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LET’S DIVE INTO CH’AN THE ARTIST WORLD

Today the spotlight is on a young promising Barbadian songstress and lyricist. Her musical style is very soulful; it’s tonic and stimulating to the mind. Listening to her music will boost your mood up. When you think of Barbados, you think of soca and calypso, but Ch’an takes her audience past the Caribbean borders. Indeed real and pure music is boundless and timeless. Her YouTube cover series was her choice to cover brilliant artists’ songs the average listeners wouldn’t necessarily know. We’re very thankful for this series because this adds lots of richness to her music (we want to hear more than just the regular famous singers). We are also thankful for the discovery of unknown talents. This young lady has such amazing vocals, and she genuinely loves to share her beautiful gift with others; good for us!

Her lyrics tell profound and exciting stories, her songs uplift and empower. No matter what you may encounter in life, there is always greatness awaiting you. Keep up the fantastic work, Ch’an, the artist; we see you from Barbados and worldwide.

Written by: Shendor Menvarayzz

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Women coming from under the knife as Uganda outlaws female circumcision

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has outlawed female circumcision, otherwise referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM). Before discussing this political victory, a brief background will be given on FGM. This horrible practice that removes a female’s clitoris and sometimes other parts of her genitals is performed on little girls as young as 2 years of age. The weapons that are used for this practice are usually unsanitary and used on the same women. The women receive no anesthesia for this procedure and feel every inch of pain. What’s even more unbelievable is that females who do not survive this procedure are thought to have been witches deserving of their death. The females who undergo this unspeakable procedure may sometimes hemorrhage to death.

The idea of FGM is pushed into the psyche of these young girls and is forced upon them as a way to be more desirable to men and be considered as a wife. This practice occurs so that the females will not experience sexual gratification, thus lowering the incidence of sex before marriage and adultery in marriage. Some of the consequences of FGM include increased vulnerability to infections and complications during childbirth. It is also important to mention that FGM does not only occur in Africa, it also occurs frequently in some Asian and Middle Eastern cultures as well. Even though FGM is illegal in more than a dozen countries in Africa, laws are seldom imposed to protect females.

The bill prohibiting FGM in Uganda was approved by Uganda’s parliament late night Thursday, December 10th, as reported by Uganda’s Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Nsaba Buturo. Offenders may receive up to a life sentence.

What does this bill mean? It means than now Ugandan women have a voice against injustice. Their cries have finally been heard and answered. Only time will tell if Ugandan women will actually be protected and kept from harm’s way with this bill. We are watching and will keep you updated on the status of Uganda’s bill outlawing FGM. At last, baby girls, little girls, teenage girls, and adult women will no longer have to suffer like the child below.

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This Destiny Long Sleeve open cut cardigan is a go to  clothing that’s great to have in your wardrobe when you want to wear something light and comfortable over a nice top; for office attire. This Cardigan can also be worn  as a casual wear paired with a simple top and jeans for evening wear.
Following  Features:
Material: Soft Stretch Viscose; Length: 28 inches and  Fabric Details: 95% Viscose and 5% Elastane

 

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 The Helmet Lang Satin Trouser has a very classical and chic look that is very modern and stylish. These trousers can be worn with a smart shirt or dress top.
Following Features:
Material: Satin twill fabric; Waist Band: 33 inches; Front-rise: 11 inches; Inside Leg: 32.5 inches; Ankle opening: 21 inches and  Fabric Details: Shell_ 51% Acetate and 49% Viscose

 

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This is a Moschino Printed Silk blouse that can be worn as a professional top with a either a nice blazer or cardigan sweater that is fitted with a pair of trousers will look nice.
Following Features:
Material: 100% Satin; Description of Top: Button down fastening, Sleeveless blouse with a  collar that is called a pussy bow neck and the blouse was made in Italy

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Signature SAINT LAURENT ankle bootie with bow at back and square suspended high heel. These are some beautiful black suede stiletto heels that will add a couple inches in  a woman’s height especially if worn with a pair of trousers. If you are a short person  a pair of trousers will always give the illusion that you are much taller then your natural height

 

 

 

 

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The Fight Against Maternal Mortality

In May, the world celebrated Mother’s Day and the theme was “ maternal mortality” due to the shocking rate of death of mothers or expectant mothers recorded. Although the number of women dying during pregnancy is globally recorded, death immediately following child birth or a few days after birth has gone down by 35% since 1980. The fact that a large number of women are still dying especially in Africa due to a number of causes is saddening. With Sierra Leone being ranked by the United Nations as the worst place in the world for a child to be born, 159 out of 1000 children die before they reach age five.

It is also shocking that in some developing countries like Egypt and Ecuador, the number of maternal death is decreasing while in developed countries like the United States, Canada and Norway, the death rate is going up. According to a survey published in the Lancent Medical Journal, the researchers estimated that a number of 342,900 maternal deaths occur worldwide which indicates that a lot has to be done.

The HIV/Aids epidemic has greatly contributed to maternal mortality in Eastern and Southern Africa. According to the researchers, they indicated that nearly 1 out of every 5 maternal deaths were associated with the HIV infection. Abortion was also pointed out as another driving force behind maternal death. According to Phillip Danny, a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist from the United States, in his presentation titled “Abortion Essential Component of Women’s Health” given at the first international congress on women’s health and unsafe abortion in Bangkok, he says that 54% of all maternal deaths in Africa are due to unsafe abortion due to the lack of access to modern family planning methods. According to the United Nations about 200 million couples in the less developed world need family planning methods but have limited access to them.

In a report by Reuter, it was recorded that about 80% of all deaths in pregnant women and new mothers occured in 21 countries, with half of the deaths occuring in Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is quite surprising that with the advances in medical techinology, women are still dying from various causes both in developed and underdeveloped countries primarily due to the the inability to access reproductive healthcare especially in Africa where women have to walk miles to access health centers and at times the available health workers do not have sufficient, professional skills to handle the vulnerable women.

Several strategies could be adopted to minimize the problem. Health care centers should be established near the women who are in need of them the most, medicine and other health services should be available at affordable prices, or it would be even better if they can be accessed freely. Health workers’ wages should be fair and received at the right time to avoid catastrophes like strikes. Blood banks should be well equipped to properly store the available blood to keep it from going bad. This will eliminate the number of women dying due to the lack of blood. Society has to be informed about maternal mortality and the ways it can be eliminated.  Family planning methods should be available and in the words of a Thai women activitist for reproductive rights, Mr. Allan Rosenfield, “women are not dying from diseases that we cannot treat, but they are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving”.

Contributor Joy Segawa