Tuesday, December 2, 2008
"Working Mother magazine has again named Wachovia one of America's 100 best companies for working mothers
DiversityInc has named Wachovia one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity for the sixth consecutive year.
For the seventh time, LATINA Style magazine has recognized Wachovia as one of the top 50 companies for professional Hispanic women in the United States.
Wachovia's solid reputation for hiring and promoting African American women has won the company another honor from Essence magazine. For the fourth time, Essence has named Wachovia to its list of the 25 Great Places for Black Women to Work.
Wachovia is one of the “Elite Eight” named to Pink magazine’s inaugural list of the Top Companies for Women.
Military Spouse magazine recently ranked Wachovia fifth on its list of the nation's "Top 10 Military Spouse Friendly Employers
The Black Collegian's Top 100 Employers Survey included Wachovia among its major employers in industry, government, and business examined for hiring trends.
For the seventh year in a row, Training magazine has named Wachovia one of the best companies in North America for employee training and development. Wachovia ranked 31, an increase of 17 positions over last year
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recently recognized Wachovia as one of its Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. " (http://www.wachovia.com/misc/0,,498,00.html)
Wachovia uses their awards and recognitions to show the public the diversity within the work place, background and their involvement within the company. These recognitions help the public awareness and the actions the Wachovia company is taking to help better serve its neighborhoods and it's employers. I think that a company's recognition is vital for its reputation and should always be apart of their social media presence. The website only shows a partial list of awards and recognitions they have received, but the list they have is yet again diverse in content and useful. I was actually shocked at the vast ethnic awards and recognitions they have acquired and commend them for their commitment to fair work place values.
Based on my research, I am more likely to want to work for the Wachovia Corporation. My decision to want to work for a company like wachovia comes solely from what I've dicovered about the company. For instance, the awards and recognitions would be on the "Pros" for wachovia. A diverse workforce shows the companies willingness to practice fairness in the work place. Additionally, I really admire Wachovia's efforts to help it's clients, customers, investors and etc through a tough transition, as well as thier community involvement through educational programs and other funding that is needed in our communities.
My fortune 500 company choice was Wachovia and in order to examine to what extent they are engaging in the use of the groundswell…I hit the internet! Immediately, I went to search Google for “Wachovia twitter” and up pops the Wachovia Company via twitter! Surprised? I think not! Twitter also includes a list of Companies that uses social media and those that do not at the following link: http://twarketing.com/tag/fortune-500/
Wachovia engages with their audiences on twitter, Blogs, myspace and other networks. I'd have to say that Wachovia is getting use to the Social Media and how it's important to participate with the audiences watching you.
As a current account holder at Wachovia and an active person in social media I am always looking for news about the company...especially since they are in the midst of a transition. I'd recommend that Wachovia continues the use of the groundswell due to the technology trend of social media. It's engaging and always good to receive feedback, but to utilize the data one receives will be the ultimate test for the company.
*A condensed version of my previous blog Wachovia and the Groundswell
"Community Media Connection
Loss Management Media Center
Wachovia Security PlusSM
Way2SaveSM ", According to the Newsroom of Wachovia.
Each of the categories provide some sort of back ground, related press releases, biographies, fact sheets and other vital information that may be seeked from specific publics. As a Public Relations practioner, I would enhance the awareness of the above categories for customers using social media outlets via Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, but treating them as indiviudal services could help with the outcome and use of these particular services. My rationale for a more enhanced awareness is the increase in social media with today's technology. Social media has become a fast growing advancement and many companies are adopting this new trend in order to have more of a prescence and reach within communities.
Below are some of the types of jobs that make up their daily operations:
Contingent, Contract, and TemporaryCorporate Administration
Finance and Accounting
ManagementMarketing and Product Development
Teller and Financial Center
Trading " (http://www.wachovia.com/inside/page/0,,137,00.html)
As a potential person of interest for the company Wachovia's website provides users a webfriendly search engine that allows for individuals to search for potential jobs "inside/outside the U.S., Campus Recruiting, Contract Employement, Calendar of Events, Benefits for those that are hired, Career development, Workplace Dversity, Hiring Process, and even interview tips." The help and encouragement that Wachovia offers has helped them as a company earn the repuatation as a great place to work. Wachovia also prides themselves "to being an inclusive company where all people are treated fairly, recognized for their individuality, promoted based on performance and encouraged to reach their full potential,"according the Wachovia Careers.
These reasons alone makes me as a soon to be Public Relations graduate want to work for the Wachovia Corporation. They have proved themselves to operate on the basis of its publics in which I admire about the company. The power of the content that Wachovia has available on its website has helped them to establish a credible reputation, as well as their proactive inlvolvement within their enviroments.
Talk of a Merger:
Circulating in the media is the talk of the new merger. "Citigroup buys the bank operations of the Wachovia corporation. They will assume about $42 billion on losses tied to Wachovia's riskiest mortgages and will pay the Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation $12 billion in preferred stock and warrants" according to the NewYork Times September 30, 2008, (E. Dash & Andrew Ross Sorkin).
The reason for this merger was "to prevent what would have become the second largest big bank failure in lesss than a week." "Previously, the government seized Washington Mutual and sold the bulk of it's operations to JPMorgan Chase. " (E.Dash & Sorkin)
According to Shelia C. Blair, the chairwoman of the F.D.I.C., in a statement that "This action was necessary to maintain confidence in the banking industry given the current financial market conditions."
All these stern measures in order to protect whom exactly? Well for some, these measures will alot of the current account holders within the company. It seems that they are taking all of the necessary actions in order to protect all of it's clients.
Ms. Bair also added that, “There will be no interruption in the services and bank customers should expect business as usual.”
These actions have conclusively showed the efforts of the Wachovia Corporation to help make an easy transition to adapt to the current changes in ownership. Keeping customers informed of the changes is not only the right thing to do, but it also shows the responsibility of the company and its clients. But, others still want to know what does this transition mean for the customers and how will they relay this change to it's customers?
Wachovia Corporation advises to its publics that it "will remain a public company with two main operatin subsidaries: Wachovia Securities, the nations 3rd largest brokerage firm, and Evergreen Asset managment, a leading provider of asset management services." (http://www.wachovia.com/)
"The merger is "simply an incredible fit that will result in an immensely strong, stable financial services company that will carry on Wachovia's proud tradition of being one of the very best financial institutions in the world. Wachovia also states that "This isn't a bank failure. Wachovia's banking operations has been acquired by Citigroup, but will continue to operate as an open bank."(http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/business/10bank.html?_r=1)
How to Deal with the Crisis...
The circulation of rumor that Wachovia is closing has become turmoil for the company. With the current economic conditions the country is facing, yet again another company is needing a "bailout." Don't fret Wachovia customers, clients, investors, stock/stakeholders...You have Citigroup to the rescue.
Wachovia also "encourages employees and vendors to continue to operate business as usual and that shareholders of Wachovia's stock won't be wiped out of this deal." Also, there are "no current changes to Wachovia's board of directors however, two Wachovia directors will be joining Citigroup's board." (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/business/10bank.html )Furthermore, Wachovia stresses that "customers of both companies to continue banking as usual, and to feel confident that their deposits are secure." With an increase in uncertainty amongst customers, Wachovia has "temporarily extended customer service call center hours in order to help participants during this time of financial market volatility." (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/business/10bank.html)
- "a committment to the building of "strong and vibrant communities, improving quality of life, and making a positive difference where we live and work." (www.wachovia.com) "They have focus in resources and employee talents on two key priorities within the community:
Wachovia currently invests billions of dollars in order to improve neighborhoods and expand education in the 49 states where they have a banking or brokerage presence. "
According to the Community Involvement of Wachovia, 2008 they also provide:
"Provide hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours for national and local efforts
Encourage employees to take four paid hours per month for volunteerism through our Time Away From Work for Community Service policy
Help hundreds of lower-income families achieve the dream of home ownership every week
Partner with local and regional non-profit organizations to deliver services and programs
Donate over $ 1 million a week to charity."
For those who thought that Wachovia was nothing more than a bank where you handled only financial transactions...you are highly mistaken.
Wachovia assists in improving education through the following programs:
Teach For America
Teacher Development and Support
Wachovia Student Experience
In order find more information regarding the programs above, click on the hyperlink to find out more about how Wachovia is involved in its communities.
[A Standard for Social Media]
1. Connecting: [Before I connect, Introduce]. My name is Rena Heard and I'm currently a Public Relations major @ Georgia Southern University who is expected to graduate 12th of Dec 2008. I want to connect to others for professional as well as educational purposes that would help advance me in the Public Relations field as well as others.
2. Follow, add, friend: [Know who is following you and who you are following]
[My policy for friending is to follow with the intent to connect and gain useful information. You may add me to follow you, however I only reciprocate a follow or add if their is a posssible benefit of being more informed about a particular subject]
3. Privacy, boundaries and safety: [Set your limitations]
[My boundaries vary depending on the relation in which I share with others. For friends and family, I allow for them to have more access to my personal life, rather than my coworkers and employers. I prefer that my family/friends access is more open access to my information than those i place into my coworkers and employer...this access is closed or limited because my business and personal life are two separate entities]
4. Signal to noise: [STOP...are you disregarding what I prefer?]
[I seek those interested in all social media experience. Nothing is off limits. However, I am more likely to disconnect to those who ramble about useless information and constant updates with no beneficial information.]
5. Personal data and sharing: [I share. You share.]
[I keep my most personal data for me. I'm looking to connect according to those who share the same or like interests and similar or related professional goals. Personal information is private]
6. My networking needs and uses: [Distinguish the uses for all of your social media outlets]
[MyFacebook and MySpace is primarily uses for connecting with my college friends and family only. However, my Linkedin, Twitter, careerbuilder account are mainly for professional uses.
7. Your criteria here: [My Standards]
[These criteria were set to help establish the likes/dislikes, purpose and requirements for my social media policy. I place these restrictions to help sift through the spam related content]
8. Your criteria here: [Restrictions]
[I feel it's important to state your policy for social media in order to set a standard in which there will be no violations of what you individually prefer. Be stern and implimant your Standards and Restrictions according to your personal media policy.] This policy has helped me to create a standard to live by in my social media worlds and I encourage others to set a standard as well.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wachovia was "founded in 1879 in Winston, NC and First Union was found in 1908 in Charlotte, NC which merged on September 1, 2001 to create the Wachovia Corporation. It is considered to be the third largest U.S. full service brokerage firm, the fourth largest bank holding based on their assets, provides 21 states currently with full financial services. Furthermore, it’s considered to be the #1 financial services provider to middle market businesses in the western U.S. and a national presence in commercial banking (29 states), largest bank owned U.S. insurance brokerage Currently, Wachovia employs about 117,000 individuals. The company affects 15 million households and businesses, 16.1 million online product and service enrollments, and 5.3 million active online customers." (http://www.wachovia.com/inside/page/0,,1051_2180,00.html).
The Wachovia Corporation offers the following services: "wealth management: online services, insurance services, business services, trust and philanthropic services, treasury services, update alert services, personal and business finance services along with many other services." (http://search.wachovia.com/selfservice/microsites/wachoviaSearchEntry.do?searchString=servicesµsiteId=MS_INSIDEWACHOVIA_1_1&locale=LA_eng_US&usemicrosite=true&evaluateRF=true).
Fun Fact: According to the About Wachovia section, "the name Wachovia came from the latinized form of the name Wachau, which was given to the tract of land in the Piedmont region of North Carolina settled by Moravians in 1753. The name honored the settlers' connections to the Wachau Valley along the Danube River."
For more information regarding Wachovia, visit www.wachovia.com
Friday, November 21, 2008
My fortune 500 company choice was Wachovia and in order to examine to what extent they are engaging in the use of the groundswell…I hit the web! Immediately, I search Google for “Wachovia twitter” and up pops the Wachovia Company via twitter! Surprised? I think not! Twitter also includes a list of Companies that uses social media and those that do not at the following link: http://twarketing.com/tag/fortune-500/
It seems that the Twittering Fortune companies can be measured using a couple of categories that I've created based on how active they are or aren't.
Regular and Active: those that are using Twitter regularly and are engaging with others, or Irregular and Inactive those that have acquired the name of the company and aren’t sure of the uses of social media via Twitter and has little engagement with others. The process of figuring out the best way the groundswell can benefit them takes some research and there is a WRONG way to engage in Social Media.
To “successfully” use twitter - I’ll define what success means to me for using twitter. It's posting as often as possible in quicktime to a ample audience[a few hundred or more is expected]. Additionally collecting and responding to feedback using your Twitter Account measures your success.
Wachovia engages with their audiences on twitter, Blogs, myspace and other networks. I'd have to say that Wachovia is getting use to the Social Media and how it's important to participate with the audiences watching you. As a current account holder at Wachovia and an active person in social media I am always looking for news about the company...especially since they are in the midst of a transition. I'd recommend that Wachovia continues the use of the groundswell due to the technology trend of social media. It's engaging and always good to recieve feedback,
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
“The purpose is to raise awareness about St. Jude’s through fundraising,” said 23-year-old Team Coordinator, Joey Tripp. “We do this through St. Jude’s solicitors,” he said.
St. Jude provides a prewritten letter and all that is required is that you fill out the information and anyone who knows someone that may help donate is mailed the letter. More so, there is no obligation to donate.
“There are definitely benefits for the children of St. Jude Children Research Center,” said Tripp. “All the money raised goes to St. Jude’s which supports the family and children which includes treatment, a place to stay and other costs that they may accumulate,” he said.
According to the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, students can become involved in a variety of volunteer and leadership activities on campus through this department.
If I must add, this is a great opportunity for students to give back to the community and I would encourage everyone to participate in these activities to increase awareness.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"1-Don't fear negativity.
Except criticism even if it's negative! Admtitting to your mistakes is best.
2-Start with the goal not the tool.
Inform and show your product through the best tools possible. Tools for conveying your message: "podcasts & online videos, blogs & etc)
3-Embrace niche markets.
Those spenders who are knowledgeable, engaging, responsive, and helpful are key to your product.
4-Empower your people to speak for your company.
Give your employees the chance to speak for your organization so they are able to inform others about your company.
Know how to search for your companies reputation through search engines.
6-Think like a publisher.
Spread your brand through online sources such as Twiiter, blog posts, RSS feeds and etc.
7-Ditch the 13 week campaign.
Social media lasts longer than campaigns ad allows you to see what people are talking about with your brand.
8-Don't be afraid to try something new.
Change how you usually approach things.
9-Use it straight.
Take your feedback and utilize it.
10-Give to get."
Asking for their needs ad wants may help you build what's important.
These tips are reasonable and will enable a company to succeed and figure out what's important to you as an influencer. If you rely on this tips you will help your company and brand. Additionally, the blog Strategic Public Relation focuses on the public relations strategy within integgrated marketing communications. (Kevin Dugan; July 2002.) This blog talks about how public relations professionals should tap in technology to pitch to a larger mass of people. Isn't that what we as PR practionioners have help influence with in the markets? Incresing search engine relevance as it increases audience engagement is the key idea for social media.
Conclusively, both articles conclude that using social media is a great tool for tracking your popularity and to seek what people conceive your product as. I think this is useful for companies to explore in order to find the answers that they need. Moreso, feedback is the result companies were looking for from their customers.
Tags: Public Relations, Social media
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I was recently was asked by my Corporate P R professor to review an article on public relations and to express what I’ve learned from the article that I read. In my case, I’m happy that I stumbled upon this particular article that stresses the importance of being socially responsible. In public relations, we are taught that in the beginning all you have is your word…your words are your credibility and shows people who you are or what people will think of you. With that being certain, the article talks about the importance of having a public relation practitioner in your corporations that stress that relationships of "corporate citizenship" in relation to all of its constituencies (Bovet, Fry; 1994). Also, the article talked about that in order for us practitioners to earn our seats at corporate tables we have to start informing corporations of the importance of being socially responsible. Socially responsible for their actions financially, developmentally, and so forth. Furthermore, it will become more common for public relations practitioners to actively engage in corporate decisions to ensure that the company maintains it’s relationships weather it’s between its stock holders, investors or customers(Bovet, Fry; 1994). All these entities of a corporation will be valuable and for the companies to miss the importance they will see what it is to maintain and secure the business. This article stays on the mainstream problems of companies whether it is environmental issues or internal. These issues become more aware within the environment and those who deem them important, however if a company has created a problem they must address them to save face.
The most shocking thing in this article for me to read was how public relations professionals have to “earn” our spots at the corporate table. In my opinion, public relation professionals and practitioners are key for businesses, especially in their research and development department. I’ve recently, realized the image “we” P R people have gained…and I disagree with the “spin doctor” term. Most companies are only somewhat concerned with the attitudes and problems their publics or potential publics have, however in public relations I’ve learned that “this” profession is key to success. I’m more shocked with how P R practitioner’s are always accused of being “whiners” when in fact that our part is to help inform and maintain key messages. Understanding those messages is key to success with publics within a company.
Furthermore, I want to learn more about how other professionals view the current public relation field and how we relate to various other fields of professionals. Knowing this will help me feel more comfortable gaining entrance into the public relations field and ensure me that me as a P R practitioner I have a place in the corporate world. Also, this could be related to the Wachovia Company that I’ve chosen for my fortune 500 company, in the event of being socially responsible for their actions. Also, how the company relates to the public with the current change in ownership will be vital to it’s current clients and potential clients.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The link above is a great example of the uses of P R blogs. This blogger in particular talks about twitter (a social media outlet) taking over the corporate world with its social media and people buying into this social media frenzy. The key points were on what uses a company could get out of twitter if used properly and how companies can effectively benefit using twitter. He lists 6 useful rules to abide by:
1- Don't have your PR firm set up and be your Twitter account.
2- Don't follow everyone willy nilly.
3- Get Tweetdeck.
4- Be engaged. Be personable. Be responsive.
5- Be a person.
6- Twitter is not for everyone.
As you explore his concepts more in depth, individuals should began to have some understanding of the utility of twitter and for companies use. I agree that the PR firm should have people set up the account for you, because waiting on a message and having to get approval to respond isn't quick time responses and one wouldn't be fully utilizing its tools. Also, when following people, one should follow with purpose, not for number count. Be a person is the best advice that the blog offers. People like to be able to relate with others, companies with no face, bio, and or name to their account defeats the purpose of the social media, which results in ultimately no presence for the company.
This blog was surprising for me to see how wide spread social media has become for individuals. In my final P R classes that I'm currently finishing up before graduation this Dec 08, I've learned that the demand for a presence in social media networks is immense. It's almost as if people must be connected through some type of social media in order to operate a normal life. I find this P R blog to be beneficial to my fortune 500 company (Wachovia)in which I'm researching for my Corporate P R class. One, must note the change in it's current ownership, possibly something to do with the current state of the "economic crisis." More so, this blog is something Wachovia could utilize. For instance, ensuring that they have a personable presence on twitter and actively interacts with others in a timely manner could improve their image and how people view how much they live up to their purpose.
Furthermore, another blog that was eye catching was the blog post about how individuals and companies have become slaves to technology.http://pop-pr.blogspot.com/2008/09/slave-to-technology.html
This blog elaborates on the things that could possibly help you out in the long-run when dealing with clients and using your media relations skills. There are 3 important factors:
1-Put away your keyboard; emphasizes are placed on putting away your key board and pick up the phone. You are able to have a conversation via telephone and it personalizes relationships more than e-mails
2-Call up a reporter and offer to meet for coffee or lunch; getting to know reporters and finding out what they would like to report on can bind networks.
3-Pick up the phone; again emphasis is placed on phone calls. People finalize via phone not texts or e-mail, but by phone.
Wachovia could utilize these tips and create a better relationship between themselves and their customers. During their current change of ownership the company could make their clients feel more comfortable by calling them and informing them of the new changes and ensuring them that their assets are still insured.
The most surprising thing about this blog is how emphasis is being placed on not taking advantage of the social media, but to utilize it. For instance, not using the Internet, however these days, it's important to use technology, but to be sure to stick to the old basics of connecting with people to stay personable.
Related Links: Public Relations
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Well...my 1st week of twitter has been a new learning experience. When I was first given the assignment I wasn't quite sure what I had gotten myself into. However, I'm really glad that my Corporate P R professor had given us an opportunity to explore this GREAT social network. Twitter has taught me an entire new way to be connected to people. I never thought I'd keep my account until I started to truly utilize the features of Twitter. I enjoy the fact that I'm able to connect to real people and send messages and get feedback from a company's representative and others...and in due time! I also admire the fact that you are in control of who is in a particular network without useless information. I'm able to add those with a particular interest and follow them and collect beneficial information. I'm hoping that my twitter experience will contine to grow and help me to learn something new everday. I'd recommend everyone to start a professional twitter account and to utilze its features!!!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Indigenous people have been the cause of deforestation and the dying of large animals. The conflict comes in where people believe that they are working with nature more than harming it. However, the opposing side has a different view exactly vice versa. Sadly, these traditions are fading due to govenment patents for food and other items. These people have been living this way for centuries and due to government involvement are having to find other resources which is already limited.
~August 1999 saw a vote on self determination in East Timor.
~Leading up to this and after the vote where there was an overwhelming majority who voted for independence, Indonesian military-backed militia and paramilitaries went on a terror campaign with slow international reaction.
~Much of East Timor was destroyed and at some points there were estimates from 200,000 to 300,000 refugees created with up to 600,000 people displaced.
Every country has their issues, however who'd thought that the recovery period would be so long though. Well, for these people they were and probably are still subjected to brutality from the Indonesian military which has been know to be somewhat communists. Although we know that "History repeats itself," we as global citizens never seem to "truly" get the tradgedy of our actions.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
In the U.S.there are restrictions and laws governing the use and control of fire arms. Unfortunately, other countries don't have a policy. More so, the fact that 6-year-olds and other young children who don't understand the impact or effects of guns are able to buy these items of a black market. The arms trade is a large portion of the causes of human rights abuses. Leaving governments to spend more on military expenditures than on social development, communications infrastructure and health combined.
With so many problems around the world, a major concern is military spending. There are so much more that the money that is spent on military excursions is immense.The cost of war particularly (Iraq and Afghanistan) is estimated to be about $170 billion for the 2009 spending alone according to Christopher Hellman an expert on military budget analysis.
Christopher Hellman and Travis Sharp(budget expert) also discuss the US fiscal year 2009 Pentagon spending request and note that “Congress has already approved nearly $700 billion in supplemental funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and an additional $126 billion in FY'08 war funding is still pending before the House and Senate.
These prices are outrageous. This world has more important issues than war...what about the starving, diesease stricten, and homless. It seems as if instead of caring about humanity and civilization for all, our governments are too concerned with "continuing war efforts". A sad but true realization!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
While, these wars are continuing both country's governments have been accused of starving the people and continuing war efforts instead of helping the welfare of the country.
Below is a video of this devastating conflict:
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
lYoung girls working as live-in servants in private homes are especially vulnerable to abuse, including sexual abuse, and frequently must work up to 100 hours a week without access to education or adequate food and medical care
lWorking children in Morocco face a very high level of exposure to work hazards.
lEighty-four percent are involved in farm work and 85 percent work for their families and not for wages. This, however, is primarily a reflection of children’s work in rural areas, where almost all economically active children are involved in family agricultural work.
lThe family law enacted in 2004 have raised the minimum age of marriage for women and men from fifteen to eighteen
lThe wife is no longer legally obliged to obey her husband
lThe right to divorce is a prerogative of both men and women, exercised under judicial supervision;
lThe principle of divorce by mutual consent is established.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Controversy of the Term:
The application "terrorist" is therefore always deliberately discussed.
Attempts at defining the concept invariably arouse debate because rival definitions may be employed with a view to including the actions of certain parties, and excluding others. Additionally, each party might still subjectively claim a legitimate basis for employing violence in pursuit of their own political cause or aim. (Wikipedia)
In short, there may be legitimate reasons for the rebellion of certain groups of people. Many people are often confused of the reasons for specific actions, however the idea of a "terrorist" is frightening. What one perceives as a terrorist action, another may see opposite depending on the cause and ethic morals.
- The Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) published a study estimating that approximately half a million girls and women undergo abortion (both legal and illegal) every year in Mexico.
Furthermore, the right to abort a fetus always have some exceptions: In the case of a rape for instance.
Waiving the penalty for abortion are: (http://hrw.org/women/abortion/mexico.html)
Although these may seem fair for this circumstances other women are being prosecuted for something that is a liberty in other nations. TheCatholic church has also had a major influence on the abortion laws in Mexico.
Below is a video documentary link:
Thursday, March 13, 2008
a) The total number of people killed has never been systematically assessed, but most experts believe the total was around 800,000 people.
b) The genocide in the tiny Central African country of Rwanda was one of the most intensive killing campaigns -- possibly the most intensive -- in human history.
c) The involvement of women in the genocide and murder of Hutu political opponents failed to attract national and international attention, precisely because of the construction of women as the universal victims of that particular catastrophe." (Lentin, "Introduction," pp. 12-13.)
d) A substantial number of women, and even girls, were involved in the slaughter in countless ways, inflicting extraordinary cruelty on other women, as well as children and men.
e) In Rwanda itself, some 120,000 people were jailed on allegations of participation in the genocide, and thousands died in the brutal and unsanitary conditions of the jails.
f) In September 1998, the Tribunal issued its first conviction on charges of genocide, against the former mayor of the Rwandan town of Taba, Jean-Paul Akayesu
SOURCE: Jones, Adam. "Case Study: Genocide in Rwanda." Genocide Watch. 1994. 11 Feb. 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
* The overall situation has reached alarming proportions also because women have moved from the periphery to the epicentre of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa:
* Averaging over 55% of all people living with HIV/AIDS, girls and women are disproportionately affected.
Although the efforts to stop this outbreak is immense. The Spread of AIDS is faster than our efforts!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
It is estimated that one in three people in Africa are currently undernourished.
Initiative to End Hunger in Africa (IEHA) is a multi-year effort to help fulfill the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the number of hungry people on the continent in half by 2015. IEHA is taking steps to decrease Africa’s dependence on food aid by almost $2.6 billion by the year 2015, and is helping to lay the foundation for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction on the continent. The initiative focuses on promoting agricultural growth and building an African-led partnership to cut hunger and poverty. The primary objective of the initiative is to rapidly and sustainably increase agricultural growth and rural incomes in sub-Saharan Africa. (http://www.state.gov/g/oes/rls/fs/2003/18796.htm)
Although, we, as global citizens hosts canned good drives and collection of non-perishable items there are many that are suffering from hunger. With the amount of wastes the USA of food has in a year, we could feed many of the dying suffering from malnutrition and starvation in Africa.
As a global citizen...couldn't we as humans lower this problem of famine.?
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sudan has two distinct major cultures--Arab and Black African--with hundreds of ethnic and tribal divisions and language groups, which makes effective collaboration among them a major problem. (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/sudan.htm)
As many could assume, this diversity caused many problems for the people of Sudan.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
As a global citizen is it not the responsiblilty of All countries to place some effort to save humanity for the innocent?...Several celebrities have made an effort for this world issue to become known. Fo instance, rapper Kanye West wrote in his song about how the diamonds he has shine, but do we know what happened to the innocent lives for this luxury. Additionally, the movie Blood Diamond -starring Leonardo DiCaprio was made and perfectly depicts the true reality of conflict diamonds.
Suicide bombers are said to believe that God sends them on their missions, and by the time they are ready to be stopped with explosives, they had reached a hypnotic state.
Whereas, it is stated that suicide is in fact forbidden in Islam.
Fighting oppression is commendable, harming innocent bystanders, even in times of war, was forbidden by the prophet Muhammad.
Lastly, suicide bombers are never justified in their actions. Most suicide bombers are said to have been affluent, well educated and from middle class backgrounds and not motivated by psychological imbalance but by the foreign policies of the countries they attack. The women who give their lives to support an unjust cause will have to suffer for thier actions. Some of these women do this to bring back dignity and honor upon thier families in the conflict.
Below is a link to a video that shows how unjust these acts are: (Material may be innappropriate)
This 1st video is about 6:58mins long
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
*Colombia’s role in the international drug trade has shifted from a grower/exporter of marijuana in the 1970s to a processor/shipper of cocaine in the 1980s to a major grower/processor/transshipper of coca and heroin today. (http://www.fpif.org/briefs/vol4/v4n30colo.html)
--The mainthreats to the environment are deforestation caused by clearingthe fields for cultivation, soil erosion caused by severalfactors, and chemical pollution from insecticides and fertilizers.
--Additionally, the process of converting coca andpoppy into cocaine and heroine has adverse effects on theenvironment as well.
If there is no progress in Colombia's Drug War, why should we continue to spend U.S. dollars on a growing war that could go towards the U.S. education system, Social Security, and Health Care?
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Below is a video that gives a better insight!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Below is a link to a video that is 9mins and 4 secs long that talks about Street Children in Brazil, which gives a better insight of the problem.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
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