Friday, March 10, 2017
Women across the world take action on International Women’s Day
March 8 – a day of celebrations and demonstrations. Across the world women protested on International Women’s Day to demand gender equality. In Brazil women farmers occupied government offices to protest austerity plans that will affect them disproportionately. In the United States women joined the International Women’s Strike.
New EPA head rejects climate science
Oh no, he didn’t. On Thursday Scott Pruitt, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said human activity was not “a primary contributor” to global warming. Though his comments come as no surprise given his track record as a climate denier, they have caused an uproar among researchers and environmentalists. They certainly do nothing to ease concerns that the U.S. may withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
Somalia declares drought a national disaster
A third consecutive season of poor rainfall has left the Horn of Africa in drought. Last week Somalia’s president declared a national disaster. ActionAid’s local staff is working in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland to deliver food and water to families at risk. We’re making sure women and girls especially can safely access food and water. To support our work, you can make a gift at: https://donate.actionaidusa.org/east-africa-food-crisis.