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Arounathay saw #MarinePlastics engulfing the Mekong River in #Laos and found a way to help: by involving villagers to produce bamboo straws. Sounds simple, but so far they’ve prevented over 5 million plastic straws from polluting the river. Read their story: http://wrld.bg/grmJ50uwJZm #SaveOurOceans

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Give this a ❤️ if you want to discuss this topic more 👉 The global campaign, #Stand4HerLand, aims to bridge the gap between law and practice to realize #WomensLand rights worldwide. Copy this link to your browser or type "Women in Half the World Still Denied Land, Property Rights Despite Laws" in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/Tsld50uAVI1 @habitatforhumanity @unhabitat @landesaglobal

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Why does people-centric design matter for #sustainable #cities? Our experts explain in this video and blog. Copy this link or type "Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities" in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/edFz50uAVqn **** Photo credit and description: A busy scene from Dar es Salaam’s bus transit system (BRT). Photo taken by Hendri Lombard / World Bank.

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Repost from @malalafund ・・・ How will we grow food in a new climate? Or build housing that can regulate liveable temperatures? Meet some of the young women of the Space Colony Research Lab at Tokyo University of Science who are tackling space's most complex questions. 👩🏽‍🚀🌟 See what they're up to — link in our stories!

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What's for breakfast? In #Rwanda, Uwingeneye prepares her daughter a healthy cup of porridge. With support from @ifc_org, Africa Improved Foods aims to help millions of families combat malnutrition and live healthy lives. Read their story. Copy this link to your browser or type "Nourishing New Beginnings in Rural Rwanda" in your search browser. http://wrld.bg/vzPF50uAWd6 #Invest4Tomorrow **** Photo description: A mother cools a mixture of porridge by pouring it back and forth between two plastic cups. Her child sits beside her. Photo taken by Dominic Chavez.

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#Singapore uses 467 million PET bottles a year. Prof. Hai Minh Duong and team found a way to convert these into PET aerogels, which degrade 20 times faster. "As countries struggle to cope with growing piles of plastic and other waste, my invention shows that engineering and technology can offer solutions," he says. Know his story and other innovators in #EastAsiaPacific battling plastic waste. Click the link on our profile: http://wrld.bg/ZoAe50uwKfR #WorldOceansDay

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Tag someone who loves the ocean in the comments below 👇 "We are connected by the sea. We need other countries to come together and act on addressing ocean waste. Vanuatu cannot this by itself." Donna Kalfatak is the Director of Vanuatu’s Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation. #Vanuatu has a world-leading single use plastic ban that came into effect in January 2018, banning non-biodegradable plastic, including bags and polystyrene containers. Donna, who has a background in conservation, is now working towards an expansion of the ban including plastic cutlery and grocery packaging. Know her story and other innovators in #EastAsiaPacific battling plastic waste. Click the link on our profile: http://wrld.bg/tCMj50uwKiY #WorldOceansDay

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Meet Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano (Sano), founder and Managing Director of @Waste4Change, a social-enterprise focused on responsible waste management in #Indonesia. He says "By implementing the circular economy and zero waste concept in our waste management business, we hope to achieve a cleaner Indonesia." Know his story and other innovators in #EastAsiaPacific battling plastic waste. Click the link on our profile: http://wrld.bg/ZoAe50uwKfR #WorldOceansDay

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PHOTO 1: This is Victoria Kwakwa in 1990. She was on mission as a World Bank Young Professional. ⬅️ PHOTO 2: This is Victoria now. She is the Regional Vice President of East Asia & Pacific. She manages a portfolio of World Bank operations worth $34.5 billion. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ The Young Professionals Program (YPP) has welcomed many of the leaders of the World Bank today. Here’s a look at Young Professionals over the years for #ThrowbackThursday! Applications for the YPP are now open until June 30. #ApplyToday #YoungProfessionalsProgram #DevelopingLeadersofTomorrow

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PHOTO 1: Hart Schafer in 1990. Working on trade and tariff reform on a state-of-the-art IBM XT at the World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC ⬅️ PHOTO 2: Hart now. He is currently the Regional Vice President, in South Asia, leading the World Bank’s engagement in 8 countries, with a focus on #sustainable growth, investing in people, and addressing #fragility. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ The Young Professionals Program (YPP) has welcomed many of the leaders of the World Bank today. Get inspired with stories of Young Professionals over the years on #ThrowbackThursday. Be part of the YPP! Applications are now open until June 30. #ApplyToday #YoungProfessionalsProgram #DevelopingLeadersofTomorrow

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PHOTO 1: Mamta Murthi in 1989 during her graduation from Oxford University, UK ⬅️ PHOTO 2: This is Mamta now. She recently assumed the position of Director of Strategy & Operations in the Infrastructure Practice Group. Prior to this role she was the Director of Strategy and Operations for the Africa Region, supporting #energy, #agriculture, #HumanCapital and social #inclusion ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ The Young Professionals Program (YPP) has welcomed many of the leaders of the World Bank today. We hope you get inspired to apply with a #TBT of Young Professionals over the years, and where they are now! Applications for the YPP are now open until June 30. #ApplyToday #YoungProfessionalsProgram #DevelopingLeadersofTomorrow

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Want to be part of the push to #BeatAirPollution for #WorldEnvironmentDay but don’t know where to begin? @UNEnvironment’s toolkits can guide you to find the right solution for you or your organization. Copy this link to your browser or type "World Environment Day Practical Guides" in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/MgiC50upWCS

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For growing children, access to safe #WASH: ✔️ helps prevent stunting ✔️ helps keep kids in school. ✔️ helps girls menstruate in dignity ✔️ helps kids develop into productive, dignified & fulfilled adults. **** Copy this link to your browser to know more: http://wrld.bg/Kjvi50utjCp #ItsTimeForAction

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Around the world, an estimated 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced due to conflict, disasters, and violence. 60% of them are thought to live in urban areas. The needs of the forcibly displaced and their hosts, coupled with the complexity of service delivery within urban areas, calls for a “place-based” approach to complement a “people-based” approach. Our experts explain in this video. Click the link on our profile or type "Refugees and internally displaced persons in cities – the hidden side of forced displacement" in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/qgkS50urts5 #Dev4Peace ◻️ ◻️ ◻️ Image description: A boy standing in the middle of a poor, urban area, looking straight into the camera. He has a neutral expression on his face.

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Like a #Bollywood drama with a happy ending, one of our experts explores what a successful ‘pitch’ to put #solar panels on rooftops in #India can do for the country. Read his blog. Copy this link or type "Can solar power help meet the three basic necessities of life in India?" in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/2vDp50urt4v What questions did this blog raise for you? Tell us in the comments! 👇#EndEnergyPoverty

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Meet 35 innovators who made the shortlist of the 2019 Transformational Business Awards - a global program recognizing private sector companies that make a difference in helping the world achieve the #GlobalGoals. Who will take home the gold? Vote for your favorite! Copy this link or type "Transformational Business Awards IFC" to your search browser: http://wrld.bg/GEXk50upX5g @ifc_org @financialtimes

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A program in #Zambia aims to train more than 118,000 farmers on how to adopt climate-smart agricultural approaches, improving both the environment and their ability to thrive in an age of #climatechange. Learn how. Type "Zambian Farmers at Field School Reap Benefits of Climate-Smart Agriculture" in your search browser or copy this link: http://wrld.bg/wjkS50ukhOO

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Life on the Margins: 2,300 people in southeastern #Europe share their experiences of living as #LGBTI individuals. Read more. Type "World Bank, Walking the talk on LGBTI inclusion" in your search browser or click on the link on our profile http://wrld.bg/45Mg50ujQgt #IDAHOTB #InclusionMatters

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According to @who half the world's population still cannot access needed health services and 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of health expenses. Here are 5 ways to reach #healthforall by 2030. Copy this link to or type "World Bank, 5 Ways to Achieve Universal Health Coverage By 2030" in your search browser. http://wrld.bg/7fXs50u4858

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#Disability ↑ the risk of poverty, and conditions of poverty ↑ the risk of disability. Share this if you agree. Read more by visiting http://wrld.bg/sA5b50u480V #InclusionMatters

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#Benin’s aspiring entrepreneurs conceptualized innovative ideas to improve Benin’s #tourism products and destinations. Read more their story. Copy this link to or type "Innovating for Tourism, World Bank" in your search browser. http://wrld.bg/mqnb50u48S8

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Priorities for addressing gender-based violence in conflict situations: 👇🏾 ✅Prevention ✅Immediate & holistic response ✅JUSTICE! Watch a conversation with Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder @mukwegefoundation.on and @panziusa, on fighting gender-based violence in conflict-affected regions 🎦▶️ Copy this link or type "A conversation with Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege, World Bank" in your search browser http://wrld.bg/NZr050u47Zr #GBVSolutions #Africa

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A lot has changed in the last 25 years, including #motherhood. But how much has truly changed? Let @UNFPA explain. Copy this link to your browser: http://wrld.bg/3CZ350u45QN #MothersDay #ICPD25

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Our planet is choking on plastic. #MigratoryBirds are at risk by ingestion and entanglement unless we start making more responsible choices! #WorldMigratoryBirdDay 2019 calls on you to #ReduceReuseRecycle your #plasticwaste. “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to #PlasticPollution!“ For more information, follow @worldmigratorybirdday

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PUBLICATION: A few reasons why the Pacific Islands are at high risk of debt distress: 📈Modest long-term economic growth prospects 🌀High vulnerability to natural disasters 🚧 High costs for public services/infrastructure. ◾️◾️◾️◾️◾️ Read more by copying this link or type "East Asia & Pacific Economic Update 2019" on your search browser. #EAPUpdate

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Millions of people in #Mozambique, #Malawi and #Zimbabwe have suffered in the wake of catastrophic damage caused by Cyclone Idai earlier this year, and by Cyclone Kenneth, which made landfall in Mozambique just days ago. Following a visit to the hard-hit city of #Beira, Mozambique, World Bank Group President David Malpass announced the World Bank will provide a total of $700 million in support for the three countries, including more than half a billion dollars from a special crisis response fund. More details in this story 👉 http://wrld.bg/qbVi50tXvGm or click the link on our profile. #Resilient

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What kind of #Data interests you? Tell us in the comments. 👇 Today's data feature is about #Japan: Do you believe in superstitions? Hinoe-Uma (Fire-Horse) is a well-known phenomenon for Japanese people, but might not be clear to others. Many Japanese families chose not to have children in 1966 because of it. Read the story, copy this link or type "The curse of the Fire-Horse: How superstition impacted fertility rates in Japan" in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/HuKC50tAC8n #OpenData

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! This one's for you! 🎨🎵🎞️🖼️📷🎭 What is the role of #art in building #resilience to natural hazards and #climatechange? Together with Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), we launched a global call for artwork of any medium for an upcoming exhibition, #ArtofResilience. Winning submissions will be included in an exhibition at our headquarters in Washington, DC, as well as the 2020 Understanding Risk Forum in #Singapore. Emerging artists from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. Artists include any person engaged in creative endeavors➡️ photographers, performers, musicians, makers, innovators, technologists, cultural entrepreneurs, data visualization scientists). Learn more and apply by MAY 17. Copy this link to your browser or click the link on our profile. http://wrld.bg/3q1E50tA32v ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ Image: © "City of My Dreams" by Nickson Jeremiah (reproduced with artist’s permission)

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Of the world’s 736 million extreme poor in 2015, 368 million—half of the total—lived in just 5 countries. To make significant continued progress towards the global target of reducing extreme poverty (those living on less than $1.90 a day) to less than 3 percent by 2030, reducing poverty in these five countries will be crucial. Read more by copying this link or type "Half of the world’s poor live in just 5 countries" in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/km0y50tjUfO #CountPovertyOut #EndPoverty

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When #Pakistan looks back in 2047 when it turns 100 years old, will the country see the years ahead of us as the years that enabled a bright future? Read some of the changes necessary to make this possible. Copy this link to your browser or type "World Bank Blog, Shaping a brighter future for Pakistan" in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/qZdb50tjFUJ #PakistanAt100 #InvestInPeople

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Plans and policies for #disability-inclusive education can help break the cycle of marginalization. Will you join us, @noradno and @dfid_uk in changing the stigma? Read what we can do together. Copy this link to your browser or type "World Bank Inclusive Education Initiative” in your search browser: http://wrld.bg/B3qt50rRE2G #SDG4 #Education4all

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Tag other #inspiring leaders like her in the comments 👏After witnessing exploitation first hand as a garment worker herself, Pyone started an ethical clothing brand that protects and trains women making their clothes in Yangon. Know her story by copying this link to your browser or by clicking the link on our profile: http://wrld.bg/Sxsc50rHfPJ #Fashion #EthicalFashion

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How can we protect these ancient animals? This #EarthDay, Earth Day Network wants you to know some easy ways tourists can help protect the reefs. Read about it by copying this link to your browser: http://wrld.bg/dN2D50qXrx7

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Did you know that #elephants can recognize themselves in mirrors? Elephants are smart – and we need to protect them. See how we’re using our knowledge of elephants’ tastes to protect these majestic animals and communities near their habitats. Copy this link to your browser: http://wrld.bg/fBoo30otcC4 #ProtectOurSpecies #WildforLife 🐘🐘🐘 April 22nd is #EarthDay. The Global Environment Facility and Earth Day Network are highlighting little-known facts about endangered species, what we’re doing to get them out of danger, and how you can help.

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Ahead of #EarthDay on April 22nd, the Global Environment Facility and Earth Day Network are highlighting little-known facts about endangered species. Read about the #seaturtle: 🐢🐢🐢 To a sea turtle, a #plasticbag under water looks a lot like a jellyfish – one of their favorite foods. Reducing the amount of plastic we use can have a positive impact on sea turtles and other endangered species. What can you do to help? Read more by copying this link to your browser: http://wrld.bg/4vhh50qXpyH #ProtectOurSpecies #EarthDay2019

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When implementing urban master plans, do you need to be more innovative or more practical? Or both? Tell us in the comments! 👇 In this new blog, we discuss: Data 📊📈 Urban planning Spatial analytical tools 🏙️🗺️ Satellite and remote sensing imagery 🛰️💻 Copy this link to your browser: http://wrld.bg/WnU430nPAWw

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Tenacious. Strong-minded. Amazing. Transforming. True Leaders. Resilient. Courageous. These are some of the words women in East Asia Pacific are using to define their sisters in the region. Meet them. Click the link on our profile. #womensmonth

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We are mourning the loss of our remarkable colleague from @connect4climate Max Thabiso Edkins, who was tragically lost in yesterday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash near Addis Ababa. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends, and those of the other victims of this tragedy. http://wrld.bg/ZSxQ30o0qMC

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An investment of just US$3.85 per person could reduce childhood stunting by 20% in developing countries. But confronting the global #humancapital gap will take more than just money. Do you agree? Tell us in the comments 👇 ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ Read the story by copying this link on your browser → https://bit.ly/2XufGOX Or type "Progress Is Possible: Research Offers New Ideas to Confront the Global Human Capital Gap" in your search engine of choice. #InvestinPeople

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How can we protect cultural #heritage sites from earthquakes and other natural disasters? The first step is to understand the risk. Do you agree? Tell us in the comments. 👇 ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ Know more. For desktop users, copy this link to your browser http://wrld.bg/NOAC30jLrcC ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ Photo: Barbara Minguez Garcia / World Bank. Ponto-cho Alley, Kyoto, #Japan

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It's almost #WomensDay! Thank you for a week-long discussion. We are reminded that despite progress globally, women today only have three quarters of the legal rights of men. Now, let's wrap up with #WomenBizLaw Indicator #8: GETTING A PENSION. This assesses laws affecting the size of a woman’s pension. Are men and women able to retire with #equal benefits, at the same mandatory age? What is it like in your country? Tell us in the comments 👇 ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ We will publish a blog tomorrow, March 8th, summarizing some of your comments! Learn more about Women, Business and the Law 2019, how it identifies barriers to women's economic participation and encourages the reform of discriminatory laws. Click the link on our profile or copy this link to your browser if you're using a Desktop computer ➡️ http://wrld.bg/ppBD30nStWV #IWD2019

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#WomensDay is around the corner! Thank you for participating in the discussion this week. Let's continue with #WomenBizLaw Indicator #7: MANAGING ASSETS. This considers gender differences in property and inheritance. Do men and women have equal rights to own property and inherit assets? How is it in your country? Join the conversation in the comments! 👇 ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Learn more about Women, Business and the Law 2019, how it identifies barriers to women's economic participation and encourages the reform of discriminatory laws. Click the link on our profile. If you're using Desktop computer, copy this link to your browser: http://wrld.bg/ppBD30nStWV #IWD2019

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We're continuing the conversation for our countdown to #WomensDay. Here is #WomenBizLaw Indicator #6: RUNNING A BUSINESS ➡️ this analyzes constraints to women starting and running businesses. Can women open a bank account, sign contracts and open businesses the same way as a man? Does the law prohibit discrimination by creditors based on sex or gender in access to credit? What is it like in your country? Discuss in the comments! 👇 ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ "Women Business and the Law 2019" measures gender inequality in the law. Learn more! For mobile users, click the link on our profile. If you're using Desktop, please copy this link to your browser ➡️ http://wrld.bg/ppBD30nStWV #IWD2019

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Join the discussion as we countdown the days to March 8th, #WomensDay! Here's #WomenBizLaw Indicator #5: HAVING CHILDREN - this examines laws affecting women’s work after giving birth. Can women continue to work after they have children, with maternal and parental benefits? Tell us in the comments what’s it like in your country! 👇 ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ "Women Business and the Law 2019" measures gender inequality in the law. Learn more! For mobile users, click the link on our profile. If you're using Desktop, please copy this link to your browser ➡️ http://wrld.bg/ppBD30nStWV #IWD2019

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Raginiben Raval students take a break from classes and have lunch in Gandhinagar, #India. A #science and #technology class teaches students about the clean energy produced by solar panels, including the ones on their school’s roof. Nearly one-third of the 1 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity live in India. @ifc_org's "Lighting India Program" is scaling up innovative off-grid business models. Find out more. Visit their website: http://www.ifc.org **** Photo © Dominic Chavez/@ifc_org

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How do you say “peace” in your mother tongue? ✌🕊️️ Type in the comments! February 21 is #MotherLanguageDay! Cultural and linguistic diversity are key for sustainable societies. Learn more @unesco or copy this link to your browser https://on.unesco.org/2Brk2wU #IndigenousLanguages

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Have you seen the interactive booklet on #HumanCapital in Sub-Saharan Africa? Reply ❤️ for "Yes" and 👍 for "No, but definitely checking it out!" Click the link on our profile to access! Happy reading. http://wrld.bg/bFJ230nIG84 **** The booklet highlights how some countries in the regions have advanced the human capital agenda and why explains why investment in jobs, education and health is critical. #AfricaCan **** Photo credit: Vincent Tremeau /World Bank, Village of Biakourou, Kankan City, Guinea.

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SPREAD THE WORD! @UNFCCC is looking for #ClimateAction projects that are innovative, scalable, and practical. Learn more: http://momentum.unfccc.int

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In this photo, children from Kothi, Odisha in #India are curios about a harvest happening in their village. Can you guess what it is? Across #SouthAsia, four known species of indigenous, fully mature, small food-fish, dubbed ‘NutriFish,’ has health benefits for pregnant women and young children when consumed over the first one thousand days. Here's a blog about the super food. Copy this link to your browser or click the link on our profile. http://wrld.bg/pYC930nDs1g Leave a comment or question 👇 *** Photo © Arun Padiyar

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Here’s an interesting read 👉 Grammar and gender - what’s the connection? According to a new research, gendered languages may play a role in limiting women’s opportunities. In many developing countries, #women face significant barriers to their equal participation in society. While some of these barriers are easy to see, a new line of research is uncovering a surprising and less obvious possibility ➡️ the very structure of certain languages may shape gender norms in a way that limits opportunities for women. Learn more in this blog. Copy the link to your browser or click the link on our profile: http://wrld.bg/mToQ30nCCVB ***** Photo ©️ David Pérez Vázquez/World Bank