Women Wednesday #29
Posted on 17 May 2017
Where you see trash, Ms Aishatu Muhammed sees treasure. Ms Aishatu is part of a group in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Yola that has trained more than 300 women to recycle plastic waste into mats, bags and other colourful accessories. The Waste to Wealth programme was started in 2012 by the American University of Nigeria. "This job has really helped me. Now I can pay my children's school fees, I can buy food for my family and also help my relatives through this job," said Ms Aishatu. "We are working towards doing the right thing, so whenever we see plastic bags we pick them up; it has become a valuable thing now," said another worker, Ms Aisha Muhammed. "Because of us, there are few plastic bags in the streets compared to how it was before. The programme has really helped." Some ladies involved have bought land, got computers and trained their children in school. The economic benefits the women are having isn’t just helping them, it’s helping revamp the entire economy.
(Bodo Marks/Bodo Marks/dpa/Corbis)
Ingeborg Rapoport, who became the world's oldest person to receive a doctorate degree -- nearly 80 years after she was denied her PhD at the University of Hamburg for "racial reasons" due to her Jewish heritage. Two years ago, the then 102-year-old Rapoport at long last had the opportunity to defend her doctoral thesis on diphtheria before an academic committee, 77 years after she completed it. After she aced her oral exam, her PhD was approved and she was awarded her degree at a special ceremony in Hamburg. Rapoport, who passed away last month at the age of 104, was thrilled to receive her degree and pleased that the university amended this injustice at long last. Koch-Gramus, she said, “has made a great effort to show that things are now different in Germany.” Most importantly to Rapoport, however, was the chance to remember those who lost their lives many years ago: "I am happy and proud, but this is not about me. This is in commemoration of those who did not make it this far." We’re so proud of what she achieved and hope her work and legacy lives on for years to come.
(Samuel Aranda/The New York Times)
Giving new meaning to the phrase “goals”, a girls’ football team in Spain has made headlines by coming top of the league – a league which, until recently, was open only to boys. AEM Lleida, an amateur club based in Lleida, around 100 miles west of Barcelona, has coached girls’ football for almost ten years. Their under-14s team has now won a junior regional league, defeating no less than 13 rival boys’ teams in the process. Unsurprisingly, the girls have had to endure more than their fair share of prejudice. Coach Daniel Rodrigo cites an incident when a referee asked him if his team was on the wrong field, and another match where a different referee upset the players by repeatedly calling them “las princesas” (the princesses). And AEM’s success has proved inspiring. So many girls have now joined that the club’s membership is now more than 25% female – the largest ratio in the region. Officials say that they plan to use the season’s success to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the girls’ coaching programme, which receives little support from the Spanish football federation. Ana Maria Biela, the mother who once worried about her daughter playing against boys, says she couldn’t be prouder of the AEM girls and we at Neon Moon are just as proud. They’ve got a good career in front of them! Have a positive week,