As part of Norway’s growing agricultural awareness movement, the city of Bergen developed a program to lease out pieces of farmland known as “parsellhager,” or “garden parcels.” The only requirement a city-based farmer has to comply with is to grow just organic produce.
Media workers in Germany have gathered to demand better representation of women at the top. Despite many positive responses, no new law has been implemented, and media companies don’t dare to make commitments. Too few women are involved in decision-making processes in the German media landscape.
Gu Huini left the New York Times’ bureau in Shanghai to become a journalism trainer for young people in China. Her move is paying off, and educating Chinese people to become better storytellers has become her mission.
Swiss students have dispersed for the summer holidays. Among those graduating and entering the job market, a new trend is emerging. More and more young people are founding startups. Idyllically situated with views of Zurich, the Villa Rigi, a former manor house, has bright rooms and a garden that now serve a new purpose: as a headquarters for Swiss startups. Five startups are based here, among them ElectricFeel, a technology spin-off from the university ETH Zürich, with a focus on urban mobility.
Egyptian online radio station Banat We Bas (For Girls Only), is the first station in the Arab world dedicated to women’s rights. Its young founder, Amani Eltunsi, has been attacked and imprisoned under both Mubarak and Morsi, but unlike them, she is still standing.
No longer simple online diaries, blogs offer a platform for women to find their voices as experts and opinion-makers. LONDON, U.K—The media environment is mostly male-dominated. News is written by men and about men, and female journalists, experts and sources remain underrepresented. Data show how media organizations—in the U.K. and the Western world generally—perpetrate a systematic marginalization of women, and an increasing number of them have turned to the digital sphere to claim a public space through personal channels, social media and blogs. Blogging has often been praised for validating female voices, allowing them unprecedented freedom to publish original and unfiltered content, regardless of mainstream agendas and focuses.