Monthly Archives: November 2014

Life After Death: Africa in a Post-MDG World

By Harlan Barker, A UN Millenium Development Course participant

In many ways Adisa was lucky. His wife Nkiruka was pregnant with their first child, a daughter they had decided would be called Bolanle. He had never met this unborn miracle but already he loved her more than he could properly explain. Paternal instincts run deeply, and he was fully in their sway. For the first time in many generations many of the people in his country felt like they had a firm foothold in something better. Something they would fight for and not give up easily. It was a simple matter of bundling this expectation into his unborn daughter.

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Ebola and the matter of media panics

By Stephanie Jager, UN Millenium Development Goals course participant

In the last months the Ebola virus got a lot of attention in the mainstream media all around the world, but still little is known about the region that is actually affected by the disease. Instead they chose to focus more on sensational headlines and turned Ebola slowly but steady in to a panic disease.

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The Way to Equality

By Ranran He & Matias Heikkilä, UN Millenium Development Goals course participants

First, let’s give a glance at these facts and stories.

In Afghanistan 9 out of 10 women suffer physical, sexual or psychological violence, or forced marriage, at least once in their lives. The rights of women which are 51% of the whole population are forgotten by the society according to Report of Asian Press Institute.

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Rewrite the future using education 

By Minna Hemmilä, UN Millenium Development Goals course participant

I have a clear memory of the moment when I realized I was able to read. This happened before I had taken a single class in my primary school. I was watching British comedy with my nose against the TV screen when I noticed that I could keep up with the subtitles. The world was suddenly one giant playground full of opportunities. Unfortunately, not everyone sees the world like that.

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