo, uma série de ações vão acontecer, mobilizando milhões de pessoas para exigir “Ações e não palavras” dos nossos líderes mundiais. (No link acima você descobre onde vão rolar, e como se envolver! Ou vale conferir outro post que fiz sobre o assunto).

Mas queria tirar um momento pra contar sobre uma super mobilização que vai rolar em São Paulo (22 de setembro), aproveitando para celebrar o Dia Mundial Sem Carro! (pra quem não lembra, vale conferir como foram as celebrações ano passado!)

Melhor do que eu falando, deixa O CARA, falar pra vocês!

Qualquer ser humano que se locomova sem carro em São Paulo e desafie a lógica da mobilidade desta cidade é super-herói. Então que tal aproveitar o Dia Mundial Sem Carro para uma Marcha dos Super-Heróis Urbanos?!

Bicicleta, skate, caminhada, carroça, patins, pogobol, patinete… Vale tudo movido a propulsão humana! E, se estiver no clima, vale até vir fantasiado!

Presenças ilustres garantidas: ninguém menos que Capitão Planeta estará lá em pessoa.

Vem que nesse dia a Av. Paulista será nossa!

Para saber mais, confira a página do evento no facebook!

Como as mudanças #climáticas mudarão nossas vidas em 2050?

Se as emissões de gases de efeito estufa continuarem aumentado, a temperatura média da atmosfera da Terra pode subir mais de 4°C até o final do século 21. Mas o que realmente significa um aumento da temperatura média global? Como isto vai nos afetar no dia a dia?

Para descobrir o que poderá acontecer, a Organização Meteorológica Mundial (OMM) convidou diversos apresentadores da previsão do tempo de TVs de todo o mundo a imaginarem um boletim meteorológico do ano 2050.

O que eles criaram são apenas cenários possíveis, é claro, e as previsões não são verdadeiras. Mas tudo o que eles dizem está baseado nos relatórios mais recentes da ciência do clima, mostrando um retrato convincente de como a vida poderia ser em um planeta mais quente.

Estes cenários sombrios de futuro não precisam se tornar realidade. A OMM lançou na quarta-feira passada (3/set) esta série de vídeos para apoiar a Cúpula do Clima, uma iniciativa do secretário-geral das Nações Unidas que acontece em 23 de setembro na sede da ONU, em Nova York.

Para saber mais sobre a a Cúpula do Clima vale conferir http://bit.ly/ClimateSummit2014 e sobre as perspectivas para o Brasil (em inglês) em http://bit.ly/1nXbIoA

E enquanto os chefes de estado estarão em Nova York para participar da Cúpula, que irá discutir o destino do mundo, um grupo grande de organizações e movimentos está se mobilizando para mudar o curso da história.

Essa mobilização sem precedentes vai rolar no final de semana (20 e 21 de Setembro) em Nova York com uma mensagem clara de que queremos “Ações, não palavras!!!”. A mobilização também vai rolar várias partes do mundo!

People´s Climate March

Para saber mais sobre o assunto, e se envolver: http://peoplesclimate.org/pt/

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If you would like to, you can watch the english version of this film at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2SrAsDSN-4&list=UUMCDaG2oNwzEZLTk4ZJiWjg

And read more about the World Metereological Organization´s campaign, and the Climate perspective in Brazil, checkt: https://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/news/Weatherreportfor2050inBrazil_en.html

To learn more and get involved into the People´s Climate March, check: http://peoplesclimate.org/global/

It´s #WorldHumanitarianDay, and we must honour our #HumanitarianHeroes!

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Today, August 19th is the World Humanitarian Day!

It is a day to honour the selfless dedication of humanitarian workers around the world, and remember those #HumanitarianHeroes whom we have lost in the line of duty.

 

People just like me, and you, that decided to dedicate their lifes to make this world a better place, and that end up putting their lifes at risk while trying to make a difference.

Attacks against humanitarians are on the rise. Over the past decade, the number of aid workers killed in attacks has tripled, passing 100 deaths a year. Syria, Afghanistan, and South Sudan now rank as the most dangerous countries for humanitarian staff.

 Enough is enough! #HumanitarianHeroes must be protected!

Have the homeless become invisible?

In this social experiment, unsuspecting people walked by relatives pretending to be homeless. Would they notice their family members? Or have the homeless become invisible? 

Those were family members, but out there, there are plenty of people and their stories being ignored and neglected. Its worth learning more about the http://MakeThemVisible.com

And to find out more about the New York City Rescue Mission visit http://nycrescue.org/

We are all connected!

Excellent video from Greenpeace USA.

Indeed, we are all connected.

The civil rights movement, LGBTQ movement, labor movement, environmental movement, and other social progress movements all share common goals.

It’s time that we understand that our diversity makes us strong, and that we join together and rise up against the corporate entities that are taking away our basic rights.

Can Coca-Cola bring India and Pakistan together!?

Coca-Cola finds a creative way to connect the people of India and Pakistan.

In March 2013, Coca-Cola set out to break down barriers and create a simple moment of connection between two nations — India and Pakistan. The initiative “Small World Machines” provided a live communications portal between people in India and Pakistan and showed that what unites us is stronger than what sets us apart. The key to engaging with each other through the machines was simple: people in India and Pakistan could complete a task, like touching hands, drawing peace, love, and happiness symbols — together.

Brazil unleashing the super-powers of children to beat cancer and their fear!!!

The video below is pretty self-explanatory, a brilliant idea to use cartoons and superheroes to help children undergo treatment against leukemia in a fun and inspiring way!!!

Good ideas are worth spreading!