Freedom Rising Empowers Women Survivors To Lead Modern Slavery Eradication

Of the over 40 million people worldwide shackled by modern slavery, 70 percent are women and girls as gender discrimination is a primary driving factor in enslavement. Pandemic isolation has further exasperated the human trafficking and slavery crisis.

To empower women and survivors of modern slavery to lead anti-slavery organizations, the largest global funder of frontline, anti-slavery organizations, The Freedom Fund, virtually launched its Freedom Rising initiative on December 2nd with keynote speakers Nada Al-Nashif, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights joined from Geneva, and Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former president of Ireland.  A lineup of speakers including P. Jayashree, Program Manager, CARE (Tamil Nadu), Claire Falconer, The Freedom Fund’s Head of Global Initiatives and Movement Building, Anannya Bhattacharjee, International Coordinator of Asia Floor Wage Alliance were moderated by Amy Rahe, The Freedom Fund’s North America Director.

“Initiatives to support women’s leadership like this one are crucial, especially at this critical moment as the world battles a global pandemic,” Nada Al-Nashif, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights stated. “We know that putting women at the center, indeed ensuring women are at the helm, will help ensure our collective success in meeting the global changes that we face together.”

Al-Nashif cited women’s role in inspiring local and national movement as the “backbone of vibrant communities across the globe.” Citing the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration as a “remarkable achievement” she noted various women’s activism and leadership across the globe from August 1956 Women’s March in Pretoria, South Africa against Apartheid, to Rosa Parks, to Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to the current women’s movement in Belarus, Myanmar and Black Lives Matter. “Progress and transformative change are impossible without” women’s participation she said, underscoring Freedom Rising as an exemplary effort to tackle these issues.

In her remarks Mary Robinson expressed how Covid-19 “is the mirror that has exacerbated the inequalities” bringing about a “feminist idea of the intersectionality of the inequalities.”

“If build back better is to go beyond the slogan, we need a new paradigm of leadership that draws on the successful examples of women,” Robinson cited the successful

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Modern Shed added $129,000 tiny homes on wheels to product line

  • Backyard shed maker Modern Shed has unveiled the DW, a $129,000 tiny home on wheels.
  • The company decided to add this new addition to its product line during the coronavirus pandemic in order to “offer something that embodies agility, which is really something this year has asked of all of us,” founder of Modern Shed Ryan Smith told Business Insider in an email interview.
  • The DW, short for Dwelling on Wheels, can be delivered as an office on wheels instead of a tiny home.
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Backyard shed maker Modern Shed has added a newcomer to its product line: the DW, a $129,000 tiny home on wheels.

Modern Shed has been known to build backyard sheds that can serve as home offices and gyms, storage units, guest bedrooms, and more. But after almost 20 years of doing so, the company has decided to pivot this year amid the coronavirus pandemic to unveil a tiny home on wheels known as the Dwelling on Wheels, or the DW.

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“We wanted to leverage that experience [of building sheds] to offer something that embodies agility, which is really something this year has asked of all of us,” founder of Modern Shed Ryan Smith told Business Insider in an email interview. “The DW can do a lot — it’s great for enjoying nature short-term, for off-grid living, or as a second, remote home.”

Right now is also a strategic time to sell tiny homes as the movement has increased in popularity this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on in the US, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

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Janet Yellen, the very model of a modern Madam Secretary

It is widely tipped that US president-elect Joe Biden will nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary – one of the most important posts in any administration.

She will make for a terrific Treasury Secretary, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a lot of IQ points. Her appointment also signals what kind of president Biden is likely to be.

Yellen (born August 13, 1946) comes with impeccable credentials. She received her PhD in economics from Yale under Nobel-prize-winning economist James Tobin. She was on the faculty at Harvard and for a long time at the University of California, Berkeley. She was chair of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Bill Clinton and went on to be president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

President Barack Obama nominated her in 2010 to be vice-chair of the US Federal Reserve. In 2013 she succeeded Ben Bernanke to become the Fed’s 15th chair.

With apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan, she is the very model of a modern policy maker.

A centrist and experienced administrator

Yellen is in many ways a traditional centre-left economist. Her academic work focused mainly on imperfections in labour markets and how unemployment can arise.

One of her best-known papers concerns how workers will put in less effort if they think they are being paid below what they consider to be a “fair” wage.

As chair of the Federal Reserve, given the tough position the US economy was in, Yellen used monetary policy in a conventional and aggressive way – much like her more conservative successor Jerome Powell has done.

But she also championed tougher financial regulation and emphasised that economic inequality was not merely an intrinsic concern but could be a drag on economic growth.

The Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen testifies at a hearing of the Federal Reserve Board Joint Economic Committee in November 2017,
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Though Yellen is in every way an excellent choice to head the US Department of the Treasury, Biden had other options.

He was under pressure to nominate someone much further to the left. Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of Biden’s rivals for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, reportedly wanted the job herself – although to her credit she has praised Yellen as “an outstanding choice” in recent days.

Yellen may believe in tougher financial regulation, but Warren would have been more than that; she has called the business of Wall Street “legalised looting”, indicated her desire to destroy the entire private equity industry, and to impose a wealth tax of 6% a year – enough to destroy capital accumulation, if not capitalism itself.

All of this signals that Biden, in eschewing the more radical Warren, is (a) not crazy, and (b) planning to run a centrist administration.

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