Saturday, November 15, 2014

What is Ebola?

In the past few months the world has been shaken by news of Ebola virus mainly affecting the Western countries of Africa. What exactly is Ebola? Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus ( Ebola virus), whose normal host species is unknown.

 As the world trying to combat the virus by research on vaccines and the management of the pandemic the root cause of the disease remains unknown. There are controversial writings on the matter some organizations believe the virus is man made while scientific research from WHO says that the main transmitters are wild animals. Despite the fact the root cause is unknown, I remain optimistic that the world will be in solidarity with the affected people. 

Africa is a big continent of 30.2 million square kilometer square, in comparison to the whole land very few regions have been affected. Instead of global stigma let us fight this disease with sufficient knowledge and granting affected people their dignity as human beings!

Cheers!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Male or Female (Intersex): Where do I belong?

What is Intersex?  “Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
 
Intersex is an issue that most of our community members have been silent about but as days go by it is a factor that has become more evident. In most parts of the world there is no change for integration for people who have both sexes there putting them on the margin of our society.  In most global system; for instance legal system, when applying for passport, when joining schools and when doing other activities of daily living the system has placed barriers not acknowledging the existence of this minority group and or being insensitive to them.

Aren't they part of us?

Just as a food of thought where do we want them to belong? 



Sunday, March 2, 2014

Disability Mainstreaming in Fashion Industry



The 16 year old Elinor Idarson is among the special people that I have met. She is a super model who does wheel chair cat walk. Having physical disability in our contemporary society has locked out people with disability but I am proud that Elinor can remind the world that there is beauty in life and beauty in all our imperfections! Therefore, the barriers and people's mind set to the matter should change
"Ellinor think Funki models are a great way to include people with disabilities in the fashion industry. Besides, it is not very good in the media, she says. Disabled persons can hardly be seen at all in newspapers, radio and television. - If a little girl sitting in a wheelchair sees a wheelchair user model in a magazine, she gets someone to look up to. I have myself been missing." Elinor Idarson

Proud of you Elinor!