Afghan schoolchildren take lessons in an open classroom at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province on December 1, 2013. Afghanistan has had only rare moments of peace over the past 30 years, its education system being undermined by the Soviet invasion of 1979, a civil war in the 1990s and five years of Taliban rule.
AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada
Interesting study and infographic put together by the New York Film Academy. Food for thought. Also, might want to think about our own local industries and the ‘concepts’ that many work with and around to be a part of them. -
Gender Inequality in Film -
In light of the record-breaking opening of the female-led action film Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any, advancements women are making. After reviewing the data, it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias. Of course, it’s not all disparaging news and there are a number of female filmmakers, characters, and emerging talent challenging the status quo. In addition, in the independent sphere, women made up roughly half of the directors at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, yet still struggle when it comes to films receiving a wide release. By shedding light on gender inequality in film, we hope to start a discussion about what can be done to increase women’s exposure and power in big-budget films.
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Over the summer, I had a mental health crisis which resulted in hospitalization and the loss of my job. It’s been a long road to recovery, one that isn’t over yet, but things are slowly starting to look up. After almost five months of jumping through hoops and struggling with a failing bureaucratic system, I’ve just received notice that I’ve been accepted for disability.
The problem is that the funds they awarded me are laughably small and I’m unable to pay my rent with it. It helps, but I still have about $300 left before I’m in the clear.
I can’t tell you how difficult it’s been healing the wreckage of my mental illness. My breakdown had a huge toll on my life and I had hoped that being accepted onto disability would at least solve my financial struggles enough to let me go back to focusing on healing. Unfortunately, although it’s a huge step in the right direction, I still need more help.
Please consider chipping in. Every little bit gets me one step closer to sleeping easily knowing that my housing situation is secure. If you can’t chip in, a simple reblog would go a long way.
guys, please help max out if you can. even a small amount would really make his life better.
If you’re reading this, if there’s air in your lungs on this November day, then there is still hope for you. Your story is still going. And maybe some things are true for all of us. Perhaps we all relate to pain. Perhaps we all relate to fear and loss and questions. And perhaps we all deserve to be honest, all deserve whatever help we need. Our stories are all so many things: Heavy and light. Beautiful and difficult. Hopeful and uncertain. But our stories aren’t finished yet. There is still time, for things to heal and change and grow. There is still time to be surprised. We are still going, you and I. We are stories still going.
One out of every four women with cervical cancer is Indian.
Doctors in India say a test using vinegar would screen women for the early onset of cervical cancer.
Researchers believe that a cheap and quick examination could save more than 70,000 lives a year.
Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan reports from Mumbai.
Something to think about.
Let Me Grow Naturally
Vision, performance and drawing by Sara Taiba
Filmed, directed and edited by Hashem Ainousa
Taken from the Muslima exhibition http://muslima.imow.org/content/letmegrownaturally
San Francisco ‘saved’ by pint-sized Batkid
Leukemia sufferer Miles Scott gets day to remember as city fulfills superhero dream in series of crime-fighting stunts.
A five-year-old leukemia sufferer has fulfilled a wish to be a superhero after San Francisco, a charity and city residents came together to let him play crime-fighting ‘Batkid’ for a day.
With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, volunteers and city officials, Miles Scott was given an adventure to remember, capturing the Riddler and thwarting the Penguin in a series of orchestrated stunts organised for him by volunteers and city officials.
Miles, from Tulelake in northern California, didn’t know what was in store for him and thought he was in San Francisco on Friday to get a Batman costume so he could dress like his favourite superhero.
Instead, his day started with a television appeal from the city’s police chief, Greg Suhr, and ended with him aiding a grown-up Batman stop Gotham City’s most fiendish criminals.
"Please, Caped Crusader. We need you. And bring the Batkid," said Suhr in a televised mock appeal.
The bashful Miles at first seemed overwhelmed, quietly working through scenarios with an adult Batman sidekick, such as defusing a fake bomb and saving a woman, as crowds in their thousands chanted of “Batkid, Batkid”.
The Batkid was given a police escort as he sped around the city in a black Lamborghini “Batmobile”, which was decorated with a large Batman insignia.
By the time he reached City Hall to receive a key to the city in front of the biggest crowd of the day, Miles was all smiles.
It seemed that everyone was in on the surprise. At Union Square, the Chronicle newspaper distributed hundreds of copies of a special edition with the headline “Batkid Saves City”.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee later proclaimed November 15 to be “Batkid Day Forever” and the US president, Barack Obama, said in a message: “Way to go, Miles! Way to save Gotham!”
Miles was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, but ended treatments in June and is in remission.
Miles’ father Nick Scott thanked the crowd, organisers and the city.
"This is closure for us," Nick Scott said. "It has been a hard three years."
Make-A-Wish has fulfilled similar wishes across the US. One child became Batman’s sidekick, Robin and another was a secret agent, said Jen Wilson, a spokeswoman for the organisation.
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