Avon for Good, Mobile BFF’s, & Lady Gaga’s Credo. This is your Spark News Digest.
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Authored By Spark Fellow: Linn Hellerstrom
TECH: Can a mobile app help Israelis and Palestinians MEET in the middle?
MEET (Middle East Education Through Technology) – is a mobile app that helps Israeli and Palestinian students break both cultural and physical barriers. Anat Binur, co-founder, aims to help students forge bonds between students by studying programming, marketing, and strategic planning side by side.
BUSINESS: How do you say Ding Dong in Swahili?
Avon Products inspires more than good looks. By applying Avon’s renown door-to-door business model, Living Goods, a non-profit, helps thousands of Ugandan micro-entrepreneurs earn an income while saving lives by selling anti-malaria medicine, clean burning stoves, solar-powered lamps, and sanitary supplies.
GLOBAL: What one thing is holding Iranian women back from running for President? A word.
The Iranian constitution says that the president should be from political rejal, a word with adual meaning of politically qualified and men. Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi sheds light on why women aren’t qualified to run for president in Iran but why they still keep on registering as candidates. You can’t stop, nay, won’t stop the ladies from pursuing what’s right and fair.
U.S. NEWS: Lady Gaga credo, “Baby, You Were Born This Way” Swings legal.
Delaware agrees. Their House recently approved a bill outlawing discrimination against transgender people. Now, the category of gender identity is among race, age, religion, and sexual orientation as protected non-discrimination categories.