Happy Saturday and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers. What are you doing over the weekend? I am fighting a cold over here, so I am keeping things simple with loads of rest and a Thanksgiving potluck with close friends on Sunday. This week, the conversation on children’s rights and gender equality continues.
If you are staying indoors or lounging around this weekend, here’s a bunch of reads to keep you occupied. Enjoy!
+ “This award is for all those children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard.” Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager and impassioned advocate for girls’ education, became the youngest recipient of the award. She shares the honour with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. The head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it “regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.”
+ Today marks the third annual International Day of the Girl – established by the United Nations to promote girls’ human rights, shed light on gender inequalities and the unique challenges girls face such as forced marriage and barriers to education.
+ UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka spoke at a UNICEF event on this year’s theme – ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence’.
+ Latest UNICEF report: A Statistical Snapshot of Violence against Adolescent Girls.
+ Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died in a Dallas hospital Wednesday morning. His death has triggered widespread speculation about his medical care and heightened fear about the virus spreading in the U.S.
+ The first-ever human trials of an Ebola vaccine started at Oxford University last month. A journalist in the UK taking part in the trial shares his story. This week, trials began in Mali where health care workers were given the vaccine.
+ What a clever idea for a book.
+ This New York Times piece, Ebola’s Cultural Casualty broke my heart.
+ “It was “go along to get along” rather than taking an aggressive posture regarding the president’s safety.” Dan Emmett, a retired Secret Service agent on the agency’s biggest problem.
+ Paris Fashion Week is over. But the New York Times feels our pain and keeps the fun going a little bit longer with this quiz.
+ Carin’s snaps from Louis Vuitton Spring 2015. No words needed.
+ The most adorable gender reveal in the history of gender reveals.
(Photo of Lacoste, France by Ann Street Studio)