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Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Take-Along Projector Soother
Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Take Along Projector Soother75% (16)
Soothe baby with classical lullabies or soft ocean sounds while offering a scenic light show that changes as baby grows. Younger babies will be fascinated by a simple image of large fish projected on the ceiling. As baby grows, switch to the more colorful, complex ocean scene. Tilt it to adjust the angle, and take it along wherever baby goes! Plays up to 12 minutes of musical light show.
Requires 4 AA batteries (Not Included).
For Ages: Birth & up.
UNHCR News Story: Somali rape survivor rebuilds life
Displaced women are especially vulnerable to gender-based violence in conflict- and drought-hit Somalia. UNHCR/R. Gangale/May 2011 Somali rape survivor rebuilds life BOSASSO, Somalia, July 14 (UNHCR) – Somalia has been plagued by decades of woes – persistent conflict, waves of natural disasters and drought. While these crises make headlines, the country's embattled people – a quarter of whom have been uprooted – also face personal tragedies that are no less devastating. Fadhumo*, aged 39, was forced to flee fighting in Somalia capital Mogadishu in 2008. Pregnant with her eighth child, she bundled up some clothes and took two of her seven children with her. They sought refuge in Bariga Bosasso settlement on the outskirts of the northern seaport, Bosasso, and Fadhumo soon set up a small grocery business nearby. Her sister and remaining children later joined them in the settlement. But the relative stability they established was soon shattered. "One afternoon as I was going home from my grocery shop, I saw two men approaching me, but I thought nothing of it," recalled Fadhumo. " Suddenly, one of them accosted me and pushed me to the ground. I screamed my lungs out hoping someone would hear me and come to my help, but to no avail. I tried to fight them off but they were much stronger. They beat me viciously, breaking both my wrists. They raped me repeatedly without caring that I was pregnant." Two passers-by managed to scare off her attackers. Fadhumo was carried home, bleeding profusely from her face and legs. She lost her unborn baby later that night. What followed were months of depression and trauma – a direct result of the rape and how it had affected her family, compounded by her inability to support them. "I couldn't work as my hands hadn't healed. It wasn't easy seeing my children trying to get some money to take care of me," she said, her teary eyes staring into the distance. "It was even worse remaining in the same community as it constantly reminded me of what had happened. Everyone was talking about me. Some women would openly laugh at me while others would stay far away from me. I longed to move to another place, but I had nowhere else to go." Gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence, is considered taboo by most of the Somali community. According to GRT, an Italian NGO and UNHCR partner in Somalia's Puntland region, many victims of this kind of violence remain hidden and distraught due to their painful experiences. "A lot of stigma still exists for victims of sexual violence in Somalia, so many of these cases go unreported. We hear stories of how some go to the extent of suicide as they have been rejected by their families and relatives," said GRT project manager Eliana Irato. "It's even worse for a young girl who has yet to be married off; she could be stigmatized by the community and her own family because of the fear that she will never get married." Annabel Mwangi, UNHCR's Protection Officer in Bosasso, agrees that internally displaced people (IDPs) are even more vulnerable to gender-based violence. "Just like women around the world, IDP women in Puntland are mothers, wives, orphans, widows – except they are forced to play these roles in extremely difficult conditions, which many of us cannot begin to imagine," she said. "These women often have to travel long distances in search of some form of income, along unsafe routes, at risk of being subjected to various forms of violence, knowing it is the only way to provide one daily meal for their children." GRT works with 35 focal points selected from within the IDP settlements to raise awareness on gender-based violence. The NGO has created a support phone line (Layka Cawinada) that women can call to report cases or to get information about gender-based violence. This takes into consideration survivors' need for confidentiality and their difficulties in accessing services directly, and creates a trusting relationship between them and social workers. Women who have survived such acts of violence are also taken through a holistic support program that involves counselling and vocational trainings to enable their full social and psychological rehabilitation. Besides helping survivors with coping mechanisms, UNHCR and partners like GRT are also offering practical prevention initiatives. The refugee agency works to improve livelihood opportunities for displaced women and reduce their vulnerability to gender-based violence. With partial funding from the Italian Development Cooperation, GRT and UNHCR focus on the protection of almost 50,000 internally displaced Somalis in 26 settlements in Bosasso. Meanwhile, Fadhumo is still on the road to recovery. She has started a support group with five other women in Bariga Bosasso settlement, where they have a saving scheme to boost each of their livelihood activities. Fadhumo has also re-esta2011, Day 205/365
It's A ___ My cousins are expecting their first baby - the first of our generation - at the end of the year. Today was a huge day for them, as they went to find out the sex of the baby. They were so excited that they brought select family members with them to find out and invited everyone else to their house for dinner to get the news and celebrate. A few of my friends have gotten pregnant recently, and their attitude toward finding out the baby's sex varies. One friend who is having her third baby and is due in two weeks does not know what she's having. She didn't know the first two times, either. Others want to know so they can plan rooms, or in my cousin's case, bedding. So all day, the family was waiting to hear the news, and when we finally did, all we could do was laugh. Turns out there's a baby in there, all right, but as of now, all we know is it's healthy. You see, the umbilical cord is between the legs and, if you didn't know, babies don't wear gender-specific clothes in the womb - or any clothes for that matter. My aunt and uncle brought a cake with the perfect inscription in non-gender specific yellow piping: "It's a ...!!!" Above is the first family photo for the expectant parents and their baby boy...or girl.
Lianyungang, a booming port city, has China's most extreme gender ratio for children under four: 163 boys for every 100 girls. These numbers don't seem terribly grim, but in ten years, the skewed sex ratio will pose a colossal challenge. By the time those children reach adulthood, their generation will have twenty-four million more men than women.See also:
The prognosis for China's neighbors is no less bleak: Asia now has 163 million females "missing" from its population. Gender imbalance reaches far beyond Asia, affecting Georgia, Eastern Europe, and cities in the U.S. where there are significant immigrant populations. The world, therefore, is becoming increasingly male, and this mismatch is likely to create profound social upheaval.
Historically, eras in which there have been an excess of men have produced periods of violent conflict and instability. Mara Hvistendahl has written a stunning, impeccably-researched book that does not flinch from examining not only the consequences of the misbegotten policies of sex selection but Western complicity with them.
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