october 16 is world food day. consider that globally it is women who bear the greatest responsibility for food production. women produce more than half of all food worldwide, accounting for 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force.
yet the united nations estimates that globally women own only 15 percent of the land. in india, for example, where women account for 87 percent of the agricultural producers, they own only 10 percent of the land; while in mali, women comprise about 70 percent of agricultural workers, but own only 3 percent of the land. the same numbers hold true for pakistan as well.
without land ownership, women are unable to secure loans needed to reinvest back into their land. yet if they were given the same resources as men, these women could increase their productivity by 30 precent, thus feeding an additional 150 million people in need.
photos by (click pic) sanjay kanojia in allahabad, india; niranjan shrestha in katmandu, nepal; prashanth vishwanathanan in panipat, india; hoang dinh nam in vietnam’s mu cang chai district; navesh chitrakar in lalitpur, nepal; joe penny in heremakono, mali; anupam nath in gauhati, india
"I try to mobilize a way of thinking and discussing the issues I am focused on through research, writing, and sharing."
Image Credit: Jennifer Jackson
August 12, 2014 marks International Youth Day.
We want to celebrate the promise and power of young people today and everyday! This year the UN focus of IYU2014 is on mental health. A recent UN publication indicates that 20 percent of youth experience a mental health condition each year.
Here at 1000 Visions, we highlight visionary young people who are architects of our society’s future. However, we must also remember our friends and family who may be struggling with mental health conditions and support them through their struggles.
Whatever your passion—whether you’re committed to ending stigma against #mentalhealth conditions or envisioning new sustainable technologies—we challenge you to share your thoughts with others, collaborate, and join other innovative and creative young activists in building a better, more beautiful, tomorrow.
“Do whatever gets your thoughts and feelings out into the world.”
"I want to be working on culturally-driven programs that not only help to reduce health disparities and support local and international development but also to eliminate harmful misconceptions about communities of color. "
College student currently working in the communications field of government at the local level.
What global challenge are you trying to address?
There needs to be a better understanding of Eastern Europe by the West. I would like to improve dialogue between the former Soviet Union and the West and think that the incessant bickering should stop. Instead of constantly competing for influence in the world, Russia and the United States should focus on the mutual goals they have, which include eradicating terrorism, something that both countries have suffered through, and work together in the United Nations. If this was accomplished, then the former Soviet Union and America could bolster their economies, thus improving the lives of millions.
Senior at Long Island University Global/Social Media Intern with BRICS from Below and Visiting Scholar with the Centre for Civil Society
What global challenge are you trying to address?
The accountability of power as we transition from a unipolar to multipolar community. As nations adjust and redistribute power it is important to acknowledge that Western powers still dominate the conversation which can lead to silencing or losing the opinions from the Global South and other rising powers. In order to transition into a true multipolar community where all voices are represented it is crucial to ensure that all voices are heard equally in conversations.
What are you doing to address it?
I’m working on an initiative with the Centre for Civil Society in Durban, South Africa to create and establish a network that connects grassroots organizations from all of the BRICS countries. I’m also beginning a semester-long research project on Chinese-South African relations to examine and analyze the international relations between two of the developing BRICS countries.
Name: Lily Weissgold
School Affiliation/Organization/Profession: Burlington High School/ YES Abroad Scholar.
What global challenge are you trying to address?: Cultural insensitivity
What are you doing to address it?: Going abroad
What’s your dream for change?: That there are no hate crimes on religious basis’s.
What’s the biggest challenge you have faced on this path?:People sometimes can be just ignorant.
What has been your most exciting moment? Convincing people that even though I’m Jewish I’m not going to convert them.
Where do you see yourself, and your project, five years in the future? Hopefully in college educating myself more about other cultures.
What advice do you have for other young changemakers?