Today’s Solutions: October 25, 2021

Social Justice

Read about the newest efforts to overthrow systemic inequalities and address injustices in terms of wealth, opportunities, and privileges to make the world a better place.

The Calm Line is Colombia's anti-machismo hotline for men

Cultures that are deeply ingrained with the concept of machismo, or the belief that men must be dominant, often have issues surrounding abuse and violence against women. While there are many women-centered movements and support lines, men who are willing but struggling to move past machismo Read More...

California becomes first US state to enforce gender-neutral toy aisles

We recently wrote about how major toy manufacturer Lego has decided to remove gender biases from its toy lines after realizing that gender stereotypes in toy-making are still contributing to the damaging and asymmetrical training opportunities that children get while they play. Now, California Read More...

Shades of Favor is the first all-Black female group to summit Kilimanjaro

A team of climbers has made history as the first group of Black women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free-standing mountain. The group of nine women come from a wide range of backgrounds but were united in a common goal of the bucket-list climb. The initiative was spearheaded Read More...

Egyptian music duo raises awareness on feminist issues

ElBouma, an Egyptian musical duo, has released a new album that showcases the blending of old melodies with new rhythms, but more importantly gives voice to the girls and women in rural areas of Egypt with their lyrics that critique the sexism, patriarchy, gender-based violence, and other harmful Read More...

Ethnic studies to become high school graduation requirement in California

California high school students graduating in 2030 or later will be required to take at least one semester of an ethnic studies course. Legislation mandating the new graduation requirement was signed into law last week, following similar policies in Los Angeles Unified and Fresno Unified school Read More...

Refugees in Cameroon turn desert camp into a lush forest

In 2014, thousands of refugees who were fleeing the violence linked to militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria came to Minawao, Cameroon, a desert region badly affected by climate change. Since 2014, almost 70,000 refugees had made the space their home, cutting down the last standing trees to support Read More...

“The Gathering Basket” is a growing collection of Indigenous recipes

Yucca, three-leaf sumac and chiltepin are all staple ingredients in Indigenous recipes, but the rich history of Indigenous cooking is often forgotten or overlooked, especially in Western kitchens. To highlight Indigenous recipes, ingredients, and chefs, Indigenous chef organization I-Collective, Read More...

Cal State Los Angeles prison education program celebrates first graduates

Pitzer was the first college in the US to establish a bachelor’s degree program for incarcerated individuals, but while Pitzer allows students to participate in classes virtually from prison, Cal State Los Angeles' Prison B.A. Graduation Initiative is California’s first in-person bachelor’s Read More...

Two journalists fighting for truth awarded 2021 Nobel peace prize

Berit Reiss-Anderson, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel committee, named journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov as this year’s laureates for the prestigious Nobel peace prize. Maria Ressa is a journalist from the Philippines and the chief executive and co-founder of Rappler, an online news Read More...

Largest library system in US eradicates late fees for good

The New York Public Library system has joined the Boston Public Library System, Philadelphia Public Library System, and the Burbank Public Library System in nixing late fees, effective immediately. This includes erasing all the fines that library cardholders have accrued in the past for overdue or Read More...