I like to think of myself as a supporter of human rights and a fan of soccer, so reading in news via The Telegraph that one of the greatest players to ever grace a soccer field, Lionel Messi had attended a stadium opening in Gabon shocked me deeply. The Human Rights Foundation has been vocal in publicizing this story, which saw Argentinian Messi arrive as a personal guest of Gabon’s President Ali Bongo. The problem for the Human Rights Foundation lay in the fact the Bongo family have held control of the Central African country since 1967 and are accused of being little more than dictators.
The Human Rights Foundation has made it a priority to inform the general public of political groups and individuals who are taking away or stifling the human rights of people around the world. Established in 2005 by Venezuelan filmmaker Thor Halvorssen Mendoza, the organization has become a major force in global human rights following the appointment of major political figures and globally recognized human rights activists to its board. The Human Rights Foundation accepts donations, but explains to donors a monetary donation does not mean an individual or organization has any right to direct how their funds are spent.
The key problems identified by the Human Rights Foundation and a number of other human rights groups include the fact the Bongo family and other leading officials in the Gabon have been linked to the disappearance of a number of children in the country. Reports have stated children have been subjected to ritualistic abuse and rumored cannibalism has taken place in events involving members of the Gabon government. As a UNICEF children’s ambassador FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has positioned himself alongside a group of people whose legal and moral compasses have been called into question in the most controversial way. The Human Rights Foundation has condemned the trip by Messi and his decision to lay a ceremonial stone of the site of the Port-Gentil Stadium, which will host games at the 2017 African Cup of Nations that will be held in the controversial African country.
The world health organization has announced that Liberia and its citizens are finally free of the deadly disease known as Ebola. In Liberia this disease has killed over 4,500 African Americans over the years and infected over 10,000. This death rate ranks them with the highest number of deaths throughout the world since Ebola was brought to our attention in 1976. Luckily Sergio Cortes says for the people in the surrounding areas there were three large emergency centers built to help treat those infected with the Ebola virus. Now that the virus outbreak has come to an end, children are returning back to school, and adults are going back to their normal everyday routine. In order to stop future outbreaks from occurring, anyone with Ebola symptoms will still be held for 21 days under medical observation. If the virus is found, anyone who came in contact with them during the time period of their illness will also be brought in for observation.
Sam Tabar is known as a prominent attorney and a strategist, with names like LLP Roth & Zabel, Meagher & Flom, Slater, Arps and Skadden on his curriculum vitae. Now, however, the attorney has invested in THINX. This company was started using crowdfunding and a massive kickstarter campaign but would definitely find its wings now that Sam Tabar is on board.
Started by two women, Miki and Antonia, THINX hopes to do its bit toward women empowerment on a global scale. The company is specialized in making fashionable and chic undergarments and part of the proceeds would be used for buying reusable sanitary pads for women in Africa and America.
In Uganda and other African countries, women who are working or studying have to take a day off because of menstruation, since they don’t have the means and facilities to buy sanitary pads. With THINX’s initiative, 7 such pads (AFRIpads) would be given to women in Africa so that they can go about their daily business without any worries. This initiative is ingenious in itself and Sam Tabar too believes in it, and this is why he has decided to invest in THINX. The pads sent would be made from cloth and would be completely washable and reusable for the women.
Speaking to Herald Online, Tabar commended THINX on its out of the box thinking, dynamic company design and great motto. The Oxford and Columbia Law School graduate also added that this initiative was great because people’s own purchases were used for doing something good in the world.
The website of THINX comes with a manifesto that customers can read and sign. It would be a small thing to do for empowering women in Africa and supporting them through these hard times. THINX is changing minds and Sam Tabar is happy to be a part of the revolution. You can connect with Sam Tabar via LinkedIn here.