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the West’s scapegoat
SolidariTee is an expression of solidarity, and its remit is simple: each £10 t-shirt which we sell helps to fund legal aid in Greece. So that we can donate as much as possible, we purposefully keep our administrative costs very low, whether that means reusing wrapping paper to post our SolidariTotes, asking students to carry SolidariTees with them to eliminate delivery costs, and working from our dorms. It’s particularly important for us that the money from our donations and sales is used particularly effectively — none of us are paid for our time, in any case — and so we tend to choose smaller NGOs which we can help expand and grow.
We at SolidariTee strive to counteract the dramatic decrease in the media coverage of the crisis by loudly talking, and visibly supporting refugees through the wearing of SolidariTees. This year, for example, we have launched a series of infographics and myth busters on our social media to present clear information on the refugee crisis to our followers. At SolidariTee we also maintain a commitment to sustainable change. That’s why we support legal aid — by funding a lawyer or a legal adviser, we can ensure that we’re dealing with the problem at its root.
By Amika George, founder of #FreePeriods, for Glamour
Did you know that 137,500 girls missed a day of school last year because they couldn’t afford menstrual products? One in ten girls have been forced to improvise. 1 in 10 parents have admitted to sending their daughter to school without pads and tampons, and 6 per cent of parents have been so desperate, they’ve resorted to stealing on occasions they couldn’t afford them.
Kenya has repealed tax on menstrual products, and last month pledged to distribute pads to every single one of it’s 4.2m schoolgirls in its public schools. Kerala, a state in Southern India, is handing out period protection for schoolgirls in a bid to keep girls in school when they menstruate… Yet, the UK seems to be lagging behind in our will to provide access to menstrual hygiene management.
29 May 2018
This is the highly anticipated version of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. 100 stories have made the long list – about 100 amazing people who have made our world a better place, “through compassion, generosity and self-belief”. Amongst those featured are:
ACHMAT HASSIEM – who saved his brother from a shark attack by diverting the shark towards him. He lost his leg. After overcoming depression, he went on to swim for South Africa, winning bronze at the 2012 Paralympics.
ALAN L. HART – one of the first ever transgender people to have gender reassignment surgery. He studied medicine and became a bestselling author.
BALDWIN IV – who at the age of thirteen, in 1161, was crowned King of Jerusalem. King Baldwin had leprosy, but that didn’t stop him from riding out with his army and fighting alongside his men. He and only 500 men defeated an invading army of 26,000.
CHARLES FOURIER – the (18th philosopher who believed in equality and who invented the word feminism.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS – born into slavery in C19th. He eventually escaped and dedicated his life to fighting to end slavery, for women’s rights and Irish independence.
It’s a wonderful collection, for boys, girls, kids, grown-ups…EVERYONE!