Happy March! Have you noticed the days getting longer as we move into springtime? Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun on these long days!
What an exciting and busy month full of new beginnings! Congrats to Group 87 on their COS conference! Meanwhile, Group 88 is celebrating one year in Jamaica and we’ll soon be welcoming our Group 89 ladies onto the island in about a week. Things may seem a little crazy in this month of new beginnings, so don’t forget to breathe, take a step back, and enjoy the moment. Hopefully some of the tips in our email this month will help and entertain you along the way.
As many of us on the island know, coping with unwanted attention can be exhausting some days. Our music recommendation this month, “No” by Meghan Trainor is about saying “No” and claiming our space, our time, and our bodies as our own.
We recommend listening to the comedy Podcast 2 Dope Queens where hosts Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams tackle topics in the cultural zeitgeist, cementing each episode with their sharp commentary.
Show Description: “Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They’re black. They’re BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.”
Listen to podcasts for free from the iTunes store on their NPR website here: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/481107308/2-dope-queens
Can’t decide where to start? Listen to episode #27: Carrie Browstein’s First Date:
Check out this buzzfeed list of 19 tiny self care tips to try out!
Recent Good News:
“In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side Friday, February 9th under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger, suspicion, and bloodshed. The sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in — and appeared genuinely pleased — while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound, and human performance.”
“Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12 per cent from 2012 to 2016, according to UK government figures. Environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries (trucks). The reduction is thought to have been propelled by tightening restrictions. The one emission going in the wrong direction is ammonia from farming.”
“Archaeology might evoke thoughts of intrepid explorers and painstaking digging, but in fact researchers say it is a high-tech laser mapping technique that is rewriting the textbooks at an unprecedented rate. The approach, known as light detection and ranging scanning (lidar) involves directing a rapid succession of laser pulses at the ground from an aircraft. Now, researchers have used the technique to reveal the full extent of an ancient city in western Mexico, about a half an hour’s drive from Morelia, built by rivals to the Aztecs.”
“The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them—also known as super bugs. In the United States, an estimated 2 million Americans are diagnosed each year with an infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics, and 23,000 will die from those infections. But New York and New Jersey researchers published a new paper in the journal Nature Microbiology about their hopeful discovery: a potentially new class of antibiotic that they found in dirt.”
“Morocco says it wants to be the Saudi Arabia of solar energy. Its flagship project is a first-of-its-kind, 9-billion dollar energy plant called Noor, meaning ‘light’ in Arabic, and is the size of the city of Paris. Today, the planet Earth meets over 80 percent of its energy needs with either coal, oil, or gas. But … Morocco is taking advantage of an abundant natural resource, unobstructed sunlight, to power part of the North African nation. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.”
Social Media Highlight:
Our Instagram highlight this month is theslumflower.
“The Slumflower is actually a name which was directly inspired by Street Etiquette’s ‘Slumflower’ project, centred around the idea of a rose growing from concrete. Growing up in Peckham, South-East London, Chidera shares so many similarities with this concept of beautifully growing, glowing and flourishing in an environment that mainly appears to promote the opposite, especially being a predominantly black neighbourhood which is currently undergoing heavy gentrification.” – (from her website http://www.theslumflower.com/#who-is-the-slumflower)
Check out and follow her instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/theslumflower/?hl=en
Empress Book Club:
This month, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Empress book Club is reading “We’re Going to Need More Wine” by Gabrielle Union and “Ain’t I a Woman” by Bell Hooks.
March is Women’s History Month!
In 1987 the US Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month. This creates a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women. Each year there is a special Theme and women whose lives exemplify that theme are selected as National Honorees. This year’s theme is:
NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
To learn more about the 2018 theme and honorees, visit this website: http://www.nwhp.org/2018-theme-honorees/
To find out more about Women’s History Month, or see teacher resources, images, information, and art galleries, visit https://womenshistorymonth.gov/about/.
March 8th is International Women’s Day!
This year’s theme is:
“Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.”
This is a great opportunity for Volunteers to engage communities (girls and boys, women and men) in joining a global day of activities celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, showing our commitment to expanding access to crucial areas such as healthcare and education, and highlighting that women’s issues are everyone’s issues. It is notable that rural women are particularly emphasized this year – highlighting the important role they play in their families’ and communities’ health and well-being, economic stability and overall development.
Here are some ideas:
- Go Violet! Encourage wearing and using violet (purple) as a unifying color for any awareness raising activities or events as a show of support for women in your community.
- Engage community members in identifying and celebrating inspiring women and girls who have transformed lives! Highlight for example the young woman who mentors others in her community, the girl who takes on a leadership role in school, the grandmother who advocates for better opportunities for her children and grandchildren, the farmer who teaches other women around improved agricultural practices, the community member working to reduce discrimination against people living with HIV, the mother who starts a business or income-generating activity, the service provider who reaches out to ensure community members have adequate health care, and many others!
- Engage youth club members in an activity to celebrate transformational women and share their stories.
- Support a Women’s Day health event that educates community members and service providers on women’s health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, reproductive health, WASH, and making services more gender equitable and accessible.
- Bring a health worker into your youth club to educate members on women’s health topics and available local resources.
- Support a Women’s Day event in the community to celebrate those transformational women.
- Integrate Women’s Day events, celebrations, classroom activities in schools – inviting women to come and speak, encouraging students to research and present on women leaders.
- Consider that the month of March has been declared “International Women’s History Month” and use the month to plan a series of events.
- Support girls and young women with “aspirational activities” that emphasize leadership, life skills and building “agency” – the confidence that you are making the right decisions for your life and have control over those decisions.
- Support boys and young men with “aspirational activities” including dialogue around how they can support sisters, girlfriends and female friends, how they can be supportive partners and fathers, have healthy relationships and achieve their own positive aspirations. Activities can be done as part of a club, in schools, as part of mentoring, or in any other appropriate venue.
See for additional information:
Other Jamaican, American, and International Holidays and Observances in March:
- March 1st: World Math and World Book Day
- March 2nd: National Reading Day (US)
- March 3rd: World Wildlife Day
- March 10th: Harriet Tubman Day (US)
- March 11th: Johnny Appleseed Day (US)
- March 14th: Pi Day
- March 15th: World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film
- March 16th: World Sleep Day
- March 17th: National Corndog Day (US)
- March 20th: Spring Equinox
- March 20th: National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (US)
- March 21st: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- March 21st: International Day of Forests
- March 21st: World Poetry Day
- March 22nd: World Water Day
- March 25th: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
- March 25th: Palm Sunday
- March 26th: Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
- March 30th: Good Friday
- March 31st: Cesar Chavez Day (US)
That’s all for this month!
Your Empress Board