Monthly Archives: March 2014

It has been an intense winter in the US especially in our central section and along the east coast.

Polar vortex was a new term to many of us when we heard it the first time in January of this year but now that we’ve been through it we won’t forget it and hope not to experience it again. It is now the second day of spring 2014 and though the sun is out and the temperature is warming up we have a prediction of snow again for next week.

Though I am as tired of winter – and snow – as anybody I also know the demands a large metropolitan area places on water reserves and water tables….water in any form…snow, ice, rain, even dew…should not be discounted or grumbled about.

I get the point about flooding.

The UN’s World Water Day is March 22 and for this year the link is being made between Water and Energy – these are interlinked and interdependent.

Energy needs water and water needs energy.

With demands for both growing and resources dwindling (think of California) it is not a matter of a good strong rain storm – or snow storm – but how each of us consumes and uses water and energy.

World Water Day 2014

World Water Day 2014

 

We can do more.

So stop grumbling.

Instead, see snow, rain, and sleet as building up the water table and helping to supply energy whether during a Polar Vortex or whatever new weather phenomenon we get to learn about during the dog days of summer.

One of the wonderful initiatives arising from this year’s International Women’s Day was the #heforshe campaign, a video campaign talking about why equality, education and safety for women are critical to global prosperity as well as to women’s own rights.

It features notable international figures and actors like Matt Damon, saying things like, ““If you want to solve some of these huge kinds of bigger problems of extreme poverty, you have to engage women. They’re the ones who’ll get it done.”

Forbes.com published a post from an Ashoka representative, Let’s Hear It For The Men, highlighting great efforts other men have put forth towards a more equable world for the other half of the sky.  Examples:  Khalid Alkhudair started Glowork, a job-finding service in Saudi Arabia, to connect women with companies seeking to hire.  Anshu Gupta started a program that recycles old clothing into sanitary napkins, meeting an often overlooked need.

On other fronts, some men felt compelled to show solidarity with women in other out-of-the-box ways.  The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes movement is local marches to raise awareness of violence against women.  These fellows in Toronto joined, but only one fellow correctly realized that one should never wear socks with a peep-toe: 

Photo: Globe and Mail

Photo: Globe and Mail

While Lebanese men who sashayed about in heels at Le Mall Dbayeh in Beirut were stylishly spot-on.

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Gentlemen, we applaud your efforts. But as women who rush around quite a bit every day running our own business in international development — working hard for organizations like Girl Rising to change attitudes and behavior on girls’ education – mingling with family and friends, minding our health and personal growth – we would never be seen in heels as high as these!