The Hillary Project, Moonwalking in Pink and a Lemon Heroine. This is your Spark News Digest.
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Authored By Spark Fellow: Linn Hellerstrom
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: When life give you lemons, start a social enterprise.
9 year-old philanthropist Vivienne Harr, founder of Start A Lemon-Aid Stand, doesn’t wait for summer to change the world. 365 days a year she sits curbside, selling lemonade to raise money to abolish child slavery. In just 6 months of operation, she raised over $100,000. This year she registered as a B Corp.
U.S POLITICS: Violence gets political
“The Hillary Project”, a new animated game goading the player to slap the former Secretary of State, is a bad joke – funded by a conservative Super Pac. It also reflects a bigger issue concerning the justification of violence against women. Violence against women is no laughing matter.
WOMENS RIGHTS: Gender Equality – the cheapest, fastest way to get food on the table
What’s the most cost-effective way to combat hunger? Gender Equality. Women play a big role in food production and small-scale farming around the world. When obstacles like gender discriminatory land and labor laws make it harder for women to farm, it impacts food security. Equal opportunity will end hunger.
BUSINESS: Moonwalking in heels – “Mars Explorer Barbie”
Still pink. Still disproportionate. Check out NASA’s Barbie.
GLOBAL: The “Virginity Institute” upholding the purity myth in Georgia
Recent human rights report reveals that Georgia’s National Forensics Bureau performs as many as 200 “virginity inspections” a year. While some are used for evidence in rape and abuse cases, many families will paid up to $200 for receive a certificate confirming their daughter’s “purity”. Protesters using social media and the streets are demanding the government to end the archaic practice. In response, a member of Georgia’s gender-equality council stated, “If there’s a demand for this service, the government can’t forbid it”.