Chris YoungCo-ordinator of the Real Bread Campaign for the charity SustainSo, here we are almost three years into the Real Bread Campaign’s fight for better bread in Britain, and the response continues to be fantastic. I’m always heartened by the passion people demonstrate for the cause, both within and beyond professional baking and milling circles.Aside from our campaigning, what really seems to inspire people is our work to encourage more connections between real bread bakers and people in their local communities be that through our Lessons in Loaf and Bake Your Lawn schemes to get kids baking; helping public sector cooks and food access projects put real bread on the menu; or simply by inviting all bakers to add their additive-free loaves to our online Real Bread Finder.Perhaps most exciting to me is the involvement of so many of our members in the rise of community supported baking, home bakeries and other ’alternative’ ways by which people are bringing artisanal bread back to the hearts of their local communities. More than 600 people have bought Knead to Know, our book on doing just this, and we’re now starting to hear back from readers who’ve been inspired by it.Looking to our future plans, in October we’re launching the Real Bread Loaf Mark. This will allow bakers to give their customers an at-a-glance assurance that this is Real Bread. You’ll be able to read details closer to the time on our website.I hope more BB readers will get involved with our work, adding your Real Bread by which we simply mean made without artificial additives or processing aids to our map and bready events to our calendar and, better still, joining us.
Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) for women’s empowerment, with support from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), yesterday embarked on a nationwide quick impact project on governance. At a press conference over the weekend, ABIC coordinator Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh said the project will boost women’s participation in the ongoing voter registration as well as enhance gender representation in the forthcoming presidential and representative elections. “More importantly this will lead to a long term increase in women’s participation in all areas of governance, decision making and their involvement in the local and national planning processes,” she said. The project was launched against the backdrop that despite having the first female President in Liberia and Africa, women are still being marginalized in Liberia. Women, she said, are allowed to play back seat roles, evidenced by the low representation of females in the National Legislature. “We are aware of the drop in women’s representation in the legislature from 14 percent in 2005 to approximately 11 percent currently. “As we speak, Liberia is globally ranked 146th in terms of women’s participation in parliament out of 190 countries surveyed by the Inter-parliament Union as of January 2017. This is not a good ranking for a country with the first elected female President on the continent of Africa; and as such, we must do everything possible to improve our rank,” she said. The legislature, she warned, should not only be the target for women, and called on women to begin from the grassroots level to ensure their involvement in the governance and planning processes in every sector of Liberia. The project will be held simultaneously in Bopolu City, Voinjama, Barclayville, Saniquellie, Harper, Zwedru, Buchanan, Gbarnga, among others.The forum will engage Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including women’s and youth groups, human rights organizations, grassroots organizations, religious and community leaders. During the engagements, county officials, specifically superintendents, are expected to be present. Clle. Wereh extended appreciation to UNMIL and her project team for their support and hoped that more women would be targeted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)