Posts Tagged ‘advocacies’

It’s More than Just about Beauty at The Body Shop

some photos courtesy of Ryan from The Black Fedora Blog 🙂

The Body Shop goes beyond just beauty with their latest campaign to stop sex trafficking of children and young people. Launched last August 13, 2010 and in partnership with EPCAT International (or End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), a global network of independent, grassroots organizations working around the world for the protection of children and young people,  the campaign aims to gather 500,000 signatures to be presented to our very own president, Benigno Aquino, in order to raise awareness and fight for better representation for this growing problem.

Last Saturday, I joined in the campaign with a handful of fellow bloggers as we too raised our hands to say NO to Sex Trafficking.

Some facts about the Human Trafficking Trade:

  • Did you know that Human Trafficking is the third largest criminal industry in the world?
  • Over 1.2 million children and young people under 18 are victims of human trafficking each year.
  • These children and young people are peddled as prostitutes, sex slaves, and cheap laborers
  • The Philippines ranks 4th worldwide in terms of the highest number of prostituted children and young people.

In all honesty, the problem of human trafficking is a worldwide one and despite all efforts to contain it, the industry keeps growing. However, we should not allow this to continue to hurt and enslave millions of women, children and young people around the world.

What can you do?

  • Join in the fight against human trafficking by trooping to a Body Shop outlet near you and sign their in-store petition. A huge tracker is displayed by their counter which keeps tab on the number of petitions signed. Let’s join in and help make a mark!
  • You can also sign the petition online at www.thebodyshop.com.ph
  • Donate and help EPCAT 🙂
  • Check out The Body Shop on Facebook and spread the word about this campaign
  • Purchase The Body Shop’s Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream and Stop Sex Trafficking Bag for life to help raise crucial funds for the care, rehabilitation and support of victims of sex trafficking. ALL PROCEEDS of the sale of these items go to EPCAT Philippines and is used for temporary shelter, education, counseling and legal assistance of victims.

Project Starbucks Complete!

Yesterday while browsing my Facebook page (something I don’t do very often, mind you), a new status message appeared from the Starbucks Philippines fan page. It announced their Earth Day promo. It read: “An Earth Day treat for everyone! Using a reusable tumbler or mug can go a long way in helping the environment. Starting tomorrow, the following tumblers: Latte, Mocha, Chai Tea, Cappuccino and Caramel Macchiato, are yours for only P195 each. This exciting treat will run from April 15 to 30, 2010”. YEY!!! Not long after, my fellow collector sent me a message about the special sale.

So early this morning before heading to work, I swung by the neighborhood branch and snagged myself four out of the five designs. They were out of the Macchiato design so I said when I went to the mall for lunch, I’d check it out. Luckily, the Starbucks Shangri-la branch had some in one of their two branches there. So today, I was able to complete the set! Woot! Thanks to my Tita and Tito who handed me a Php 1000 bill for my birthday last week, I was able to add to my Starbucks collection. Thanks too to Starbucks for announcing and launching this a day before I was supposed to use up the 10% discount vouchers from the planner hehehe. If this would have started later, I would probably not have the cash on hand anymore!!!

The Starbucks Earth Day promo runs from today till April 30 in all branches around the Philippines.

Why I will vote for Adel Tamano

Up to now (and much to my solid Noynoy tita’s dismay) I have not yet made up my mind 100%  about which presidentiable to vote for. However, one that I have decided to vote for is Adel Tamano. Granted I am not the most well-versed about platforms and capabilities, but from my perspective, he has what it takes to do something useful in our government. Honestly, prior to a chance discovery I made while I was doing my research for my article on parenting a child with special needs. My editors had informed me that the Senatoriable had a son with autism and that may be something I can include in my article. So from the link I was sent, I found a new Adel Tamano. Prior to this I had sworn off voting for him because of his involvement with the infamous Dra. Vicki Belo. His being ‘the new face’ of Belo didn’t help either. All that managed to do for  was lose sight of who he may really be.

However, in the course of my exploration, I had to admire his candor about his son’s condition. In a tweet, he shared about how proud he was of his son who despite a diagnosis of autism,  is beating the odds. I love how he so openly tweeted this, and that it wasn’t being done as an election strategy or what not, despite it working that way for me. The fact that he is open about it and talks freely about it makes me admire him. There are many other popular figures who can be advocates for mental health issues and such conditions but they are not ready to do so.

I hope that if he wins he can use his post as an avenue for autism (and other mental health issues) awareness. Sometimes I feel that people in power are not doing anything about the situation because they simply just don’t realize how greatly lives are impacted by these issues. This year, my vote for senator will go to Adel Tamayo. I just hope I don’t regret it someday.