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Belize - Taking a Break Close to America
Ever since the drug cartels took over Mexico and destroyed the tourist trade that was provided for millions of Americans who wanted a sunbreak in a location close at hand, that tourism has redirected itself to new and safer destinations. One of those destinations is now Belize - just south of the turmoil in Mexico. Belize is situated south of Mexico, to the northeast of Guatemala, and on the western shores of the Caribbean Sea. A rather small country - its mainland only about 290 kilometers or 180 miles in length and just 110 kilometers or 68 miles in width, but big on exquisite reefs, beaches and cultural history.
Belize - Eco Adventures in Paradise
The country possesses an abundance of land and marine species and a wide diversity of ecosystems make it a very popular destination for eco-tourism. The country of Belize has a rich variety of wildlife, because of its unique position between the continents of North and South America, providing a wide range of climates and habitats for plant and animal life. Belize's low human habitation, and the over eight thousand square miles or 22,970 km2 of undeveloped land, provides the perfect home for more than 5000 different species of plants, hundreds of species of animals like the Keel-billed Toucan which is the national bird of Belize. Read More
Toucan - National Bird of Belize
The Keel-billed Toucan is a beautifully colorful member of the toucan family and the national bird of Belize. Also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan or Rainbow-billed Toucan, this delightful bird ranges from about 42 to 55 centimeters or 17 to 22 inches in length. Their large and unique bill averages around 12 to 15 centimeters or 4 1/2 to 5 3/4 inches - about one-third of its total length. It typically weighs in at around 380 to 500 grams or 13 to 18 ounces.
The feathers of the Keel-billed Toucan are mostly black with a yellow neck and chest. It has blue feet and red feathers at the tip of its tail. The bill is mainly green with a red tip and orange sides. These toucans have what is known as zygodactyl feet - or feet with toes facing in opposing directions - two toes face forward and the other two face backwards. Because toucans spend a great deal of their time in the trees, this helps them to stay on the branches and jump from one branch to another more easily.
Keel-billed Toucan - Social Birds That Travel Together
The habitat of the Keel-billed Toucan is from Southern Mexico down into Venezuela and Colombia. They roost in the canopies of tropical, subtropical, and lowland rainforests, at altitudes up to 1,900 meters or 6,200 feet, in holes in trees and often with several other toucans. Like a large percentage of toucans, the Keel-billed is a very social bird that is rarely seen alone. It travels in small flocks of about six to twelve birds through lowland rainforests - being a poor flyer it moves mostly by hopping through the trees.
Being the national bird of Belize it is used in the logo of the tourist board of the country as it always has been synonomous with the tropics and the lifestyle that the tropics seems to generate in the minds of people from less exotic climes. Read more about Belize
Troublesome Patriarchal Dominance - Time For More Women in Positions of Power
Women from around the world that are living on the edge, doing something special, making a difference or generally in possession of a unique
nature. In my book these women should be put in positions of power and allowed a chance to see what they would add to our world, instead of
the men that promise blah-blah-blah and then fill their own pockets as well as the pockets of their buddies. The way I see it, any of this diverse group of women would be an improvement...
These are the kind of women that should be put in positions of power. They would make positive contributions with their time and resources and leave the world better for having been here. And not to mention the fact that they all certainly look far more appealing...
From century to century throughout history the men have ruled the roost in politics and business and relegated the home as the place where the women were to direct their attention and efforts. The women have done their job admirably, but the men have failed miserably in most cases. Their politics are corrupt and their businesses have turned into large greedy corporations. The patriarchal model is evidently not working so well - so maybe it's time to hand the reins over to the women. The wars and conflicts around the world are the result of male dominance in politics, and more often than not, are set in motion to benefit male controlled corporate interests. Turn on the evening news anywhere in the world and you'll see images of angry men in conflict and women and children in flight. It is time for change...
Women Of Substance - Interesting and Unique Women
Worldwide women are asserting themselves and taking charge of everything from the corporate boardroom to more artistic and unique positions in the world of art, design, cuisine and adventure travel. On the African continent women are raising themselves into postions of power in politics, the arts and
business. Women are no longer to be kept within stereotypical confines and are no longer asking for empowerment, but are simply taking charge over their lives and the situations and events that affect them. Above are just three of these self empowered females.
When it comes to being on the front lines amidst the unrest that has been reshaping countries around the world, it is now women who are placing themselves at risk to bring news to the rest of us about not only the conflicts that mainstream media reports, but often to expose corruption and abuses that might well never surface if it wasn't for these women on the ground in these locations bringing these misdeeds to the attention of a worldwide audience. The women above are three - one from Tunis, one from London, and one from Cairo that played integral roles in bringing the world's attention to injustice.
As a global women's advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. WEDO's mission is to ensure that women's rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles, as well as the linkages between them are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.
Started in 1915, when 1,200 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War, to study, make known and eliminate the causes of war. They issued resolutions, sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the First World War and created our organisation: the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF for short.
W4 - Women's WorldWide Web is an online collaborative platform dedicated to empowering girls and women around the world, through education, microfinance, access to ICTs and networking. Connect with us and co-create opportunities for girls and women to thrive.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council currently has 49 Members. The Council's mission is to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries.
The Women's Refugee Commission is having positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. Their programs focus on reproductive health, economic livelihoods, displaced youth, asylum seekers and people with disabilities.
The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates. We were founded in 1919 by women who believed in the importance of education and working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.
Kristin Espinasse is the American woman behind the blog French-Word-A-Day.com. Her personal essays make up the books "Words in a French Life" and "Blossoming in Provence." As a columnist at France Today, her back page "Dernier Mot" is read by Francophiles bimonthly. She lives in Provence with her French husband, their two children, and two golden retrievers. Sign up for her free word journal at www.french-word-a-day.com In her latest book of colorful photos and tender essays, Kristin shows us how she overcomes cultural "tests", always finishing with an "A" for amour de la vie!
The mission of Benny Lewis is to get more people speaking more languages faster. If you want to learn a language quickly, he can help you - click here
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Women in the World is a movement dedicated to advancing women and girls through stories and solutions. The Women in the World Foundation is a powerful initiative dedicated to driving solutions that advance women and girls. See More...
International Museum of Women invites you to experience this innovative twenty-first century museum and be a part of advancing the lives of women around the world by participating in their global online exhibitions and supporting their efforts with a secure online donation!
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Original Adventure Travellers
A different traveller has emerged in the current generation that are looking for more than just merely going sight-seeing. The new travelers are using their journeys to find where they belong in the world both physically and spiritually by immersing themselves in different cultures. Some use it to change their own perspectives and yet others use it as an opportunity to effect positive changes in the cultures they visit. But you do not need to have a mission to embark on your own journey. The following stories will provide a glimpse at what some of these new travelers are doing when they travel. Travelling is no longer limited to a matter of weeks spent away from a job, but has to many replaced the job with an occupation more interesting and fulfilling. Many of the reasons why people travel today are similar to the reasons why both men and women embarked on extensive journeys at the turn of the 19th century. One of the main reasons is that they want firsthand knowledge and experience of the world in which they live.
Often the modern day adventure traveller more than likely carries a pocket-sized digital camera, a credit card, cell phone and even a laptop computer. Travels on commercial airlines, on buses, by train or in a car. Sleeps in hotels, pensions or hostels occasionally if not camping out in a high-tech tent with a wind-proof stove, goose-down sleeping bag and Perrier water from a super-lightweight titanium flask. Gets up in the morning and puts on a pair of Addidas Cuzco hiking boots after pulling on an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt and slipping on a Helly Hansen Helly Tech waterproof, breathable textile jacket with several high-energy bars in the pockets. Most of the travellers adventure has been in waiting for UPS to show up at the door with the latest must have travel gear, so when its time to travel, it is a wonder that this traveller has not run out of cash and been forced to just stay home by the telly and watch the Discovery Channel. But that is not to say that all modern day adventure travellers fit this description. Many take on tough challenges, although not as extreme as their counterparts near the turn of the century. Arnold Henry Savage Landor, Isabella Lucy Bird and Thomas Stevens were not modern day adventure travellers, but saw and recorded more people and their customs on more continents than most modern day travellers - and did the majority of their travels on steamships, horseback or on foot. Read their travel books that are free e-book downloads in a choice of formats at the bottom of each of their pages.