Some inventive folks over in Japan have created the Chuppon Self Watering Animal Planters.
These lovable ceramic creatures carry straws in their mouths, miniature herb gardens on their backpacks and they perch comfortably on the edge of any glass or mug. When their plant is in need of a drink, the thirsty animal takes a nourishing swig through the straw, just the right amount too. There’s no need for watering cans; just your own plant and animal that look after themselves.
There are four of these cultivational creatures to choose from; each of them just waiting to brighten up office spaces and window sills the world over.
As Malawi’sNyasa Times reports, in April, the African nation Malawi raised the minimum age of marriage to 18 years old. One might wonder, however, “What about the legions of underage children who were legally wed before the law took effect?
Well, one of the regional chiefs in Malawi – an elder woman who goes by the name Inkosi Kachindamoto – annulled the marriages of more than 300 youth in her district and sent them back to school.
In addition, she fired several village heads who had sanctioned the unions.
Child advocates around the world cheered on the effort to encourage girl education and abolish early marriages as soon as the news circulated.
Knowing the value education has in helping to empower citizens and strengthen the mind, the Senior chief terminated 330 marriages, of which 175 were girl-wives and 155 were boy-fathers. Those chldren were sent to school instead.
Said 18-year-old Malawian Memory Banda to The Guardian:
“Marriage is often the end for girls like me. But if our leaders will invest in us and give us the chance to be educated, we will become women who create a better society for everyone.”
“Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture.” In an excellent piece in Marie Claire magazine, you can meet a few of the women leading that fight, including 22-year-old Sage Honga, pictured here, who wants to encourage young people to leave the reservation, get an education, and then return home to make a difference in the community: “My tribe, the Hualapai people, is so small that I want to be a role model to show my community and youth that it is possible to come off our land and do big things.”
Another woman featured, 30-year-old Evereta Thinn, a member of the Diné or Navajo tribe, aspires to open a language and cultural immersion school for young people. She explains, “Knowing who you are as a Native, know the teachings from your elders and engraining them as you go out into the modern world is how you maintain that balance… once the language fades, the culture will slowly start to go too. If the younger generations cannot speak the language, how will they be equipped to make decisions on policies and protect our tribes in the future?”
You can read more about Sage, Evereta, and other Native American women fighting to preserve their culture on Marie Claire here.
The usual expression “my 2 cents” to give one’s opinion is replaced with “my 78 cents” because among full-time workers, women earn about 78 cents to a man’s dollar. That’s according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.