The Feminine Touch on the Male-dominant Wheels

These days the streets of Colombo and its suburbs are caught by an aura of femininity, with females parking their Tuk – Tuks in the parking stands which had seen long years of male presence; and the wheels of several Taxis turned by female hands.

Tuk-Tuk as it is referred to by foreigners, or the Three-Wheeler as termed locally, is a very popular and convenient vehicle with three wheels. This vehicle is widely used mostly in India and Sri Lanka for transportation, and had always been driven by men for many decades.  Yet, during the recent past years, Sri Lankan women have stepped out of their traditional occupations, and have opted to drive the Tuk – Tuk as a means of earning.

Life’s realities of Women from the wealthy mines of DR Congo

If I had other means that would feed my children, I would never step into those threatening darkness; they seem to me like graveyards”, mentioned one young woman who depended solely on the earnings she received from the mines.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the wealthiest country in the World in terms of natural resources – specifically minerals. Three quarter of the area, 2.345.000Km, is filled with mineral ores such as coltan, nickel, copper, cobalt, zinc, magnesium, limestone, diamond, gold and more. Geologists describe Congo as a land of wonder regarding its potential deposit which is untapped, and more is yet to discover. The Southern part of the country has a deposit of 80% of Cobalt produced in the World and 50% of Copper. These products are used into the manufacture of electrical vehicles, electricity wires, just to name a few.

Lack of Water leads to Infant and Child Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

Infant mortality! Child mortality! Two expressions interchangeably used to talk about the death of children. But are they the same? Yes they are the same as they both describe mortality of little children. And no, they are not the same, as ‘infant mortality refers to the death of children younger than one year; and child mortality, is the death of children younger than five.

Women as Ambassadors for Mangrove Conservation

When women comprise half of the world’s population, it is very likely that women will be part of every aspect of the systems on this earth, also contributing to its collapses, and confronting the consequences that come along with it. Therefore it is important to understand that, women as part of this earth have their portion of contribution towards the environment and its conservation. But as it is in many other areas, the traditional gender roles of the society leave out of women from this area. Women on the other do not seem to mind it, as they are mostly unaware or ignorant of their role in protecting the environment.