Today ONE launched its Strong Girl anthem to empower girls worldwide and as a follow-up to its recent Poverty is Sexist report.
Strong Girl features vocalists Waje (Nigeria), Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Arielle T (Gabon), Gabriela (Mozambique), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), new talent Blessing Nwafor (South Africa) and the video stars Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria).
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Being passionate about issues – both domestic and global – means taking your activism from the Net to Washington, DC in many cases. Taking your activism to the halls of Congress or even to the halls of your state’s legislature is harder to do for some. Even writing a letter to your representative can be tedious. People are busy and time is tight. Now, there are easier ways to grab the attention of our elected leaders right from our computers from online petitions to emails to our representatives. The problem with e-campaigns is sometimes they are not as effective as when physical letters show up in the mailboxes of our elected representatives. Email is great, but when an actual letter is sent it just means more and will always hold greater sway over our representatives.
This week I tried a new-to-me service called Postagram that conveniently allows you to send a physical postcard to your representative’s office in Washington. Postagram, an app that is housed on Facebook on the web and via mobile, has partnered with the ONE campaign on a new type of letter writing campaign. With a few clicks your physical postcard from Postagram will be sent to DC . I like that your message can be customized on Facebook with a photo you choose as well as personal text for your particularly message.
Many people use Postagram to send personal postcards to friends and family, but this is a new way to use Postagram to a do a little good. If you would like to send a postcard with ONE to Congress to make sure they do not cut life-saving, poverty alleviation programs visit https://apps.facebook.com/postagram/one/selfie.
Every year the ONE campaign awards a leading African NGO $100,000 to continue its work towards poverty alleviation and reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As an advocacy organization, ONE works strategically to change policies that affect the African continent. Gathering leading African voices is a top priority for ONE and rewarding African NGOs that help improve their regional communities is a way for them to support the work of Africans helping Africans.
Today, six African organizations were shortlisted as finalists for the ONE Africa award this year. After receiving 250 applications, the pool was shortened to less than ten. The six finalists are:
- Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) of Zambia
- Doper l’Entrepreneuriat par la Finance Innovante et Solidaire (DEFIS) of Mali
- Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO) of Ethiopia
- Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania
- Friends of the Global Fund Africa of Nigeria; and
- Réseau Accès aux Médicaments Essentiels (RAME) of Burkina Faso.
You can read more about each organization and watch videos on the ONE blog. The ONE Africa Award winner will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 8 November 2013 as part of the African Media Leaders Forum.
They say you’ve never been to Soweto if you haven’t seen the Orlando Towers that can be viewed from all corners of the massive urban neighborhood filled with over fifty townships in Johannesburg. The Orlando Towers are a symbol of racial discrimination that was systemic until the fall of apartheid in the early 1990s. The coal towers powered the white area of Johannesburg in the 1950s and the townships remained without electricity until the 1980s. That systematic discrimination colors the disparities that are felt even still throughout Jozi, as many of the locals call it. HIV/AIDS rates are highest among the black population. Teenage pregnancy, poverty, rape, and unemployment are rife, especially in the townships. Despite these poverty indicators, there is an emerging black middle class in South Africa that can also be felt as you make your way through the city and even out in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. Things are indeed getting better despite the decades of racism and classism.
I was in South Africa on the Social Good Moms’ second insight trip of year. I visited Africa’s southernmost country for a week with Global Team of 200 Member and Social Good Mom, Elizabeth Atalay. Early during our visit we got an overview of the city and then later in the week we met with Rebecca’s Well, a women’s collective with programs in both the Soweto and Alexandra townships, met with ONE.org in their Johannesburg office and also met with Marie Stopes and visited their Gandhi Square office in Johannesburg.
Next week I will share in-depth stories about our visits. In the meantime – here are a few photos from our time in South Africa.