Isabella’s Hair and How She Learned to Love It is a children’s book by New York author of Afro-Boricua descent, Marshalla Soriano Ramos.
Ramos, who is also an English as a Second Language teacher, poet and Mom, wrote Isabella”s Hair and How She Learned to Love It “out of a desire to respond to the issues surrounding self image within the Afro-Latino community and to contribute to multi-cultural protagonists being represented in children’s literature” [x].
Above picture courtesy of WordPress blog Festival AfroLatino de Nueva York.
Manju Mitra was fearful for her life after her husband beat her, demanded a bigger dowry and then threatened to kill her. Most Indian women suffering from abuse think twice before walking into a police station to lodge a complaint due to fear of sexual harassment from the all-male officers. An ATM-style machine installed at a bank is now empowering women like Mitra to report abuse without fear.
ICLIK, or “Instant Complaint Logging Internet Kiosk,” allows women to type out a complaint, or if she is illiterate, speak into the machine to register her complaint before it is forwarded to the police.
Mitra, now living with her father, was surprised at the speed of police action. “I’ve heard my husband is on the run because the police are trying to arrest him — and this is just two days after I lodged the complaint,” she said.
Read more via The Toronto Star.