Air pollution is a pervasive problem which affects the world’s population at an alarming rate. 90% of persons live in places where air quality fails to meet established guidelines by the WHO. It is responsible for 7 million premature deaths annually, including approximately 600,000 children.
The hashtag #bringbackourgirls was shared all across the world, being used over one million times within the three weeks following the kidnapping by Book Haram. In the 7 years since the abduction, some of the girls have escaped or been freed, however, many are still missing.
Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian-American economist and international development expert, made history on the 1st March when she was appointed as not only the first woman, but also the first person of African ethnicity to be the Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
Days like International Women’s Day also allow us to reflect on the opportunities for change that have been afforded by the complete overhaul of our day-to-day lives. The STAND News Women’s Section looks back over the change-makers and revolutionaries who have made a difference, however small or big, to our lives this year.
“Maya’s encounters with the injustice of the Sri Lankan violence were silenced by the fear and oppression which reigned over the nation for decades. Paper Planes is an anthem of protest against the scapegoating stereotypes which plague the immigrant communities of the world.”
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