Archive for March, 2013

CHILD-BRIDES

Posted: March 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

The sad phenomenon of child brides and even child grooms continue around the world.

Before her wedding begins in rural Afghanistan, a 40-year-old man sits to be photographed with his 11 year old child bride. She tells the photographer that she is sad, because she hoped to become a teacher.

Her favorite class is Dari, the local language, before she had to leave school to marry the 40 year old man.
She is one of the 51 million child brides worldwide today.

Although many in Afghanistan said that the men wait until puberty, women said that, indeed, men are having sex with their child brides even before puberty.

In Yemen, there is a similar picture. Tehani and Ghada are sisters-in-laws photographed with their husbands, who are both members of the armed forces. Like most girls, Tehani did not even know that she was going to marry until the wedding night. She was only six years old.

Tehani describes how she entered the marriage: “They were decorating my hands, but I did not know I was going to marry.

Then my mother came and said,” Come on my daughter. “They were dressing me up and I was wondering, ‘where are you taking me?” Girls are not always the only ones forced to marry. A young boy got married in India and Nepal. Sometimes the boys who enter a marriage are also very young.
And often they are also victims as much as girls of this traditional practice.

Courtesy Naija News

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It is essential that we acknowledge and value the strength of the woman to empower her within our society. The woman is the centre of the family in Sri Lanka. She is a daughter, mother, wife, friend who deserves to have full human rights.

In the past, I collaborated with the National YWCA to raise awareness on HIV/AID and other human rights topics in the rural areas of Sri Lanka. We educated the young girls and mothers about a wide range of topics including; family planning, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and resources available to them in case of an emergency. Most of the young girls that we spoke to during our secession were very shy because they did not want to speak in front of their mothers. But, after their mothers left the room, the young girls spoke out about their experiences and asked a lot of questions.

One of the questions…

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BEE VENOM KILLS HIV!

Posted: March 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

A new study has shown that bee venom can kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have demonstrated that a toxin called melittin found in bee venom can destroy HIV by poking holes in the envelope surrounding the virus, according to a news release sent out by Washington University.
Visit Washington University’s website to read more about the study.
Nanoparticles smaller than HIV were infused with the bee venom toxin, explains U.S. News & World Report. A “protective bumper” was added to the nanoparticle’s surface, allowing it to bounce off normal cells and leave them intact. Normal cells are larger than HIV, so the nanoparticles target HIV, which is so small it fits between the bumpers.
“Melittin on the nanoparticles fuses with the viral envelope,” said research instructor Joshua L. Hood, MD, PhD, via the news release. “The melittin forms little pore-like attack complexes and ruptures the envelope, stripping it off the virus.” Adding, “We are attacking an inherent physical property of HIV. Theoretically, there isn’t any way for the virus to adapt to that. The virus has to have a protective coat, a double-layered membrane that covers the virus.”
This revelation can lead to the development of a vaginal gel to prevent the spread of HIV and, it seems, an intravenous treatment to help those already infected. “Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a preventive measure to stop the initial infection,” said Hood.
The bee venom HIV study was published on Thursday in the journal Antiviral Therapy, according to U.S. News & World Report.
This study comes on the heels of news that a Mississippi baby with HIV has apparently been cured. The mother was diagnosed with HIV during labor and the baby received a three-drug treatment just 30 hours after birth, before tests confirmed the infant was infected. The child, now 2 years old, has been off medication for about a year and shows no sign of infection.
More than 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Of these, 3.3 million are under the age of 15 years old. Each day, almost 7,000 people contract HIV around the globe.

Courtesy Huffington Post.

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WOMEN,VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE!

Posted: March 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

President, Soroptimist International of Nigeria, Mrs. Funlola Buraimoh-Ademuyewo, has bemoaned the increasing spate of violence against women, calling for the need for a more gender-sensitive society where more women and girls can achieve their individual and collective potentials.

Speaking in commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, Funlola lamented that violence had killed and disabled as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer, and that its toll on women’s health surpassed that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.

Survivors of sexual assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and four times more likely to contemplate suicide.

Worse also, over 100 million girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation-FGM”, Funlola Buraimoh stressed.

Courtesy Naija News.

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SUICIDE RATE ON THE RISE!

Posted: March 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

A sad mood engulfed a village after a 12-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging himself last night.

It is said that the boy locked himself in his room after the parents argued at their house. He had earlier on complained to his friends that his dad always quarreled the mother and he was not happy about their parents’ lifestyle.
According to Njoro OCPD Peter Njeru, the body of the standard six pupil was discovered by his mother, hanging from his room on Thursday night at 8pm.
Njeru explained that the mother was concerned when the boy did not show up for supper and when she went to call him she found his body dangling on a rope.
The boy is said to have left a note saying he had left his books with his class teacher but he did not offer any clear explanation as to why he decided to end his life.
The OCPD expressed concern over the rise of juvenile suicides and advised parents to open up with their children and be free to discuss issues that might be affecting them.
The body was taken to Molo District Hospital morgue.

Courtesy Naija news.

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The decisions followed the adoption of a report on a “Bill for an Act to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Life, Prohibit all Forms of Violence, Harmful Traditional Practices against Persons”.

The bill seeks to safeguard the rights of vulnerable persons, particularly the girl- child, women and girls against private and domestic violence.

The chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa (ACN-Lagos), sponsored the bill.

Dabiri-Erewa said it had become expedient for the bill to become law going by the rising cases of violence against persons in Nigeria.

The bill also approved 25 years imprisonment for any person who attempted to use chemical, biological or any harmful liquid on another person.

It also provides that any person who incites, aids, abets, or counsels another person to commit violence is guilty of the offence and liable on conviction to three years imprisonment or N200,000 (US$1,269) fine or both.

Accordingly, any person convicted of performing female circumcision and general mutilation or engaging someone to carry it out risks four years in jail or a fine not more than N200,000 or both.

Aiding female circumcision attracts N100,000 (US$ 635) or two years in jail or both.

Any person convicted of frustrating investigation and prosecution of offenders is guilty of felony and liable on conviction to imprisonment of not more than three years or a fine not exceeding N500,000 (US$3,172).

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When a young boy or girl starts to mature, many physical changes take place. Some of these changes include an increase in body hair, an increase in sweat (accompanied with body odor), facial skin problems and an oily scalp. Good personal hygiene should be practiced to combat the problems associated with these changes and to avoid contracting any diseases related to poor personal grooming. Use the following personal hygiene tips for adolescents on a day-to-day basis if you are an adolescent who wants to practice good personal hygiene.

HAIR HYGIENE
Making sure your hair is clean becomes more of a priority when a boy or girl reaches adolescence because the scalp produces more oil at this time. This makes it necessary for the use of a shampoo made for oily hair and more frequent washing. Wash your hair every day if necessary.

FACIAL SKIN HYGIENE
Wash your face two times a day without fail. Adolescents go through a period in which their oil glands produce more oil, and some adolescents wind up with acne. Use skin care products made to treat acne, and if your acne symptoms do not improve after eight weeks, go to a dermatologist to see what he can do to help you. Avoid using anything on your face that contains oil if you have acne, and do not rub the skin on your face with a heavy hand. Do not spend too much time under the sun, and keep your hands off your face. Go to a licensed esthetician for an acne facial, and ask her to extract blackheads and pimples.

BODY HYGIENE
Bathe each day with body wash and water to cleanse the sweat from your body. Sweat creates odor, and an adolescent will sweat more because his sweat glands are working more diligently at this time in his life. Sweat will also have a heavier odor in an adolescent. Apply deodorant or antiperspirant to underarms to keep sweating under control and to mask underarm odor if needed.

BODY HAIR HYGIENE
Shave the hair on your face with an electric shaver to look well groomed if you are a guy. Use a nonelectric razor if you do not have an electric shaver, and use a new blade in the razor to avoid cutting your skin. Girls should shave their legs and underarms with an electric razor to avoid cutting themselves.

ORAL HYGIENE
Use a new, or fairly new toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride with which to brush your teeth after meals, and floss at night. Brushing and flossing may help to prevent bad breath and cavities. Make it a point to practice good oral hygiene every day. Go to the dentist every six months to have your teeth checked and cleaned. See your dentist if you have persistent bad breath.

VAGINAL HYGIENE
Do not douche, as doctors do not recommend douching. The vaginal area of the body produces fluids that cleanse the vagina naturally. Wash the pubic area with a mild soap and water to keep the area clean and free of odor. See a gynecologist if you experience abnormal itching, pain, a burning sensation or a yellow/green or lumpy white fluid coming out of your vagina. Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience pain when you urinate.

Courtesy http://www.livestrong.com

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