Nigerian women’s mangrove conservation

This 2012 video says about itself:

Concern Universal is working to help preserve the last remaining mangrove forest in Nigeria. In this short film, see how training local communities, planting 20,000 new trees and educating schoolchildren can help prevent the Nigerian mangroves being lost forever.

From BirdLife:

5 Mar 2018

Women are championing mangrove conservation in Nigeria

A women-led civil society group in Nigeria is empowering women and the whole community to protect Nigeria’s extremely productive but disappearing mangrove forests, which provide abundant services to the marine environment and people.

By Jude Fuhnwi

A group of women are working tirelessly to reverse life-threatening challenges facing local economies in Nigeria, as the country’s declining mangrove forests face extinction – after decades of degradation. The Society for Women and Vulnerable Groups (SWOVUGE) is helping communities to restore and sustainably manage mangrove forests in the five villages of the Ukpom Okom District in South East Nigeria.

The Ukpom Community Mangrove in Akwa Ibom State is an important breeding site and home to numerous species of wildlife such as crocodiles, tortoises, turtles, fish, shrimps, crab, snails, clam and oysters. A large population of people also depends on resources from this rich mangrove forest to support their livelihoods.

However, limited knowledge about sustainable resource management in the communities has exposed the mangrove to activities that threaten its biodiversity. Overharvesting of mangrove forest products, including trees used for firewood in homes, or to dry fish or build canoes, have reduced the mangrove at an alarming rate. Patches of the forested mangrove have also been cleared for housing development, putting the ecosystem services and economic benefits of the mangrove at risk.

To preserve mangrove’s bounty and ensure that communities continue to benefit from its resources, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has provided financial support to SWOVUGE through BirdLife International, in our capacity as regional implementation team for the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot. The funds will support a mangrove restoration project on the site.

The project, funded under the Small Grants programme and referred to as the “Ukpom-Okon Community Mangrove restoration and tree planting project, Nigeria”, empowers women to conserve the very essence on which their livelihoods depend.

“Nigeria has no gazetted mangrove protected areas. Apart from this ongoing project, there has been no internationally supported women-driven project on mangrove restoration in the country,” said Emem Umoh, Coordinator of the project.

At least seven women are on the frontline, working with communities and coordinating all project-related activities to ensure that everyone in the five villages benefits from the project during its two-year cycle, with special attention to women beneficiaries. More than 330 women have been reached directly through different workshops organized in various communities to raise awareness about the importance of mangrove restoration and tree planting.

“We tell them to encourage other women to participate in project activities,” said Ms Umoh.

“I did not know, until now, that felling of mangroves indiscriminately could damage resources if trees are not planted to replace the felled ones”, explained 53-year-old Christiana Akpan, leader of a women’s group from the Ikot Etegne community who attended one of the sensitization workshops.

Barely nine months after the project was launched, over 400 trees have been planted in key areas and 600 more have been earmarked for distribution to women in the communities as part of efforts to promote agro-forestry practice. Two nursery sites have been established in two communities to grow the Rhizophora species of mangrove tree and over 400 seedlings grown.


Saudi royal air force killing Yemeni girls

This video from Yemen says about itself:

28 February 2018

Five girls were killed today and three others injured in an air strike which was launched by the US-backed Saudi-led coalition on Hodeida province, a military source said.

Japanese sex slavery not settled, Korean president says

This video says about itself:


Jan Ruff-O’Herne told her shocking story on Australian Story in 2001 – a secret that took her 50 years to come to terms with before finally, she revealed it in a letter to her two daughters.

An idyllic childhood in Java was brought to an abrupt end by the Japanese occupation during Word War Two. Aged 21, she was taken from her family and repeatedly abused, beaten and raped – forced to be a sex slave for the Japanese military.

The term coined for this brutal sex slavery was ‘comfort woman‘. But since revealing her ‘uncomfortable truth’ Jan Ruff-O’Herne’s suffering has been transformed into something affirmative.

In February this year, this 84-year-old Adelaide grandmother made the long journey to testify before Congress in Washington DC. The Congressional hearing was the pinnacle in her 15-year global campaign to seek justice for ‘comfort women‘. Now six years since Australian Story first aired her story, Jan Ruff-O’Herne feels she is one step closer to finally achieving her ultimate goal.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, March 2, 2018

South Korean President insists sex slave issue is not over

SOUTH KOREAN President Moon Jae In assured citizens today that, whatever Japan may say, the wartime sex slave issue is not over.

In a speech marking a national holiday commemorating Korean resistance to Japanese occupation, President Moon said that Japan cannot declare the issue to have been relegated to history, insisting that Tokyo must apologise and confront its wrongdoings.

“As the perpetrator, the Japanese government shouldn’t say: ‘It’s over’,” he insisted.

“Wartime crimes against humanity can’t be swept under the rug by saying: ‘it’s over’.”

The scandal of what Tokyo refers to euphemistically as “comfort women”, those forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops, is a sensitive issue for all Koreans.

Park Geun Hye, President Moon’s ousted [impeached] predecessor, negotiated a deal in 2015 under which Seoul promised not to raise the issue again, while Japan paid 1 billion yen (£6.8 million) to a foundation supporting the victims.

Tokyo fell short of taking legal responsibility for Japan’s actions and Mr Moon condemned the deal as “wrongful” and urged Japan to make a “heartfelt apology”.

“The true way of resolving a tragic history is to remember that history and to learn from it”, he said.

He also expressed hopes for strong future relations “with the closest neighbour on the backdrop of a sincere apology”.

Tokyo government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said this “goes against the Japan-South Korea agreement.

“We cannot accept it at all and feel it is extremely regrettable. We immediately conveyed our stance and made a strong protest to the South Korean side through diplomatic channels”.

Florida far-right school murderer’s swastikas on his AR-15

This video from the USA says about itself:

White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Guns: FL Shooter Had Record of Death Threats, Violence Against Women

16 February 2018

Seventeen people were killed and at least 15 other people were wounded Wednesday at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

More evidence has emerged showing that the gunman, a 19-year-old former student named Nikolas Cruz, shared a common trait with many other men who have carried out mass shootings: He had a record of abusing and threatening women.

On Thursday, a white nationalist hate group called the Republic of Florida Militia also claimed the gunman was a member who had trained with the militia … Former classmates of Cruz did describe him as politically extreme and espousing racist beliefs.

For more, we speak with George Ciccariello-Maher, a visiting scholar at the Hemispheric Institute at New York University and the author of “Decolonizing Dialectics”, and Trevor Aaronson, executive director and co-founder of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing writer to The Intercept.

From the Forward in the USA:

Parkland Gunman Had Swastikas Etched Onto His AR-15 Magazines

February 28, 2018

By Ari Feldman

The teenage gunman who stormed the hallways of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, killing 17 people, had swastikas etched into his AR-15 bullet magazines, CBS reported. Cruz is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder.

CBS’ source — a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation into the shooting — also said that Cruz had 180 rounds of ammunition left when he fled the scene. Police responders found Cruz trying to pass as a student escaping from the high school.

Cruz reportedly fired 150 rounds during the shooting.

Police still do not have a motive for the shooting or why Cruz stopped when he still had bullets left.

Students at thousands of schools throughout the US walked out of class on Wednesday to protest school shootings in the wake of the massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students at many schools left class at 10:00 a.m. local time for 17 minutes, one for each of the victims in Florida’s shooting. Other demonstrations were longer, with students gathering to give speeches on school violence and the broader social crisis in the US: here.

The social and political roots of mass shootings in America: here.

Violent racists injure 14-year-old girl

This 2011 video says about itself:

«The headscarf girl» – «Das Kopftuchmädchen» is a Swiss filmlet about a Muslim girl facing negative social repercussions for wearing the headscarf. Its aim is to deliver a condensed picture how especially young, smart Muslim girls suffer from the ever growing wave of Islamophobia in Switzerland since the adoption of the minaret ban in 2009.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Girl (14) maltreated in Emmeloord after refusing to take off headscarf

A 14-year-old girl was wounded by two boys in Emmeloord last Wednesday after she refused to take off her headscarf. The victim was injured. That’s what the police announced today.

When the girl came home from school last week, two boys demanded her headscarf to be removed. When she did not do that and said that the boys had to keep their mouths shut, the two jumped off their bikes.

The girl was pushed from her bicycle and kicked against her head and back. Then the perpetrators went off, writes Omroep Flevoland.


The victim went home first after the abuse and then went to the hospital. She turned out to have multiple bruises and a concussion.

The police are looking for the boys. They are about 18 years old. People who know more can contact the police.

Turkish, ‘Free’ Syrian Army invaders impose headscarves on women

This 31 January 2018 video about Syria is called Dr. Mihemed: Most of the Afrin victims are women and children.

The invasion by the Erdogan regime in Turkey of Afrin in northern Syria is not only a violation of international law rules against aggressive war, established at the post-World War II Nuremberg trials of German nazis. Not only does the Erdogan regime violate the human rights of many Turkish people, arrested for being pro-peace. Not only do the Turkish invaders and their ‘Free’ Syrian Army puppets injure and kill many civilians, including with poison gas according to this report.

Today, we hear that in parts of Afrin occupied by the invaders Syrian women are forced to wear headscarves. Just like banning women who themselves want to wear headscarves from doing so is abject despotism, forcing women to wear headscarves is abject despotism as well.

The Erdogan regime, a member of the NATO military alliance, fights its bloody war in Afrin with weapons from Britain, Germany and other NATO countries. Will Erdogan’s NATO allies object to this violation of women’s rights? Don’t hold your breath.

Turkey’s new dirty war. When the AKP lost its majority in the June 2015 election, President Erdoğan tried to discredit the successful HDP, and win nationalist votes, by declaring war on Turkeys Kurds and ending the peace process with the PKK: here.

Russia, Syria and the Kurds ‘agree resistance’ to Turkish invasion of Afrin: here.

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria: here.