14 April, 2020 Aurélie Salvaire

Last week, we were thrilled to organize our first virtual bootcamp!

Given the current circumstances, we wanted to bring love and support to our beautiful community!

From Monday 6th to Friday 10th of April, every afternoon, we gathered to talk freely about how women all around the world are experiencing the current situation.

In the middle of the stress and the uncertainty, we wanted to offer a safe space to share stories, learn from each other and have fun!

We talked about love and sex under lockdown, the best series to watch or how to take care of our mental health!

We dreamt about the future and celebrate sisterhood together!

More than 200 women registered for our 5 sessions!

From Peru to Japan, from Mexico to Pakistan, Rwanda or Saudi Arabia, it was an opportunity to think the future together!

Here is a quick summary:

Monday 6th of April – 5 pm CET – Love and sex under lockdown

Our relationships are pretty strained during these times. How do you cope? If you are living with your partner, how is it going? If you are physically separated from your partner, how does it feel? If you do not currently have a partner, what is your experience?

We all shared how confinement and social isolation were affecting our relationships. Some were very thankful for their partner. Some were suffering deeply from the physical separation. Some were exploring online dating.

Here are the links that were shared:

Resources for single ladies…
Some books to read:
Little fires everywhere or Blindness
Some were praising the LELO brand… 🙂
How will we live after?
An interesting event sharing resources for our mental health…

Tuesday 7th of April – 5 pm CET –  Having fun in times of crisis. 

What do you do to have fun and laugh? What is the greatest series you binge-watched? The old movies you enjoyed? The dancing routine you have put in place? Share your tips to brighten your mood! 

Some links to share:
– Some circuses offer their shows online for free
Netflix Party chrome extension allows you to watch movies with friends

Dancing is always a good option!!!

Or a Cardio Latin Work Out

For games and parties, check House Party or Stay the Fuck Home Bar!!!

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution. Emma Goldman.

Wednesday 8th of April – 5 pm CET: Self-care Wednesday. 

How do you take care of your mental health during this lockdown? How do you manage your anxiety? What about your physical health? Do you feel pressured to still conform to beauty standards? 

The participants shared their Self care checklist: journal, read and do yoga and manifestation. Take time for my meals! I also do wellness selfcare twice a week on Sunday and Wednesday where I look after my body with some pampering!


Here is an event on April 23rd on mental health tips.

Interesting videos on mental health: 
https://www.instagram.com/jasonlsilva/


A community of women entrepreneurs: https://www.ogunte.com/



The Art and Practice of Loving: Living a Heartfelt Yes http://www.heartfeltyes.com/read/



“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde


Self care needs to be a harmony between mind, body, and soul. It requires to keep the boundaries and keep away from all forms of dramas to go towards soul liberation.
You can watch the meditations of Tara Brach on this topic! Some organize a full moon ceremony to let go and a new moon ceremony for what they want to invite in their lives.

This too shall pass


A few more links:

The book Why We Sleep from Matthew Walker 

blessingmanifesting.com


https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness-practice/mindful-apps/



https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being


The book Lost Connections on Depression and Well Being

For the physical activity, we talked about Yoga with Adrienne as well as cardio activity, kickboxing and capoeira (movement, singing, percussion, loads of soul)
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Thursday 9th of April – 5 pm CET –  Sisterhood is powerful.  

How do you support your sisters out there? How do women from different countries experiment with the situation? What can you do to show up for them? 

What is sisterhood for you?


A few ideas came out: Free of judgement
, notion of tribe
, pushing each other to succeed instead of bringing each other down.
 The feeling that you are not alone and people are here to support
. 
We tend to overcomplicate things and all we need is the connection.


A few tips:

1. Take on mentees 

2. Do a monthly checkin with sisters 

3. Make time to meet them physically


4. 
Bring up the idea of sisterhood/sorority to my close girl friends and introduce the political aspect of it, hopefully creating a stronger bond between us
.

5. 
Role model to younger sisters the importance of women supporting women. In my case, I think it’s important for my daughter to see the value of authentic female connections.


6. Compliment other women. And challenging them when they don’t accept the compliment. 

7. Start your own group of eco-feminists
. If the political and scientific power is better shared with women we can change our world in a better sustainable world.

Ecofeminism is a branch of feminism that sees environmentalism, and the relationship between women and the earth, as foundational to its analysis and practice. Ecofeminist thinkers draw on the concept of gender to analyse the relationships between humans and the natural world.

Ecosomatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field which connects embodiment practices such as dance and the healing arts with ecological consciousness.


Women for Climate justice : https://gendercc.net/home.html

Friday 10th of April – 5 pm CET – What’s next? 

What is your dream for the after lockdown? At a personal and global level? What do you think will change? Are we heading towards a more feminist and inclusive future? Or towards more control and totalitarianism? What is your hope and vision? What is our role designing this new phase? 

Here are the links we shared:

https://www.lavanguardia.com/internacional/20200405/48285133216/yuval-harari-mundo-despues-coronavirus.html

https://www.ft.com/content/10d8f5e8-74eb-11ea-95fe-fcd274e920ca

https://www.ft.com/content/19d90308-6858-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/26/fear-of-covid-19-is-a-mental-contagion-ben-okri

Charles Eisenstein: 

https://charleseisenstein.org/essays/the-coronation/?_page=3&fbclid=IwAR1UgPT3p0XuXfyVEkQsRM4wWW20L8pLni_UvAr5aKAnvtTPu444-E0LKD4


Podcast version of his text “Coronation”: 

https://charleseisenstein.org/podcasts/charles-eisenstein-daily-the-podcast/


This is already a very good article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/what-coronavirus-can-teach-us-about-hope-rebecca-solnit?fbclid=IwAR3aHcWoCkJNqhnkUSCd6hb5s9kJd8pneIGbrWOtVZrOz6KGNJs8RKYMs-I

Bruno Latour suggested 6 questions to help people choose what activities they want to keep, what they want to stop and by what we would like to replace them (sorry its in french) : http://www.bruno-latour.fr/fr/node/851.html

https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief


French NGO Alternative organise conference on line to prepare a feminist, ecologist and social world : https://alternatiba.eu/2020/04/pour-un-jour-d-apres/

#philanthrophy  #changeleadership  #moneytalks #FinancialLeadership



For German speakers: dreaming about the immediate future (2022):

https://beyond-corona.org

FOR JOBS: https://blog.movingworlds.org/social-impact-jobs-in-europe/  

There is also GAIA initiative (based on U Theory): https://www.presencing.org/gaia


Build our relationships with neighbours


Take time to read articles / books to be prepared for after


Take time to look / feel / listen to nature


Infiltrating the political groups and NGO, now they open their group, at least in France, they are invited anybody who wants changes



Reach out to friends who are not convinced by feminism



yes planting and watering seeds in our close environment (family, friends, colleagues ..) we have plenty of time right now, and them too


https://embodimentcircle.com/embodiment-circle-online-resources/

Feminist group from Peru:
https://www.facebook.com/pariopaula

Next steps

Given the reception, we have decided to go on with a regular weekly session every Friday at 5pm CET in order to share the vision we have of the future world! So stay tuned on our social media and join us online!

Stay safe!

16 November, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire
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“I was raised to be limitless… [and] I was born an artist.”  These are the words of 27-year-old Ofentse Pitse, a woman who is carving her name into the history books. Pitse is the first black South African woman to conduct and own the first-ever all-black orchestra, Anchored Sound. 

The Mabopane-born architect believes her musical gift is a calling; her late grandfather Otto Pitse was also an orchestra conductor and trumpet player. 

She first played an instrument at the age of 12. She grew up in a single-parent home and her mom was always supportive of her endeavors.  She fell in love with sounds from there and was exposed to many types of music, ranging from gospel to jazz. She credits her grandfather as well and believes she is his reincarnation. People have shown their appreciation and enthusiasm for a female orchestra conductor.

“Conducting is a whole different ballgame. You have to have a particular understanding, the mind, and the spirit for each and every instrument. You have to have an understanding, you have to do a lot of research.

“You have to have a certain kind of confidence to stand on that podium and lift a baton and conduct people who are looking at you saying, ‘but she’s a woman’, because they are used to these old men standing in front of them, conducting. You have to walk in there with a certain kind of reverence and confidence.”

Pitse is a forward-thinking and bold young woman and she credits her mentors for her classical music knowledge as she does not have a formal musical qualification.

“My teaching was unconventional, nothing was on paper. The furthest I went in music was grade three or grade four and everything else was basically mentoring. Early this year, I reached out to two of the best conductors, one being Mr Thami Zungu, the head of music at TUT and Mr Gerben Grooten, the conductor of the UP philharmonic. These are amazing conductors… they have spent a lot of their time teaching and crafting this talent within me,”  Pitse said.

The orchestra has a vocal coach who helps with training the members as though some are studying music at tertiary while others are pursuing other avenues, but still want to utilise their talents.

Her vision for the orchestra is that they contribute in shedding light on African composers and propel each other and other young black youth to excellence.

“I’m a believer in the black narrative and a believer in the black child.”  

This article originally appeared on sowetandlive.co.za It was reposted in the interest of our readers. All rights reserved with the respective owners of the information.

10 November, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire

Chloe Swarbrick, a member of the Green Party, shut down an older politician who interrupted her speech on climate change.

Chloe Swarbrick used the viral phrase to shut down an older heckler

Swarbrick used the viral phrase to shut down an older heckler

A video of a 25-year-old politician in New Zealand, who used the phrase “Okay boomer” to casually swat away an older heckler in parliament, has gone viral.

Chloe Swarbrick, a member of the Green Party, used the popular meme adopted by millennials – widely considered to be aged between 23 and 38 – during a debate about climate change.

he politician was discussing the Zero Carbon bill – which would set a target of zero carbon emissions for the country by 2050 – and claimed the burden of tackling the climate crisis would fall on her generation.

She said: “How many world leaders, for how many decades, have seen and known what is coming, but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep it behind closed doors?

“My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury.

“In the year 2050, I will be 56 years old – yet, right now, the average age of this 52nd parliament is 49 years old.”

At that point, an older politician – reported to be Todd Muller, the opposition spokesperson for climate change – interrupted her speech, to which she coolly responded with “Okay boomer” – and carried on.

Ms Swarbrick hit back at online criticism, firing back at one user, saying: “I was talking about the generation that comes after us not having the luxury of ignoring this, all the while being met with a barrage of yelling.

“I then spoke about being 56 in 2050, and both Todd and Scott kept yelling. So I responded. Were you in the House?”

This article originally appeared on skynews. It was reposted in the interest of our readers. All rights reserved with the respective owners of the information.

6 November, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire
Greta Thunberg Team Up with a Hollywood Actor to Stop the Climate Crisis
Greta Thunberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are teaming up to end the climate crisis.


“There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but Greta Thunberg has become a leader of our time,” DiCaprio wrote on Instagram. “History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted.”

Thunberg recently delivered a powerful speech to world leaders at the UN. The speech was a departure from her usually reserved demeanor. Emotionally, she scolded world leaders. She warned them that young people of today will be watching and holding them accountable for climate offenses.

“I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over,” DiCaprio wrote. “It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds. It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet.”

This article originally appeared on livekindly.co. It was reposted in the interest of our readers with a more feminist headline. All rights reserved with the respective owners of the information.

1 November, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire
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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a 2-time Olympic and a 4-time World Championships winner at 100 meters event. 

She is also the only woman to win a World Championships title after becoming a mother. 

And, wait, the oldest at that.

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who was the first mom to win an Olympic or world 100m title in 24 years and the oldest woman (mother or not) to do it at age 32!

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Anything I write beyond this will pale in comparison, but let me try.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s eleven-year reign over the 100m:

Year Event Gold Medal Time
2008 Olympics 10.78
2009 Worlds 10.73
2012 Olympics 10.70
2013 Worlds 10.71
2015 Worlds 10.76
2019 Worlds 10.71

She is The Greatest of All Times.#DohaWorldChampionships #WorldAthleticsChamps

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 A decade after her maiden World Championships title, Shelly-Ann did it for the fourth time.

Unlike her previous appearances, though, the victory wasn’t really anticipated this time. She was coming after a break that she took while pregnant and was competing with the best around the world.

However, in her typical style, she did what had never been done before.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica is the 100m GOAT:
4th-fastest ever, with an unmatched 100m medal collection: FOUR 100m world titles in 10 years, along with TWO consecutive Olympic 100m golds and a bronze: https://www.nbcsports.com/video/2019-track-and-field-worlds-shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-wins-gold-100m-dash …2019 Track and Field Worlds: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins gold inShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins her fourth 100m dash title at the 2019 Track and Field World Championships.nbcsports.com36912:25 AM – Sep 30, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy104 people are talking about this

She clocked 10.71 seconds – which was exactly the same time she took to clinch her second title at the tournament. 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce just took off! All eyes are on her for #Tokyo2020! #WorldAthleticsChamps 6238:32 PM – Sep 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy242 people are talking about this

What stood out, though, were the pictures of Shelly-Ann holding her kid after the victory. “This is a victory for motherhood,” she told AP.

In 2009 we knew her as Pocket Rocket, in 2019 she’s Mommy Rocket!

We say a big congratulations to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as she wins her 4th World Championship title!

Jamaica could not be prouder of you Shelly-Ann ! #TVJDOHA #TVJDOHA2019

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And in another interview given to CNN, she said: My secret is just staying humble and just know who you are as a person and athlete and just continue to work hard. It’s a wonderful feeling having my son witnessing this.

“The females keep showing up.” — Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, holding 2-year-old Zyon, after winning the world 100m title at age 32, oldest ever and 11 years after her Olympic debut title in 2008 (when she wore braces).1,4028:57 PM – Sep 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy476 people are talking about this

Her 2-year-old son Zyon even joined her on the field, making it one of the most historic images of our times

This article originally appeared on ScoopWhoop . It was reposted in the interest of our readers. All rights reserved with the respective owners of the information.

15 October, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire
Esther Duflo
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Esther Duflo has said she is “humbled” by her success in winning this year’s Nobel prize for economics and hopes it will “inspire many, many other women”.

Prof Duflo was part of a trio, alongside her husband Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, to win the prize.

Their work had “dramatically improved our ability to fight poverty in practice”, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the prize, said.

Prof Duflo is only the second woman to win the prize since it began in 1969.

At 46 years old, she is also the youngest recipient of the prize.

“Showing that it is possible for a woman to succeed and be recognised for success I hope is going to inspire many, many other women to continue working and many other men to give them the respect that they deserve like every single human being,” she said.

Prof Duflo’s husband was her PhD supervisor and their work, alongside that of Prof Kremer’s, has focused on poor communities in India and Africa. Their research helps show which investments are worth making and also what has the biggest impact on the lives of the poorest people.

For example, their research in India found a high level of absenteeism among teachers. They found employing them on short-term contracts, which would be extended if they had good results, led to significantly better test results for students.

Another project looked at how the demand for de-worming pills for parasitic infections was affected by price. They found that three quarters of parents gave their children these pills when the medicine was free, compared to just 18% when they cost less than a US dollar, which was still heavily subsidised.

The research has helped inform decisions on whether medicine and healthcare should be charged for and, if so, at what price.

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer
Image captionAbhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer

Prof Banerjee and Prof Duflo both work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, while Prof Kremer works at Harvard University.

“I didn’t think it was possible to win the Nobel Prize in Economics before being significantly older than any of the three of us,” Prof Duflo said.

The trio will receive nine million Swedish krona (£728,000).

Effective tutoring

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the winners had introduced “a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty”.

It said they had broken the complex issue into “smaller, more manageable questions” making it easier to tackle.

“As a direct result of one of their studies, more than five million Indian children have benefited from effective programmes of remedial tutoring in school,” the Academy said.

“Another example is the heavy subsidies for preventive healthcare that have been introduced in many countries.”

The Nobel economics prize – technically known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize – is the only award not created by philanthropist Alfred Nobel.

Instead, the economics prize was created by the Swedish central bank “in memory of Alfred Nobel” and first awarded in 1969.

Last year, William Nordhaus and Paul Romer won the prize for their work on sustainable growth.

The US economists’ research focused on how climate change and technology have affected the economy.

In 2017, US economist Richard Thaler, author of the best seller Nudge, won for his work in behavioural economics.

Since it was first awarded in 1969, Americans have dominated the awards.

This article originally appeared on BBC News. It was reposted in the interest of our readers. All rights reserved with the respective owners of the information.