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Something Informative

We could all use a healthy dose of optimism, so let's see what was good in the world last week.

⛑These women traveled 4 hours with 5 trucks of supplies to cook meals for Australian firefighters: As bushfires raged around them, the ladies of the Australian Islamic Centre felt compelled to help out their community. The group from Newport, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, filled five trucks full of donated supplies and raised $1,500 in only 48 hours. They traveled, along with other volunteers, more than four hours to distribute supplies to victims. But they didn't stop there. When they arrived to Johnsonville, the ladies cooked breakfast for 150 firefighters. "I extend the thanks from the fire affected areas," Rodney Baylis, a Johnsvonville firefighter, is heard telling the group in a video posted on Facebook. "I've just been on the phone to the captain down there and he nearly broke into tears when I told him what we are bringing in for them." Full Story

🔎Encrypted app to boost sex crime reporting in India: Women in India will be able to anonymously report sexual abuse, seek medical or legal aid and create private journals on a mobile app to be launched next week to make reporting of the crime less traumatic for survivors. The Smashboard app uses blockchain to create an encrypted space where victims of sex crimes can store notes, photos, screenshots, documents, video and audio as a journal or time stamped evidence, said Noopur Tiwari, the founder of the app. The app also hopes to create an online community of "feminists to fight patriarchy" and give survivors access to experts in relevant fields. Full Story  

🎉Victory for the woman behind one of the biggest equal pay cases in the UK: Samira Ahmed has won her equal pay claim against the BBC in a landmark case that lawyers say could leave the broadcaster facing a bill running into the millions for similar claims by other female staff. Ahmed, the presenter of viewer feedback programme Newswatch, claimed she was owed almost £700,000 in back pay because of the difference between her £440-an-episode rate and the £3,000 an episode Jeremy Vine received for hosting the similar Points of View programme. An employment tribunal unanimously concluded that the BBC had failed to provide convincing evidence that the pay gap was for reasons other than gender discrimination, although the BBC continues to dispute this. Ahmed said she was glad the case was resolved after years of dispute with the broadcaster. She said: “I love working for the BBC. No woman wants to have to take action against their own employer.” Full story

Something Practical

A few opportunities and projects that caught my eye.

Marketing // Milan // Digital marketing consultant at Making Science - Details
Tourism // Milan // Content creator at Musement - Details 
Internet // Milan // HR assistant at Amazon - Details

NGO // Woking // Nature & people team assistant at WWF - Details 
Fashion // London // Digital project assistant at Topshop - Details  
Marketing // London  // Junior social media at Bidoo - Details 
NGO // London // Program assistant at Plan International - Details 
Wellness // London // Front of house supervisor at Virgin Active - Details 
Fashion // Paris // Strategic partner manager at Instagram - Details 

NGO // Washington // Policy fellowship at Global Citizen - Details 
Retail // NYC // Regulatory affairs at Glossier - Details 
NGO // NYC // Violence prevention intern at Int. Rescue Committee - Details
Research // Washington // Assistant at The Brookings Institution - Details
Media // NYC // Paralegal at Vice Media - Details   
Higher Ed // Boston // Operations coordinator at Harvard - Details
NGO // NYC // Analyst UN & peacekeeping at Civilians in Conflict - Details 

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Something Fun

for your eyes, heart, and mind. 
🎨Meet Vivian Suter, the rainforest-dwelling artist who paints with fish glue, dogs and mud: She was ignored for decades, but now Suter has been rediscovered as a pioneering eco-artist. Journalists from The Guardian met her, and her 97-year-old collagist mum, in the wilds of Guatemala. 

🇮🇹And while we’re on the topic of art… Some great news from Italy. The Venice Biennale, the world’s biggest art festival—with more than a century of history behind it—has named Cecilia Alemani (currently the director and chief curator of the High Line’s art program in New York) head of its 2021 edition. That makes Cecilia one of five women ever to have been selected to curate an edition of the Biennale, and she is the first woman to hail from the Biennale’s home country to serve as artistic director. 

👣There were many young women who stood for climate justice before Greta. Severn Cullis-Suzuki is one of them: in 1992, when she was just 12, Severn warned the world about the environmental crisis.    

🏆Actress Awkwafina makes Golden Globes history. She is the first performer of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe Award in a lead actress film category, and only the sixth woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the lead actress in a musical or comedy category.

🎤Equally notable from the Golden Globes this year was actress Michelle William’s speech which covered everything from women’s right to vote to reproductive health. Here’s my favourite part: "To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives as all mothers know that the scales must and will tip towards our children. Now I know my choices might look different than yours, but thank God or whoever you pray to that we live in a country founded on the principles that I am free to live by my faith and you are free to live by yours. So, women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote please do so in your self-interest. It's what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them but don't forget we are the largest voting body in this country. Let's make it look more like us."

👑Empowering workshop alert: For any of you in Germany or who plan to be in Berlin this month (or who just want to read about some of the amazing opportunities for self-empowerment out there), do check out this amazing workshop on “drilling” organized by Driller Queens. A quick snippet of their workshop on Jan 25th: “Want to learn how to use a drill? Would you like us to de-mystify what’s hiding in your walls and show you how to avoid pipes and cables? Want hands-on practice, in a beautiful workshop with experienced instructors on hand? We’ve got you.”

📚Still looking for some "new year, new me" reads?? Here are de-toxifying suggestions for you: the top 10 books on toxic masculinity. And for those who might be wondering what exactly is "toxic masculinity" here's some help! 

💡Fascinating article on breast pumps, their history, why care about the topic, but mostly, why it's such a problematic and urgent one to address: “Medela launched the iconic (and, to some, cruelly named) Pump in Style in 1996, yet the technology has largely remained the same for the past 60 years.”

  🧠Brain food: Put your ass where your heart is at. 

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