Forestry and Women

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. []

Not enough that the three decade civil war caused diverse damage to Sri Lanka, this ‘pearl of the Indian ocean’ continues to face the rise of various challenges out of which deforestation is one. The island which had 49% forest area in the 1920s, has decreased by to 33% in the year 2015 [World Bank Data].

From Labour Pains to Pains of Unfairness; a Mother’s Cry for Justice

On Tuesday 23 January 2018, Ben Cusack from The Independent reported a shocking news about a 31 year old pregnant mother, Saralee Jack, who was made to sit on a chair 96 hours without sleep after having given birth to her son at the Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire.

51 years old mother of Saralee has told The Independent that,

If doctors had treated an animal this way, they would have been punished done for cruelty; dogs and cats taken to the vets get treated better, it is the worst hospital ever, and I cannot believe how bad they have treated my daughter. Even the bed was unclean”.

Strawberry Girl of Little England

The day was not a holiday, nor was it an afternoon when schools had closed. It was a bright morning with schools filled with children, when I saw this sight by the road side. We were heading towards Kandy, from Nuwaraeliya through the deep green valleys and cold mountains. Few children were nearing the vehicles that passed by with stretched hands. They were pleading for money. ‘Beggars’ – as it is termed in Sri Lanka. They were begging on behalf of their parents, siblings, families and for those who make begging a business.

Women Facing Water Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A wettest land in Africa, lacks water to its inhabitants.

Water Crisis – is one of the hugest problems in most countries of Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] is not an exception.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is known as one of the wettest lands in Africa. Thanks to its location on the equator, the DRC has an average of 67 inches of rainfall annually [].  To add to that, DRC possesses over half of water reserves of the continent and large drainage basins of water which cover almost the entire country. However, more than half of the Congolese population suffers from water shortages in both rural and urban areas.