Online Art Keeps Bosnia's Isolated Seniors Connected in Pandemic
9 September 2020
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Before the coronavirus pandemic, Our Bridge in Bosnia provided services to seniors to combat social isolation. Despite having to shut down in-person classes due to the pandemic, both groups now use online art and music classes to reach people who are isolated and at risk of depression. The group joined with the Serbian association, Art Aparat, to offer singing, art, and handicraft classes by video. In person connections are preferred and missed, but the group adapted to changing circumstances to provide even more isolated seniors with social connections, and the partnership allows for cultural exchanges.
How a contested region became a model for multilingual coexistence
22 August 2020
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The border between Denmark and Germany was highly politicized and when it was set, Germans found themselves in Denmark and Danes found themselves in Germany. Each country is required to offer regional schools taught in the other language and some Germans have decided to send their children to Danish schools and vice versa. Over the years this has led to cultural exchanges and better relationships between the groups. It can be hard to convince Germans to learn Danish because there are just about 5.5 million native speakers, and young Danes now prefer to learn English over German.
Why most top Foreign Office posts are held by women
13 August 2020
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More women are serving in top positions of the United Kingdom’s diplomatic corps with a female ambassador to the United States for the first time since the position was created in 1791. Women now hold about a third of Britain’s ambassadorships and the increase can be traced to several changes, including a public pledge to increase women in leadership positions. A reliable pipeline of women to fill the top spots was also nurtured, with nearly 60% of new foreign service employees now female. Grouping interviews forces management to see the big picture and diplomatic life has become more flexible for families.
Fans Without Football
Are We Europe
9 June 2020
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Europe’s hardcore football fans, deprived of the communal experience of watching their sport in raucous stadium crowds during the pandemic, redirected their energies toward public service projects to help communities cope with the virus. The oft-maligned “ultra” movement, blamed for the COVID-19 outbreak that became the epicenter of Europe’s virus crisis, has made hospital donations, collected food bank donations and delivered food to shut-ins, and made personal protective equipment. The philanthropy has spread across the continent to demonstrate the movement's ability to act responsibly.
Is Ghana the Model the Developing World Needs Against the Virus?
12 May 2020
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Faced with limited resources and the pressure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Ghana implemented a variety of measures during the early stages of the pandemic. Those measures, which include pool testing and drone deliveries to rural areas, may prove to be successful after the country reported "a fatality rate of 0.7 percent per 1 million population." Can other African countries and beyond learn from Ghana's example?
Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia's Former War Zones
24 April 2020
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In Colombia, the organization Humanity & Inclusion has hired women in local areas like Caquetá to help demine formerly war-torn lands. In areas with violent histories, trust is crucial, thus the hiring of local residents who can gain community trust and access more information about where landmines might be. But with the risk of instability, the future of this work has yet to be determined.